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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well its a concern also. Im getting a kitten from a breeder. Were in different states and we communicate mainly through emails. I'll ask her all kinds of ?'s containing to kitten care and what products she uses so i can have them here when he gets here but she wont answer my ?'s I asked about his food and she told me he was on SD dry and it was the BEST food to give him. Im planning on feeding him raw though. Ive asked about litter and litterboxes still no response. But she will ask me about payment or the airline hes traveling on and when can he come(believe shes trying to get rid of them early, told me he was ready and hes only 8wks old). I'll answer her but i get no response.

Should i just continue to do my research and do what i think is right? Or keep asking these same ?'s over and over again? This is my 1st cat so i wanted to make his transition as easy as possible for him. I did convince her to let him stay till he was 10 wks old.

Thanks ladies or gents
post #2 of 22
Your kitty is going to be apart of your family for many years to come. You will most likely have more questions over the lifetime of your pet, and having your breeders input and help is very valuable.
The youngest I have ever let a kitten go home is 10 weeks, and he was over 3 lbs. For the most part, I keep my kittens until 12-14 weeks old. I also would rather the kitten be older when it is going to be flying.
My opinion would be to follow your instincts on the breeder, maybe he/she has a busy life and hasn't had time to answer your questions. If the breeder continues to ignore your questions, then I would suggest continuing on the search.
I have become close friends with my breeders, and can ask them any questions, and get a response back very quickly. They enjoy getting updates and pictures.
Good luck!!
post #3 of 22
If you plan on changing his diet after you get him, then you have to do it slowly. You can't just give him a totally different food then he's used to. So get a small bag of the Science Diet (personally I think Iams is better) and add a little of the new food; gradually increasing it over a few weeks.

Aburpt change in diet/water will cause kittens to have diarrha or throw up.

The litter should not matter. I would not worry on asking her about that.

What I used to do is have a brochure (I created) made up of the basic kitten care for when the people would buy my kittens. Covered food, litter, nail care, grooming, introducing to other cats/dogs or people, etc.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thank you!

Yeah i planned on changing his food slowly dont want an upset tummy. I really cant keep searching because hes paid for i just have to pay for his flight and we already have a signed contract. Were just waiting for him to reach a good age. She told me she just went and got his health certificate and hes fine.

I'll keep asking because i dont want my kitties health to suffer.
post #5 of 22
Congrates... what breed are you getting??? ...

I have done the transition to raw and yes youll need a bag of current food.... I would then suggest canned be added then add the raw to the canned...
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Awww thanks Sharky!

Im getting a bengal boy. I'll have pics as soon as he gets here
post #7 of 22
Very kewl ... you will have your hands full
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Southernlocs
Awww thanks Sharky!

Im getting a bengal boy. I'll have pics as soon as he gets here
It's always a good idea to take you new little one to your vet just to verify that he is still healthy. It also gives your vet the opportunity to meet the kitten.

Katie
post #9 of 22
Oh thats wonderful! My favorite breed . I'd suggest getting the breeder on the phone and get any remaining questions cleared up.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yup i plan on taking him to the vet 24-48 hrs after i get him to make sure hes ok. Im im def gonna keep asking ?'s. She just had a new litter so i guess shes trying to get her house cleared, she also breeds a large sized dog that had 10 puppies.
post #11 of 22
Hehe my fiance made me promise that if we get a dog that it won't be for breeding!
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Hehe my fiance made me promise that if we get a dog that it won't be for breeding!
Darn, I wish I had a kitten buyer who would feed raw. Im having a heck of the time convincing people to continue the diet that the kittens are on here.
post #13 of 22
I dunno you asked her what she fed and she said SD, so that's fair enough.

Congratulations!
post #14 of 22
Im all for having buyers ask lots of questions, but could it be that your asking questions she already answered or that just don't matter and now she's sort of, well how do I put this delecately....well, sort of annoyed by you?
Im not saying this is the case but if she already answered your question as to what she feeds...she already said that she thinks SD is the best thing to feed. Maybe she dosen't agree with feeding raw and she dosen't want to say that to you.
You have to remember that even though she is the breeder she has just as many, maybe more responsibilities to take care of as you do. Breeders cannot expect to come to the becken call of all past and present kitten buyers at any time for any reason.
Again, im not saying this is the case, but should it be the case maybe you should only ask her things that are really important and ask the other stuff to other cat people-like people on this board who are here for that reason.
post #15 of 22
I'm concerned that she wants to put this kitten on a flight and ship him to you now when he is only 8 weeks.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by StitchFL
I'm concerned that she wants to put this kitten on a flight and ship him to you now when he is only 8 weeks.
Yes that is a concern for me as well. Most breeders will not ship a cat untill they are 14-16 weeks old.
The problem is this buyer already paid for the cat.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Nope never asked repeated questions. I've been doing all my research BEFORE i even found a kitten. I was just asking to get her opinion on some things. I only asked what he ate so i can have it on hand and i asked about lil stuff like(toys, litter box style, litter) i never had a cat and just wanted to get the brands she uses so he wont be too confused. Im really not annoying and she is busy and so am i. I just wanted answers for some basic question. I only asked through email and we would email back and forth, but she would pick and choose what to answer and what to not. Im not really stressed about it and i'll do whats best for the kitty when he gets here. Atleast he'll be on a plane at 10 wks instead of the 8.

Thanks ladies i really appreciate it.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
Again, im not saying this is the case, but should it be the case maybe you should only ask her things that are really important and ask the other stuff to other cat people-like people on this board who are here for that reason.
I have come up with topics on this board about what to get for a new kitten. I was told to ask the breeder about what she uses and what she suggested. So thats what i did. I mean im really not against the breeder at all and when i can, i plan on getting another bengal and she will be the 1st place i look at. Not a bad experience at all, i just see what most breeders here talk about and ask their prospective buyers and i never recieved that.

Thanks
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Southernlocs
I have come up with topics on this board about what to get for a new kitten. I was told to ask the breeder about what she uses and what she suggested. So thats what i did. I mean im really not against the breeder at all and when i can, i plan on getting another bengal and she will be the 1st place i look at. Not a bad experience at all, i just see what most breeders here talk about and ask their prospective buyers and i never recieved that.

Thanks
Sorry, im not trying to say that's what your doing at all...I was just bringing up the possibility. I certainly understand you wanting info on what the breeder uses ect. Im all for buyers asking lots of questions, but I do know all too well that some people can just be plain annoying-if you know what I mean. Again, PLEASE don't take this as if im saying you are that way!!!!
There is a possibilty also that this breeder is new and dosen't understand the importance of answering as many of the buyers questions as possible.
She certainly dosen't seem very experianced if she wants to send a kitten out on a plane at 8 weeks, or even 10 weeks old for that matter!
I would definalty not make another purchase of a kitten from this breeder unless she agrees to send the kitten out at 12 weeks or older.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thank you! Well since the plane ticket hasnt been purchased yet i'll see if she will send him when hes 12 weeks. Oh and shes actually been breeding for about 7 yrs or that what it says on the website.

I really appreciate this I just didnt want to feel like i wasnt doing enough, or doing too much lol(i know i wasnt doing too much) I was more annoying about wanting new pics
post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Southernlocs
Thank you! Well since the plane ticket hasnt been purchased yet i'll see if she will send him when hes 12 weeks. Oh and shes actually been breeding for about 7 yrs or that what it says on the website.

I really appreciate this I just didnt want to feel like i wasnt doing enough, or doing too much lol(i know i wasnt doing too much) I was more annoying about wanting new pics
Yeah it's hard to wait. I hate waiting and I can get on the annoying side myself. I can understand wanting pics.
Hmmm...breeding for 7 years huh? She should know better, and that's all I want to say on that.
post #22 of 22
Forgive me if anything is repeated here, I scanned threw most of the responses but I may have missed some key sentences.

1) If she won't answer your questions, but will keep asking about money and how to get the kitten out of her care, then I would personally leave this situation. This happened to me with someone that I got to be very chummy with, but when she wouldn't talk with me on the important subjects, I cut ties and went else where. It's making you uncomfortable, so it is not a good thing to continue with.

You are adopting a LIFE from this breeder, and paying money for it, so you have every right to drive her insane with any little question that pops into your head if that is your wish.

2) If you are committed or continue with the adoption, get that kitten to see a vet ASAP. Most state laws will hold the breeder liable for any problems found within three days of receiving the kitten, even if you are in different states.

3) Is she traveling with the kitten? If not, then I don't know what airline he could possibly go on. Everyone I know of (where the undercabin temperature is controlled) will not take any animal as cargo without a rabies shot. Rabies can't be given until 12 weeks of age.

4) Also if you continue with the adoption, ask her for references. It sounds like this person is either a mill, or on the verge of being one. It's not responsible or ethical to let go of a kitten that young if you are a breeder - the kitten will learn many important things from Mom between weeks 8-12 and disruption of that could cause social issues. If she's breeding cats and dogs, and has the litters planned so that they're right on top of each other and she has to push the young ones out the door ASAP, then she is not behaving like a very good breeder at all, more like she sees these animals as a money machine. I have a feeling from the posts I've read that she isn't health screening these kittens either.

Again, I would get out of this agreement if you can. There are so many good Bengal breeders that you don't have to work with one that is questionable. If you have a contract, see if there is any clause to refund any money given. You may lose a deposit, but it will be much more costly in the long run if you end up with a sickly kitten.
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