When purchasing a kitten, there are a series of basic points to take into account that will guarantee the well-being of the animal that will soon become one of the family. Sometimes, due to misinformation, we do not demand everything that a breeder must comply with by law and the result may be that the puppy that reaches our hands is not in optimal conditions in terms of socalization, age, physical and/or mental state, It's not about race, etc.
I detail below the basic aspects that we breeders must comply with:
document that certifies that our facilities have been inspected and meet all the necessary requirements for breeding cats.
By facilities, it is understood a house equipped to a sanitary level, as is our case, or a specific construction with several rooms with everything that the law states they must contain. They will never be cages or similar atrocities.
It is mandatory even if it is only raised with a pair of cats and the law defines it as "Zoo groups are zoological groups for the exhibition of animals, facilities for the maintenance of pets, sales establishments and breeding centers for animals." animals, animal collection centers, the address of individuals where sales or other transactions with animals are carried out and those with similar characteristics that are determined by regulation. Facilities that house animals that are raised for the production of meat, skin or any other product useful to humans, pack animals and those that work in agriculture are excluded.
It is regulated at both the state and regional levels. (see a detail of the regulatory regulations at the bottom of the page) and furthermore, it prohibits breeding until the nucleus is discharged.
This point is basic and indispensable, in addition to the starting point; If it is not raised with a legalized zoological nucleus, even if the rest of the aspects described below are met, it is not being raised within the law. The core registration number must always be provided with the cat's documentation so that the destination family can make the checks it deems appropriate and since it is public information, no one should have a problem providing their core number if requested. requests, unless you don't have it and make excuses of any kind.
It certifies that we comply with the regulations of the feline association to which we have joined. In our case we belong to three feline associations: CFDC (WCF) and TIMBA. There are other global associations such as TICA, FIFE or CFA and they all function in a similar way. Belonging to one or the other is more a political issue than a qualitative one and there are no better or worse ones or with better or worse breeders.
Feline associations do not inspect or visit breeders, but are basically limited to issuing pedigrees and organizing events (feline exhibitions, courses, etc.). In many cases they do not require their members (breeders, who pay an annual fee to belong to each association) to have a registered zoological nucleus, since it is the state and regional responsibility and not theirs.
Normally the breeders of a specific breed do not have any commercial establishment (although there may be cases in which they do) and they may only have two breeding cats or have many cats. In all cases, the important thing is that your animals have everything necessary for their well-being and correct development.
There is a purchase-sale transaction in each delivery, where the services included with each puppy must be invoiced, in addition to the animal itself. Therefore, it will be necessary for the breeder to be registered as a legal entity in any of its forms to be able to issue said invoices and subsequently pay taxes for their activity.
A breeder must be CONTINUOUSLY TRAINING to be able to offer a quick response to the destination families of their puppies and must convey confidence. Even so, a breeder is not a veterinarian (although there may be some cases) and therefore, it is logical that in certain circumstances it is necessary to go to a specialist.
Regarding the new kitten, it is very important to know that, by regulations:
You must have received the vaccines necessary until the date of your departure and be accompanied by the corresponding health card, which will include the vaccinations and all the follow-up carried out.
It must be dewormed.
It must be sterilized, unless it is assigned by agreement between the parties, to another breeding center that meets all legal requirements. Some breeders use a sterilization commitment contract, and others deliver them already sterilized, as is our case.
It should never be delivered before 12 weeks, and sometimes this period may be extended by the breeder for duly justified health reasons. This period of time is what is considered necessary by law for the kitten to socialize with its parents and siblings, learn to eat solid foods, use the scratching post and litter tray, play and receive cuddles, etc.
If the cat is a breed, it must always be accompanied by its corresponding pedigree certificate. Beyond certifying the purity of the animal, this certificate will serve as a guarantee that the breeder complies with the regulations of his feline association, since otherwise the association itself would not issue the pedigrees. Furthermore, it is important to know that issuing a pedigree does not have a high cost, so we should never trust someone who claims to have a purebred puppy and does not provide the pedigree or tells us that a puppy without a pedigree has a different value than another one that does have, since it is always some type of fraud.
Microchip position, as long as the new family can register the puppy in their destination municipality.
Based on the above, each breeder will do things in one way or another and we must look for the one that we believe best meets our expectations. In our case, for example, we also offer the following:
We facilitate information about the breed, feeding and education of the new kitten, diseases they transmit, diseases they can suffer from, regulations, etc.
We sign in duplicate a liability contract in order to guarantee the tranquility of the parties. In this contract we stipulate, among many other aspects, some basic health guarantees.
We deliver a health certificate issued by a registered veterinarian in the same week of the animal's departure and that guarantees that it is in perfect health.
We have documentation that proves that our center is free of FIV (feline immunodeficiency) and FeLV (feline leukemia) and therefore, our puppies have not been exposed to these diseases.
We offer advice before and after the delivery of the kitten, in a completely personalized way and at no additional cost, to facilitate its adaptation to the new home.
We deliver, together with the puppy and its documentation, a commodity batch for the first days.
Our puppies they are raised at home, and we try to interact as much as possible with them during the weeks they live with us. The result is puppies that are very affectionate, playful and totally accustomed to living with humans and other animals, which makes the adaptation to the new home much faster and more bearable for everyone.
The first months of a cat's life are essential for establishing its behavioral foundations and for it to develop in a balanced way; Therefore, if they have not received all the necessary attention, it will be difficult (and sometimes impossible) for their new humans to implement certain guidelines later. In our case, we believe it is essential to spend many hours with them, stimulate them in various ways and with various situations, get them used to cutting their nails, taking medication, etc. The Russian Blue is a very intelligent cat, and that can be very good as long as it is approached correctly.