Before buying a kitten

What’s the difference between a purebred cat and a housecat?

A purebred cat is registered in a pedigree book for the breed, and has documented several generations behind it. It takes 4 generations for a pedigree to be «complete», and for the cat to be reckoned as a purebred cat.

A purebred cat comes from a breeder who has their cattery registered in a cat organisation.
All cats will be registered in the organisation’s pedigree book, and each cat will get their personal pedigree from the organisation.
A cat breed is defined by a number of traits and qualities that are typical for all cats of the given breed. This includes their looks and their behavior amongst other things, and all these traits are listed up in the breed’s standard.
See Maine Coon to learn more about the origin of the breed, or have a look at the standard(s).

A cat without a pedigree is simply a housecat, no matter who it’s parents are. Without the pedigree to verify the cat’s relatives, it will not be reckoned as a purebred cat.
The pedigree is evidence that proves the breeder’s systematic work through generations, and it will verify the cat’s relatives and origin.
A mixed breed cat is a housecat, it doesn’t matter how many percent of this or that it is said to consist of.

What is the importance of a pedigree?
The value of a pedigree, and the act of registering all cats in a pedigree book, is that it will enable breeders to work systematically with the lines in the breed to both preserve and improve the breed.
As a breeder you have rules and regulations that you’re obligated to follow. These rules and regulations sets the standard for how we’re supposed to keep the cats, for the cat’s wellbeing, which diseases to test for and prevent.

What can you be expecting from a serious breeder?

As I mentioned, all serious breeders will have their cattery registered in a cat organisation. The main percentage of the breeders in Norway will be registered in NRR, but you do have some who’s registered in TICA, WCF etc.

All kittens from serious catteries will be registered and will get their personal pedigree. A breeder registered in NRR is not permitted to sell kittens without a pedigree, nor to deliver the kittens to their new home before the age of minimum 12 weeks.

You shall always be given:
– A pedigree from the organisation the cattery is registered in.
– A buyers contract that verify the transfer of ownership and the price of the cat.
– A fresh health certificate from the vet.
– Documentation of the cat’s ID-marking.
– Vaccination booklet or pet passport registered with the cat’s given vaccines, ID-number, and date for the next vaccination.

You will be given information about:
– The parents health and temper, both the positive and the negative sides…
– How to follow-up the kitten; food, grooming, necessities.
– The breeder will be available if you need any tips or advice, throughout the cat’s life (if that is desirable to you).

What will a serious breeder expect from you?
– The breeder will be expecting the kitten to be neutered within the age of 7-8 months, unless the kitten is already neutered by delivery.
– You’ll have to present to the breeder a certificate that verifies that the kitten has been in fact neutered. Some breeders use a «neutering-deposit», that will be payed back to you when the kitten is neutered.
– The cat shall be provided with the necessary check-ups and vaccines at the vet.
– If the cat needs to be re-homed, the breeder expect for you to tell them. They will offer to help you find a suitable new home.
– If the cat gets ill, especially if it’s some heritable disease that might interfere with the cattery’s further breeding with the lines, the breeder expect you to inform him/her.

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