Cats A-Z

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Do your research first

  Getting a new cat or kitten is a massive commitment, so make sure you have researched the breed fully and have the time and commitment necessary to care for the cat. Ragdoll is "dog like" breed and they are very much enjoying company of a human. Not only they love playing fech but also they like to participate with everything around a house. They are extremaly laid back and docile therefore they are strictly indoors cats  

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Is the Kitten over 12 Weeks of age?

Twelve to thirteen weeks of age is the time that is almost universally considered to be the optimum earliest time to remove kittens from their queen, and by this age the kittens should be ready to go out into the world and begin the next stage of their learning development. However, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) recommends that thirteen to fourteen weeks is even better, particularly in the case of foreign breeds of cat that are not native to the UK.

Is the kitten or cat up to date with their vaccinations and deworming?

 Kittens should receive 2 vaccinations, the first at  9 weeks of age and the second three weeks later. If you come across breeders selling unvaccianted cats saying they are indoors and they don't need it, don't fall for it as every cat needs to be vacccinated. Even if they don't go out, we can bring viruses, bacterias and pests on our clothes and shoes.  

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Can mother can be seen with kittens?

If breeder will not let you see parents, or at least mother and mating certificate from stud owner you got good chance that kittens presented to you are crossed with some other breeds. That might resut some hidden genetic diversities resulting kittens been cariers of genetic defects eq.  Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a condition in which a portion of the heart becomes thickened without an obvious cause. This results in the heart being less able to pump blood effectively. That could cause hearth failures and some other symphtoms.

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Every reputable breeder will not get offended if you ask them to produce proof of DNA testing or Breeding Rights of their cats. If for any reason they unable or refuse please think twice as there is always a reason behind it. Kitens may be cute but as soon as you will take one home you might get yourself to never ending vet visits. That very quickly can make you having to spend more money than you would originally save by buying cheap kittens.  

Plants poisonus to cats

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Home Plants

Amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Colchinum autumnale, Euonymus japonicus, Euphorbia milii, Helleborus niger, Ilex, Phoradendron, Aloe vera, Azalea - extremally toxic,  Diffenbachia, Dracaena, Ficus, Hydragea, Narcissus, Philodendron, Rhododendron Ficus, Ivy, Ligustrum, Nicotiana alata, Poinsettia,  




Garden Plants

Allium, 

Symphtoms of plant poisoning in cats

Spectrum of symphtoms is very wide depends of plant consumed by our purring friend but one significant sign is that they coming sudenly and worsening quickly:

  • wormiting
  • excessive salivation
  • bloody stool
  • fever
  • cough
  • sneezing
  • agitation
  • balance disorder
  • convulsion
  • dizziness
  • breathing difficulties
  • muscles spasms
  • diarrhea


In case of plant poisonig time is key factor here. Veterinary treatment is needed very quickly. If you have got an idea of what plant you cat might have eaten give that information to your vet as all plants contain different type of toxic substances  causing different damage to your kitty's organs.  they can be Neurotoxic - damaging nervous cells, Ototoxic - damaging ear areas, Hepatoxic -  liver malfunctions, Nefrotoxic - damaging kidneys, Kardiotoxic - causing heart failures (AVOCADO), Hematoxic - damaging blood cells.

Vitamins for cats

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Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B2

What is involved in price of kittens?

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Overview

How much does a kitten cost is something that you may wonder when buying a kitten. So when considering purchasing a pedigree kitten and you are scrolling through the adverts on various websites, you may also notice the wild price differences. For example, I just looked at a well-known pet advertising website to check the variations. The lowest priced Ragdoll kitten available was £250 the most expensive £850. What’s that all about? A Ragdoll is a Ragdoll right? How come some are cheaper than others?

Like everything in this world you get what you pay for and if you don’t pay much then it is not surprising when you don’t get much in return, it really is that simple!

Let me give you an idea of the costs involved that any legitimate breeder needs to cover when raising a litter of kittens. It will give you some understanding of exactly what you’re paying for when you buy a registered pedigree kitten. Please remember that no two litters are the same so costs will vary but nevertheless this should give you an idea. 



 

Cost of a Breeding Cat

To breed a litter of kittens then firstly the breeder will need a female cat (breeding queen) that is old enough to be mated. The price of a breeding cat can vary but on avreage you looking at £1500.

She also needs to mature to approximately twelve months old which is the average age for a Ragdoll to be ready to have her first litter of kittens. In between being a kitten and reaching maturity she will of course need to be fed and will also need to use the litter tray and could well have even needed to see the vet. Costs involved – how long is a piece of string!


 

Stud Fees and Blood Tests



Every breeding queen need to have DNA test for HCM and PKD before any planned litters. Cost of that is £36 each test so on avreage comes to £72 plus swab need to be done by vet to be valid so that is another £50 for consultation. In addition some colours need DNA testing too.

The breeder then needs to find a stud boy to take their queen too. Hours of research goes into finding the right boy for your queen. You have the breeding girl; you have also found the perfect stud cat. Breeding starts with a trip to the vets and a blood test to ensure your queen is free from Feline Aids and Leukaemia (FIV and FELV). Both FIV and FeLV are fatal and are also contagious. The cost of this test is anything between £35 and £60 depending on the vet. All reputable stud owners will insist on this test before accepting a queen into stud.

Now you have shelled out at least £35 for the test, you have twenty-four hours to get your queen to her mate. It could be hundreds of miles  to take a girl to the right boy, this is not unusual. Of course this costs money for petrol as well as time. The queen has her honeymoon and stays a few days, after which you drive all the way back to collect her and of course this adds further fuel costs to the ever rising costs, for arguments sake let’s call it £80 for fuel.

When you collect your girl the stud fee is payable, presuming of course the cats have actually mated, if not all costs to date are lost and will be repeated if you decide to try again. Stud fees on average cost half the price of a kitten and in Ragdoll the stud fee is usually £300. 


 

Feeding a Pregnant Cat

A pregnant cat requires different nutrition and higher quality food than normal to aid her growing kittens. Most breeders will start their pregnant queen on a high quality kitten food which costs more. A pregnant cat will also be eating for possibly five so the quantity of food eaten increases too. More food eaten means more waste in the litter tray so more cat litter will also needed. The costs here are difficult to determine so again for arguments sake let’s just call it an extra £60 over the nine weeks a cat is pregnant.


 

Potential C-Section Costs

Birth can be a costly business. Many people don’t realise the risks involved for cats giving birth, the complications can be expensive as well as heart breaking. Thankfully 90% of the time things go well but when disaster strikes you have to be prepared to do whatever you need for your queen and her kittens. Unfortunately I have had first-hand experience of an out of hour’s emergency caesarean section which cost me over £500. I know other breeders whose journey has ended far worse with the loss of their queen and all the kittens. Please remember £500 was the fee I was charged but due to wildly varying costs you could be looking at anything between £500 and £1200 depending on the vets. 


 

Cost of Rearing the Kittens

The kittens have arrived; so far the cost of the litter is a minimum of £2282. This of course is with everything going to plan with no repeat blood test, no repeat fuel cost for a repeat mating, no trips to the vets during pregnancy and also a natural birth. When the kitten stork arrives you never know how many she will bring. An average sized litter is four or five kittens. For the first three weeks all is well and you continue the same diet as in pregnancy for your queen. However if you have kittens that are not feeding well from mum then you will need to supplement them with kitten milk and will also need hand feeding equipment which will both cost money.

Week three arrives and you need to wean the kittens; for arguments sake you have five mouths to feed four times per day. Let say at that point you would need to feed 2 pouches a day each kitten. You queen will continue eating the same increased amounts of food because now she is trying to get herself back in condition. Also your kittens are now far more mobile, they will need litter trays everywhere which also adds to the cost of raising a litter.


 

Registrations, Vaccinations and Finding Homes for Kittens

Your kittens are nine weeks old; they are doing really well with not a single visit to the vets! (in your dreams!) Now it’s time to get them vaccinated and register them. The current price for registering a litter of five kittens with the GCCF is either £50 or £95 depending on whether you have a GCCF prefix or not.

Vaccinations should be provided for every pedigree kitten sold, there are two essential vaccinations, flu and enteritis but you can also have FeLV vaccine too. Each kitten costs approximately £45 to £70 each to vaccinate, again depending on how much the vet charges. Then there are the essential worming and flea prevention treatments and these cost roughly £6 to £8 per kitten.

Don’t forget the cost of advertising and finding homes for kittens, there are a few websites out there where it is free to advertise kittens but your litter is usually one of many on the site. Most serious breeders have their own cat breeders websites which really is a must these days. Cat breeders websites usually cost an annual fee of between £200 to £300 though this could easily be as much as £500.


 

Extra Costs for Cleaning

Having extra cats in the house will mean an increase in cleaning cost, having a litter of hooligan’s kittens in the house is a whole different ball game. Think about cleaning materials, bin bags, washing powder and electricity costs for the washer and dryer and the potential damage to your furniture over a thirteen week period.


Cat Breeders Wages

Well this section of my article is easy as I know of not a single reputable breeder who earns any wages whatsoever. The time involved in researching pedigrees, cleaning litter trays and cat sick, taking time off work to go to stud or to be at home when kittens are born, hand feeding kittens are just a few of the things breeders do that eat up their time. They do this though because they love their cats and chosen breed, they don’t expect wages or profit (just as well really).

Don’t forget breeders also have to factor in the costs of smaller litters, fatalities, ill or deformed kittens that end up staying with the breeder permanently and also the costs involved in keeping kittens that don’t find homes by thirteen weeks old and need to stay at home a little while longer.


So How Much Does a Kitten Cost Then?

So this is the point where I get the calculator out and show you just how much a kitten costs to rear. Queen keeping cost + stud fees+ travel to and from stud (or cost of keeping one) + extra food for preagnant female + 10 weeks feeding kittens+ registratin cost + vaccinations, health checks, microchiping + cleaning cost+ advertising..... I guess I will not write it as my boyfriend can read this article :).

What I am trying to get across is that breeders don’t make money. After reading this if you still want to purchase a low cost kitten that’s up to you but I personally would opt for a healthy well-bred one which you certainly won’t find for under £350.

Next time you are looking for a kitten and the first question you ask is the price, immediately followed by asking for a discount or complaining that you have seen other kittens on the net for £350 don’t be surprised if the breeder is not amused and declines your offer.

Castrating/Spaying

Female cats will ‘call’ (come into season and be receptive to the male cat) regularly, about every three weeks during sexually active times of the year if they do not get pregnant. Having entire female cats in an area will attract entire males with the attendant problems of spraying, fighting and caterwauling. And belive me, having an entire female at home is not something you want to experience yourself. Not only male cats spray, but also females. If they don't get pregnant they will be keep coming back into heat, giving their ownes a headache of constant meowing, rubbing themself against anything around them. That also can cause weight loos as they don't eat very much during this periods. Nutrition deficiency may also be reason for their coat condition depravation.  Female cats which are not neutered are more likely to suffer from pyometra (infection of the womb) later in life and with mammary tumours. Queens with infectious diseases may pass these on to their kittens. Pregnancy and birth are also not without risk.  In the past it has been suggested that all female cats should be allowed to have one litter of kittens. However, this is totally unnecessary and of no benefit whatsoever to the cat. It is therefore preferable to have a female spayed before she reaches sexual maturity.  The spaying operation involves the administration of a general anaesthetic and the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus through an incision made on the flank or belly of the cat. The fur at the site of the incision will have to be shaved before surgery and your vet will ask you to withhold food from the evening prior to the anaesthetic. Usually your kitten will be able to return home the same day and any skin sutures are generally removed after 7 to 10 days. I have spayed few females in my breeder career and I know that females become calm, more lovable and affectionate.     


Male cat if not neuterd might start to spray around as early as 6 months of age. That can be a real nightmare for their owners as a smell of it is not pleasent at all. If sprayed on furniture, no matter of what cleaning materials you use, you will still be able to smell it for months, cat will be able to smell it even longer.  Furthermore, entire male cats have a strong tendency to show agression to other cats and also humans.  The aggressive behaviour puts an uncastrated male at much higher risk of serious infectious disease such as feline immunodeficiency virus FIV(feline 'AIDS') and feline leukaemia virus FeLV, both of which are transmitted through cat bites and both can be fatal. Castration involves removing both testes under general anaesthetic through a small incisions into the scrotum. As with the spay operation, withholding food from the previous evening will be required to minimise potential anaesthetic complications, and the kitten can usually go home the same day. Usually the skin incisions for a castration are so small that sutures are not required.  Boys from moody male becoming cusions demanding lots of cuddles and attention.


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Why Ragdoll

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Little bit of history

Ragdolls were created by Ann Baker in Riverside, California in 1963. She wanted to develop a large cat with a long coat and gentle personality. While the breed grew in popularity quickly, Baker reportedly invented wild stories about the breed’s origins and set up her own registry to try and enforce strict standards on the breed.

Many people love Ragdolls because they go limp when you pick them up, just like a Ragdoll. They love to be held and cuddled, and they’re one of the most affectionate cat breeds.


Ragdolls are known for their striking blue eyes. However, not all Ragdolls have them. Some Ragdolls have blue-green or gold eyes, depending on their pattern. Ragdoll kittens are all born with blue eyes but some will deepen as the cat grows older. If you’re looking for a snuggler, look no further than a Ragdoll. While some cats prefer to explore and get into mischief, Ragdolls like to stay by your side. They are intrigued by the sound of running water (although they enjoy all forms of water). When you turn on the shower, bath or tap, your Ragdoll may come running.

Ragdolls’ docile personalities make them a perfect breed for families with children. They also get along well with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. Ragdolls are even sometimes called “puppy cats” because they like to follow people around and even play fetch.

Size

Like the Maine Coon, Ragdolls are a large breed. Males may weigh up to 20 pounds while females may weigh 15. But their large size doesn’t stop them from seeking affection – they love to be carried around (which can be a workout for you!). 

Personality

Unlike many cats, Ragdolls are notable for collapsing into the arms of anyone who holds them, even if they are cradled on their back. They love their people, greeting them at the door, following them around the house, and leaping into a lap or snuggling in bed whenever given the chance. They often learn to come when called or to retrieve toys that are thrown for them. The word most often used to describe them is docile, but that doesn’t mean they are inactive. They like to play with toys and enter into any family activities. With positive reinforcement in the form of praise and food rewards when they do something you like, Ragdolls learn quickly and can pick up tricks as well as good behaviors such as using a scratching post. In a small, sweet voice, they remind you of mealtime or ask for petting but are not excessively vocal. Ragdolls have nice manners and are easy to live with. You will find a Ragdoll on your sofa or bed, but generally not much higher than that. He prefers to stay on the same level with his people rather than the highest point in a room. 

Males are more affectionate then females but that again is not set in stone rule. I have many affectionate girls in my premises.

Health

 Both pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Problems that may affect the Ragdoll include the following:

  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is inherited in Ragdolls. A DNA-based test is available to identify cats that carry one of the mutations that causes the disease.
  • Increased risk for calcium oxalate bladder stones
  • A predisposition to FIP (feline infectious peritonitis)


Everyday care

 A Ragdoll’s moderately long fur has little undercoat, which means it is less likely to mat and shed, but that doesn’t mean the cats need no grooming. Comb it twice a week with a stainless steel  comb to remove dead hair that can cause tangles. Be sure to comb the fur on the legs thoroughly, especially where the leg meets the body, where mats are most likely to occur. A rubber curry brush will smooth the fur after you comb it and remove any remaining loose hairs. If you are gentle and don’t pull their hair, Ragdolls will love the attention they receive from you during grooming time. Note that seasonal changes as well as hormonal fluctuations in unaltered cats can affect the length of the coat. The coat will be at its peak in winter. Ragdolls that have been spayed or neutered will usually have a lush coat year-round because they lack the hormonal fluctuations that occur in unaltered cats. Check the tail for bits of poop stuck to the fur and clean it off with a baby wipe. Bath a Ragdoll as needed, which can range from every few weeks to every few months. If his coat feels greasy or his fur looks stringy, he needs a bath. Most of them can handle grooming themselfs and is not need for batching them. Brush the teeth to prevent diesase. Daily hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails every couple of weeks. Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear. Keep the Ragdoll’s litter box spotlessly clean. Cats are very particular about bathroom hygiene, and a clean litter box will help to keep the coat clean as well. Speaking of litter boxes, a large cat like the Ragdoll needs a box that is super-sized to ensure that he has plenty of room to turn around and squat. Ragdolls usually go through several growth spurts as they mature. These can continue off and on until the cat is four years old. Don’t be deceived by the pad of fat on the belly, which is a trait of the breed. Until you are sure they have reached their mature size, make sure they always have plenty of food available to fuel their growth. It’s a good idea to keep the gentle Ragdoll as an indoor-only cat to protect him from attacks by dogs or feral cats, diseases spread by other cats, and the other dangers that face cats who go out, such as being hit by a car. Ragdolls who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such a beautiful cat without paying for it.