Application Instructions: Read FAQ's before submission for an application to be considered, thank you! (This will save both of us alot of time!) We have added this section to be helpful.
FAQ's: How much are your kittens? When a well-meaning applicant asks, “How much are your kittens,” I take a deep breath before I reply. There are so many factors contributing to the cost of a kitten, and not easily explained by a number. We are a non-profiting hobby/show breeder, feed a high quality diet with supplements, DNA test for genetic diseases and register all of our litters with TICA and/or CFA, spay/neuter all of our kittens prior to going home and give 2-3 sets of vaccinations. We are at or below the price of other purebred serious show breeders in our area, who follow a similar protocol.
Do you discount older kittens? Not typically. If we happen to have an older kitten available, they have been with us longer to determine breed/show potential. This generally makes them even more loving and sweet, as they get our undivided attention for much longer than the others. We would, however discount in case of a known health condition.
How much are your adult/retiring cats? We will neuter/spay all adult cats retiring, have a well- check, teeth cleaned if needed, update vaccinations ($700-900 cost to us), but do not charge anywhere near that to place a retired cat in a loving home, We are a really small cattery, so do not do this even on a yearly basis.
Why are Ragdolls so expensive? The financial burden of breeders is not so well-known. Purebreds from quality show breeders cost more. Our expenses and veterinary needs are high, we travel to shows, we belong to breed clubs (pay for pedigrees and so many other things), and must be prepared for pay for any vet emergencies. We have websites, advertising, health testing, providing everything our cats need (or we think they would ever want, LOL!), supporting our entire cattery based on what receive for our kittens.
Unlike the dog breeding world, stud service is not in the best interest of our Queens (too much risk of disease), and artificial insemination isn’t yet possible, so we must purchase a new King/Queen on a regular basis. To purchase a new breeder cat/kitten to replace one retiring, cost upward of $2-3K within the US, double that if overseas. That could be 50-100% of the cost of an entire litter!
Oh, and just pray & hope there are no problems with delivery, especially in the middle of the night! Emergency c-sections are $2,500-$3,000.
The week before and for 2 weeks after kittens are born, I take off work, (unpaid), in case we have a struggling kitten. This often means tube or bottle feeding weak ones every 2-4 hours (24 hrs/day) until they are ok. I make sure I am here, just in case.
We do all of this to raise extremely healthy and well socialized kittens, sacrificing where ever and whenever we need to for our kittens and the homes they will go to. I miss soccer games, out of town tournaments out of town, and most recently funeral because there was no one to tube feed a struggling kitten while I left town. If we ever go anywhere as a family, I have to hire a cat/ housesitter. Once, I had a speaking engagement booked, and Aspen developed mastitis, unable to feed her own kittens. I had to take all of the kittens with me!
We know and have experienced firsthand what it’s like to receive an unhealthy kitten from a not -so-good breeder. We know we cannot control everything, but we do our very best! One piece of advice, if you feel something is off, when communicating with another breeder, trust your instincts/
Do you offer kittens/cats at a discount? When I receive an application (again, usually by well- meaning and extremely wonderful person) looking for a bargain kitten, or requesting a deep discount, because of a health challenge or personal situation, I have to look at the whole picture, Our cats/kittens depend on me to place them in the very best possible situation, as they cannot speak for themselves. Radgolls are expensive to breed and it's understandable many are unable to afford full price. While I fully understand life's challenges (trust me on that) and I may know a cat in their care would be so well-loved and cherished it’s equally important to me that finances are readily available for any unexpected veterinary expenses. Any discount given, takes away from what we are able to provide for those remaining in our care.
Can I trust you as a breeder? Yes, you can. There are a lot of ways to do business, but we prefer openness, ethical communication and mutual respect. We realize we aren’t for everyone, and the wait can be long, but our goal is that our forever families are extremely pleased, feel supported and have many wonderful years of memories with their Bluedreamer Ragdoll kitten! Ask for kitten references, we do not mind!
Finally, we are done reading all of this! Now, how do I submit an application, and what should I expect moving forward in the process?
1. We are selective and ONLY answer complete applications. Please submit a detailed paragraph about you, hometown, lifestyle, who lives at your home (people, ages, other pets), why you are looking for a Ragdoll at this time and anything special about you you'd like us to know - as detailed and complete as possible! If you give me limited info, one line, or one question, I will not be able to reply.
2. Response Time. While we appreciate all inquiries for kittens, please be patient. If you don't hear from us in a timely manner, it's not that we don't care, we DO! Either we are crazy busy, we didn’t receive it, we do not have any kittens, have not bred anyone yet, or do not have the color/pattern you are looking for. I will not be offended if you are persistent and contact me more than once. I do not ever mean to keep people waiting, but sometimes life gets in the way. We have aging parents, kids at home, also raise Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I work prn as an occupational therapist, motivational and inspirational speaker as well.
3. Phone interview and approval are sometimes required to be added to our waiting list.
4. Time frame. Please check Litter News to make sure we have kittens in the time frame you are looking for before submitting an application. If you in a hurry, we may not be the best breeder for you. If you are looking for ethical, honest and trustworthy, you may find us worth the wait!
5. Wait list, deposits, selection, shipping. We do not ship but will meet with you at Kansas City International Airport or a local hotel. Wait list- we prefer to start this after confirming pregnancy, so we keep only a few names on a wait list. There no charge at this time, but may consider a small fee in the future. We don't like to keep people waiting if we do not have what they most desire. Selection/ kitten deposits are taken at 8-10 weeks after well checks. Visits after allowed after 8 week first vaccinations, normally one visit to select a kitten and another visit on pick up day. We do send pictures in between, but try not to have too many people in and out to limit chance of illness. Please do not come or bring anyone with you who is ill or possibly ill. We will reschedule your time to keep everyone healthy!
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