Doug@RaynbowsRagdoll.com or call 507-340-3953
1. How much does it cost to adopt a kitten? Kittens are placed with their forever families for $650. This is the "pet only" price, which means you will receive your kittens registration papers only after you return proof of spay or neuter.
2. Do you ship kittens? Shipping is possible. I have shipped (sent or received) kittens from every corner of this country and even into Canada. If you would like to have a kitten shipped, please mention this early so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
3. Can you deliver kittens to us? I will do everything I can to help make the transition from my home to yours as smooth as possible for the kitten. I am open to driving a reasonable distance to help make that smooth transition. There will likely be a fee for this though, which will vary depending on the circumstances. If this is something you may be interested in, please mention it early so that we can find a workable solution.
4. Are your kittens raised under foot? Yes. The kittens are born in our bedroom closet and are kept there until they are four or five weeks old. They are then moved to a playpen in our living room. This is where their litter box training is completed also. We spend hours daily with our kittens playing, grooming and preparing them for a new home.
5. Do you allow visitors to your cattery? Yes. I welcome visitors. I think it is important for people adopting from me to know the kind of environment their kitten is raised in. I also want you to be able to meet us, as well as the mom and dad of your kitten. We do have lives outside of the cats though, so we do ask that you contact us to set up a visiting time.
6. How old do you release kittens? Typically between 10 and 12 weeks of age. Kittens removed from their mother before 10 weeks of age often times have not learned the proper socializing skills.
7. What vaccinations do you administer? I vaccinate with a 4 in 1 vaccine. I have had very good luck with this vaccine - there have never been any allergic reactions.
8. Do you offer a guarantee? Yes. All kittens are placed with a 1 year health guarantee.
9. Do you test your cats for HCM? No. I do not believe that the HCM test actually gives good information. I compare it to breast cancer. A person could be tested for genetic markers that indicate susceptibility to breast cancer. However, a positive test does not mean a person will definitely develop breast cancer, just like a negative test does not guarantee that a person will never get it. I have been breeding the same blood lines of cats for many years. I feel the best test is the fact that there have been no hereditary diseases ever found in my cats or their offspring.
10. Do you test your breeding cats for anything else? Yes. Feline Leukemia.
11. I've never owned a kitten before, what things will I need to purchase? A litter box, a scratching post or board, a pet bed, water and food bowls. For people who adopt, I also give them a "Bringing Kitty Home" guide to tell them the specific type of food and litter the kitten is used to, as well as many tips to make the move a successful one.
12. What food do you feed your kittens? I have had good luck with Purina Kitten Chow. It seems as though the more expensive, high protein cat foods cause loose stools in the ragdolls.
13. What litter do you recommend? Any clay based clumping cat litter. There have been studies done on what cat prefer to use, and it was always clay based litter. There is a lot of information about these studies provided on the Internet. Brands include Tidy Cat, Scoop Away, Fresh Step. Contrary to popular belief, I have never had any problems with switching from one brand to another.
14. Do you place your kittens already altered (spay/neuter)? No. Kittens are placed unaltered and you can have them altered at anytime from 4 months to 12 months. While the surgery itself may be safe enough, I don't believe that the kittens can safely metabolize the anesthesia until they are a minimum of 4 pounds. There is absolutely NO benefit to the kitten to have them altered at a very young age.
15. I don't want a male kitten. I heard they spray, right? I get this question a lot. Actually both male and female cats can spray when they are sexually active. This isn't a problem if you get your kitten altered before they reach sexual maturity. The age for that varies from cat to cat, (as early as 6 months)so the earlier you get it done the less chance you have for spraying.
16. What sex of kitten makes the best pet? A good question and one I get a lot too. The answer depends on what you are looking for in a pet. Females have a tendency to pick a member of the family to bond to and play favorites with only that person. Males usually love everyone equally. Of course this varies from cat to cat, so its just a general guideline. Also males are larger than females (especially once neutered) and can reach up to 30 lbs. Females average 11-15 lbs. It is important to remember that the differences in personality due to gender are going to be very minor no matter what.
17. I am looking to purchase a kitten for my (girlfriend, wife, child, etc.) as a surprise gift. - Not a good idea. Pets in general do not make good surprise presents. Its like giving someone a new car and telling them to make the payments. Its not fair to the person receiving the gift, and not to the kitten. Cats can live 12+ years and need attention, food, shelter, love, etc. and this spells additional money and a lot of time. Talk to the person you want to purchase a kitten for and make sure its something they want and are willing to commit to.
18. Can I get my kitten declawed? Generally - No. We prefer that you do this as only a last resort. Cats and kittens need to scratch, so make sure you are providing them with a scratching post or scratching box. Ragdolls are not aggressive about scratching by nature. We will also show you how quick and easy it is to trim your kittens nails with a regular fingernail clippers before you leave.
19. I have small children and want to buy them a ragdoll to grow up with. Not a good idea. My own son was born after I started breeding Ragdolls. I know how easy it is for a very young child to unintentionally hurt a kitten. A small child should never be left unsupervised with any pet. This is for the safety of both the pet AND the child.
20. How can I keep cat hair off of the furniture? Suede Micro Fiber. Seriously - that's what you need to know. I have had several pieces of furniture that are covered in suede micro fiber. This stuff does not attract animal hair at all! Same is true for dogs - animal hair just does not collect on it. Plus, the fabric seems to be extremely durable and easy to care for. I've had good luck with leather also, but I think the microfiber is easier to care for and also more comfortable and user friendly.
21. Do you sell breeder Ragdolls? Yes, however only to established catteries. If you are interested in breeding ragdolls, please check out our "Breeding Rights" page.
22. Do you place show quality kittens? Yes. I am very fortunate in that quality of my cats typically produces a large number of show or breeder quality kittens. However, I am more concerned with seeing my cats placed with loving families than I am with trophies and ribbons.
23. Do you offer stud service? No. We do not allow any outside cats into the cattery.
24. What registration does my kitten come with? You will be able to register your kitten through TICA.
25. Do you offer mink ragdolls? No. The Mink Ragdoll is technically a true Ragdoll. However, when Anne Baker developed the Ragdoll breed, the Mink was a rejected, discarded trait. If it was not considered good enough to be kept in the Ragdoll lineup originally, I feel that it is not a desirable trait now either.
27. Do ragdolls shed? Yes. Every animal (including humans) shed. Ragdolls just shed less than a normal long haired cats such as a persian. I have had farm cats growing up and Ragdolls shed far less than them also.
28. I heard ragdolls are hypoallergenic. Its that true? No. Ragdolls seem to be LESS allergenic than most breeds of cat though. I have placed several kittens in households that have people allergic to cats and there have been no problems. To my knowledge, the only other breeds of cat with same claim are the Main Coon and the Sphynx (the hairless cats.)
29. I heard that the ragdoll breed is like a dog in personality. Is that true? Every cat is an individual, but yes most ragdolls have the personality of a dog. They are happy to see you and want to spend time with you. They like to be near you. As you move throughout your house, you will normally find your Ragdoll in the same room as you.
30. Do you recommend letting the kittens outside? No. Always and forever, no. I have heard horror stories of people allowing their cats out just for a few minutes because they were dying to get outside and watch the birds. Either the cats were lost, never to be seen again or ran over, or killed by a neighbor's dog. Please do not make this mistake. Keep your cats inside.
31. I have alot of breakable collectibles. Will the cats climb on my curio cabinets? Usually ragdolls like to keep their feet on the ground. The do enjoy sleeping on the couch or in a cat tree, but they are not inclined to jump on your cabinets, entertainment centers or curtains. There are always exceptions, but in general ragdolls like being closer to the ground.
32. I have an older cat and would like to buy a kitten for him/her to have as a friend. Is this a good idea? My experience has been that bringing a kitten into a house with an older cat usually brings out the kitten/playful side of the older cat as well. Ragdolls usually make friends with the existing animals in the household within just a few days.
33. I saw a kitten on your website and want you to hold them for me. What do I need to do? Contact me directly by either phone 507-340-3953 or e-mail Doug@RaynbowsRagdoll.com. All kittens remain available until a deposit is actually received on that kitten.
34. I would like to raise a litter of ragdolls just to enjoy the kittens and teach my children about reproduction. Can I buy a pet quality ragdoll and get her bred so I can share this with my kids? Sorry, but no. Part of my obligation as an ethical Cattery operator is to make sure I constantly strive to improve the breed. That is why breeders are very careful about placing cats - we want to see the breed flourish and thrive. We will never want to see the breed diluted out and mixed and lose all the wonderful traits that are inherent to the Ragdoll breed.
a. I would just raise the kittens and give them to family members. It wouldn't be like I was selling them. Sorry, the answer is still no. I would not be doing my job as a responsible breeder and there is a chance you will be adding to the unwanted pet population. If you are serious about breeding and want to look into starting a cattery and raising Ragdolls I am more than happy to point you in the right direction - anything worth doing is worth doing right.
35. What forms of payment do you accept? I can accept cash, money orders, PayPal, and credit cards. Personal checks can be accepted as long as they are received at least 2 weeks prior to the kitten leaving.
36. What are the different colors and patterns? Hopefully this quick guide will help you out:
ColorPoint: These kitties will have colored legs, feet and faces and at full maturity, their body will shade in a lighter version of the point colors.
Mitted: These kitties have white "mittens" on their front feet, and white "boots" on their rear feet. They will also have a white chin and a white belly stripe while their ears and face remain the darker point color. Their body will shade in a lighter version of the point color.
BiColor: These kitties have a white inverted "v" on their face. They look like they are wearing a mask! They have white legs and belly and they will have dark ears and tail. Their body will shade in a lighter version of the point color.
The term LYNX refers to tabby type stripes. They will have white eyeliner around their eyes and white rims on their ears. They will have stripes on their forehead and sometimes ringlet stripes on their tail.
Colors made easy: When your kitten is full grown (about 3 years) these will be the colors
SEAL - Brown
BLUE - Slate Gray
CREAM - Light Orange (almost peach)
FLAME - Darker Orange
CHOCOLATE - Light brown to cinnamon
LILAC - Mushroom
TORTIE - Calico (seal with flame)
BLUE CREAM - "dilute calico" Blue with cream
CHOCOLATE TORTIE - Calico (chocolate with cream)
LILAC CREAM - "dilute calico" Lilac with cream