The process of adopting a kitten, cattery diet and adaptation
After the family decides what they want to buy a particular kitten, logical questions arise: "How to do this and what is needed for this? When will the kitten be able to move to a new home, what documents we will receive and how to properly feed and adapt the kitten?" I have collected answers to all these questions in this article.
Adoption of a kitten, procedure and conditions
At what age does a kitten move to a new home?
Our kittens leave the cattery no earlier than 4 months old. Kittens move to a new home treated against parasites, twice vaccinated with a complex vaccine (including rabies), neutered and fully socialized.
What documents does the new owner receive for a kitten?
The new owner receives a veterinary passport with vaccination marks, WCF pedigree, copies of the parents' genetic tests (if desired), as well as a signed contract and my support on any issue throughout its life.
Shipping, what is the process and cost?
Our kittens live in many countries around the world, so we have proven reliable couriers whom we can completely trust. Estimated shipping price: to America is 700-1200$, to Europe is 600€. The exact price will depend from the city where you live.
About the shipping process: We live in the city of Belgorod, (this is ~700 km away from Moscow), for shipping we will arrange delivery of a kitten to Moscow on the agreed day where our courier meets him. My courier and I settle the issues of the correct preparation of all the necessary documents and he does the work for which he gets paid - delivers the kitten at the appointed time and place. All that is needed from you in this case is to give your contacts to the courier, agree on the date and time of meeting the kitten and pay for shipping.
I want to buy a kitten, what do I need for this?
If you are interested in purchasing a kitten and want to get more information about it, please contact me by phone: +7 (904) 096-02-63 / WhatsApp or write on social networks Facebook or Instagram. After discussing all the details, we sign the contract and you transfer a deposit of the above amount for reserving the kitten. The difference between the deposit and the price of the kitten is has to be paid when the kitten reaches the age of 3,5 months. At this age, kittens are neutered by my vet and in a couple of weeks is ready to travel, while we are preparing everything is needed for this.
What is the amount of the reserve and payment methods?
The amount of the reserve is 400 - 800$ (€). For transfers of Euro currency, I give details of the bank Euro account, to transfer dollar currency - Western Union system is used. I don't accept Paypal or any other system.
Purposes of the acquisition, as a pet or for breeding?
A kitten as a pet - will move into a family with all the documents and pedigree already neutered. The kitten for breeding will come with breeding rights, respectively.
If you don't have a cattery and you are just getting to know the breed, thinking that it would be cool to get a kitten with breeding rights, I will answer - no, it's not cool, before you become a breeder you need basic knowledge about standart of breed, genetics, and have appropriate conditions for keeping a breeding animal. Breeding is tears of happiness and grief, because there is so much more behind it than just mating two cats. Therefore, sale for breeding is possible ONLY to registered catteries, to responsible breeders who love and appreciate this beautiful breed. We don't work with resellers, backyard breeders and kitten mills. We don't accept keeping in cages. We don't just offer kittens, we are looking for families to whom we can entrust their lives, because we put our soul into them and we care about their future fate.
What are the prices for breeding and for pets?
Breeding prices start from 1600€ to 3000€ (1900$ - 3500$)
Pet prices start from 500€ - 1700€ (600$ - 2000$)
The price depends from the qualities of a particular kitten, its color and pedigree value.
DISCUSSION OF DETAILS
about kitten / about shipping process / about you as a future owner
CONCLUSION OF A CONTRACT
Protection of the rights and obligations of each party
Payment is accepted through Western Union or bank Euro account
After agreement on the method and date of shipping, you meet your kitten at a convenient airport for you
Maine Coon feeding.The diet of our cattery
Maine Coons are truly amazing cats that capture the hearts of many people for their gentle disposition, high intelligence, charisma and of course their large size. But it is also necessary to understand that a rapidly growing breed requires special attention in the growth process, so you need to approach their nutrition with all responsibility and not save when choosing a brand of dry food and / or strictly follow the proportions of meat ingredients if you decide to continue the diet of our cattery.
So, the animals of our cattery are completely on a natural species-typical diet (BARF): this is meat and offal (meat mix). Only fresh, after deep freezing, from stores for people (here all meat undergoes mandatory veterinary control). By following simple rules and proportions of ingredients, our cats look and feel great, with beautiful coat and strong health.
Why did we choose meat instead of dry food?
- Health. Don't forget that cats are obligate predators with protein-fat metabolism, cats need meat! Only by eating meat does the cat's body work properly, cats are always in great condition and have strong immunity.
- We ourselves control what we feed our animals. We see the quality of the meat we give, we are confident in its freshness, we know what ingredients are in the animal's diet.
- No stool odor. Perhaps one of the most pleasant bonuses of natural diet! Meat has a very high percentage of assimilation, so that stool in cats is rare, and in small quantities (once every 1-3 days)
I am always very glad if the new owner has the opportunity to continue the species-typical feeding of our graduates, but I perfectly understand that not everyone can do this due to the busyness / presence of other animals in the family on dry food, who don't want to change their usual diet. In this case, the switch to dry food should be gradual.
The procedure for transferring from nature diet to dry food
In the first week after moving to a new home - the kitten should eat ONLY meat according to our recommendations, a drastic change in diet can provoke a malfunction in the gastrointestinal tract. If the shipping of a kitten lasts more than 2 days, feeding with meat is not possible and we are forced to give dry food during the trip. Therefore, you need to treat this with understanding, prepare the meat earlier and remove dry food from the diet after arrival. If the kitten got problems with stool - within a few days everything is usually returns to normal with his previous diet.
For the first week, you can give any fresh muscle meat as a base and give one chicken neck in a day, having previously cut it into pieces. Only after you are convinced that the kitten's stool is normal, the animal is active and feels great - you can gradually introduce dry food. It is necessary to start with a very small amount, 10-20g per day for the second week, control the stool and the absence of vomiting. By the third week, increase the amount to 50-60 grams, gradually increasing the proportion of dry food in the diet until the transition is complete.
Don't forget that when feeding with dry food, there must always be fresh water available !!! Hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have laid down in cats the ability to get all the moisture they need, mainly from food. While when eating meat, a cat receives 70-80% moisture, the percentage of moisture in dry food does not exceed 5-10%, therefore, in order to replenish the moisture reserves in the body, a cat eating dry food needs to drink a lot. But even in spite of this - the cat is not able to drink the required amount of liquid and being in a state of constant dehydration, kidney disease and bladder disease develop. Therefore, I recommend giving wet food / or fresh meat to dry food in the diet every day. Also, a great trick to get your cat to drink more is to buy a special drinking fountain, paying attention to wireless models. Cats are very interested in them, and special filters efficiently purify the water from contamination, which frees the owners from the daily replacement of drinking water.
Natural species-typical nutrition. Details of the diet
As I wrote above, the animals of our cattery are completely on a natural species-typical diet: this is meat and offal (meat mix). Only fresh, after deep freezing, from stores for people (here all meat undergoes mandatory veterinary control). We prepare the meat mix for 3/4 weeks, cut into pieces (4-7cm), divide into single portions (at the rate of 250-350g per day for one cat) and freeze it. Every day we take out a fresh portion from the freezer (for example, from night to morning, from morning to evening). If the kitten has not finished within an hour, put the leftovers in the fridge.
The approximate composition of the meat mix:
- 60% red muscle meat;
- 20% chicken heads (beak removed);
- 15% chicken necks;
- 5% liver ( max 10%);
- Fresh zucchini / carrots optional.
- Sea fish once a week / two, cooked, boneless, or fish oil;
- Quail egg 2 times a week;
- Cottage cheese, natural yogurt;
- Brewer's yeast (course, during molting)
2. Chicken heads and necks are an essential source of calcium, trace minerals and collagen. They contain natural chondroprotectors. These bones are quite soft, and gastric juice digests them with ease. A cat on natural species-typical nutrition will never injure itself with them. In addition, the "whole" chicken neck is a great "toothbrush" for cats - while the cat gnaws it, it brushes off plaque from the teeth and massages the gums, which is an excellent prevention of stomatitis. Also, chicken frames, backs, wings can be used as a bone component (the last ones must be ground in a meat grinder). In case of chicken allergy, quail / duck / turkey necks can be used as an alternative. But it should be borne in mind that the mineralization of the bones of duck and turkey necks is much higher than that of chicken necks and heads, so there should be 2 times less of them, and they should be crushed in a meat grinder / beaten off with a kitchen hammer.
- Thick tubular bones (especially in the paws), they are too hard and sharp, they can injure the kitten, must be removed;
- Heat treatment of the bone component, in this form they are not absorbed by the body, which can lead to injuries and intestinal obstruction.
IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO GIVE MEAT AND BONE INGREDIENTS TO THE KITTEN - REFUSE FROM NATURAL FEEDING AND USE OF DRY FOOD !!! Lack of a source of calcium and microelements will inevitably lead to catastrophic consequences for the body !!! Calcium supplements are not a substitute of bones!
4. Fresh zucchini / carrots / bran.These ingredients are added as fiber to the diet. They are not necessary, added to the diet if the kitten has difficulty going to the toilet (stool is too hard / does not go to the toilet for more than three days).The carrots are boiled and cut into pieces, the zucchini is rubbed fresh on a fine grater.
We choose only sea fish, for safety. Boil in a small amount of water for literally 5 minutes, remove the bones before serving, you can give it along with the broth - they will drink it with pleasure. Alternatively, you can use fish oil, but it is better to take it in capsules, since it goes rancid very quickly. Don't take fish oil from pet stores, as a rule, its quality is significantly lower, better to take from human pharmacy. Eggs are essential in the diet as a source of many essential vitamins and nutrients. Quail eggs are recommended as safer (from chicken eggs), it can be mixed with meat. You can also use boiled chicken eggs. Brewer's yeast stimulates appetite well if we notice that the kitten has begun to eat worse and is naughty in food, and the B vitamins in it have a good effect on the quality of the wool. We add them to the diet a couple of times a week on an ongoing basis and during the period of active molting.
To speed up the process of preparing the meat mix, we use a meat grinder with a special grate with large holes and a knife for two blades (you can ask the key keeper to cut it off). The meat is obtained in small pieces and not minced, cats don't like minced meat. This variation is very convenient in conditions of lack of time, it allows you to prepare a month's supply of meat in less than a couple of hours.
(Meat mix - 9 kg)
with a portion of 300g per day on average - preparation for 1 month
|Hearts (pork /beef / chicken )||2 kg|
|Thighs (chicken / turkey, pulp only )||2 kg|
|Chicken stomachs||1 kg|
|Chicken heads (beak removed)||2 kg|
|Chicken necks||1,5 kg|
|Liver (Beef / Pork / Chicken)||0,5 kg|
|Quail eggs||8 pieces|
|TOTAL :||9 kg|
|Sea fish separately once a week|
(Meat mix - 5 kg)
with a portion of 300g per day on average - preparation for 16 days
|Whole chicken*||2,5 kg|
|Thighs** (chicken/turkey ); or/and hearts (pork/beef)||1,5 kg|
|Liver (Beef / Pork / Chicken)||0,5 kg|
|Fillet of sea fish||0,5 kg|
|Quail eggs||5 pieces|
|TOTAL :||5 kg|
|*Whole chicken (2/3 pieces) with skin and bones, remove tubular bones, grind other bone parts in a meat grinder, cut meat pulp with a knife. **Remove the bones from the thighs, use only the pulp|
Both recipes can be supplemented with kidneys, lungs, cow's udder, but no more than 10% of meat mix
Moving to a new home. Adaptation and maintenance of the kitten
So, you have already decided on the choice of a kitten and are waiting with trepidation when you can take it home, or are you just planning to purchase it and are puzzled about what needs to be prepared for a comfortable life of a fluffy friend?
Let's talk about the main things in order!
Before the arrival of the kitten, you should prepare a litter box that is as similar as at home. Also you can prepare a few options so that the kitten can choose what he likes. Two bowls (for water and food), a place to sleep (this can be beds, scratching posts, a cat's tree), food and toys. As well as care items: comb, nail clipper and shampoo for wool.
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