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Notes for people looking for Norwegian Forest Kittens
When you go looking for your new kitten, be sure to give the breeder as much detail about what you are looking for in a kitten as well as details about the sort of home you are offering. For instance whether or not you will want to let the kitten out when it is older and if so what are the roads like in your vicinity. Are you looking for a lap cat or a more independent nature? These things help the breeder to know whether a kitten is suitable as well as establishing whether or not the breeder feels you are offering the right sort of home. Some breeders don't want their kittens to go to homes where they will be allowed out and feel that to do so is risking their lives, others feel it is more natural to do so rather than coop them up indoors. Norwegian Forest cats as a breed are suitable for either situation. It is always helpful if you tell the breeder what other animals you have as well.
Below you can find a list of things that the breeder should know and some advice for prospective kitten owners.
Information the Breeder needs to know
1.Whether the kitten is wanted for Breeding, Showing or as a pet.
2. Whether or not you are going to want to let your kitten outside when it is older and if so do you have a pen or will the cat be free roaming? (some breeders will not allow their kittens to go to a home where they will be allowed to roam in case they get run over, others feel that it is a more natural way of life as long as the area is suitable)
3. What sort of a character are you looking for? A lap cat or a more independent nature?
4. Do you have any other animals or children?
5. If you are familiar with the breed it can be helpful. The above are mainly the general questions that a breeder would need answers to but there could be many more depending on the individual breeder's criteria for placing their kittens in a home they feel is suitable. As much information as possible is necessary to make sure that the kitten finds the right home, common sense will tell you that if you are not happy with the kitten then the kitten will not be happy either.
Advice to the Prospective owners.
1. It is a good idea to know whether or not the kitten has been brought up in the home as part of the family.
2. If visiting to see kittens keep in mind that when you have a litter of kittens that not all of them will show themselves off to you, sometimes in a large litter the most outgoing kittens can be overpowering to more sensitive siblings, who can hold themselves back a bit in the throng. More often than not these kittens will become just like the more outgoing ones once they have moved to their new home.
3. If you visit to see an older kitten, remember that kittens can start losing their fluffy kitten coat any time from 14wks onwards. An older kitten can look short coated to someone who doesn't know the breed, come winter they will usually start putting on more coat and looking more as you would expect them to be. A full coat on a Forest cat can take up to 4-5 years to come through, though this is not always the case.
4. It is a mistake to assume that there is something wrong with an older kitten. Why has no one wanted the kitten? Well it can be as simple as the fact that the kitten is not a colour that was sought after at the time, you'd be surprised how many calls breeders will get for colours that they don't have. Maybe the kitten was one of the ones who are slightly overpowered by more outgoing siblings. We can also have very large kitten lists at different times of the year so it could be that they just weren't conveniently situated for the enquirers at the time. Then there is always the situation when someone just backs out at the last minute for whatever reason and there may have been other people interested in the weeks before but they will more than likely have found another kitten by then.
5. Never buy a kitten because you feel sorry for it, if kittens are sickly then it is best to leave well alone until the breeder has the situation under control. When you have a multi-cat household you can have things come in from time to time. This can come from shows or when other people visit and bring infections with them etc. It isn't the end of the world and the kittens and cats will overcome these things but it is best that they are in full good health before they leave, otherwise there could be a relapse of the immune system when the kitten moves to their new home.