We don’t keep a waiting list or accept applications until we need to. We’ve learned that when we approve applications too far in advance that when kittens become available the applicants often have found kittens elsewhere or changed their minds. It takes a long time to review each application so we hope you understand.
- Cat is pregnant! If we are short on approved applications we will begin accepting kitten placement applications. We will post a notice on our Facebook page.
- Kittens are born. A week or two after the birth we contact approved applicants to reserve kittens.
- Kittens are nine weeks old! Pick your kitten!
- Kittens are twelve to fourteen weeks old! Pick up your kitten!
Full process (please read it, there’s important stuff here):
- Once we have a confirmed pregnancy, we begin reviewing kitten applications and if you are approved you are then eligible to reserve a kitten. We often receive many more applications than we have kittens, so depending on your willingness to wait we can hold your approved application for a future litter. If we have a lot of approved applications from the previous litter we may just use those instead of re-opening applications.
- When the kittens are 1-2 weeks old we begin contacting people with approved applications to confirm that they want to reserve a kitten. We will ask for the first deposit (1/3 of the total fee) when the kittens are one week old. This ensures that no one sends a deposit for a kitten that is stillborn or fades (which, sad as it is, can happen sometimes). These initial deposits are refundable up until the kittens are eight weeks old.
- When the kittens are nine weeks old, the kittens have had their first vaccinations and their immune systems have matured to the point where they are able to meet people. This is when we invite you to come meet them and pick your kitten. This is also when you leave your second payment (another third of total. At this point the initial payment and this deposit are non-refundable). People often have a hard time deciding, or they have a particular look or gender in mind, but more often than not, “the kitten picks you.”
- Kittens are ready to go to their new homes when they are twelve to fourteen weeks old. You will receive records of their vaccinations and medications to date, their microchip number, some food and toys to help transition the kitten to their new home, and a health certificate from our veterinarian. We require that new owners have their kitten examined by a veterinarian within three business days of transfer (so that we are sure that your vet sees the kitten in the same condition that our vet saw it). When you pick up your kitten you also make your third and final payment.