We don’t keep a waiting list or accept applications until we have a confirmed pregnancy. 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! We begin accepting kitten placement applications.
- Two weeks before birth! Pre-natal X-ray taken! We accept reservations!
- Kittens are eight 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 accepting kitten placement applications. We review the 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 reservation for a future litter.
- About two weeks before the kittens are due we get a pre-natal X-ray of the mother to determine how many kittens to expect. We then begin contacting people with approved applications to confirm that they want to reserve a kitten. We will ask for the first deposit 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 eight weeks old, they get their first vaccinations and their immune systems have matured to the point where they are able to meet people. This is when when we invite you to come meet them and pick your kitten. This is also when you leave your second payment (and 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 to date, some food and toys to help with 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).