The Price Of Quality
Quality Really Does Count
These kittens are more often than not, sold under various headings- “without papers”, “both parents are registered but kittens are only sold as pets, so not selling with papers...”, These headings are meant to mislead and baffle you, the buyer, into believing that you are buying a full pedigree cat, which in reality is not registered nor can it be registered with any of the following organizations’ - GCCF, TICA and ACFA , therefore you will have no more than the seller's word that these kittens are full pedigree Ragdolls, what you are buying is a cat that looks like a Ragdoll cat, so I suppose you could say you are buying a copy/fake/counterfeit! Would you buy a “genuine 1 caret diamond ring” off a Del Boy character on a street corner, without any paperwork guaranteeing the diamonds value? …………..Would you really hand over your hard earned cash and buy a ring from that person? So why hand it over for a lovely looking kitten without any papers?
Usually the seller of these “excellent” value kittens had previously purchased the kittens parent(s) as pet quality Ragdolls and then went on to use them for making a bit of extra cash, without any consideration for the well being of the breed. These cats were probably originally sold as pets because they didn’t conform to the breed standard for breeding purposes. When these cats were originally sold the breeder would have drawn up a homing contract which would have required that the cats be neutered, a copy of the neutering certificate to be returned to the breeder. At which time the registeration documents and pedigree would have been handed over to the new owner. The new owner didn't keep to the agreement, hence doesnt have any paperwork to issue the pedigree or registration documents. Do you want to buy a kitten from someone like that?
These breeders do not have the best interest of the cats nor the kitten they are offering to sell you at heart, much less the interest of the Ragdoll breed as a whole
At Tumbledown all our kittens stay close with their mum until they are at least 8 weeks old, at which time they are ready to be weaned onto good quality food. Over the next 6 weeks they learn how to develop their skills whilst imitating their mum and siblings in using the litter tray. During this time the kittens are checked over by a vet on two separate occasions’ receive their vaccinations, health checks and are micro chipped (this has an average cost of around £65 per kitten, which is INCLUDED in the price you pay). Most importantly they are loved and live within our family so that they are not frighten by normal household noises- i.e. the vacuum cleaner. Kittens purchased from back street or unscrupulous breeders do not usually receive any interaction or regular cuddles, nor are they socially aware of the surrounding enviroment, plus they dont usually receive any veterinary care, or any vaccinations, that would cost them the “breeder” money, time and a lot of effort! Nor do these kittens come with any extras – free insurance, food toys , OR most importantly A FULL PEDIGREE WHICH IS REGISTERED WITH ONE OF THE CAT FANCY ORGANISATIONS etc which proves your kittens heritage
Some so called "breeders" are no different to "puppy farmers", ALWAYS CHECK OUT WHO YOU BUY FROM, WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE LIKE! Remember if you dont like what you see WALK AWAY!! Ask questions- How old is the oldest cat? How many years have you had cats etc? Also remember that there are some "Breeders" who will charge you a price considerably higher than normal - dont be fooled into believing that the more expensive a kitten is, the better the quality! All reputable breeders abide by the recommendations of the TBRCC, if you are in doubt about ANY breeder contact them, they will give you guidance, or ask the breeder you wish to buy from if it is possible to contact some of the other owners of their cats, for their feedback
Our Kittens are priced in line with TBRCC recommendation