The Price Of Quality


 Quality Really Does Count

  Please Buy your Ragdoll from a Reputable Breeder  
You often see adverts in  papers, mags  or on various websites saying “Pedigree Ragdolls 8 weeks old available now", only £450/£550.  Sounds too good to be true –well it usually is!!   I shall try and explain the difference between these kittens and kittens from reputable breeders like myself, which most people perceive to cost them  more money.
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
They sell the kittens unvaccinated using the excuse that it keeps the price down - what they actually mean is they can not be bothered to spend their own money ensuring the kitten has the best start in life!  Registration for a pedigree cats is not expensive either around £9 per kitten and and additional fee for the registering the whole litter which is currently £5.
Nor are these kittens parents tested for any of the known defects - could this be due to having something to hide??

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   


When you add up the cost of the cheap ragdoll kitten against one from me or any other reputable breeder there isn’t a big difference when you look at the figures below
BACK STREET ""BREEDER"" WILL SELL YOU A KITTEN AT £450- £500 The kitten wont be registered therefore it is not recognised as a pedigree cat - Your local trading standards Officer/GCCF will confirm this. Nor should it be advertised as a pedigree cat (this !!  You will then have vet bills for its vaccinations, worming, flea treatment, micro chipping, this will usually costs around £100.00 (this is a low estimate) which brings the total to £400.... would I part with this amount of cash for a kitten that can not prove its heritage.... NO!  If you are in doubt about whether the kittens come from a cat that is allowed to be bred from you could always ring the GCCF 01278 427 575 to check that the mother is on the ACTIVE REGISTER!
A REPUTABLE BREEDER  will sell you a kitten at £500-700, upwards. The kitten WILL BE REGISTERED SO IT IS A PEDIGREE CAT under the trade description act , IT WILL HAVE HAD ALL ITS VACCINATIONS AND ANY OTHER TREATMENT, INCLUDING at least 2 HEALTH CHECKS BY A VET, PRIOR TO GOING TO ITS NEW HOME, would I part with my well earned cash for this kitten... YES WITHOUT DOUBT!!!  No reputable breeder will ask for a deposit without you first visiting to view the kitten and meet the breeder.  

Our Kittens are priced in line with TBRCC recommendation
 Are you surprised at the actual difference in money terms?   Just consider the value and confidence you get by buying from a reputable breeder It may well cost you a hundred pounds extra in the first instance, but believe me, it is money well spent!  
FOOTNOTE: This page is intended to help you the prospective owner not to be fleeced out of your hard earned cash.  Currently in the Leeds area there are "Breeders" who are advertising Ragdoll kittens for sale - without their pedigrees "to safeguard the kittens well being" they are aged 8 weeks of age, not vaccinated, nor can you be sure that they are pure pedigrees - these kittens are being offered for £300!!
If you are viewing kittens which are advertised as having Champion parents - ask to see the Challenge Certificates - ensure you check the names and dates on the certificates.  Also if kittens are being advertised as from HCM free parents - ask to see the proof- a good breeder won't be offended!!
In the last few months several kittens which are "RARE LILAC Ragdoll Kittens  and even RARE SOLID RAGDOLLS" are openly being advertised- please ensure you check with any of the breed clubs on these cats pedigrees,  some of them are due to out crossing to other breeds.  Or ask the breeder for the DNA certificate of the cats colouring - but still check with any of the breed clubs
A 'Gaggle of the cats' trying to get the best position in front of a 8kw fire in the dining room
huddle around the fire