Some hints before bying a kitten
First of all you have to consider it well about bying a kitten and keeping
it in your home.You have to think about the good things and the bad things.
Cats can be very good friends and pleasant company, but they also can ruin
your furniture with their sharp nails.Some breeders claim, that ragdolls don't
such things as scratcing the chairs, but a ragdoll is like any other cat that
wants to sharpen its nails and therefore he wants to use a tree, when there
is no tree they sharpen their nails on the furniture.With a plant syringe
or blowing in the cat's face it is to prevent and unlearn that bad habbit.
Do never scare the cat by driving on him. They get very frightened
of you en they will loose their love and their affection for you. It
is necessary to get some cats furniture.
And also think about where to leave the cat when you are on holiday. Is there anyone who loves cats and can take care of your cat?
Go and visit one or more cat expositions and catteries before taking a decision. Keep yourselve informed about the selling conditions of the breeder. Is the animal chipped, vaccinated and wormed, do you receive a contract of sale in the transfer with guaranties signed by both, you and the breeder? In a contract rights and requirements of the breeder and the new owner are registered. In the contract of sale also a breeder tries to protect the kitten for example by a prohibicion of declawing the kitten and some requierements of accomodation.
The price of a ragdollkitten lies between the 600 and 1200 Euro.That's not because of the pedigree. The price of an official pedigree is about 9 euros and is handed over by a cat union. Some "breeders" offer their "ragdollkittens" without pedigree, but when you want to by from that "breeder" a kitten with a pedigree you have to pay 100 euros more!!! Sometimes kittens are offered on the internet as "ragdollkittens", father unknown. The price? 400 euros. And that's because the mother is a ragdoll and the kittens look like ragdolls. The advice is: never by a ragdollkitten without the pedigree. If you don't have the money to by a ragdollkitten it is better to get a kitten or cat from a shelter. The pedigree proves the real identity of a cat.
If you want to be sure and you don't want to be swindled contact the ragdoll unions. There are four in The Netherlands: Ragdoll Club Benelux (RCB) , de Dutch Royal Ragdoll Club (DRRC), the Ragdoll Vereniging Nederland and All Beautifull Ragdoll Lovers (A.B.R.L.).
In case the cat is bought for showing on a cat exposition, that means without external defects, for example spots on one or both legs, it will be more expensive than a kitten that's not suitable for showing. The price of a kitten is made by the costs for keeping a stud or the stud fee ( it differs from 300 to1200 euros and the cost will be more when there are no results) shows, the health investigations every year, the vaccinations, the worming, the chipping, the membership of one the cat federations (they give out the pedigree only when you are member) the memberships of the ragdoll unions (to keep you informed of the specific developments of the ragdollbreed), and the expensive food etc.
If once is decided to acquire a ragdoll the question is: "A male or
a female kitten?" Most people think a female doesn't urinate
in the house, they think only males do that.
That's a wrong supposition, a female cat can be as dirty as a male cat. If a male cat is castrated on schedule he will not sprinkle.
Sprinkling mostly is caused by stress. A dirty litter box, a new relationship, a removal, a new born baby or a new animal in the house, all these things can frighten the cat and will make him nervous. Cats are by nature very clean animals and as the litter in the box is dirty he or she refuses to use the box en will look for a clean place to urinate.
Never go after him to punish the cat. Take him carefully in your arms en put him on the litter box. When you frighten him or punish him he never more wants to relieve oneself on the litter box, he will search a secret place because he thinks urinating on the litter box is forbidden and the relationship between you and your cat is seriously disturbed.
Hint: Never clean the place where the cat has urinated with bleaching agent or a cleaning product that contains bleaching agent.On the contrary it is a must to clean the litter box with (diluted) bleaching agent. Cats love the smell of it and like to urinate on that clean place. There are aerosol cans available to take away the smell on the place where the cat has unrinated, the cat will avoid the treated place. One or two drops of bleaching agent on the litter will help the cat to urinate again on the litter box.
.Finally it is so far and the you can get your kitten and bring
it home. Removing the kitten from it familiar environment is a stressfull
event.The best thing you can do is to get the kitten in the morning so it
has more hours to acclimatize and you can "accompany" him great
part of the day in his new home.Stay the first days as much as you can with
the kitten, so he will know you well, it will not feel lonely and you can
keep an eye on him and make sure it eats and drinks.Let it walk free and let
it sniff on any place it wants to do that. Don't pick it up any minute.
After the removal some kittens don't want to eat or drink anymore and they will loose much weight or get diarrhoea, but when there is sufficient attention spend on the animal this will be all temporary.
In the vaccination report you received from the breeder you can find the next date of vaccination. Be sure the vet doesn't use vaccine processed with chlamydia. Ragdolls can get very ill and die, especially when they are young. The use of Dormitol to narcotize the cat also can be very dangerous for ragdolls. Warn the vet not to use this drugs.
Finally: don't put the tray with food on a floor with floorheating, the stove or close to the litterbox. Check the presence of poisoning plants or flowers. Remove them. A grown up cat knows by instinct what is good for him and what not, but kittens want to eat everything, they always are hungry. Don't give the cat chocolate, they are fond of it, but chocolate contains a toxin. Harmless for human beings, but fatal for cats.
I wish you many happy hours with your ragdoll!