Kitten Contract

     

My kittens are reared as part of the family and will be used to children and dogs by the time they are sold. All kittens are fully vaccinated against Feline Enteritis and Cat flu by a registered vet. All kittens come with 4 weeks free pet plan kitten insurance  and a kitten starter pack (food, coupon, toys, litter, kitten guide etc). 
All my kittens are sold with a contract stating the purpose the kitten was bought for
(i.e. pet, showing or breeding), 

"Show" means that I believe the kitten, once it reaches adulthood, is expected to be able to achieve at the very least a title of  Champion or as with new breeds into the UK such as Siberians, it is expected to obtain Merits at a GCCF show
"Pet Quality" means that, while the kitten is a pure-bred, I believe that the kitten is not suitable for show competition against other pure-bred kittens for one or more reasons. These may include such things  as  size or physical features such as ears, tail, chest width etc., and other subjective, cosmetic features, measured against the standards of points  adopted by the GCCF, Tica or Fife. Pet quality does not mean that the kitten is unhealthy, but merely that I do not believe that it is suitable for showing or I do not wish this kitten to be used in a breeding program. Pet kittens will be registered as non-active (no progeny to be registered) and must be neutered at a suitable age.  Registration pedigree papers will be withheld until proof of neutering is received by me signed by your vet.
"Breeding" means that I believe the kitten, once it reaches adulthood will enhance and improve the breed.  I reserve the right to refuse without explanation any kitten suitable for breeding. 

I do not sell to pet shops nor breeders who intend to use the kitten merely for monetary gain.  Each and every MIAKIRA kitten born is very special to me. I have been very privileged to have participated in the arrival of the kitten (usually in the middle of the night) and worried over the  mother  and then watched over them each and every day. I socialise my kittens from day 1 and the saddest day for me is the day they leave me.  I love all my cats and once you have visited my home and chosen to care for a MIAKIRA kitten do not be offended if I then ask you lots of questions.  I will need to know this kitten will belong to  you and that you will care for it and love it all the days of it's life.  If  for any reason in the future you are unable to care for this cat I would like the new owner to promises to offer the cat back to me should it ever need re-homing. 

I am happy to advise on any aspects of cat care to my kitten buyers.  My kittens are sold with a health guarentee and full. partial or another kitten will be offered in exchange..  For your peace of mind please visit a vet within48 hourss of purchase for a kitten health check which your vet shoud do free of charge..   Where practical I prefer prospective buyers to come and meet the kitten first although this is of course not always possible.  If you already own a cat please let me know as I may be unable to permit a home visit while I have unvacinated young kittens or a Pregnant Queen. 

Pedigree registration papers will be withheld until proof of neutering is provided and this statement will be on my contract which I will be signed by both parties. 

Older Siberians will be offered first to people who already have purchased a Siberian kitten from me previously.  Please keep me up to date with address changes etc if you would like to be considered for an older Siberian or a retired from breeding Siberian.  It would be lovely to re-unite Mother to Child etc :)

Kitten Feeding Guide
Age 3-5 Months: 5 to 4 meals daily
Age 6-8 Months: 3 to 4 meals daily
Age 9-12 Months: 3 meals daily
Kittens should be fed kitten tinned or pouches, fresh food (chicken, fish etc) as part of a balanced diet with quality kitten dry cat food from a reputable manufacturer e.g Royal Canin or  James Wellbeloved and left down at all times to graze on.  Plenty of fresh clean water must be provided with the dry food.
Your reward for feeding your kitten a well-balanced diet is a healthy beautiful adult cat

Settling In
On arrival home with your new kitten, place the kitten while still in the carrier in a suitable warm room where the kitten can be safely kept for a few days. Let the kitten come out to explore in it's own time. Make sure there is a litter tray in the room and that the kitten knows exactly where it is. The kitten's room should also have a bowl of food and water kept a suitable distance from the litter tray.

Staying in Touch
I would appreciate if people who have purchased their kittens from me would keep in touch.  Send photos and anecdotes as although the kitten has let my household it has not left my heart.
Let me know if there are serious health problems that develop as although I have been  very diligent in planning the breeding, an unforeseen condition could develop and I would appreciate knowing so the breeding is not repeated with that particular genetic combination.

Kitten Development- A kittens 1st year

Eye Development
A kittens eyes are sealed to approx. 5 - 14 days after birth.  At first one eye opens only slightly but by 17 days both eyes are completely open.  Females tend to open their eyes first.  All kittens are born with blue eyes.  Eye colour changes around 23 days but early handling can speed this up.

Teeth Development
At birth the kitten has no teeth.  The kitten begins to get its first teeth around 2-3 weeks.  All 26 teeth have grown by 2 months of age.  At approx. 4 months a kitten may start to lose its baby teeth. The baby teeth are replaced by 30 permanent teeth around 6 months of age. 

Play Development
At about 2 weeks a kitten will being self play by first batting moving objects.  At around 3 weeks  social play appears as pawing & occasional biting.  A few weeks more and the kitten will interact with littermates.  Around 35 days the kittens will begin stalking, chasing and arching their backs.  Around day 43 wrestling begins.  Day 48 climbing & balancing on ledges start.  Between day 17 & 43 leaping begins.

Vocal development
Kittens can recognise familiar voices around 4 weeks of age but usually do not take notice until 9 weeks of age.  A purr is present by 2 days of age.  The young kitten will only stop the purr for swallowing.  The queen uses the purr initially when approaching her kittens.  It is then used as a means of communication between her and the kittens.  As the kitten matures it is used as a sign of greeting and increases in intensity by about 3 weeks of age when it may alert the other kittens as the first to nurse.  At around 12 weeks of age the purr is used to request food or attention and becomes adult like at 20 weeks.  The purr has been equated with the human smile.

Between 3 months and 6 months
At approx. 12 weeks of age a kitten will be fully weaned, litter trained and ready to leave for its new home.  At 4 months when your kitten starts to lose its baby teeth its gums may be painful so now is a good time to introduce a dental program.  Try gently massaging your kittens gums with gauze and introduce some toys that can be chewed i.e plastic drinking straws.  This is the teenage time for your kitten and your plumb fluffball may suddenly turn long, lanky then taller until they finally fill out again.  Kittens can become sexually mature around this time but usually indoor cats sexually mature later.   Siberians being a larger breed sexually develop earlier than other cat breeds however there are always exceptions to the rule so it is a good idea to spay/neuter a Siberian from around  6 months of age.  

Between 6 months to 12 months
Your kitten should still be fed good quality kitten food at this stage.  Dry food to help maintain healthy teeth and bones and wet food to ensure it gets an adequate water intake.  Applaws tinned or pouches are loved by my cats and kittens and are 100% natural.. 

At 12 months your kitten will have grown and will be starting to look and act as if a fully grown adult cat.  Your kitten may start to test your boundaries to see how far it can go (just like any teenager).  Your kitten is playing a dominance game with you just as it would with another kitten/cat.  Please be patient during this stage and give your kitten lots of attention and fuss and they will eventually return your love and be loyal for life.

What you will need for your kitten
Carrier - Your cat will need a carrier for you to bring him/her home in and for visits to the vets etc.  There are various on the market but I have found my kittens prefer to travel in closed in carriers and not the open wired carrier.
Bed - Your kitten will be just as comfortable in a cardboard box lined with a soft blanket but washable beds or beds with replaceable covers are the best buy.  Miakira kittens also love to sleep on furry cushions or pillows.
Litter Trays - Miakira kittens will be used to open and closed litter trays but in my experience kittens do not like the closed litter trays with doors until they are bigger as many have got trapped within so i keep these types for adult cats.  Make sure the tray is deep if you want to avoid litter spillages.
Litter - Miakira kittens will be used to a variety of cat litters i.e world's best cat litter; catsan (normal white variety); wheatscoop and Yesterdays news.  World's best cat litter and Wheatscoop are fully flushable and save for kittens that like to eat litter. 

Scratching posts -Your kitten will want to keep its claws sharpened so to avoid it using your furniture it will need a scratching post.  Try and buy one suitable for your cats size as a kitten will not remain small for long and many adult cats will need a good scratching post.

Toys - To help establish a close lasting bond between you and your kitten it is a good idea to play with your kitten.  A kitten will love chasing a piece of wool or a curled up bit of paper.  Teach your kitten to fetch the paper back or try a small ball that it can easily pick up.  Try settling up newspaper tents and temp the kitten to chase through the tents knocking them down.  A ping pong ball in the bath is a good way for your kitten to develop its co ordination skills.  A Siberian will jump quite high and loves to jump up at rope on a stick.  Kittens and grown cats love to play with fur mice and will go crazy for toys with catnip in them especially Chinchilla's. 


CAT SHOWS
Click below to see where your nearest cat show is
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepage/GCCF_CATS/shownew.htm
http://www.cattica.co.uk
http://www.felisbritannica.co.uk/uk_cat_shows.htm