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«The smallest feline is a masterpiece»

Leonardo da Vinci
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PRECIOUS ADVICES FOR CHOOSING A CATTERY (Maine Coon)

There are a lot of catteries, so I suggest you to choose only the one that:

  • It's officially recognized at a cat association
  • It breeds cats in a family environment and in constant contact with people, without any kind of cage
  • The number of cats is appropriate to the house's size
  • It doesn't give up the puppies before 3 months of age
  • It gives up the puppies with all vaccinations
  • It gives up the puppies with the pedigree, the contract of sale, the health card, the medical certificate of good health, the microchip
  • It makes these tests: FIV, FELV, HCM, SMA, (even better if PKD) and echocardiography in all cats for breeding (the first two tests even better if on the neutral/sterilized cats)

The choice of a good cattery/breeder provides you with important guarantees:

  1. The origin of the cat
  2. The only officially document recognized by cat associations (and by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry) is the Pedigree. It's the cat certificate of registration, issued by the cat association which the cattery is associated, must always accompany the puppy purchased, both for breeding and not for breeding. Release pedigree is required and its cost to the breeder is ridiculous. It's the only document that certifies that:

    • The cat is a cat breed
    • The origin and the bloodlines of the cat (it shows the relatives)
    • The awards won in shows by the relatives
    • The cat ownership
  3. The health of the cat
  4. Whether the cat lives only indoors whether the cat lives also outdoors, the puppy (as the adult) will be sold vaccinated with vaccine "trivalent" or "quadrivalent," that is against Panleucopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Chlamydiosis (together with the Pedigree, the sales contract, the health card, the medical certificate of good health, the microchip).
    Indispensable are the parents' negative and updated tests for these diseases:
    HCM and SMA, (even better if PKD) genetic tests
    FIV, FELV annual tests
    Annual echocardiography, two-year at the longest

  5. The good-natured of the cat
  6. The breeder must to follow up every puppy from birth, assuring the care and affection that will make it sociable and suitable to life in a new home, in fact all behaviors have influences both from hereditary, only about 30%, and from the environment and learning, about 70%.

  7. The good relationship with the breeder
  8. Once the puppy will be in your house, the breeder will be your point of reference (along with your vet) for any questions or doubt you may have on its growth and education.
          The breeder is a person to turn to, when you need an expert and affection advice and so it's important that you establish a relationship of mutual trust. Your duty will be to constantly inform on the growth and on the health of your puppy, in order also to gratify and to calm down  the breeder.

THE COST OF A PUPPY (Maine Coon)

If you want to breed with policy is necessary to know that you will face a series of spending money, energy and time.
When you start a cattery is important to have and create a suitable environment for living and growing your cats, it also means the possibility to divide males from females and from the nursery (where females give birth to and the room where growing puppies for the first weeks of life) and why not, have a nice garden in security for sunny days. 
You must to enroll in a cat association with annual payment and have to ask to register the name of your cattery, when you have litters there will be also the costs of the declaration of birth, the request of the pedigree, microchip, etc …
A good breeder doesn't allow to a female more than three litters in two years.
Both cats that kittens must be vaccinated and regularly visited by the vet, you have to give them a good food on every step of age: the good quality food undoubtedly cost more, but it helps to prevent diseases.
Indispensable the expensive tests to parents to ensure the good health of themselves and of their puppies (FIV, FELV, HCM, SMA, even better if PKD, echocardiography, ultrasound and/or X-rays during pregnancy, and why not, blood type test).

For personal gratification and an additional "value" of the cat (so bad words, but true), the breeder can enter in cat shows: this involves several expenses such as grooming, participation cost, often travel and lodging (the shows are in Italy and abroad) as well as energy and time because expositions usually during whole 1 day or 2 days.


It is not easy to rbreed: should be careful because the cats don't say when they are sick, you must understand it yourself, and you must have a lot of passion, seriousness and curiosity that urge on you to always do a good work and improve continuously.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO BUY A PUPPY OF BREED, DON'T TAKE IT IN A STORE!
CATS OF ITALIAN ASSOCIATION MEMBERS CAN'T  BE GIVE TO SHOPS!

All this to make you understand that the cost of a puppy is justified by the costs incurred and by an accurated job.