Making an informed choice
All guardians are urged to do detailed research on feline behaviours and feline illnesses. Please click on the links below at the bottom of the website under “Useful Links”.
Knowing how virulent and/or contagious some of these feline illnesses are, will perhaps give an idea how no one is able to guarantee that a kitty has no health problems throughout his/her lifetime. Stress is an often-cited trigger in enabling viruses/ bacterium which exist everywhere to take a foothold and make a kitty unwell.
Before a person considers taking on the immense & heavy responsibilities of being a kitty’s guardian/human parent, these are some important fairly common-sensical factors:
- Do you travel in and out of the country frequently (for eg. 2 weeks in every month) or not often at home (for eg. 3 days in a week staying elsewhere)? If so, it will not be easy to establish a close relationship or connection between the kitty and you.
- Do you have enough financial resources for good quality feline food, some cat toys (like a cat tree/ cat scratching post – you can even make them yourself), basic vaccinations, medical care and the unexpected medical problems which may crop up now & then?
- Have you read up on feline behaviours and have some idea what to expect (for eg. what if your kitty suddenly does not use the litter tray and defecate/urinate (“eliminate”) in the wrong places)?
British & Scottish cats are usually not destructive & get along well with other pets. A suitable feline companion (dogs and other small animals have been known to be suitable companions as well) should be provided, unless in a special situation.
The welfare of the kitty is of utmost consideration. The screening process for potential guardians and their homes is rigorous. The Contact Form page lists out very important requirements that are indicative of your willingness to work with the rigorous screening process.
Please go through each requirement carefully & provide the information needed in the Contact Form. The cattery fee will be discussed when there is sufficient information.
A telephone chat will be arranged with suitable potential guardians who have provided sufficient information in the Contact Form.
Kittens will leave ONLY WHEN THEY ARE READY to do so & will leave:
- Vaccinated (2x F4 vaccinations)
- Neutered, the suitability of which is to be solely determined by the vet (non-negotiable)
- Vet-checked, microchipped & dewormed
- Litter-trained (note that “normal” toileting issues can occur at any time in a kitty’s lifetime due to stress, tummy upsets, etc.)
- Registered with TICA (see below)
- Assured of a lifetime support on kitty care, even after the kitty has joined his/her new family. Regardless, it is incumbent on the Guardians to do their own research. Photos & updates from Guardians are greatly appreciated.
The kittens are typically neutered when they are about 15-16 weeks old, SUBJECT to the vet’s health assessment. Female kittens are likely to stay little a longer to recover. Guardians have to be patient in the meantime, and the welfare of the kitty shall always prevail.
The kitten’s pedigree cert may take a while to be processed due to TICA’s turnaround time and even more so, if the kitten’s colour needs time to develop.
In TICA, the breed “Scottish Fold” comprises both the folds and the straight-eareds. TICA commonly refers the Scottish Straights as “straight-eared Scottish Folds”. TICA’s pedigree cert will not state the ear type.
You are more than welcome to choose the pedigree name of your kitten (subj to TICA’s name-choosing rules) but it has to start with the same letter of the litter. For eg, litter “A” means each kitten’s pedigree name has to start with “A”. The pedigree name must not be more than 24 letters long, including spaces.
An application for the kitten’s pedigree certificate is usually made after the kittens reach 8 weeks old of age.