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Nuggets Part 2: Buying a Pedigree

November 14, 2009

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Let’s face it, almost all of us love a good pedigree. Although many naysayers think it is selfish to buy a ped when there are so many homeless and abandoned moggies out there (and they are not wrong), I think the key is responsible breeding.

One huge advantage of getting a pedigree is knowledge of its history. I came to J & S with a complete chart of my parents and grandparents. My temperament is also largely predictable and consistent with my breed.

To get these advantages, I cannot stress the importance of doing your research well and finding a good breeder. Always ask for a pedigree tree of sort, so that your ped’s history and lineage is clear.

Do not buy from pet shops! If you are going to pay through your nose, make sure you don’t end up with a quiet Bengal, a tiny Maine Coon or a scowling Ragdoll.

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Personally, I think a ped is a good addition to a household that already has other creatures. Take for example, Arthur. With the demise of Diana who was essentially the whole of his world, he has became an extremely jumpy and somewhat neurotic Cat who hates being alone but also dislikes other four-legged creatures.

As you can probably imagine, it was not easy finding a good fit. Getting a ped offered a solution, and S found me after spending many hours trawling through books and the internet.

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Talk to the breeders you have shortlisted. Ask many questions. The good ones will reply your questions with patience, because they love their Kittens and want them to go to good homes. Of course, you might meet some strange people too. A particular Maine Coon breeder actually said she would not sell her Kittens to Singaporeans. Now now, that was catty! We are pretty sure that breaks a good number of discrimination laws.

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Finally, do plan your finances properly. A ped does not come cheap. The initial outlay aside, do think about whether you can afford the upkeep that often comes along with getting a ped–vet fees, grooming fees, premium food and so on. A bad economy is not a good excuse for abandoning your Cat!

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This post is specially dedicated to Adrian and Kelly. Thanks for making sure I turned out healthy and beautiful without a bad-tempered bone in me, and for finding me a good home!

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Nuggets Part 1: Adopting a moggie

October 1, 2009

We thought it would be good to come up with little Nuggets Of Information for Humans who are considering about getting a feline master. In Part 1 of this series, Arthur will be talking about Adopting A Moggie, because well, he is the moggie in the family.

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When most people visit their local SPCA, they usually have some idea of what they are looking for–a particular breed, colour, age, gender. Of course it is perfectly fine and normal to go with a list of requirements at the back of your mind. But don’t be surprised if you go with the intention of adopting a striped ginger boy preferably with socks and a long orange tail and end up leaving with a scrawny smelly white boy with black spots, no socks and a medium length tail! Oh and with explosive diarrhoea and ear mites. True story.

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(My tail is not really that short; it was just wagging too fast for the camera.)

Tail lengths and colour do not matter as much as temperament. When we talk about temperament, people usually characterize us into Good Temperaments and Bad Temperaments. The lines are actually finer than that.

Cats traumatised by bad experiences aside, most of us are Good. The temperament selection process is actually very specialised; you have to find a Cat that will fit with your personality and your lifestyle. This assessment is easier to make for adult Cats. For Kittens, it is a little like buying lottery. Nevertheless, if you spend enough time observing us carefully, you will be able to discern the differences in our personalities.

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(The Mouse had my basket, so I had to take the box.)

Temperament and looks aside, the next thing on your checklist should be health. Most Cats in your local SPCA have gone through a series of health checks. Nevertheless, the truth is most Kittens will get diarrhoea the first week or so when you bring them back. Oh and earmites. Do not let this detract you from adopting though! These are very common ailments and can be easily treated. Just be aware that these problems can surface and do not send us back to the SPCA immediately. We may be a little ill (hey try living in a pound), but we are not defective.

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(Oh shucks, how do I get down from here?)

Also, it is no myth that adopted Cats are more grateful for their second chance. I followed S like a hungry shadow for weeks, and had to sleep on J every night.

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(What do you mean I am not allowed up here? Sorry, didn’t get the memo.)

Finally, people who don’t give Moggies like me a second look usually prefer Pedigrees because they have more predictable characters and personalities. I do admit I have my quirks–I need as much attention as a Human child, I have the personal hygiene of a Canine, I literally jump straight into the air when surprised. Quirky yes, maybe even odd as Luna might say, but hey, that makes me interesting! Right?

Alright folks, that’s all for now! I think this is probably the wordiest post I’ve ever written. Whew. Stay tuned for Nuggets Part 2, where Luna will present her story on Buying A Pedigree.

I shall go snooze now.

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Have pink dreams!