Buying Kittens from Abroad
Updated: May 2017
In accordance with the rules about bringing pets to the UK, the kittens will be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months. To allow the vaccine to take effect, they cannot be brought to the UK until 3 weeks thereafter. They normally carry on staying with the breeders, so therefore prompt collection at the end of this extra period is imperative. Kittens are allocated to their new owners a few weeks after they are born. The wait can be longer due to the strong demand for kittens from the reputable breeders we deal with, but on rare occasions we do find older kittens that are still available.
Looking at the parents can give a good indication of the eventual evolution of the kittens, especially if the breeder has kept several generations. A long-standing breeder can select and eliminate the poorer lines while mating the lines that have given consistently good results with regard to beauty, character and conformity to the breed standard. Even at 3-4 months it is not always possible to know if a kitten is going to be of show quality. There have been kittens sold with no real promise at 3 months and they have turned out to be superb at 12 months.
Another major factor is the socialisation of the kittens. Breeders who have several different breeds or who also breed dogs and other animals, cannot devote enough time to the socialisation process, the same is true for breeders who are at work all day. The greatest factor in socialisation lies with the breeders and their “connection” with their cats and kittens. There are some breeders who seem to do everything by the book, but still end up with badly socialised kittens.
As we have a close relationship with the breeders we deal with, the vetting of the buyers can take place in the UK on their behalf. Alternatively, the buyer can visit the breeder from whom a kitten has been allocated at any time up to 3 weeks after the birth, when a deposit of 300 Euros is normally payable.
All the breeders are passionate about the Chartreux and breed them to promote the breed, and not to make money. Whether the kittens are for breeding or as pets, they will only be sold to people who share the same passion, and who can provide a family environment and have the time to care for these precious cats.
The Chartreux is an indoor cat, but it does like to spend time outdoors when the weather is nice. When outdoors, its movements must be restricted, it must not be allowed to roam freely. The normal ways of achieving this is either with a purpose built enclosure or, if the garden is fenced in, by adding cat fencing or a radio containment system. They also enjoy being taken out on a lead and even for walks.
The price of kittens is based on their blood lines and the Show Status of the parents and their ancestors. High pedigree kittens cost 950-1000 Euros which includes the standard vaccinations, microchipping, rabies vaccination and passport.
Once a kitten has been allocated, we will send photographs of it and of the parents, and copies of the parents pedigree certificates if requested. When the kitten is 3 weeks old, we will pass on the breeder’s contact details. This way, the buyer can have direct contact with the breeder until the kitten is ready for collection and the payment of the deposit can be arranged.
As most of the kittens will be registered with LOOF (the French equivalent of GCCF), the naming of the kittens must follow their system. Kittens born in the same year have names beginning with the same letter. The letters rotate through the alphabet each year: A-I, J+K, L-O, P+Q, R-U, V+W+X+Y+Z (some letters are grouped together as the choice of names beginning with these letters is limited. The letter for 2017 is N. This system will also be adopted for kittens from outside France and for kittens born in the UK.