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Cattery Policy


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Our cattery:
We breed the snowshoe because we love the breed and we want to give this breed more publicity and attention. It is a very nice hobby but also a emotional one, with many highs but also some lows. I am a bit of a perfectionist and want to breed the snowshoe as good as possible. And that’s cause of the rarity sometimes quit difficult.

Health and heredity:
Besides breeding Sweet, social and beautiful kittens, we want to raise healthy snowshoes. This starts with the parents, who must be in good condition and health at first. Second we have them blood tested for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or AIDS) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). At third we also do an ultrasound for HCM (Hypertrophic Cardio Myopathy) and PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). There are sadly enough very less breeders who test their breeding cats on HMC and PKD, and therefore less is known about these diseases within the snowshoe breed. But in the origin of the snowshoe there are many breeds used, like the Siamese, Ragdoll and British shorthair, and those breeds do have this hereditary diseases. That’s the reason we test our cat’s.
Besides testing we also try to breed with low inbreeding as possible. Our cats are in first place our companions and not just for breeding. That’s why we will have just a few litters and they get enough time to recover and being spoiled cats in the meantime. Each cat will not being overused in breeding, and just a few kittens are allowed to be sold to other serious breeders. Our males will also just have a few litters, before they are neutered. This way we try to get more diversity in breeding and helps to keep this breed, a healthy breed. This breed has got such a small base, when some cats (males) get a lot of litters and many kittens join the breeding program, we get more inbreeding because almost every cat is family. This is also the reason way sometimes other breeds are used, to get more diversity in the gene pool.

Parents and kittens:
Most important; our cats are at first place our companions and beloved friends, and not just cats who has to get as many litters as they can. That’s why we don’t have a lot of litters and snowshoes available.
The first weeks our mommy’s and their babies stays with us in the bedroom. This way we can enjoy them day and night, and keep an eye of them. When they are 4 weeks old, they move to our livingroom. This way they get used to the sounds of daily live and have more room to explore the world. They are dewormed multiple times, get vaccinated against ….at 9 and 12 weeks of age, get an ID-microchip and of course a veterinary health check. At 13 weeks, when everything is okay, they are allowed to move to their new homes. (to cross the border, they must be a little bit older and most of the times the need a Rabïes vaccination too, depending on the rules of that country)

Interested?
We don’t work with waiting lists, because sadly enough we don’t have a good experience with it. If you are searching for a snowshoe kitten, please check our kitten-pages. We keep them up-to-date with planning, pregnancy and of course about the kittens. (gender, colour, markings, availability)
Serious breeders are asked to send us an email.

What do we expect from you?
Don’t take the decision to take a cat lightly. Average age is at least 15 and most times even older, so it will be your friend for a long time. We only sell cats to people who wants to give them their forever homes and love them as much as we do. They are not allowed to free-range, because there is a big possibility they get stolen (rare breed and affectionate) or get hurt or ill. Afenced garden or on a leash is fine. Snowshoes are affectionate and need attention and companion. As a human being you never can replace another cat and the interaction they will have. Every cat must be neutered before 8 months of age. (except breeding cats with permission)

Price:
For a snowshoe kitten as household pet staying in the Netherlands, the price is between 600-750 depending on the white markings. For breeding and abroad the Netherlands, please contact me.