How to Adopt Rag Doll Cats?

February 23, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Other Hobbies

Are you in the process of adopting the rag doll cat? Congrats to you. You can hold your head high as you are going to adopt one of the most compassionate, loving and friendly cat . Adopting the rag doll cat is not all that easy. The process is confusing and irritating for many. Let us discuss about it here so that you will not find any difficulty in adopting the rag doll cat.

The rag doll cat can not be found at shelter as it is a pure bred cat. There are few rag doll cat rescue groups in the United States of America. But the cats that are housed are very old and are will so many health problems, hence that is not the place to look for.

Find reputable breeders

The best option to adopt the rag doll cat is from the breeder. There are so many rag doll cat breeders in all parts of America. You can easily find them with the help of internet. Make a list of rag doll cat breeders near your area. Then just start contacting them one by one. Ask for the kittens availability and make a not of them. In general the kittens will not be available all the times in reputed breeders. The reason is very simple; the rag doll kittens are sold like hot cakes as there are many takers for them. Besides the rag doll parents can not be bred all through the year which in unnatural. You should be prepared to wait for two to three months to get the kitten from the reputed breeder. So you have time to visit the breeder place in person. Do not wait; plan your visit at the earliest. You can observe the cleanliness of the house during your visit. You can also enquire about the health status of the parent cats. You can also see whether the cats are over crowded.

Ask about the health guarantee

Have a complete discussion with the breeder about the health guarantee that is assured by the breeder. The breeder should be in a position to give one year health guarantee which is pretty decent. If the breeder is giving three year health guarantee which very much appreciable. The guarantees should be in the form of letter, not oral. In case the kitten dies before the expiry of the guarantee date, the breeder should provide you with new kitten without any charge attached to it. The kitten will not be replaced if the cat dies due to pet owner’s negligence or accident. The parents of the rag doll kitten that you purchase should be tested for fatal diseases such as FIP, FELV, HCM internal parasites, worms etc.

Find out the adaptation rules

Get it clarified from the breeder that at what age the rag doll kitten can be purchased. The kittens should be at least 12 weeks old at the time of purchase. The kitten can be purchased from the breeder as it is or neutered or spayed. The purchase price of the kitten should be inclusive of the operation done. One should discuss clearly about this with the breeder in order to avoid last minute confusion.  The other clarification required from the breeder is the declawing policy. Most of the rag doll breeders will ask you sign in an agreement which states that rag doll cat should not be declawed. The declawing is considered as inhumane practice by many. But the pet owner may think of declawing the cat for some reason. This may not be possible if you are planning to buy rag doll cat.   

Keeping your fish alive

December 29, 2007 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Other Hobbies

Some of the Cat owners prefer to keep fishes also. For those owners, this post is quite useful.

Most fish keepers start out with platy, neon tetra, molly and similar fish, but sooner or later many of us get an urge to advance from typical beginner species to more rare and unusual pets.

This is where a lot of semi-beginners make a fatal mistake: they purchase fish without first researching the species. They simply venture to the fish shop and pick out a few species that they find attractive, without knowing anything about how to care for them.

This is why aquarists with tiny aquariums purchase tinfoil barbs, even though the tinfoil barb can reach a length of 14 inches (35 cm) and must be kept in a group of at least 5 specimens.

This is also why aggressive cichlids are combined with timid ones, why fish from acidic South American waters are crammed together with fish from the alkaline lakes of eastern Africa, and why cold water fish such as goldfish end up together with heat loving Angelfish.

The list goes on and on. Doing some research is not difficult at all; the Internet is today filled with excellent tropical fish info and you can also visit your local aquarium club.

For more specialized information, such as specific cichlids info, barb info or similar, there are websites as well as forums to visit online.

By devoting a little time to research, you will dramatically increase your chances of becoming a successful aquarist. You will be able to focus on the joyful aspects of the hobby instead of constantly removing dead fish from your tank.