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Kitten Information Guide

PLEASE READ ALL THE INFO INFORMATION BELOW.  THIS SECTION WAS MADE TO PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT US AND OUR CATS/KITTENS AS POSSIBLE, ABOUT THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT BREED IN GENERAL, AND OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CARING FOR YOUR CAT/KITTEN.

 

ABOUT OUR KITTENS

  • Kittens are able to move to their new homes at 12-14 weeks of age.

  • Kitten are FIV/FELV negative (all of our adults are)

  • Parents are echocardiogram clear of HCM (starting at 1-2 yrs of age and re-tested bi-annually.  "Clear at time of breeding" means they are clear of HCM at the time of the ultrasound - there is no guarantee that they won't develop HCM in the future)

  • Our kittens are raised in our bedrooms and get run of the house after they have had their first set of shots.

 

 

PICKING UP YOUR CAT OR KITTEN

  • You must bring a carrier to take your kitten home in.

  • Your kitten will come with food to get you started. We are currently feeding Orijen all life stages formula and Spots Stew Salmon dry foods.  We also feed Wellness Core canned food.  Additionally we feed Primal dehydrated raw food.  You will want to mix the dry food with the food you plan to feed so the kitten’s digestion can get used of what you are feeding without stomach upset.  *please consider keeping your cat on this food or ask me for recommendations for other high-quality pet foods

  • Toys - your kitten will get a few of our cats favorites!

  • Vaccination/Health Record pamphlet (shots and de-worming), Health Certificate from our vet, our Kitten Contract & Health Guarantee and our Kitten Care Guide which contains information on bringing your kitten home and tips to get your kitten acclimated.

 

 

PET KITTEN INQUIRIES

  • We do not ship pet kittens, NO exceptions.

  • If you are interested in a kitten and would like us to hold it for you, we require a $100 deposit. Once a deposit is received, we will turn away any future inquiries on this kitten.  We do not collect deposits on kittens until we have a litter on the ground and we are sure there is a kitten for you.

  • We do not offer cattery tours. This is our home and our hobby. After our kittens have visited our vet and had their first vaccinations at approximately 8 weeks of age, we will invite serious buyers to see the kittens and they will have the opportunity to meet us and our cats (and dog!) at that time.

  • We do not allow our kittens to be declawed or let to roam outdoors. Check the links below to find out why:

NOTE: We have the option to keep a kitten who

already has a deposit on it if we feel the kitten is

needed in our show/breeding program. While this

doesn't happen often sometimes we have to do this to

keep a certain pedigree or top show cat. Your deposit

will either be refunded or put towards the next

available kitten of your choice.

HEALTH ISSUES IN NORWEGIAN FOREST CATS

(we have no control over genetics, but we breed away from these issues and breed cats as healthy as possible)

  • HCM in Cats - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is a terminal condition where the heart muscle enlarges and thickens progressively over time. It can be a cause of sudden death, and symptoms may be mild or nonexistent.  Any cat regardless of breed can be afflicted with the disease. HCM has been diagnosed in cats as young as 4 months old and as old as 16 years old.  Right now regular echocardiogram screening is our best defense against HCM.  Also see http://www.nfchcm.org 

  • GSD-IV (DNA Test available for Norwegian Forest Cats) Norwegian Forest cats can inherit a defective glycogen branching enzyme (GBE) that causes a severe error in glycogen (sugar) storage in cells. Abnormal glycogen accumulates in muscle, liver and neurons causing progressive organ dysfunctions. The disease is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. Affected kittens may die at or soon after birth, but a few can appear clinically normal till about 5 months of age. These juveniles develop a persistent fever and later show signs of muscle tremors. The signs progress to generalized muscle atrophy and eventual death. All of our breeding cats are GSD-IV free. More information can be found here.

  • BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) Deafness is a trait that can appear in homozygous white cats of all breeds. All of our white kittens will be BAER tested at Tufts in North Grafton, MA prior to moving to their new homes. All white cats used in our breeding program are confirmed to be hearing via BAER testing.

  • PK Deficiency (DNA Test available for Norwegian Forest Cats) Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK Deficiency) is an inherited hemolytic anemia caused by insufficient activity of this regulatory enzyme which results in instability and loss of red blood cells. The anemia is intermittent, the age of onset is variable and clinical signs are also variable. Symptoms of this anemia can include: severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and abdominal enlargement. This condition is inherited as an autosomal recessive. More information can be found here.

 

BREEDER/SHOW KITTEN OR STUD SERVICE INQUIRIES

  • We occasionally sell show or breeder kittens to established catteries only. Must have 3 breeder references, test for HCM via ultrasound regularly, breeding cats must not be kept caged and must live in your household as part of the family. We may also request images of your home and cattery.

 

 

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