If you want to know more about breeders and about buying kittens, please read the Extracts from the GCCF GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS FOR BREEDERS AND OWNERS and Burmese Cat Club CODE OF ETHICS FOR BREEDERS (below).
Rameses kittens are reared as naturally as possible: they are fed on high quality foods that are free from artificial colouring, preservative, flavour enhancers and other unnecessary chemicals. Illness is treated homeopathically or herbally wherever possible (in consultation with my vet) to avoid the cats becoming resistant to antibiotics through over-use, though a good natural diet is the best way to avoid many health problems. All their veterinary needs are met by my excellent vet in Oxford, Andrew Bartholomew - who should take a lot of credit for their continued well-being.
Kittens are available from 12-13 weeks of age; they are vaccinated against 'cat flu' and feline enteritis, registered with the GCCF, and can be insured free for their first 8-10 weeks in their new home. We have been fortunate to have been spared the sadness of any of the fatal infectious diseases that can break out in multi-cat households. Rameses is a GCCF registered prefix.
Rameses kittens are only sold as pets, and on the STRICT understanding that they are neutered at 6 months of age or before. I have sold kittens for breeding in very exceptional circumstances, and am prepared to consider approaches from owners wishing to become breeders. However, you will have to convince me that you have considered all the ramifications of that decision before I will let you have a kitten on the active register. All first-time breeders must be mentored either by myself or by another experienced and reputable breeder.
PLEASE NOTE: Rameses kittens are usually spoken for when they are very young, some before they are even conceived, although I prefer not to keep a waiting list.
For Tonkinese, Burmese and Old-style Siamese kittens currently available in the UK, you can call the following clubs:
UK Burmese Cat Club Kitten List 0181 300 6326,
UK Tonkinese Breed Club Kitten List see www.tonkinese.info
UK Old-style Siamese Club Kitten List 0121 378 4205.
I do NOT export to the USA.
I sometimes export kittens to Europe (only), but they may not travel unaccompanied or in a cargo hold. New owners must ensure that the airline they propose to use will allow the kittens to travel in the passenger cabin with them (or with the me if I am bringing them to their new home). Usually, I prefer to wait until the kittens are at least 15 weeks old before subjecting them to a lengthy journey like this, but countries that require rabies vaccination need a longer wait because of the age at which the vaccination and booster can be given. Travel costs must be covered by the buyer. There are incidental costs in addition to the usual sale price which cover items such as: GCCF certified pedigree and transfer of ownership; an approved carrying container; and the fee for a veterinary health certificate required by the Ministry of Agriculture. Kittens exported to some EC countries do not require Rabies vaccinations if they are under 6 months of age, but this rule seems to vary quite frequently. It is up to the buyr to check all the import regulations and cost implications before approaching a UK breeder for a kitten.
EXTRACT FROM THE GCCF GENERAL CODE OF ETHICS FOR BREEDERS AND OWNERS
Registered owners of all GCCF registered cats/kittens accept the jurisdiction of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and undertake to abide by this general code of ethics.
- Cats that are bought as pets, not for breeding, should be neutered or spayed at the age recommended by your veterinary surgeon. If cats are registered on the Non-Active register, this means that under no circumstances should the cats be bred from; no progeny from these cats will be registered by the GCCF.
- Breeders agree only to sell cats where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life. An offer should be made at the time of sale to help with the rehoming if at any time circumstances require the cat to be found a new home.
- Owners should not sell any cat to commercial cat wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow cats to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind.
- Breeders must not knowlingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise cats nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of the cat and must draw the attention of purchasers to the implications of the Non-Active register when selling pet kittens
- Breeders selling a kitten on the Active register should offer advice and support to the new owners. Owners should not breed cats in a way that is deleterious to the health of the cat or the breed.
- Breeders/owners must ensure that all relevant Governing Council of the Cat Fancy documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a cat in accordance with Rule 10, including a copy of this code.
- When a cat or kitten is advertised or sold as a pedigree cat or kitten the breeder shall, at the time of sale, provide the purchaser with a properly completed pedigree signed by the breeder, carrying 3 generations at least, showing all the the breed numbers and registration numbers, also the breeder's name and address.
- If, at the time of sale, the cat or kitten is registered, the seller shall provide the purchaser with a transfer form, duly completed and signed by the seller, unless it is jointly agreed in writing by both parties at the time of sale not to do so.
EXTRACT FROM THE BURMESE CAT CLUB CODE OF ETHICS
- Breed only from queens and studs which are healthy and have no obvious hereditary defects.
- Allow a queen to have no more than three litters in any two-year period.
- Be available at the time the litter is expected and rear the kittens in a warm, safe, stimulating and loving environment to facilitate socialisation and normal, healthy growth.
- Sell only fit, healthy and house-trained kittens, registered individually with the GCCF, inoculated against Feline Infectious Enteritis, and at least 12 weeks of age. Kittens inovulated against Cat 'Flu must have the complete course before going to new homes.
- Provide new owners with written details of all dietary requirements.
- Follow up the progress of the kittens, especially when those not sold for breeding have reached the age for neutering and, in the event of health problems occurring after sale, be prepared to advise and support the owners as necessary.
- Assume moral responsibility for each kitten during its lifetime and be willing to assist with the rehoming of a cat if the initial circumstances change.