All kittens are born in the home, the favourite spot appears to be the landing outside the bedroom, and is a team effort. I am present for every birth. My other cats are usually present to lend a paw and nose and issue purrs of encouragement. (This is the queen’s choice). There are more private places provided.
The kittens are handled from day one by humans and felines alike as they have a resident feline “nanny” and “father figure” and are used to having a lot of kisses and cuddles. The kittens are never penned, and so far the queen has been happy to share parenting duties with the rest of the household, especially when she has finished nursing them and wants a cuddle herself.
All my kittens are given a wide and varied diet. By the time they are ready to leave home at 13 weeks old, they would have consumed a whole range of foods, from cooked chicken/turkey and coley, to a wide variety of wet foods especially kitten Whiskas, Felix, Sheba and Hi Life and a whole range of Biscuits (Hills, Whiskas, Go Kat, Iams, Royal Canin and James Wellbeloved, as well as Tesco’s junior crunch, Purina and Pets at Home).
They are vaccinated for FCV/FVR and FIE, leukaemia and chlamydia unless a kitten is reserved and the new owner specifically requests a different vaccine.
The kittens are always wormed and treated for fleas. They are registered with the GCCF (usually on the non active register but I do consider active). I don’t tend to microchip before 13 weeks unless requested by the new owner. All have been fully litter trained and scratching post and plant/knick knack trained by the time they have gone to their new homes. If a buyer says they do not intend to register the kitten, want it as a pet only and have no intention of showing I declare the kittens to GCCF and provide a mating certificate and pedigree certificate to the new owner should they change their minds at a later date.
The new owners are also given a kitten pack which includes a kitten care booklet, information on insurance companies, vaccination certificate, a pedigree certificate, a fact sheet, some notes on feeding habits and specific information about their particular kitten. (vocabulary understood, any funny habits, etc).
Our kittens will only go to loving homes. We expect to meet with prospective owners prior to making any arrangements about their future.
Rehoming: In the event that a kitten proves unsuitable, we expect to be informed and the kitten returned to us for rehoming. A proportionate amount of the purchase price may be refunded once the new kitten goes to a new home. (older kittens are harder to rehome, and some may have encountered circumstances that make the choice of new home harder to find. For example: Gone to a home with dogs/children and suffered some trauma as a result).
Amber’s two litters all went to family friends. Ellie’s kittens met their new owners several times prior to going to their new homes. Caspian and Solitaire’s new owners came and visited them several times between reserving them and taking them home at 13 weeks. It was not an inconvenience at all, but a pleasure to see how wanted and cared for they would be, It made parting easier to bear.
Most of our kittens are sold by referal from a previous happy owner so we suggest that you contact us early if you think you may want a Sorafel kitten. Most are pre-booked so it is not often that we have a large set of spares floating around. We are small scale hobby breeders and tend to have a litter a year on average from each queen. We are sometimes lucky and have 2 queens kitten around the same time and have lots of little paws racing around, but that is very rare.
We do not ship our kittens via courier. We like you to come and collect them with an appropriate pet carrier. You will need one anyway to take them to and from the vet, to holiday homes/catteries etc. In some cases we are prepared to deliver the kittens to you.
Prior to handing over the kitten, we produce a check list and expect the owner to be to be happy with what they are going home with. this will cover physical attributes etc (profiles, teeth, tarnish if any). We cannot guarantee any kitten is suitable for showing but can point out anything that may lose points on the show bench.
All Sorafel cats stay with me for the duration of their lives. Exceptions arise due to individual circumstances when a new home is sought. This is the exception rather than the rule.
Any cats needing a new home will be listed on the current kittens page.