Buying a Kitten
We will occasionally have kittens for sale. This page explains the basics if you’re interested in having a Chorus Kitten join your family – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – it’s always better to have all the information you need at hand. If you prefer to talk on the phone rather than email, send us your contact details and we’ll call you back.
We are committed to breeding healthy and well-adjusted kittens in support of the Tonkinese breed and in accordance with the GCCF Breeding Policy and Code of Ethics. Although kittens will ultimately leave us for new homes, they are cared for as one of our family from the moment they are born and we have to be confident that we can dedicate ourselves totally to their upbringing and development even before our queen is mated. We are equally committed to finding them fabulous homes where they will receive the best care and commitment from their new families, and that is our primary concern.
If you’re interested in having a Chorus Kitten…
- The first thing to do is get in touch via our contact form. If we have kittens available, you’ll find out either by recommendation from another breeder, from the kitten lists at the Tonkinese Breed Club and Tonkinese Cat Club, or our website. We do not maintain a waiting list between litters, but once we have kittens available we do our best to work with potential owners in the order they have contacted us.
- Expect some questions 🙂 We’d like to make sure that you have all the information you need from us, and that we really understand what you’re looking for in a kitten. We’d like to know some basics about your environment at home, other cats in the family, and whether you’re new to the breed and so on in order to give you the best advice. We also like to make sure at this point you’ve read the information on this page.
- Arrange a visit. Come and see the kittens, meet Saffy (our breeding queen) and us. Expect to spend a few hours with us – if the kittens have just fallen asleep it might be a little while before they are playing again – and it’s best to be able to see them over a period of time so you can make your best assessment of them. Come in daylight if at all possible. If you’re unable to visit or don’t think it’s necessary, then you should look elsewhere.
If a Chorus Kitten is right for you…
- We will have discussed this together and made a joint decision based on good faith that the kitten is reserved for you. This is not binding, as your circumstances (or our understanding of them) may change, our circumstances may change, or the kitten may not be ready on time, or at all, in the unlikely event of any health issues that may arise.
- Please feel free to visit as often (reasonably) as you like up to the point of collecting your kitten(s) 🙂
- We can only be as certain as the kittens allow. Whilst we may agree in principle that a kitten will go to a particular new home, until the kittens are ready – which is usually from 13 weeks of age (and never sooner) – nothing is certain until after the final vaccinations, vet checks, and our own assessment that the kitten is ready to leave. For this reason we don’t ask for a deposit – we’ll work on the reasonable assumption that the kitten will go as planned but we will put the kitten’s health and well-being above all other considerations.
- All kittens are sold subject to a legally binding sales agreement. There is a necessary degree of formality to this process and all responsible breeders have similar arrangements in place to protect the welfare of the kitten. You can download our Kitten Sales Agreement to view in advance but please note we reserve the right to modify it and keep it up to date following best practice at any point.
- Kittens will start their new adventure with GCCF registration, vaccination certificate, 5 weeks insurance, 5 generation pedigree, a kitten pack containing (at least) samples of the foods the kittens eat, a variety of toys, some of the cat litter the kitten is used to, a familiar blanket, and detailed information covering health and well-being.
- Kittens will be available no earlier than 13 weeks of age, will be vaccinated with the UK core vaccinations, and insured free for their first 5 weeks in their new home.
- Kittens are normally sold as pets only, registered on the GCCF inactive register and no breeding will be permitted. (Breeders see below)
- Kittens will only be sold to homes free of tobacco smoke and/or e-cigarette vapour.
- Kittens will only be sold to purchasers that are committed to keeping the cat indoors, or indoors with access to a suitable and secure outside run or fully pet-proofed garden, or in the most exceptional circumstances indoors with supervised access to an enclosed garden where access to roads or cats outside the household will be absolutely minimised.
- Kittens must be neutered and micro-chipped at 6 months of age or earlier and proof of neutering supplied to us.
- Kittens are £500 each, there are no discounts for more than one kitten. Payment 24 hours in advance of collection by internet banking, or in cash on collection.
New or Existing Breeders
We may consider selling a kitten for breeding in the most exceptional circumstances and welcome enquiries especially from those wishing to start breeding Tonkinese.
Help and Support
Even the most experienced owners (and breeders) need help and support from time to time. We’ll be on hand to offer advice and help with your new kitten, although your own relationship with your vet is extremely important – you should register a kitten with your vet as soon as possible and take it to the vet immediately if you have any concerns.