Collecting Your Kitten(s)
Kittens will normally be ready for collection from 13 weeks of age but will only be able to leave if they’ve passed their final vet check and our own assessment that they are ready for the off. We’ll have agreed a time for you to collect your kitten but most importantly, do not feel you need to rush. If you’re delayed, we’ll wait for you, and if you need to postpone to another day that’s fine – your kitten will want you to be as relaxed and calm as possible. Collection shouldn’t be rushed, as you will want some time to satisfy yourself that your kitten is in the best of health. We’ll also need to go through the paperwork involved and get your signatures. Do bring a list of questions if you have them!
Unless you’re making a very long journey, all you’ll need to bring is a suitable cat carrier, lined with soft bedding (fleece or vet-bed obtainable from Pets at Home is ideal). We’ll supply a kitten blanket that smells familiar. A larger blanket to cover the carrier is advisable – some kittens prefer to be covered over in the car – others prefer a bit of a view. If you are driving on your own, having the kitten carrier secured on the front seat or in the passenger foot well is ideal as you can talk to your kitten and reassure it on the journey – but if possible, bring someone with you who can look after the kitten whilst you focus on the road.
Please make sure you’ve paid the agreed amount for your kitten in advance by bank transfer (we’ll email you our bank details in plenty of time). We don’t accept cheques, except in the most exceptional circumstances, as cheques would have to be cleared before collection.
When you collect your kitten, we’ll have the following paperwork ready for you:
- Pedigree Certificate (GCCF Rule 10a)
- GCCF Registration & Transfer Form (GCCF Rule 10b)
- Two copies of our Kitten Sales Agreement (you’ll retain one copy)
- Guide to Owning a New Chorus Kitten (this document)
- A Guide to Feeding
- Vaccination Certificate
- Kitten Health Record
- Details of your 5-week free Kitten Insurance (more on Insurance in general later).
You will also receive a “Kitten Pack” with a familiar blanket, a variety of toys the kittens have enjoyed, and samples of some of the foods the kittens have been eating.
For very long journeys home by car, there are different options depending on the distance and the size of your car. We’ll try to plan such a journey together beforehand but wherever possible try to keep journey time to a safe minimum and avoid heavy traffic or delays.
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