Buying a Chorus Kitten
We will occasionally have kittens for sale. If you’re interested in having a Chorus Kitten join your family, or have any questions about Tonkinese in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – details on our contact page.
We are committed to breeding healthy and well-adjusted kittens in accordance with the GCCF Breeding Policy, Rules and Code of Ethics. Our kittens are cared for as part of our family from the moment they are born, so we are passionate about finding them fabulous homes best suited to this wonderful breed where they will receive the highest levels of care and commitment. We always consider everything from the kitten’s point of view.
Some key points before you get in touch…
- You must be committed to keeping cats indoors, or indoors with access to a suitable pet-proofed garden or secure outside run – this is to ensure that our kittens have the best chance of a long and happy life. We are very happy to offer advice on this topic.
- Our kittens don’t want to smoke or vape, so only go to homes where humans don’t do either of these things.
- From 2019 kittens are £550 each – there are no discounts for more than one kitten.
- Kittens are sold as pets only – no breeding is permitted. We will consider selling a kitten to an experienced breeder or someone who is interested in starting to breed, but only in very exceptional circumstances (see below).
How we choose new homes for our kittens…
- We don’t keep a waiting list or take deposits to reserve kittens – some breeders prefer that approach but it’s not how we like to do things.
- When you get in touch, please confirm your understanding of the key points above. We always like to hear about your aspirations, why you’re interested in Tonkinese, your experience with the breed, details of current pets, and your understanding of the interactions that Tonkinese expect. We’d also appreciate if you would share some basic details about your family and home.
- When we know what kittens are available, we will invite some of the families that have contacted us to visit after the kittens are 6 weeks old.
- As we only have a small number of litters each year we can only invite those families to visit that we feel will offer the best situations for our kitten(s) from the pool of enquiries we have in hand. We take many different factors into account in choosing new homes but inevitably can’t help everyone – despite the great homes that might be available. Where possible we will pass on enquiries to other breeders that we know who might have kittens (if you would like us to.)
- Visits are essential to make sure you are happy with us and our approach, our cats in general, and our kittens. Your visit also gives us the opportunity to ensure we are equally happy with the possibility of a kitten joining your family. We expect to ask (and to be asked) plenty of questions! Plan to spend a few hours with us as it’s ideal to see kittens over a period of time so you can make your best assessment. Come in daylight if at all possible. If you’re unable to visit for any reason or don’t think it’s necessary, we won’t be able to consider you.
If a Chorus Kitten is right for you…
- We will have discussed this together when you visited us 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 own 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) 🙂
- Kittens leave us at 13 weeks but 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, 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.
- Kittens will start their new adventure with GCCF registration, 5 generation pedigree, vaccination certificate, 5 weeks free insurance, a kitten pack containing (at least) samples of the foods the kittens eat, a variety of toys, a familiar blanket, and detailed information covering feeding, health and well-being.
If you’re interested in breeding Tonkinese, or you’re an established breeder…
- We welcome enquiries from existing breeders or from those wishing to start breeding Tonkinese.
- We may consider selling a kitten for breeding but only after considerable time spent understanding your intentions, views and approaches, and then only with the agreement of the stud owner who may want to establish a similar level of confidence that it’s the right thing.
- We are very keen to support new breeders as this is the only way to ensure the future of the breed – we would never have had the opportunity to begin ourselves without the enlightened approach of our mentor who was prepared to discuss it with us.
Help and Support…
Even the most experienced pet 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.
Page last updated 27/08/2019