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. 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 and supporting the Tonkinese breed in accordance with the GCCF Breeding Policy and Code of Ethics. Our kittens are cared for as one of our family from the moment they are born, so we are passionate about finding them fabulous homes where they will receive the best care and commitment from their new families – that is always our primary concern.
- Kittens will only be sold to owners committed to keeping cats indoors, or indoors with access to a suitable and secure outside run or pet-proofed garden
- Kittens will only be sold to homes that are free of tobacco smoke and/or e-cigarette vapour
- If there are no other cats in your family for feline company, we prefer to home kittens as pairs
- Kittens are sold as pets only – no breeding will be allowed (Interested in breeding Tonkinese? – see below)
- Kittens are £550 each, (there are no discounts for more than one kitten)
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 home, other cats in the family, how much time you will be able to spend with your kitten(s) and whether you’re new to the breed and so on in order to give you the best advice. We also like to confirm that you’ve considered the information on this page.
- Arrange a visit. Come and see the kittens, their mum, 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 ideal to see them 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 or don’t think it’s necessary, then we won’t be able to help you.
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.
If you are interested in breeding Tonkinese, or an established breeder…
- We may consider selling a kitten for breeding.
- We welcome enquiries from existing breeders or from those wishing to start breeding Tonkinese.
- We are very keen to support new breeders as this is the only way to ensure the future of the breed!
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.