Yes, my cattery name of Prekrasne has been registered since 2006 in both CFA & TICA when I got my first breeding cats. I became a full voting member of TICA in 2008. My second cattery name, Supurrnatural (TICA)/Supernatural (CFA) were registered in 2019. If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of the show.
As of July 2022, my cattery name is now also registered with the newest cat association, Loving Cats Worldwide or LCWW. This organization spun off TICA in May 2022 and I took advantage of the opportunity to become a founding lifetime member.
No, our kittens are the same price regardless of color or gender.
I am happy to work with you if you are interested in showing your Siberian. Not all cats enjoy the show ring, but I am happy to provide guidance on grooming, show etiquette, scoring, etc.
As for selling cats for breeding, I do that on a much more limited basis. I will consider placing with an established breeder providing they agree to restrictions in the contract.
Let me start by saying that pet scams have really taken off during COVID. They’ve been a problem for a while, but as people went into quarantine mode and spent more and more time at home, the demand for pets increased. Unfortunately so has the number of scams. So, I totally understand the need to be cautious.
Thankfully after breeding as long as I have and building a reputation over the years, my breeding program has name recognition. That helps. You can also find my cats listed on TICA show reports and my name appears in numerous breed related searches.
In addition, I’ve met many of my future Prekrasne family members at cat shows. So they’ve met me personally.
Aside from that, any breeder, myself included, who has been breeding for long should be able to provide references if needed.
Our kittens join their new homes at approximately 13-16 weeks old depending on the kittens development. The average is about 14 weeks. If a kitten hasn’t reach the right development or I feel she/he needs additional time, we keep the kittens longer.
Each kitten receives a minimum of:
- 2 kitten vaccines
- Exam by a veterinarian
- Spay/Neuter surgery
- Each litter has 1 kitten tested for FELV/FIV
Yes, health testing is something that is very important to me. All of my breeding cats are extensively tested for genetic diseases. This includes DNA testing using a comprehensive panel test like Optimal Selections. This gives me results for 50 diseases with more added all the time. I also have my breeding cats cardiac screened by a licensed veterinary cardiologist to look for evidence of disease and ensure the heart is structurally correct. In addition, I also have kidneys ultrasound tested when possible. DNA will detect PKD1, but given there may be other types of PKD we also test the kidneys by ultrasound for evidence of cysts. This is not common in Siberians, but when we have access to these scans, we take advantage of it.
First, our health guarantee is not a guarantee that your pet will be free of health issues during its lifetime – that is impossible. It lets you know what we will do if and when something happens. It lets you know what it covers, when it applies, and what it excludes.
Seven (7) day initial guarantee. If the kitten is examined by a licensed veterinarian and found to be of unsound health which severely impairs it’s life, the owner can select to 1) Be reimbursed for reasonable veterinary expenses not to exceed the cost of the kitten; 2) Return the kitten for a full refund; or 3) Return the kitten for a replacement kitten. Veterinary documentation including all charges and microchip ID are required. Travel/transport expenses are not included.
- Parasites including single cell and amoebic*
*I take preventative steps for fleas and internal parasites, but given how pervasive they are, these are excluded.
We guarantee against death from FIP through the kitten’s 1st birthday. We provide a replacement kitten and do require complete veterinary documentation with microchip confirmation. However, FIP is considered a treatable disease. In the event of a suspected diagnosis, please contact me immediately so I can connect you with the right resources. Reimbursement for treatment is at my discretion and is limited to the cost of the kitten excluding transportation.
Limited Genetic Guarantee
Kittens are covered by our Limited Genetic Guarantee up to their third (3) birthday. However this guarantee terminates if I stop breeding. This guarantee provides for a replacement should the cat die as a result of a disease that is considered to have a strong genetic correlation. It also includes HCM. Diagnosis must be made by a licensed veterinarian and documentation provided to me which I will share with my vet or one of our specialists. Microchip ID is required. Replacement does not include travel/transport.
Siberians do not have any breed specific diseases. However, the breed can have issues with diseases that affect the general cat populations such as:
- Dental disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Urinary blockages
We provide a healthy diet, quality vet care, and mental stimulation for our kittens and adult cats. However, feline diseases can and do still affect some Siberians.
We caution people who are looking for a pet to be wary of breeders who claim the breed is free of diseases, have lines without any HCM (which affects 1 out of 6 cats), or other diseases, and other claims that are improbable.
I think pet insurance is a good idea especially with the cost of vet care. Emergency vet care in particular is extremely expensive. If your cat has a urinary blockage, this can easily run $4000 – $6000 if you have to rush to the ER vet.
We send our kittens home with a 30 day complementary policy with Trupanion. We do recommend continuing pet insurance beyond this.
The best policy may vary depending upon where you live. We are happy to give you some recommendations.
Let me start by saying, most vets know how to apply the body condition scores. This means if they tell you your Siberian is obese, he or she probably is.
Reduce your kitty’s food intake and increase their activity level.
Obesity in cats can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis, skin issues, joint issues, and other problems.
The short answer is no. There are a lot of reasons why we do this before our kittens leave. The surgery and any complications are done under our care. The kittens are able to recover at home where they are comfortable and remain until they are healed and ready to go. We don’t need to worry they’ll go home and be bred whether accidentally or intentionally. We don’t worry about inappropriate behaviors like calling, spraying, and hormone induced aggression.