Kittens choose their adopted parents anytime after 6 weeks of age and are ready to leave us at some time between 13 - 16 weeks of age. Some people, used to seeing mixed breed kittens available from 8 weeks of age, worry that the kittens are too old to integrate into their household and will not bond with their new owners. This article by B.C. French, gives a research based - not heresay - view of the optimum age for letting kittens go to their new homes. My kittens are vaccinated, spayed/neutered depending on their status, wormed, litter trained and registered with The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. For more information about early spay/neuter, see this site
We have recently been converted to the principles of early spaying and neutering of kittens bound for pet homes. The current research shows that this has no detrimental effect to the future physical, mental and emotional development of the kitten. The operation is performed at an early age and it is far less stressful than when performed at 6 months. The kitten invariably recovers within hours and ensures that the kitten will never learn some of the anti social adult sexual behaviour.
The kittens are born and raised in our household which includes myself and Eoghan, Dubh, our young Irish Wolfhound, Gytha, our lovely Whippet, 2 Devon Rex and 3 Sphynx. They are used to dodging out of the way of very large canine bodies (particularly feet) and we are already trained in the art of the kitten shuffle - essential to prevent accidental standing on kittens!!
We expect all our kittens to be indoor cats both for health and safety reasons. In exceptional circumstances we will consider selling to an owner with a secure garden who wants to allow the kitten/cat out under close observation, but this situation will be the exception and never the rule. We also only sell kittens who will have other feline company. Singleton kittens without other cats for company must get so very lonely and it is not something we wish to see our kittens go through.
Occasionally we allow kittens to go for breeding subject to agreement, however, these are few and far between. Please be prepared to undergo a intensive grilling if you are interested in breeding - it is only for the good of the breed. We are always available for a chat to clarify the situation.
We also welcome anyone wishing to go on a standard waiting list with no commitment, and will contact you should any kittens become available.