FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW BIG DO MAINE COONS GET?
Let's first compare Maine Coons to the average domestic house cat. Regular domestic cats reach their full size by the end of their first year. Because Maine Coons are slow to develop, they do not reach their full size until they are 3 to 5 years of age. During the first year of life, Maine Coon cats will on average gain 2 pounds per month versus 1 pound for domestic cats (http://goo.gl/Py7ms9).
Through selective breeding, some European Maine Coon breeders have created a line of "EXTRA LARGE" Maine Coons that are exceeding the standards of TICA and CFA. Semper Pawz chose to continue those XXXL lines by selectively importing kittens from countries like Poland and France to join our breeding program. For example, we imported a solid black female from Poland whose father weighed 35 pounds at 3 years.
WEIGHT: Males: 15-25 lbs Females: 10-15 lbs
HEIGHT: 10-16 inches tall
LENGTH: Average of 40 inches long from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail bone.
(The figures above are averages, yet there are exceptions in which both males and females can exceed these average) http://goo.gl/Py7ms9
Although genetics play a role in predicting the future,, Semper Pawz cannot guarantee the size, color, or temperament of any of our kittens or cats.
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR KITTENS?
Our kittens typically sell for $1000 to $1400, and our polydactyl kittens sell for $1500 to $1700, depending on size and traits.
Many of our dams and sires have been imported from Poland, France, Israel, Ukraine, Germany, and Russia and come from XXXL lines. They have a wild/feral appearance, yet have the most calm and loving demeanor. All of our kittens are sold as "Pets Only," meaning kittens are sold without breeding rights. We sell kittens on a "first come, first serve" basis. Kittens can only be "reserved" once we have received a deposit. In other words, we do not "hold" kittens. Information regarding future breedings and kitten availability will be updated on Facebook, as well as on our website. Please be sure to "friend" us on Facebook in order to stay up to date on current and future availability.
HOW DO I RESERVE A KITTEN?
If you are interested in placing a deposit on a kitten, you can notify us by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab on the side of the page, and we will get back with you shortly. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required in order to reserve a kitten. Your deposit will be credited towards the price of the kitten you chose. The deposit can be paid by using the PayPal link found on each of our "Kitten" pages on this website. PayPal charges a convenience fee of 2.9% plus $0.30, which equates to only $7.78, which will be added to your deposit amount if you pay using PayPal. We also accept deposits Postal Money Order, but please call ahead first. Sorry, but CHECKS ARE NEVER ACCEPTED. When picking up your kitten, the remaining balance is due in "CASH ONLY." We will not accept any other form of payment at pick-up. If you're wanting to pay for your kitten by credit card, please notify us in advance. In this case, the kitten must be paid in full one week prior to the scheduled pick-up date. Please be aware that PayPal charges a convenience fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 for any payments up to $3000.
NOTE: Deposits are non-refundable , but I will allow the Purchaser to transfer his/her deposit to a kitten in a future litter. Because Semper Pawz Cattery has the right to refuse the sale of any kitten to anyone we deem not to be in the best interest of our kittens, the deposit placed will be refunded in full to the buyer. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us for further explanation BEFORE placing a deposit.
DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR UPCOMING LITTERS OR TAKE DEPOSITS FOR UNBORN KITTENS?
There are two options available for those interested in a future litter:
EARLY DEPOSIT (FOR "FIRST PIC") If you are wanting a kitten from a particular future litter, you can fill out an EARLY DEPOSIT FORM and then place a deposit, which will allow you "first pic," "second pic," "third pic," etc., depending on your position in the reservation list.
People who have placed "early deposits" will receive photos of the available kittens once they are 4 weeks of age so that they may select the kitten of their choice. The person who has first pick will be provided photos of all available kittens that fits the criteria noted in their Early Deposit Form (such as male only, blue female, or polydactyl male, for example). Once the first person has chosen, the second person then will receive photos of the remaining available kittens that fits their criteria, and so forth, until all Early Deposit requests have been fulfilled. Once kittens are 4 weeks 1 day old, the litter will then be opened up to the public for sale.
**In order to continue to offer excellent quality Maine Coons, Semper Pawz always has first pic of any litter, and the decision is typically made within 4-6 weeks of age. If Semper Pawz is interested a particular kitten, the kitten will be marked as "Optioned," which means the kitten is being evaluated as a potential future breeding cat.
INTERESTED IN A FUTURE LITTER, BUT NOT READY TO PLACE DEPOSIT:
I would be glad to place you on the list for an upcoming litter, but please be aware that being placed on the list does not provide you with the security of choosing a kitten before anyone else. If you choose to be put on the list, but choose not to place a deposit at that time, the list only works as a way for me to notify certain people who have shown interest in the litter. If you are wanting to secure a spot, please read the section above regarding "Early Deposit (For "First Pic:)
WHERE DO YOU POST UPDATES ABOUT YOUR KITTENS?
On my Semper Pawz website, I will either post videos and/or pictures of my kittens. Videos allow the viewers to get to know the personalities and attitudes of each kitten, as well as showing the kitten from all angles. The majority of my buyers have even commented that they chose their kitten because of "something" they saw in the video that a picture would have never shown.
I will also post info on future "couples" breeding that we have planned for the year, but please be aware that even in cats, sometimes the "chemistry" just isn't there. In that case, the breeding pairing may change. The time frame of a particular breeding is only an estimate, considering my female cat is in charge. The mating is depending on when she decides to go into heat.
The most up-to-date information can be found on my Semper Pawz Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/semperpawz . In addition to posting videos , I also will post impromptu pics/videos of both my cats and kittens "just because," as well as provide info on births and upcoming litters.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE PLACE A DEPOSIT?
Believe me, I know how exciting it is to finally connect with a kitten . Depending on how old the kitten is when you place the deposit, the remaining weeks until you can take him/her home feels like an ETERNITY. Because Maine Coon kittens change so drastically from week to week, I love sharing their magical transformation with their new families. Every Sunday evening (after dinner), I send out updated videos and/or pics of each kitten to their respected family.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH KITTENS ARE AVAILABLE?
On the Semper Pawz website, next to each kitten's picture or video, you will see the following information listed, the kitten's cattery name (which can be changed by the buyer), the sex of the kitten, the color, and his/her availability status. The following is an explanation:
AVAILABLE: This kitten is available for purchase. If interested in this kitten, please contact us before placing a deposit.
OPTION: Another Maine Coon Breeder (or Semper Pawz) is considering this kitten as a future breeder for their cattery. ***This kitten may become available at a later date, so if interested, let us know. We can notify you if the breeder does not decide to purchase this kitten.
RESERVED: Someone has placed a $250 deposit on this kitten.
SOLD: This kitten has been paid for in full, and a contract has been signed by Semper Pawz and the new buyer. Sale is complete.
STAYS: This kitten has been chosen to stay with us.
***Semper Pawz will always have "first choice" of reserving any kitten(s) from any of its litters that we feel will benefit the future of our cattery. Please do not ask us to hold a kitten for you. The only way to "hold" a kitten is by placing a deposit. Our kittens are reserved on a "first come, first serve" basis. No exceptions!!!
WHEN AND WHERE DO I PICK UP MY KITTEN?
Kittens are typically ready for their new homes between 11-12 weeks of age, yet some kittens may need upwards of 14 weeks before leaving. Pickup will be at our home in Havelock, NC. A couple of weeks prior to pickup, a mutually agreeable date and time will be arranged for each buyer to pick up their kitten. In the event a buyer is unable to retrieve the kitten during the week allotted, a charge of $5 per day per kitten will be charged for its care and feeding until the Buyer is able to pick up their kitten. In addition to the said charge, buyer will also be responsible for any veterinary fees if the kitten is needing his/her third set of core vaccines, as well as his/her yearly rabies vaccination.
In the event that the kitten reaches 11 weeks of age, and we have still been unsuccessful in reaching the Buyer regarding the kitten they reserved, the Buyer's deposit will be forfeited, and the kitten will be re-listed as "AVAILABLE" for purchase.
ON THE DAY OF PICKUP:
***Do not stop at any pet store (or other catteries or animal shelter) prior to coming to our house. Infections and viruses can be transferred from the pet store/cattery/shelter and into our home, which could be life threatening to our cats/kittens.
***Please limit the number of guests you bring with you to pick up your kitten. A family of 4 is okay, but please keep in mind that this day will be stressful to our mama cat and kitten, so we don't need to cause them anymore undue stress.
***Before entering our home, please use hand sanitizer, which we will provide. To protect our cats/kittens, buyers will only be able to handle/hold the kitten they purchased at the time of pick up, but not any other cats/kittens.
***Depending on how many kittens are going home that day, pickup day can be a busy one!! In order to have one-on-one time with each buyer, I will schedule pickup times at least one hour apart. Please arrive on time and be respectful for others. I realize many of you are coming from out of town or out of state, so please just notify me if you're running late.
***Although we have other pets in our home, please do not bring any pets with you when picking up your kitten(s). Not only would this cause additional stress upon my pets, your new kitten would also suffer a great deal of stress during its trip back to your home.
***Buyers must provide a carrier for their kittens to travel safely to his/her new home. Upon buyer's request, a carrier can be provided by the seller for an additional fee.
DO YOU SELL BREEDING RIGHTS?
We do not sell kittens with breeding rights. All kittens come with a spay/neuter agreement in our contracts.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO SPAY/NEUTER OUR KITTENS BY 6 MONTHS?
FOR FEMALES-----Pyometra is a life-threatening infection that affects female cats. How do you prevent females from Pyometra? Have her spayed. Pyometra does not occur in females that are spayed.
Pyometra is a serious infection of the uterus that can ultimately lead to death. The infection occurs through the female's basic hormonal changes. Because female cats are "induced ovulators," if they are not mated, the female will go back into estrus (heat) in another two to three weeks. Progesterone levels rise during estrus and remain elevated for 8-10 weeks, and the female's body begins to prepare for an upcoming pregnancy by thickening the lining of the uterus. After several estrus cycles where the female is not mated or pregnancy does not occur, the uterine lining continues to thicken until cysts begin to form. The cysts secrete fluids that create an ideal environment for bacterial growth, and the elevated progesterone levels inhibit the muscles in the wall of the uterus to contract. Without immediate treatment, the infection can spread throughout her body, which could result in her demise (http://goo.gl/kjqUw6).
MALES & FEMALES----Spaying or neutering cats/kittens are less prone to a variety of diseases. Spayed females have a lower risk of mammary cancer, which is 90% fatal in cats, and life-threatening uterine infections. Neutered males have no risk of testicular disease and a lower risk of prostate disease. Spaying or neutering can also lead to better behaviors. A spayed female will not go into heat, which will prevent yowling (which I am hearing actually right now from a couple of my own females), frequent urination, and discharge. Neutered males will not feel the need to spray everywhere in order to mark their territory. Spaying or neutering can also help prevent fights between pets (http://goo.gl/P4zAlp).
For the above reasons mentioned, we require all kittens to be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age.
Buyers will receive their kitten's CFA and/or TICA registration papers either by mail or online (email, Facebook Messenger, etc) once we receive documentation from your veterinarian that your kitten has been spayed or neutered prior to them turning 6 months of age. Buyer shall provide their future contact information to Semper Pawz when completing the Cat/Kitten Purchase Agreement. In the event the buyer's contact information should change prior to receiving their registration paperwork, it is the responsibility of the buyer to notify Semper Pawz of their new contact information. In regards to the cat/kitten's registration process, the buyer is responsible for completing the registration paperwork, paying the registration fee, and submitting the paperwork to CFA and/or TICA. Of course, I am available for any questions you may have regarding the process.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU FEED YOUR CATS AND KITTENS?
We are committed to feeding the very best food available to our cats and kittens so they can live long, happy and healthy lives. Both my cats and kittens eat a balanced raw diet, which consists of chicken; chicken hearts, liver, and gizzards; eggs; and fish. I will provide you with a few different easy-to-follow raw recipes, some helpful hints in how to feed your kitten a healthy raw diet in the most economical way, as well as info on the benefits of feeding a raw diet.
In addition to their raw diet, both my cats and kittens also eat EVO Turkey and Chicken Formula Dry Cat & Kitten food, which is a high protein (50%), low carbohydrates, and grain free food. For people who choose not to feed a raw diet, EVO dry cat food is a convenient alternative to feeding a raw diet.
DO YOU ALLOW YOUR CATS/KITTENS TO BE DECLAWED?
We DO NOT allow our cats/kittens to be declawed. For more information on the process of declawing, please review the evidence supporting these restrictions at the above link.
Cats scratch for two reasons: to sharpen their claws and to mark their territories. Because declawing cats removes their ability to mark their territory, it's not unusual for them to mark their territory with urine or feces. Cats that no longer have their front claws become defenseless, so they can resort to biting.
EASY SOLUTION....provide a scratching post or cat tree (which is typically covered in carpet or rope) in the areas they frequent the most.
WILL MY KITTEN RECEIVE ALL THE NECESSARY VACCINATIONS BY THE TIME HE/SHE GOES HOME?
Kittens automatically receive antibodies in the milk their mother produces when she nurses her young. By the time the kitten reaches six (6) weeks old, the antibodies received from the mother cat has weakened, which requires the kitten to strengthen its own immune system through vaccinations.
Kittens at Semper Pawz will be dewormed and vaccinated. Between six and eight weeks, kittens begin to receive a series of vaccines at three week intervals until the kittens reaches 12-16 weeks. (http: //goo.gl/HO4J4f). At 6 weeks and again at 9 weeks, the kittens receive their core vaccine, which protects them from Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, and Panleukopenia (http://goo.gl/QCG3jY). The buyer will be responsible for getting the kitten's last core vaccine in the series once they acquire the kitten, as well as their rabies vaccine at 16 weeks.
VACCINES WE DO NOT GIVE: Our Kittens/Cats do not receive the FeLV vaccine (feline leukemia vaccine). Studies have shown that FeLV vaccines can cause cancer at the injection site. We also do not administer the FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) vaccine because research shows it can actually cause FIP.
FeLV vaccinations are not recommended for cats/kittens that have minimal to no risk exposure. Because Semper Pawz cats and kittens are sold as indoor pets only, unless they are exposed to other cats that are indoor/outdoor cats, they should be at no risk of contracting feline leukemia. Always contact your veterinarian for more information. (http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/vaccines.cfm)
***Please be aware that administering FeLV and FIP to your cat or kitten will void your contract.