Q. Will my older cat accept a new kitten?

A. An older cat will nearly always accept a small kitten more readily than they would an older cat, if the introduction is done slowly and in troduction is supervised. Initially, you must accept some hissing, small amounts of aggression and some stalking at first. We are happy to provide lots of support should you need it.

Q. What is the difference between x-breeds (cross breeds)pedigrees?

A. X-breeds are usually much cheaper than pedigree kittens and are generally not pure bred. When a kitten or cat is advertised or sold as a pedigree, the breeder should provide the purchaser with a properly completed pedigree carrying at least a 3 generation pedigree, including breed numbers.

Q. Why are some kittens less expensive than others?

A. Some Chinchilla kittens for sale are not pure pedigree, might not be sold with a full generation pedigree, or may not be PKD negative.

Q. Can my Chinchilla kitten go outside?

A. Of course, if your garden is secure (walled or highly fenced). Chinchillas get stolen and are not as streetwise as other cats, also because of the density of their fur, they can get dirty very quickly. We will only sell to people whom will either keep their Chinchilla indoors, or if they have a secure garden for it to play in.

Q. Why do I need to pay £200 to reserve my kitten?

A. If the new owner changes his/her mind it will leave us in the position of having to find another home for the kittens that are ready to go. This can be distressing for all as the kitten will continue to become more and more attached to us and us to them after the 13 week period.We would like owners to realise that they are making a serious commitment to their new family addition. and therefore we ask you for a £200 none returnable deposit to reserve your kitten.

Q. What about grooming?

A. Chinchillas can be difficult to groom, and this is time consuming. We would recommend 20 minutes per day, or a couple of longer grooming sessions per week. Many Chinchillas have ended up in rescue centres in a terrible state - unable to move limbs because they have become matted. We would urge you to consider purchasing a short haired cat if you do not have this kind of commitment.

Q. Why can't I have my kitten before 13 weeks?

A. A tiny kitten may be very cute but there are clear reasons why the 13 week rule is normally applied. The GCCF strongly recommends that no kitten should be permitted to go to a new home before 12 weeks of age. Chinchilla kittens develop slower than other cats and they cannot have their first inoculation before 9 weeks old. They then require their second inoculation at 12 weeks. Perhaps more important is that kittens sold to homes before this time, may not have detached from their mothers, or might not be properly weaned or litter trained which subsequently can develop into behavioral problems.

Q. What is PKD disease and why is this such an important issue?

A. The average age of kidney failure in Chinchillas with PKD is 7 years old, studies suggests one third of active breeding Chinchilla’s carry PKD. Therefore, it is a huge problem! We are a responsible breeder and we would strongly advise any person NOT TO BUY a Chinchilla Kitten (or even a cross bred Chinchilla) unless it is PKD negative. A good breeder should be able to provide you with PKD negative paperwork for the parents of your new kitten. PKD is a kidney disease that can be passed to new born kittens if one of the parents carries the PKD gene it can be passed directly to their babies. There are many people selling Chinchillas that do not screen for PKD, these kittens are often much cheaper to buy. If all breeders ensured that they only bred from PKD negative lines, this horrible disease could be eradicated. All Kittilicious Chinchillas are bred from PKD negative lines. 

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