Adoption Procedures

At CloudCity Cattery, we are committed to raising healthy, well-adjusted kittens and placing them in caring, loving homes.  Thai cats generally live long, healthy lives.  Please be aware of  the following as you consider adopting a Thai from a CloudCity litter.              

Kittens are $650 each. This price is necessary to provide proper care during your kitten’s first few months. (Raising kittens is more expensive than you might think!) The price includes all vaccinations appropriate for the kitten’s age, usually at least two rounds, as well as any other vet care that’s necessary before they go to their new homes. It also covers premium food (lots of it) for mom during gestation and lactation, and for the kittens once they begin eating solid food. You will receive a 5 generation pedigree for your kitten. Kittens will be registered as Thai in The International Cat Association. (The other major cat registry, Cat Fanciers Association, recognizes and describes in its standard only the modern show-style Siamese, not the Thai.)

As all ethical breeders do, we use a written sales agreement, or contract, signed by both breeder and new owner. Our cats are guaranteed to be negative for feline leukemia and FIV. You may return the kitten for a refund if your veterinarian finds, and documents for me and my vet, a health problem or other abnormality at the initial veterinary examination within two weeks of the date of purchase. The contract also includes the requirements described below.

You must have the kitten spayed or neutered by the time he or she is 7 months old. I will withhold the kitten’s registration papers until I receive documentation that the cat has been neutered. The sooner the surgery is done, the easier it will be on the cat and the faster it will recover. Many clinics will spay or neuter cats as soon as they reach about 2 pounds– if you can find one of those, that is best. It is perfectly safe; many older vets think the procedure should wait until the kitten is older, but long-term research has shown it’s fine for younger kittens, too (not so true for dogs, however). I can make suggestions about lower-cost options around the Denver area if that would be helpful.

Cats must remain indoors unless they are on a harness and leash with you, or in a carrier (or stroller, etc.) or in an enclosed, screened porch. They must never be allowed outside without a family member, and on a harness and leash.

Cats may not be declawed.  

If you are unable to care for the cat at any point during its life, you must return the cat to me.  It is not to go to a shelter or be transferred to another owner without my knowledge and consent. 

Kittens are placed beginning at 12 weeks of age. Kittens are raised in the house with us, initially in an isolated room with mom; once they understand the litter box they are “out and around.” Weaning takes place gradually and at mom’s discretion. Kittens do not go to their new owners until they are at least 12 weeks old.  This is important for proper development. Critical stages of socialization take place during these weeks; separation from their littermates or their mother too early may contribute to a variety of behavioral problems as kittens mature. This time at home also allows their immune systems to mature. Kittens are immunized at home by a mobile vet, usually around 8 and 11 weeks, sometimes sooner or later depending on circumstances, and will need two more immunizations by the time they are about four months old. It has been quite difficult to get vet appointments since the pandemic’s onset, so you should line up an appointment as soon as I have offered you a kitten and you have accepted, so the kitten does not become susceptible to life-threatening diseases due to a lapse in immunizations before four months when maternal immunity is likely to have finally worn off completely.

Other important information:

I do not have a waiting list, nor do I take deposits to hold kittens. I do save all my inquiries, and when I am placing a litter, I go back through them and try to offer kittens to folks who have supplied lots of good detail about their households and the environment the kitten would become part of. I try to offer kittens first to those who inquired first, although there are lots of special cases for which I might make exceptions– breeders who need a breeding cat, or someone whose very old cat just died and is grieving. I try to honor requests for color and sex, but I’m more concerned with placing a cat based on its personality, and how it will fit into your family. If you have your heart set on a particular gender and point color combination, you are likely to have a long wait– remember that the kitten is an individual who deserves to be loved for something other than its point color and gender. Please do not take offense if I ask a series of questions about your home or other pets.  I’m only confirming that the kitten will have a good home.

I am very unlikely to reply if you inquire about a kitten for someone other than yourself and your household, or if you are planning a trip to the Denver area for some other reason and think it would be convenient to pick up a kitten and take it with you. Currently, I do not ship cats or kittens as cargo due to the unreliability of airline travel as we recover from the pandemic, as well as a relatively recent federal rule prohibiting pet sales by hobby breeders to purchasers that have not met the intended animal; the rule is intended to discourage puppy and kitten mills but has possible consequences for hobby breeders as well.

If you are very elderly and want a cat, especially a kitten who could live 15 or 20 years, I will want to know what provisions you have in place if you become unable to care for the cat, for instance if you become disabled or need to enter assisted living or other group housing. Please do not be offended; it’s important from my point of view to know that the cat will not become homeless and will be well cared for.

Please contact me if you have any questions about your kitten’s health or development.

Please keep in touch. Send pictures! I love to know how they turn out. And it’s important for me to find out whether they develop any health or behavior problems, so I can plan breedings accordingly.

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