ABOUT OUR KITTENS

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Beautiful Babies

We go above and beyond to provide you with quality, intelligent and socialized kittens. All of our kittens go through high standard milestone testing and veterinarian checks before they are offered to you. Each kitten is hand raised in our loving home. 

All SassySweet's kittens are full blood Maine Coon cats registered through the CFA. Mother cat and father cat are imported from prestigious Russian champion bloodlines. Mother and father cat are blood and DNA tested for disease and genetic defects prior to breeding. All of our breeding cats are our personal companions who share our home. Our cats health and well being is my first priority. We plan litters responsibly and let the breeding happen naturally, when it is the right time for both cats. We do not use hormones, stimulants or chemicals to induce the process or litter production. 

We do not have a wait list.

We will post ALL updates, cats and kittens on this website and on our facebook page.

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I encourage you to take a moment to read this narrative entitled "How Much for a Kitten" authored by Sir Eduardo Loredo Muller. He is well known and respected in the breeding community with over 20 years experience in breeding.

"HOW MUCH FOR A KITTEN?

 

Let me say a few words to you, yes you, the person who writes an email to simply ask the price. The person who calls and after hearing a price surprisedly states: “I can buy a cheaper cat elsewhere”. I also address you; the person who doesn’t care about papers because I want “just a pet”.

 

No cat is “just a pet”.

 

Behind every pure bred Maine Coon is a BREEDER. I’m using capital letters to differentiate a breeder from a pet factory or mill. A reputable breeder does not breed cats without papers, that does not protect the integrity of the breed. Registration (papers) are records of lineage that document bloodline and allow one to research any possible health issues present in the lineage. When you tell a Breeder you don’t care about papers what you’re really telling them is you couldn’t care less about the health of the cat, you just want the cheapest thing you can find! When you select to buy a cat from a reputable and quality breeder, this breeder is responsible for the health of every cat; both cats owned and every kitten they’ve sold for its LIFETIME. This breeder will skip holidays, miss sleeping, and most of their personal house space has been turned into space for their cats. The truly passionate breeder who loves what they breed, puts their whole heart and soul into it. Not only in kittens that are sold, but also in each client who owns a piece of their heart and now is a member of their extended family. This does not take into account any kitten/cat who might get sick or need extra help to thrive. Breeders worry about their babies after they leave and will take one back without question.

 

A breeder will get their hands dirty, often covered in everything accompanied with birthing. Because that’s what life is about...In the middle of birth and death is life. The wheel that keeps turning. A breeder will do progesterone tests, echos, xrays, analysis, emergency c sections, vaccinations, register cats and litters, research pedigrees, deworm and get them evaluated by specialists.

 

Last but by no means least, a breeder CHOOSES the family lucky enough to have one of their kittens. Yes, you read that right. A true breeder chooses who they sell to because they are not making money off the sale. There is no compensation that can offset the investment a Breeder has made so they need to be confident its the right fit. Many times saying more no’s then yes...A good Breeder will have different criteria for those wanting to carry on their bloodline, why? Because breeding is not a responsibility to ever be taken lightly, it’s a lifestyle choice set aside for ONLY the few devoted people willing to sacrifice.

 

Because a cat is never “just a pet” it’s the Breeder’s legacy, a little boy’s best friend, a little girls protector, an elderly persons therapy, a member of the family, someone’s whole world!!"

 

Written in part by: Sr. Eduardo Loredo Muller

Translated into English by: Angel Sophia Nogga

Contract Information and Kitten Cost

 

KITTENS ARE SOLD AS PET ONLY. Kittens go to their forever homes around 16 weeks old. The adoption of a kitten comes in 3 stages. First stage is the acceptance of the contract and deposit. In the second stage, purchase price paid in full and transfer of ownership from me to you, this is your adoption day-the day you pick your kitten up. The third stage is after spay/neuter proof is shown to me, I release your CFA registration information and register your kitten in your name with the CFA. If you would like your new kitten to come already spay/neutered by my veterinarian, all your paperwork will be given to you on adoption day.

ALL KITTENS COME TO YOU:

  • With a 1 {one} year health guarantee.

  • Veterinarian checked at least 3 times

  • Full first year vaccines administered by my veterinarian. Vaccinations include:

    • 3 doses FVRCP

    • 2 doses FeLeuk

    • 1 dose rabies

  • Their own individual nutrition information​ and food sample.

  • De-wormed, flea/heartworm/ear mite/roundworm/hookworm treated.

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Please contact me if you would like to see a sample contract.

OTHER SERVICES WE OFFER:

  • Early spay/neuter

  • Microchipping

PRICING AND DEPOSIT INFORMATION:

Kittens are $2200 each for spay/neutered kitte. Price is based on veterinarian expenses. If you would like your kitten to come to you spay/neutered and or microchipped, the price will reflect extra vet expenses. 

Once a kitten is posted as available, we will take serious inquiries on the kitten. If you decide to purchase, a contract will be made for you, a deposit of $500 is required and we can schedule a visit to my cattery to meet your new baby! Every week after I will send you new photos and videos until he/she is ready for your home. The remainder balance, minus the deposit, is due on pick up day.

Kittens are posted on this website and on my Facebook page.

 

You can find my Facebook page here

 

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Bringing Your Kitten Home

So you want a Maine Coon cat? How different can it be from bringing home any other kitten? I mean a cat is a cat, right?

Of course Maine Coons have special needs mainly concerning their size and extra fur. Keep in mind everything you get for your new kitten needs to be accommodating for a soon to be extra large cat. your kitten will grow for the first 2 years! Here are my personal recommendations and other important information for new Maine Coons parents:

 

🐾Maine Coons love to scratch. Declawing your kitten is forbidden per the contract. Declawing a cat can leave them crippled as they age. It is also the leading cause of arthritis, paw deformity, and litter training issues in cats. Especially in BIG cats. Please provide your kitten with suitable scratching posts in your home. These days there are all kinds of fun scratching posts available, even ones you can hang on the wall or door knob. It is pretty easy to train your kitten where it is acceptable to scratch in your home. With a little love, patience and positive reinforcement it shouldn’t take long for him or her to figure out the rules of their new home. If you are worried about scratching, clipping nails is a wonderful way to groom-bond with your kitten!

 

🐾Get a BIG litter box. Normal size litter boxes are not big enough for an adult Maine Coon cat to comfortably go potty in. This may result in bad bathroom behavior like missing the box, going potty outside the box or going potty somewhere completely different. My litter boxes are approximately 24inX18in. The experts say to provide one litter box per cat, plus one. In my home I have 4 cats and 6 litter boxes. I have never had a potty issue. Most cases, if there is one cat in the house, one litter box will work. But if there are multiple cats in the home, you will need to provide multiple litter boxes to prevent unwanted potty habits. 

 

🐾Keep an eye on your kitten’s teeth. Maine Coons dental development is slower then a normal cat. This can cause some dental issues if there is no dental care at home. Dental treats are recommended to give to your kitten. You can also start a teeth brushing regimen at home, if you choose. You can use cat specific toothpaste or colloidal silver water to bush your kittens teeth. The good news is, they eventually do grow out of this awkward teeth stage, some kittens can take up to 2 years though. Should you notice redness or swelling of the gums- this is normal for a Maine Coon. Red flags are stinky breath, drooling or refusing to eat. If you think you may have a tooth issue, please contact me. Many issues can be taken care of without a vet visit. PLEASE DO NOT LET A VET TALK YOU INTO PULLING YOUR KITTENS TEETH! Some vets may see the symptoms and recommend pulling teeth before the cat’s jaw is fully developed. This is expensive and unnecessary. 90% of tooth problems, with home dental care, should work itself out by the time your cat is 2 years old. 

 

🐾A little info about spay/neuter (s/n). Some breeders will suggest you let your kitten reach full sexual maturity before you s/n so they may grow to their full size potential. This topic is adverse, If you ask 10 vets their opinions, probably half would say early s/n and half would say late s/n. To preserve your kitten’s beauty and charm, don’t procrastinate too long though. A kitten that is allowed to remain in heat for a long period of time can have adverse side effects. Some side effects may include refusing to eat causing them to be underweight, lose their ‘floof’ in their fur and may cause the need to spray or ‘mark their territory’. Also there is a serious potential for internal infections and skin conditions. 

 

🐾A bit about litter and wood pellets: There are so many kinds of litter available today. The most popular kind, clumping litter, may be the most convenient but is not necessarily the cheapest or the best kind of litter to use. Litter bots are popular but really pricey. Pretty Litter is also a popular brand but also pricey. To be honest, none of these choices are very eco-friendly either. Your kitten will come to you litter box trained but we do not use litter. We use wood pellets. I have used both hard burning wood pellets and soft stable bedding wood pellets. I prefer the hard pellets. You can purchase a 40 lb bag of wood pellets at any farm-home store like TSC or Rural King for around $6. With one cat, that bag will probably last a month or longer. Wood pellets are a safe and healthy alternative to clumping litter for all cats, especially Maine Coons. Maine Coons grow fur tufts between their toe beans. Because there is so much hair, sometimes the tiny litter granules can get lodged in between causing sores to form on the pads. Also keep in mind the litter they are licking off their paws and ingesting can stick and swell your kitten’s digestive track. In severe cases, the small intestine can be blocked by litter granules. But what about the smell? When I first read about using wood pellets for litter I was absolutely skeptical about the smell. But here I stand a believer and I tell everyone how wonderful using wood pellets is. If you are interested, I will be happy to show you everything you need to know about wood pellets during your visit time.  

 

🐾Fur management begins with a good grooming brush. It is in your kitten's nature to be groomed by Mom, Dad, siblings and friends. This is an AWESOME way of bonding with your kitten. Sometimes they will groom you too. That is the ultimate acceptance! There are tons of good grooming tools out there nowadays. I do love my generic ‘furminator’ and my anti static comb. You may also want to invest in a good pet hair/lint brush for the furniture and a few tape rollers for your clothing. Maine Coons do not shed any more or less than any other cat but shedding can be a bit more noticeable because their hair is so long. 

 

🐾Feeding and water bowls/plates:

You are going to need large size food and water bowls for your kitten. Their whiskers are very long and their muzzles are much bigger than your everyday cat. Plastic feeding bowls are NOT for Maine Coons. Plastic has tiny scratch marks on the bottom which gets worse with use. This may cause ulcers around or in the mouth from their lips pressing and rubbing against the scratched plastic. Ouch! No plastic! Good quality stainless steel metal bowls are a good choice (not Dollar store stuff). They are easy to clean and dont break if dropped. Glass and ceramic bowls are also a good choice. If you choose glass or ceramic bowls, make sure they are thick and sturdy so they can take a jolt if accidentally dropped. I hand wash all bowls after every wet food or raw feeding. I hand wash all water and dry food bowls twice a week. 

Nutrition Information 

Your kitten comes to you eating Royal Canin Mother and Babycat canned (or ‘wet’) and Royal Canin Kitten dry food. I keep dry food and fresh water available at all times.

This is the brand and ‘flavor’ recommended for your kitten until he or she is 6 months old. After 6 months old, it's recommended to feed any Royal Canin Kitten formula canned and dry food until he or she is 12-18 months. 

After the growth spurts slow down, you can switch to any Royal Canin adult formula. 

 

Each time the food is changed, please do it gradually over a period of 10-14 days. Sudden change of food may result in tummy issues like irritability, diarrhea and gas. Diarrhea + long hair cat = YIKES!!! 

 

Your veterinarian may recommend a different brand of food but most veterinarians will agree Royal Canin is a very good premium brand. 

 

TREATS

I feed raw chicken chunks to my cats as treats. Raw chicken is good for their teeth and serves almost as a dental chew. The reality is, most won't want to deal with raw meat and that is understandable. I recommend finding a good quality dental treat that your kitten enjoys. Because Maine Coons grow for such a long time, it is important to aid in their dental hygiene. Dental treats are a great way to prevent gingivitis and other dental issues. 

 

❓Why Royal Canin?

✅Royal Canin is an internationally well known premium quality brand of food. All of my cats came to me eating Royal Canin and I have never had a problem with tummy issues. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. 

Also the cats LOVE it! 

 

❓Why should my cat still eat kitten food after he or she is 12 months old?

✅Your new kitten is going to grow and GROW for the first 4 years of its life! That's a lot of growing! To allow them to reach full size potential, their physical development is slower than other cats. They lose teeth slower, they take longer to wean. They are ‘babies’ longer than your average cat. Therefore, they should be fed a kitten’s diet for longer than a normal cat. 

 

❓Why is canned or ‘wet’ food so important?

✅Maine Coons love water, don’t get me wrong. Your kitten will probably enjoy playing in the water dish and will drink more water then a normal cat. But to ensure good internal organ function especially kidney, heart and urinary health, your cat must be hydrated. Canned or ‘wet’ food (as some call it) will help provide your cat with the hydration needed for healthy internal organ function. 

 

❓What is a ‘raw diet’?

✅Raw diet is recommended most by breeders for any carnivore animal (dogs, cats, etc). I do feed some raw diet to my cats. Their main diet is Royal Canin but I do feed raw chicken as treats and occasionally I will substitute a raw for a meal for their canned food meal. They love the raw diet! But as a breeder I have to be realistic in the fact that most people will not want to continue a raw diet at home with their new kittens for many reasons. Pre packaged and freeze dried raw foods are very expensive to buy in a pet store and ‘make your own recipes’ are great but very messy and time consuming. 

If you would like to learn more about the raw diet and how beneficial it is for your kitten, I recommend this starting with this awesome website: 

https://catladyfitness.com/  

She has a lot of YouTube videos too that are educational and entertaining. 

 

 

There are lots of other good premium quality cat food out there and raw diets for cats. Only you can decide what is best for your furbaby. Most important is quality and reliability of the food and you also include canned food in their diet. Premium food may cost a little more, but will save you expensive vet bills in the long run! 

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