Interview with Terri-Ann of Furrballz Ragdolls

| February 14, 2010 | 4 Comments

Floppycats.com had an Interview with Terri-Ann of Furrballz Ragdolls. Terri-Ann is owner and operator ofFurrballz Ragdolls in Australia. Her phone home from is 03 8707 5686 or her mobile phone is 0425 757 931. Her website is www.furrballzragdolls.com.

How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
I started breeding Pedigree cats in 1999 with British Shorthairs and Scottish Folds. My first Ragdoll litter was born in 2001.

How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
Like Debbie from Guysndolls
Ragdolls
, I saw them first on a Aussie TV program, Burke’s Backyard…and the rest is history!

Do you show? Why or why not?
We show fairly often as both Hubby and I are both very involved with the Registering Body we are with, and we are also both aspiring Group One (Longhair) Judges. We also like to get our cats titled before they go on to have their babies for us. I also like to make sure that we have consistent results in the show ring so we know our Breeding Program is on track and we are breeding to standard.

What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
It is known that some Ragdoll lines carry HCM and PKD

How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
A DNA test for one of the genes that has been detected for both HCM and PKD. There is also a scan available at specialist. clinics.

How large is your breeding operation?
I wouldnt call it large. At present we have 2 Studs and 6 girls.

Where do your cats spend most of their time?
They get rotated around to be with us and in the outdoor enclosures. Even our Studs spend time inside with us as they don’t ‘spray’, luckily!

Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
I am currently studying full-time to be an Accountant, and part-way thru next year, all going well, I will be working with Dad in his Tax Accounting practice and will eventually working for myself after he retires. We need to suppliment our breeding with external income to be able to keep the cats in the way we like to!

What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
Our contract is listed on our website and includes coverage for any inheritable issues for 4yrs.

What happens if the kitten gets sick?
If any kitten in my care gets sick, it gets the best care available. If a kitten that has left my care gets sick soon after leaving, then I wish to be notified so the owner and I can discuss the kittens issues and options for care from both of us, depending on the situation. If I am not notified, I cannot help, either with advice or other help.

Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
Too many to mention!

What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
Type and patterning to the Standard they will be shown under..and that special ‘something’ that makes them stand out from the others in the litter.

Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
Certainly do. Breeding is a growing and changing thing. We will be keeping some kittens from this season due to our chocolate and lilac program we are starting.

How old is your oldest cat?
That would be ‘Stumpy’ my first Ragdoll, who is nearly 9yo.

What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
Sooo many to choose from!! I dont think I could choose to be honest. I love them all and they all have their value to me, regardless of being pet or breeding/show quality.

Do you raise your cats underfoot?
We certainly do. All kittens are birthed inside and raised in our children’s bedrooms as well as being underfoot and being exposed to our busy household and pet greyhound dogs and other cats.

Do you send photos of the parents before you adopt a kitten? Or do you post the parents on the website?
I do both. Pics of the kittens and parents are available on the website, and the new kitten owners also have regular pics of their kittens emailed to them.

Do you send the kitten’s pedigree when you adopt a kitten?
When a kitten leaves here, desexed or entire, ALL have a copy of their pedigree from our personal database, and individual registration is available at no extra cost to them if required for showing etc.

Will it be a problem if one requests, and wants to pay for, the CatGenes DNA testing before one accepts a kitten?
Not a problem at all. We welcome and encourage active participation from our prospective adoptees.

Can people interested in purchasing one of your cats visit your cattery?
Of course! This is usually worked out at a mutually agreeable time for both parties.

If a possible adoptee cannot visit your cattery, are you willing to talk to your adoptee on the phone?
We are available 24/7 for our adopted and prospective people via phone and email. We strongly beleive that we are an ongoing resource for all of our adoptive parents of our babies.

How do you honor your health guarantee? There is no legal binding issue there, so that’s why I’m asking.
We certainly do. Morally and ethically we beleive in honouring our health guarantee, which is why we offer a written guarantee.

What if a kitten gets adopted and the customer is unhappy with a kitten, what do you do?
We don’t usually have this problem due to our extensive screening and getting to know all prospective kitten owners well before a deposit is given. If this unfortunate occurance happened, we would offer to take the kitten back and negotiate from there.

How are your kittens registered?
They are Registered with our Registering Body The Cat Authority of Vic, Inc.

What vaccination brand do you use? And what vaccinations are given, when?
My Vet uses a F3 modified live vaccine, never with chlamydia in it.

What are the kittens fed?
A mixture of several premium dry foods, raw mince and raw bones

If you are a Ragdoll breeder and would like to be interviewed, please contact floppycats.com. Or you can always just answer the questions listed above and e-mail them to floppycats.com.

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