Floppycats.com had an interview with Heather Kerns of Castletop Dolls. Heather Kerns is owner and operator of Castletop Dolls Ragdoll Cattery in Conowingo, Maryland. Castletop Dolls’ website is www.castletopdolls.net.The website is very cat informative and will have additional resources beyond information about the cattery.
How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
I have been breeding Ragdolls since 2002
How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
I picked this breed because of their floppy nature and personality. They are also a longer haired cat that barely sheds at all and never mats up, which I love.
Do you show? Why or why not?
I have shown a few times, and I will again the future.
What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
The congenital defects are HCM and PKD but I would mostly say that the HCM is what most breeders worry about.
How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
We scan all of our breeding cats as well as using the new swab test for the HCM.
How large is your breeding operation?
Right now I have 14 breeding cats I never plan to have more then 15 breeding cats at one time.
Where do your cats spend most of their time?
All of my cats have free fun of the home. The males that are bad boys have a room that is made up special just for them.
Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
Right now I breed full time.
What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
I offer a 3 year against HCM and PKD as well as a 3 day money back guarantee if the kitten is found to have a life threatening sickness.
What happens if the kitten gets sick?
If kittens get sick I always run them to my vet.
Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
The fun adoption story I can think of is when I went to the Airport to get my first Ragdoll for breeding. At first I had to wait for about an hour because the plane was late then when it arrived the desk person said there was no cat on the plane I was so worried then all the sudden the cat was found, poor thing was there the whole time but what a relief the fun part though was when I took her out of the carrier I was amazed at the softness of her fur it was like cotton and I had never felt a cat coat like that before I was very excited to own my first Ragdoll.
What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
To me a show quality has the whole package perfect markings size and personality, whereas a pet kitten can be the same but sometimes the markings are a little off and maybe the cat is smaller. However, I try and breed for personality and markings even in pet kittens that go home.
Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
Yes, I do keep some its hard not to.
How old is your oldest cat?
My oldest cat will be 8 on Aprils Fools’ Day (2009).
What is your favorite Ragdoll book?
I can’t remember right off hand but there is a book that has a lot about Ann Baker in it, its my favorite because she is the originator of the breed and it teaches you all about the breed.
Do you raise your cats underfoot?
Yes, all cats and kitten are raised underfoot and never caged.
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