Interview with Ken Staples of Kasseldolls

Post Published on February 14, 2010 | Last Updated on July 14, 2021 by Jenny had the following Interview with Ken Staples of Kasseldolls. Ken Staples is owner and operator of Kasseldolls Ragdoll Cattery in Rhode Island. His phone is 401-766-3955. His website is WWW.KASSELDOLLS.COM.

How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
I have been breeding Ragdolls for 7 years

How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
I chose them based upon their beauty and their personality.

Do you show? Why or why not?
Yes I do show. I feel it is very important to show. Showing gives us the opportunity to stay current on the Ragdoll standard / look as well as to meet and learn from other more experienced Ragdoll breeders

What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
HCM is the number one cause of heart disease in all cats including Ragdolls.

How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
There are no guarantees against HCM but I have scanned and have DNA tested my cats.

How large is your breeding operation?
My breeding program is a little larger at the moment than I would like. This is due to keeping kittens from my foundation cats. This year (2009) I plan to, and have begun to, retire some of the foundation cats to reduce my numbers a bit.

Where do your cats spend most of their time?
My cats live in my home. They are separated by rooms to prevent accidental pregnancies. I do not cage ANY of my cats!

Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
This is a hobby not a full time job. My full time job is in Human Services working management for an agency who supports people with disabilities.

What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
I offer multiple guarantees from immediate to five year for basic health to life time for proven genetic diseases.

What happens if the kitten gets sick?
It depends on the what “sick” means. I sell healthy kittens but if one comes down with a basic cold etc in the first month I would offer to pay for treatment. If the kitten had something serious wrong I offer to take the kitten back or allow them to keep the kitten but also offer money back or a replacement kitten. It all depends on the individual situation.

Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
Way to many to share 🙂

What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
The difference between pet and show quality can be confirmation / body type or markings. Either way all my kittens are beautiful!

Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
Yes the goal of my breeding program is to produce and improve with each breeding. I keep kittens and retire their parents as I feel I produce better.

How old is your oldest cat?
My oldest Ragdoll is a seven year old spayed female.

What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
I love them all. But currently, and it could change at any time, my favorite is the blue cream tortie bicolor.

Do you raise your cats underfoot?
Yes kittens are born in my bedroom. When they are old enough they are brought out into the main home where they run along with other cats, 3 dogs and their humans.

Do you send photos of the parents before you adopt a kitten?
Parents are all pictured on my website.

Do you send the kitten’s pedigree when you adopt a kitten?
I offer it to people. Some want it some do not. If they do they get it.

Will it be a problem if one requests, and wants to pay for, the CatGenes DNA testing before one accepts a kitten?
That is not a problem at all. If a kitten is to be sold as a breeder it would be done anyway!!!!

Can people interested in purchasing one of your cats visit your cattery?
Yes I allow visitors. I do not allow them to handle kittens till after they have had vaccines though.

If a possible adoptee cannot visit your cattery, are you willing to talk to your adoptee on the phone?
Yes I spend hours on the phone with pet buyers or just people interested in Ragdolls.

How do you honor your health guarantee? There is no legal binding issue there, so that’s why I’m asking.
I just follow what my contract says. My word is more important than legal binding anytime!

What if a kitten gets adopted and the customer is unhappy with a kitten, what do you do?
I take the kitten back without hesitation.

How are your kittens registered?
I register my kittens with Cat Fanciers’ Federation (CFF) and or The International Cat Association (TICA).

Are you capable of including the kittens maturing pattern since birth?
Yes in basic terms.

What vaccination brand do you use? And what vaccinations are given, when?
My vet does all my vaccines. They are done intranasal.

What are the kittens fed?
I feed a mix of Life’s Abundance, Purina One Adult and Purina One Kitten

I’d like to add that I breed for health, personality and beauty in that order. I do my best to maintain a good reputation. I work very hard to keep my customers happy and I think the fact that most of my buyers have come back for a second kitten or have referred another customer implies I am doing a good job in this area. I am very involved in the Ragdoll Fancy. I am the President of Ragdoll Fanciers’ Club. I am the Treasurer of Ragdoll International. I am a TICA Ragdoll Breed Committee member.

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