Floppycats.com had the following Interview with Linda Sidor of Purrfect Dolls. Linda Sidor is owner and operator of Purrfect Dolls Ragdoll Cattery in Kildeer, Illinois. Her phone is 847-550-6997. Her website is www.purrfectdolls.com.
How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
My husband purchased my first pet Ragdoll in 1992 as a gift for me. I fell in love with the breed and before I knew I was a Ragdoll breeder. We have been Purrfect Dolls Ragdoll Cattery for 17 years now!
How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
Mostly by the standard, and of course health. I do have a certain look that I personally prefer.
Do you show? Why or why not?
When I first became a breeder I did show quite often but over the years lost interest due to my personal commitments. Who knows maybe I will one day show again. But I really do enjoy working with my families adopting my kittens.
What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
The gene for cardiomyopithy is one we are concerned about along with kidney. Ragdolls are not the only breed=2 0affected by this diseases, many other pure bred cats along with mixed breeds suffer from these also.
How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
We have been fortunate to have Dr. Meurs of WSU,who has developed a method( DNA ) of screening for Ragdolls. Using this tool we can hope to avoid the HCM defect.
How large is your breeding operation?
I have two males at the present time, however one is about to retire after four years. I have six females. My cattery would be considered fairly small. I prefer to keep it this way, as I can control health and spend more time with my cats.
Where do your cats spend most of their time?
They pretty much decide what the want to do! They lounge around, look out the turret window into the woods, which they love to do and and generally have a good time playing with each other and on their cat condos.. Of course they are always ready for a good rub down from me! They also love hanging out on my computer!
Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
Breeding for me is my hobby. It is not my job. I do not work so I have quite a bit of time to devote to their well being.
What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
My pet quality kittens carry a two year genetic guarantee. The also have Vet full care before leaving the cattery, which includes kittens inoculations and a full health check up.
What happens if the kitten gets sick?
They are taken to my Veterinarian immediately. I have had a close working relationship with my Vet for eleven years. He has learned much about this breed from working with my cats. I am very fortunate to have this relationship.
Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
Not so many “fun” as poignant. I have had wonderful parents adopt a kitten for their adult special needs son, that was so touching. I have so many great stories over the last seventeen years and so many new good friends made through my adoptions!
What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
Primarily the breed standard.
Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
I have to smile …….yes. I try not to but there is always one that comes along that needs special attention,those are the ones that I have kept. I do not own a show cat as a spayed or neutered pet.
How old is your oldest cat?
My cat Lucky is almost 16 years old. He is in great health and we call him puppy or Lucky dog. He truly is the best guy. He has all the Ragdoll traits you could want!
What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
I love a sweet doll like face.
Do you raise your cats underfoot?
I love that underfoot term. They are all under you feet! My kittens are not raise in cages. We built a special cattery for our breeding cats, it is quite large, with a large turret window with seating for many, large condos for play. The flooring is hospital grade. I also use it as my computer room. Allowing breeding cats to roam my home for me would not be acceptable. They have special needs and so do the babies.
Do you send photos of the parents before you adopt a kitten?
I have a web site and requests for photos are sent as they are requested.
Do you send the kitten’s pedigree when you adopt a kitten?
Will it be a problem if one requests, and wants to pay for, the CatGenes DNA testing before one accepts a kitten?
Can people interested in purchasing one of your cats visit your cattery?
I encourage all buyers to visit the cattery and get know the breed before they purchase. It would be unusual for me not to meet a buyer before they submit a deposit.
If a possible adoptee cannot visit your cattery, are you willing to talk to your adoptee on the phone?
I am always happy to talk with anyone about a Ragdoll.
How do you honor your health guarantee? There is no legal binding issue there, so that’s why I’m asking.
If a cat has a serious health issue I would replace the kitten as stated in my contract. If they have had to take the kitten to vet I always send them a check or try to help them through the problem.
What if a kitten gets adopted and the customer is unhappy with a kitten, what do you do?
I can honestly tell you I have never to my knowledge had this happen to date. Of course if it would I would work through it with them.
How are your kittens registered?
In TICA and CFA
What vaccination brand do you use? And what vaccinations are given, when?
My Veterinarian inoculates all of my kittens, he uses killed vaccine. My kittens get one to two inoculations of three way(distemper) before they leave the cattery. I inoculate at about seven weeks of age.
What are the kittens fed?
We have a variety. Now( brand) dry kitten, Innova ancestral diet dry and canned food. All are grain free foods.
I’d like to add that Purrfect Dolls Ragdoll Cattery is a closed cattery, no stud service. We are not affiliated with any other cattery.
If you are a Ragdoll breeder and would like to be interviewed, please contact Floppycats.com and reference the Interview with Linda Sidor of Purrfect Dolls. Or you can always just answer the 15 questions listed above and e-mail them to Floppycats.com.