Floppycats.com had an Interview with Robin Childers of Ragmania Ragdolls. Robin Childers is the owner and operator of Ragmania Ragdolls in Lee’s Summit, MO (near Kansas City). Her phone is 816-516-3556. Her website is www.moragdolls.com.
How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
Do you show? Why or why not?
I do not show. I concentrate on breeding.
What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
My history of breeding is that if there were any birth defects the kitten did not survive. It would be a still born or died shortly after.
How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
I did extensive research on my Ragdolls before I purchase them.
How large is your breeding operation?
I am a small cattery. I have 2 breeding females. One is a seal colorpoint and the other is a seal mitted colorpoint with a blaze. They each have 1 litter a year. My breeding males are a blue colorpoint lynx and a new male that I have kept from my previous litter; he is a chocolate mitted colorpoint lynx. I will be breeding him with my seal colorpoint female.
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Where do your cats spend most of their time?
All of our Ragdolls spend there time in the house with the family. They are extremely social. Right now, two are on my desk, one is on the left side of the computer screen and the other is on the right side of the computer screen.
Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
I am a Taxidermist/Wildlife Artist
What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
When the kittens are leaving to go to their new home I give a 48 hour health guarantee. I request that the new parents take the kitten to their vet and have them do a physical during that time. If there are any problems, I refund them the entire amount or pay for the vet visit. The reason I only give a 48 hour guarantee is that the kittens have left my care and I no longer know what kind of environment they are in.
What happens if the kitten gets sick?
I had a litter that was ready for new homes over the holiday season. So they all got new homes for Xmas. I did not realize that 2 of the kittens had eaten Xmas sequels. A week or so went by and I got a phone call from the new parents, stating that the vet found an obstruction in the bowls. So, I refunded them the amount of the vet bill.
What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
When the new parents purchase or put down a deposit I ask if they are intending to show or breed the kitten. Out of my 10 years of breeding not one kitten has been asked to breed or show.
Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
How old is your oldest cat?
Ms. Daisy is 11 years old.
What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
I am partial to the seal mitted colorpoint with a blaze and the lynx.
Do you raise your cats underfoot?
Yes, and that is no exaggeration. The ragdolls follow me every where. If I go to the bathroom they are right there. If I am in the kitchen they are in between my feet or lying in the middle of the floor so I have to acknowledge them. If I sit down to watch TV, one is on my lap; the other is sitting next to me and the other is on the arm of the couch and if there are kittens, they are climbing all over us.
Do you send photos of the parents before you adopt a kitten?
I do email pictures of the parents to those who are inquiring about the kittens. I also have them posted on my website.
Do you send the kitten’s pedigree when you adopt a kitten?
No, I refer them to the TICA website and download the form for cat/kitten pedigree.
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?
If a possible adoptee cannot visit your cattery, are you willing to talk to your adoptee on the phone?
How do you honor your health guarantee? There is no legal binding issue there, so that’s why I’m asking.
What if a kitten gets adopted and the customer is unhappy with a kitten, what do you do?
I had one customer that gave me a kitten back. Her and her husband had moved into a new house and then had gotten the kitten. For some reason the woman began feeding the kitten baby food (carrot and green beans), which gave the kitten diarrhea. Her husband had a fit and demanded her to give the kitten back. So she showed up on my door step one Saturday morning with a kitten and a grocery sack full of baby food, cat food, toys and litter. She said she was sorry it did not work out, and left.
How are your kittens registered?
They TICA registered.
Are you capable of including the kittens maturing pattern since birth?
It takes about 3-4 weeks before you can tell what the true marking/pattern is going to be.
What vaccination brand do you use? And what vaccinations are given, when?
8 weeks of age is when I get their first set of shots. The kittens are vaccinated for Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Pneumonitis (Fort Dodge, killed vaccines) and dewormed with Panacur.
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