A few weeks ago after reading about good breeders vs. bad breeders, I decided I wanted to start doing cattery visits. I get a lot of inquiries about reputable Ragdoll breeders and really, there is no way for me to know. I wish I could just go on what people say, but I cannot.
So I decided I’d contact some breeders that live within driving distance of me to see if they’d be willing to have me visit. Of course, selfishly, it also lets me play with kittens!
Moreover, breeders are a wealth of knowledge about the breed, and I’d like nothing more for them to regularly contribute to this site.
I wrote three breeders and only one wrote me back (and with enthusiasm, that was Little Apple Ragdolls). You know someone has their heart in it when they are willing to share their cattery with you. Granted, I understand that some breeders aren’t going to allow everyone – for good reason, they’re not a petting zoo! So I did promise Little Apple Ragdolls some press on my blog site, so that hopefully the visit is mutually beneficial.
I am really excited. Andra has been excellent to communicate with and already knew about Floppycats.com – so she was excited too. As far as Ragdoll Breeder websites go, Andra has it figured out. She’s got the typical, home page, queen and kings page, an available kitten page, etc. But what makes her really stand out is that she has a testimonial page! Of course, she calls it “scrapbook” which is really cute – but it shows how happy people are with her kittens. Of course, it includes what the kitten looked like as a baby and then an adult photo – showing the color progression of the various color patterns. As they say, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”
Likewise, she keeps a blog. Genius! A breeder blog is a great way for a family or an individual to follow the early days of their cat’s life. So fun! Not to mention the extra content she’s putting on her site – which the almighty Google loves! If you’re a breeder in need of changing your website – you might check out the page I wrote about updating websites and starting them.
My mom, who is the reason I ever got my first Ragdoll, will be going with me – seems appropriate. We go next Thursday. Be prepared for fun photos and great videos on YouTube!
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Thank you, Andra! Can’t wait!
If you’re a breeder and would be interested in me coming to your cattery and then featuring the visit on Floppycats.com, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Right now, I can only afford to visit the catteries that are within driving distance of Kansas City. I am really wanting to see a live birth – and I realize that I could be up all night doing it – I’m totally up for it!