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Broadway Ragdolls is a family owned and operated cattery registered with TICA and licensed by the New York State Department of Agriculture located in Wading River, New York. Claire Michaels, a single mom began the cattery in her home in 2012 with her first litter of kittens in 2013. Her children, Nathan, Moriah, Keri along with her finance Stanley have been a tremendous help in caring for our Ragdoll family as well as growing the business. We now have personally delivered kittens all over the US and in several countries around the world (we have a no-ship policy for our cattery). Our cats are treated like family and hand raised from day one. Health and personality is our number priority! We also offer a YouTube channel, Broadway Ragdolls, with music videos of our cats and kittens for your enjoyment.
How long have you been breeding Ragdolls?
We began our cattery in 2012 with our first litter in 2013. Seven years of producing kittens to date.
How did you pick Ragdolls to breed?
After being heartbroken due to losing my favorite Rescue cat to PKD at only 7 years old, I decided to purchase a purebred kitty. Careful research led me to choose the Ragdoll breed.
Unknowingly of my plans that were still in the making, a good friend of mine bought me a Ragdoll kitten for Christmas as a surprise gift. It was love at first site and a divine sign! The amazing personality of my first Ragdoll captured my heart to share this lovely breed with others.
Do you show? Why or why not?
We do occasionally attend shows. We were featured as the International Ragdoll Ambassador at the Meet the Breeds TICA/AKC show in NYC in 2018.
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What congenital defects are in Ragdolls?
As with any breed, initial inbreeding to isolate certain traits can lead to defects in the line. Ragdolls should be DNA tested for HCM, Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy, an enlarged heart. We do all of our DNA testing through UC Davis Vet Labs in California. Though not as common, we also DNA test for PKD, congenital kidney disease.
How are you breeding to avoid those defects?
We do not have any breeding adults who are genetically positive for HCM or for PKD. If a cat was found positive for either we would not use that feline for breeding.
How large is your breeding operation?
We currently have 11 breeding females, 4 breeding studs, and 4 Ragdoll pets.
Where do your cats spend most of their time?
Our cats are treated like family. Our nurseries which also double as bedrooms for our family have two females in each room. Kittens are allowed free roam of their room once they are litter box trained.
Our adult females are allowed out in our family room and office for relaxing and mommy time. Kittens also hang out with us in our family for socializing and snuggling.
Our studs have their own rooms as well where they can visit with their respective mates. We also stroller walk our males to give them individual attention and a retreat in the outdoors safe and secure in their stroller carrier.
Do you breed full time? In other words, do you have another job?
Yes this is our full time family business. Everyone works here together.
What sort of health guarantees do you offer?
We have a two year health guarantee for kittens to cover health defects and congenital diseases. This guarantee covers kitten replacement if a kitten falls ill and is professional diagnosed by a licensed Veterinarian.
What happens if the kitten gets sick?
Within our cattery, we have an excellent homeopathic protocol for treating a sick kitten that works very well to nurse them back to health. In some cases a kitten may also need medical attention or antibiotics.
We encourage owners to contact us immediately if their kitten falls ill after adoption. Many issues can be easily taken care of with our advice from years of experience and proven protocols. We are here to support our owners before, during, and after their adoption to help guide them with the best care for their kitty.
Do you have any fun adoption stories to share?
I had a woman and her children come to visit the cattery inquiring about purchasing a kitten. Our founding father Sir Robert Ragsford was newly retired and was to be offered for adoption to find his forever home.
This was very difficult for me as it was my first retired breeder and I was very attached to him. The woman had recently lost her husband in a fatal accident. Her husband’s name was Robert.
As soon as she saw our Sir Robert, it was mutually love at first site. She shared with me weeks after she had brought him home that Sir Robert falls asleep in her arms every night purring her to sleep.
This was truly part of her healing and recovery from the sudden death of her spouse. Sir Robert knows when it is time for the kids to come home from school and takes his place in the front window awaiting the bus to appear. As soon as he sees the bus, he moves to the front door to await “his” children’s arrival.
What makes this kitten or cat “pet quality” or “show quality”?
TICA standards dictate pet or show quality. For example, a show quality cat must have symmetrical markings, nose and paw leather must be the same color, front and back stance must be straight no bowed, turned out or inward legs or toes. Pet quality kittens may freckles, asymmetrical markings, or colored spots on their nose or paw pads. A blaze marking, a while stripe or blot, on the nose, ears, or face is also considered pet quality coloring.
Do you keep some of your cats for your own?
Early on in our breeding program, there was a little runt girl Nala from one of Dolly Purrton’s early litters. This runt had to be nursed for three weeks around the clock in order to survive.
After spending so much time with her, I was unable to part with her. Nala is now six and a registered service animal who accompanies me to schools, orphanages, and other events that we do both in and out of the country.
How old is your oldest cat?
My two oldest girls are turning eight this year – Elisha Mae West and Dolly Purrton. Elisha Mae West is a retired breeder and now serves as Office Manager and Sales Associate greeting all of our clients at the door and assists in showing them around the home/cattery. Ms Dolly Purrton was our girl featured in Animal Planet’s TOO CUTE
Season 5 Episode 10.
What is your favorite Ragdoll look?
I love all the color patterns, but my favorite if the red series: Red Lynx Mitted and Cream Bi-color.
Do you raise your cats underfoot?
Yes our whole house is dedicated to the cats.
Do you send photos of the parents before you adopt a kitten? Or do you post the parents on the website?
Our “Kittens Available” web page always features headshots of the mating parents for each litter. Our “Cast” webpage features our breeders with their personal bios accompanied by photos of each cat from kitten-hood, adolescents, young adult hood and then current portrait.
Do you send the kitten’s pedigree when you adopt a kitten?
Yes all of our kittens are TICA registered for their pedigree. This is included with our welcome home packet of goodies and paperwork when the kitten is picked up by their new owner.
Will it be a problem if one requests, and wants to pay for, the CatGenes DNA testing before one accepts a kitten?
Never an issue to provide such tests at the new owners request. I did my own DNA testing before purchasing our breeders.
Can people interested in purchasing one of your cats visit your cattery?
Yes we enjoy visits from clients. Our cattery is available by appointment to meet the feline family prior to purchase. We do ask adoptees to follow our visitation protocol for the safety and health of all of cats. We also have our reserve families come and choose their kitten from their litter when babies are about 7 weeks of age.
If a possible adoptee cannot visit your cattery, are you willing to talk to your adoptee on the phone?
I enjoy speaking with adoptees on the phone and prefer personal contact to begin building a relationship. We also offer live video chat on line for those that cannot come in person to visit with us.
How do you honor your health guarantee?
Our contract guarantees kitten replacement at no charge if a kitten is medically found not to be sound by a licensed Veterinarian. Supporting documents must first be submitted to us for review.
What if a kitten gets adopted and the customer is unhappy with a kitten, what do you do?
There can be a rare occasion that a customer is unhappy with a kitten. On an individual basis we may accept a kitten to be returned and re-homed if it is in the best interest of the owner and the kitten. Re-homing a kitten must be proceeded by an updated vet visit and fecal test before the kitten can be re-admitted to the cattery.
How are your kittens registered?
We registered all of our litters through TICA, The International Cat Association. We are a registered cattery with TICA and listed on their website.
What vaccination brand do you use? And what vaccinations are given, when?
Our vet administers Diamond Brand FVRCP vaccines when our kittens are 9 and 12 weeks of age.
What are the kittens fed?
We currently feed our feline family organic and all natural pet food both canned and dry. We also use organic turkey heart treats, roasterie chicken in broth, salmon, and tuna during the week for our babies.