Please make sure to read this Adoption Process page fully. I don't take early deposits & I don't have a waitlist or work with a waitlist.
So how do I reserve a kitten from you then?
Check Our Website for Updates
When we have an available kitten or cat, or retired breeding cat, we will post that information on our website on the AVAILABLE page (link above and below). There you will find information about availability.
We do not accept early deposits or early reservations. Our kittens and cats will only become available after they are ready. For kittens, it will be at approximately 12-14 weeks after 3 vet visits, 2 vaccines, and the spay / neuter surgery. For cats and retired breeders, it will be after a veterinary exam, spay / neuter surgery, and updating of their vaccinations (if applicable at the time of availability). We will not post the date / time of when we will be posting available kittens or cats. In the past, this has created too much of a competitive and stressful process.
Available Kitten / Cat
Once a kitten or cat is posted as available, the reservation process moves VERY QUICKLY. So it is imperative that you self-educate yourself through reading through our website first, and if your question(s) is not answered on our website, contact us directly.
After reading the information on the kitten / cat posted on our AVAILABLE page, send us an email with an introduction of yourself and family / household. If we think it's a good fit, we will send you the adoption application to complete that will help us get to know you better. Once the adoption application is received, we may follow-up with additional questions and can schedule a phone chat to answer any questions you have. Shortly after, we will draft the Adoption Agreement and email it to you for review and signature. If we do not receive a signed Agreement within 24 hours after sending it to you, we will move onto the next interested applicant.
A signed Adoption Agreement and nonrefundable $500 deposit is required to reserve the kitten or cat.
Prepare for the Kitten's Arrival
By the time you reserve your kitten or cat, they will be ready to come home to you immediately. Pick-up / delivery days must be scheduled and agreed to within 7 days of signing the Adoption Agreement. We realize it will take time to get their needed supplies and get everyone ready for the kitten or cat's arrival to their new home, but keep in mind that at the time the kitten is ready, they will need their third vaccine within 2 weeks of when they are ready, otherwise you risk having to restart their vaccine series all over again. It is mandatory that they stick to their vaccine schedule of receiving a booster FVRCP vaccine at 8 weeks, 11 weeks, and 14 weeks.
There are several ways to get your kitten home to you.
Option 1: You may pick-up your kitten from our home in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Option 2: We can deliver your kitten to your home if you live no more than 30 miles away from zip code 23322.
Option 3: We can drive a maximum of 1 hour to meet you and deliver the kitten to you. The delivery fee under this option is $30.00/hour assessed on a round trip basis (e.g., 1 hour there to meet you is $30 and 1 hour back is an additional $30).
Option 4: You can fly to our nearest airport, Norfolk International Airport in Norfolk, Virginia, and we can meet you at the airport with your kitten, and you can easily hop back on the plane back home. If you utilize this option, you may opt for a Veterinary Health Certificate which is a pre-flight exam to ensure the kitten is fit for traveling. This is an additional $70 charge and MUST be communicated to me early on to ensure I can get on my veterinarian's schedule.
Option 5: Utilize a pet courier delivery service. I have used pet couriers frequently when delivering or importing cats from all over the world. The couriers I will work with will fly with the kittens in-cabin with them. I do not ship kittens by cargo. There are many couriers out there that may be able to deliver to your nearest airport, subject to their availability. Their fee is typically around $550 +/- for domestic deliveries. If you utilize this option, you may opt for a Veterinary Health Certificate which is a pre-flight exam to ensure the kitten is fit for traveling. This is an additional $70 charge and MUST be communicated to me early on to ensure I can get on my veterinarian's schedule. If you are utilizing this option, you will need to choose your own pet courier. I can assist by providing a list of pet flight nannies I have worked with in the past. Many pet flight nannies can be found on Facebook searching for "pet flight nanny." It is preferable to use one that is USDA licensed, or someone who has good references/reviews.
Supplies. Start getting your kitten supplies together: toys, cat trees, etc. A list of our supplies can be found --> HERE.
Check with me on the kitten's food BEFORE you buy his / her food! They are not all fed the same thing. Also check with me on cat litter to find out what your kitten uses for litter. Not all of my cats use the same litter. Most use Ever Clean Unscented, but sometimes I will use safer litters for kittens such as sWheat Scoop, Frisco Grass, or Pine Pellets, so it is imperative that you check with me before ordering.
Find a Veterinarian. Veterinarians tend to book up weeks in advance. Start looking for the veterinary that you want your kitten to be seen at. Our contract requires that the kitten be seen by a vet within 72 hours of you taking possession of the kitten in order for any health guarantees to remain intact, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Prepare the Quarantine Area. The contract requires that the kitten be quarantined for no less than 72 hours after you take possession of the kitten. The quarantine area may be a place such as a bathroom and should be a well ventilated area. It should be big enough that the kitten has a litterbox, food and water bowls, bed, and some toys in the area, but small enough that the kitten can't run all over the place and 'get lost' trying to find their new litterbox.
Research Local and State Rules. Different states and localities have different rules on vaccination requirements and whether or not a cat must be registered aka "licensed" in that jurisdiction.
Final considerations. Think about what you want to name your kitten. Once you register your kitten, you cannot change the name with the registry. Also, be sure to prepare all household members on the arrival of your new addition.
Pay the Balance
If you utilize Options 1 by picking up from our home, you may pay the balance before arrival or at the time of arrival. We accept Zelle, Venmo, PayPal, Cashier's Check or Cash. We do not accept personal checks, Western Union, or Money Gram.
If you utilize Option 2, 3, 4, or 5 balances must be paid in full no later then 48 hours before scheduled travel / delivery. I realize with the rise of online scams, this makes things especially nervewrecking for interested adopters. Do your research to make sure you are working with a real person. Request to speak with me on the phone, ask for a video having me state date / time with the kitten, look through my past social media posts, check my Facebook reviews, etc. Additionally, on the Adoption Agreement, will be my full legal name, address, phone number, and email (which I won't post here to prevent scammers from using my information) -- I am a licensed attorney in the state of Virginia and you can easily search the online Virginia Lawyer Directory and find me in there.
Bring Your New Kitten Home
Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Be sure to quarantine him or her right away. The calm environment will help ease some of the stress your new kitten is under due to travel and the transition to a new home.
Bring your kitten in to his / her first exam.
Register your kitten with TICA or CFA using the registration form in the kitten's folder. I recommend waiting until the full 7 day return-period passes before registering your kitten, because registering the kitten will void the 7 day return period.
Send us an update on how he / she is doing! We love hearing from our adopters and seeing pictures of how our kittens are doing and thriving in their new homes.