Wonderful but Very Sickly Cat
ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA -- I want to preface this review by saying I do absolutely love my cat. He is the greatest sweetest cat with so much personality and it is beautiful. I am saying this because the owner of this cattery is accusing these reviews of being one sided and unfair. Referencing his arbitration clause on some sites with the BBB and such. Well his clause states (more or less) that he is only responsible for a few things (check his site) and specific to those things you pretty much need to get medical confirmation of those things post death of the cat. Most people (given what they signed) will not be covered by his terms and even if they are they have to get expensive testing done to show that he is at fault. So a BBB arbitration is out the window. I want to establish that my cat is awesome and all that I could ask for in a cat before I confirm what the other people are saying here.
My cat has been an adult for some time and barely now recovering from the effects of the poor conditions in this cattery. It had multiple parasites, giardia, several persistent respiratory infections, feline herpes (read still has red drippy eyes for a few days out of every month), and ear and eye infections, It had ringworm as well... It did not have FIP or ear mites though as some said. It had chronic bowel problems following all these GI distress these problems put it under. It was severely underweight for a number of months following adoption because of the watery stool and does not appear as if it will ever grow to the size of a normal ragdoll because of it. Many times I have had to put it on a diet of boiled chicken and oversteamed rice for a few days just to get it to normalize to somewhat formed stool. It's like dealing with a sick child anymore. In general I feed it high quality (read expensive) grain and vegetable free foods though.
These are not opinions, these are facts. This cat went through these things and judging from the other kittens at this cattery, they all looked pretty sickly and in the same boat (okay that right there IS an opinion but my cat was one of the least sick looking at the time of adoption so take that for what it's worth). He will try to play it off calling it other things. Allergies because of the wind etc. Like I said I love this cat. Despite being small it is beautiful. It has the best temperament of any cat I've ever owned, and although I have no other cats right now, I am an experienced cat owner as once upon a time many many years ago I used to shelter and rehome cats before I moved to San Bernardino. In hindsight I should have walked away but this cat really spoke to me and as they say, it chose me. Hindsight is 20/20 though.
Also It had nothing to do with the new environment and rehoming. Having taken care of numerous cats in the past I knew better to give a new cat run of the place. I kept it in an empty walk in closet that has tile that could be steam mopped and changed the litter / washed the cat bed in boiling water 3x a week until this cat recovered. This room was exceptionally clean and dust/chemical free because of this. It broke my heart to keep it more or less caged for many months but I had a feeling when bringing it home that it was sick and needed to be treated as such until recovery so that it would not infect the rest of the house and when I took it to the vet she confirmed my feelings, and thus started a very long string of vet bills. Luckily my vet is very fairly priced.
I am no fool. I am not out to get this guy. I'm sure he must've loved cats to get into this business and I do love my own cat, but these cats are not well. I am sorry but perhaps he is getting too old to properly run a healthy cattery.
This is not meant to be slander, just a fair warning. Please be prepared or experienced if you choose to get a cat from him. I wouldn't suggest bringing one of these cats into a multi cat home. I do think that if these cats can be nursed back to health they are of a great genetics... at least personality wise they are, but also be prepared with all the questions you need to be asking about the cat, it's health, the tica family line, etc. Come prepared if you decide to go with this cattery anyway. As I said in the end I am glad I got my cat, it was just a lot of money and hassle for a cat that costs so much.