Choosing a Purebred Cat

Perhaps you strolled into a cat show and had the joy of meeting your first Pixie Bob. Or maybe a friend welcomed one into their home, and after that adorable encounter, you thought, ‘This is definitely the breed for me!

No matter what led you to choose the Pixie Bob as your ideal breed, your decision marked the beginning of a journey to find a breeder who aligns with your preferences. So, how exactly do you embark on this exciting quest?

Consider hopping online to search for a local Pixie Bob breeder—it’s a great start. Visiting the cattery in person allows you to check things out and meet the breeder, giving you a feel for whether this is the right person to embark on your Pixie Bob journey with.

Regrettably, Pixie Bob breeders are quite rare, both in the U.S. and abroad. This scarcity often leads to the possibility of purchasing sight unseen, which can be a bit daunting, don’t you think

Maybe not as intimidating if you follow a few simple guidelines. Let’s dive right into them:

  • Here’s a key consideration: Does the breeder offer shipping? If not, you might need to pick up your kitten in person. If that’s not feasible, your options are narrowed down to breeders who provide shipping services.
  • If you opt to fly and visit the breeder, ensure they welcome you into their home. If not, it’s a red flag. Any reputable breeder should invite you in. While you might not see every corner of their cattery, you should at least get to see the mom with the kitten(s), unless the kitten is over 4 months old.
  • Reach out to as many breeders as possible. Even if your preferred one doesn’t have available kittens now, patience pays off. Approach getting a purebred Pixie Bob kitten as you would any significant purchase. Kittens come at a cost, and it’s essential to ensure you get the full value for your investment.
  • Before sealing the deal, clarify contract terms and what’s covered in the price. It’s a good idea to request a copy in advance for review. This way, you can ask questions, address concerns, and compare offerings from different breeders. Ensuring you’re comparing apples to apples, not oranges
  • Examine the guarantee terms carefully. Initial guarantees can vary from 72 hours to 14 days. Ensure there’s at least a one-year guarantee for genetic issues like HCM, FIP, and PKD. While not Pixie Bob-specific, these ailments are linked to defective genetics, with PKD having historical ties to the use of Exotic Shorthair in the breed’s early stages
  • Explore breed-specific Facebook groups catering to connoisseurs, pet lovers, and owners. Enjoy a visual treat with numerous pictures of delightful Pixie Bob cats. Don’t hesitate to ask posters about their cat’s origin. Some breeders may not have a website, and you might discover a hidden gem closer to home. After all, a content pet buyer offers the most valuable recommendation.

As you embark on the exciting journey of bringing a Pixie Bob cat into your life, remember that thorough research and thoughtful consideration are your greatest allies. Whether you’re exploring breed-specific groups, visiting catteries, or scrutinizing contracts and guarantees, the goal is to ensure a harmonious and fulfilling companionship.

Pixie Bob cats bring unique joy and charm, and with the right breeder, your feline adventure is bound to be filled with love, laughter, and delightful moments. Wishing you the very best as you welcome your new furry friend into your heart and home!