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Acquiring A Mau
ACQUIRING A MAU
When you start looking for a mau of your own, there are many points to consider that are outlined below. However, once you meet a mau, you might leave wondering....
"Did I choose him or did he choose me?"
Fall-Winter 2017: Please contact us regarding availability.
Prospective owners please email us for our questionnaire.
Selecting a Breeder While the price of acquiring a mau can be an important issue, we encourage prospective mau owners to focus on taking their time and carefully selecting a breeder who is knowledgeable about genetics and utilizes this knowledge in their breeding program. The mau is a rare breed with a small, limited gene pool that can and does present health issues without the careful and appropriate selection of matings based on genetics.
A reputable breeder will not be offended if you ask detailed questions regarding their breeding program, will welcome a visit to their cattery, will share their pedigrees, will actively show to obtain objective assessment and feedback from the judges, has established positive long-term relationships with new owners, works with other mau breeders, actively participates in mau organizations to share and learn about the breed and is always available to you.
Three Cat Scenario - We often share with prospective owners the three cat scenario as many people often think and pursue acquiring two cats from the same litter or perhaps very close together in age. While this initially appears to be a good thing, long term it is not because as the two cats grow old and the first one dies, the second one usually dies within a year due to loneliness from losing its lifetime companion.
Having said that, we encourage prospective owners to consider acquiring three cats with appropriate age spacing to ensure compatible energy levels. Two of the cats can be close, say 6 to 24 months apart in age, and then plan 3-5 years between the second and third cat. As the three cats grow old and the first one dies, the second cat will still have a companion and then one may add another third cat after this.
Perhaps sharing this three cat scenario with you will give you helpful information to consider as you move forward in planning your next cat family.
Shown below is a Cat Age Chart that may be helpful in planning the appropriate age spacing of your cat family.
Health Guarantee - Our cattery is FELV (feline leukemia) and FIV negative. Our kittens come with a health guarantee and a state-required health certificate at time of delivery.
Registration - All of our cats are CFA registered and are sold with registration papers.
Pre-purchase Questionnaire - Prospective Mau owners will need to fill out a detailed pre-purchase questionnaire to help us get an idea of what you are looking for (such as color, sex, quality pet or show, and temperament) in order to ensure the best match possible with your household. So, feel free to email us for a copy.
Cattery Visit - Pre-screened, prospective owners are invited to visit with us to meet our cats and learn more about this fabulous breed in our home. A cattery visit is a must for prospective owners to assess the health and temperment of the parents, review the pedigrees to ensure healthy genetics and learn first-hand how we raise our kittens (which can and does affect lifetime temperment).
Non-refundable deposit for reservation list - We require a non-refundable holding fee/deposit of $225.00 (boys) or $275.00 (girls) and a signed sales contract to reserve a kitten. Of course, it is refundable if we do not supply the kitten within the agreed upon time.
Contract - We require all prospective Mau parents" to review and sign a detailed sales contract. Since we practice early spay and neuter, our kittens are sold already altered (spayed/neutered), fully vetted (3 distemper and 1 rabies) and micro-chipped, billed at cost to the owner. The contract is fairly detailed and states that the cat must not be declawed or allowed outdoors. Once we have received your completed questionnaire and have talked with you, we would be happy to provide a copy of our sales contract for your review.
Our new owners tell us that they just love having the Owner's Manual and photos we send with their mau and enjoy sharing it with family and friends. The book contains much information and pictures of your mau (at birth, with the mother and at 12-16 weeks of age).