When you buy a kitten from me, the contract states that if anything were to happen to your kitten, to inform me immediately so I can request a necropsy at my cost, so I know 100% sure what the cause of death is. If it's something genetic, I need to know about it, since I have the parents. Even if it appears to be a tragic accident, I still want to be informed and have the opportunity to talk to the vet to rule out any genetic diseases.
Such a thing happened the other day. I received an email from someone asking me for another kitten because the cat they had from me died last week from blockage. It had eaten string or ribbon.
After dropping a bomb like that on me, I had many questions. What happened, how did it happen, did the vet do a necropsy to determine that was the cause of death, and if a necropsy wasn't done how was the cause of death determined? I told them I was very sorry, and that I wish they would have informed me when it happened, per their contract.
I received an email back, pretty much telling me that I was cruel implying they were negligent and that I was unreasonable and insensitive to assume they would have given the breeder one thought at all when this happened. They went on to say they'd go to a more sensitive and less judgmental breeder to get a kitten from.
Let me explain something to you. Besides the fact that I have the right to know what happened. Even after you did not contact me when it happened as you should have per our contract. When one of my cats dies, I hurt as much as you do. Let me remind you of something...
I am there when they are born, I love and care for them for 12 weeks before you get them. I feed them, I love on them, I play with them and watch them grow up. I make sure they get the best food and that they are healthy. When they get sick, they get the best vet care and care at home. I cannot even tell you how many nights we have been up, feeding babies because they needed to be bottle fed, calming concerned moms down and make sure they know it is ok I am feeding their baby. I will sit there, while the world is asleep, coaching a mommy through having her babies. My heart breaks when I lose one. I cry for days when that happens, and trust me, it does. I care for them 24/7 in the first 12 weeks of their lives, and when they leave me, it is never easy.
So before you call me cruel, unreasonable and insensitive. Here is a reminder that these kittens that I place with you and trust to you, all have a place in my heart. They are my babies before they become yours.