You just bought a new Siberian kitten and your Health Guarantee requires you to have your new kitten examined by a vet within 48-72 hours upon arrival. If you’re wondering why continue reading!
Reputable breeders will ensure your kitten is healthy, to the best of their ability and knowledge, upon departure and will require your kitten to be examined by a licensed vet within 48-72 hours or your agreement might be void. This is for your benefit to establish the kitten the Breeder sold you is indeed a healthy kitten and for the Breeder it is your acceptance of the kitten they sold you.
Once a kitten has left the protective closed environment of the cattery they are subject to contagious diseases from other felines in the buyer’s new home or areas the new owner has taken the kitten, (pet store, friend or family’s home, vet, etc). It is believed any contagious disease the kitten contracts after a 48 to 72 hour period is due to the care of the new owner. This is one of many reasons why it is best to pick your new kitten up in person and to place your new kitten in a quiet, isolated area of your home separate from other animals at least until after your vet examination. Most reputable breeders isolate new kittens or cats entering their breeding program for a minimum of thirty days.
Does Cartier Siberians require a Vet Examination within 48-72 hours? Yes, our Animal Sales Agreement gives the Buyer the opportunity, and encourages the Buyer to do so, to have an inspection examination performed by a licensed veterinarian within three business days, excluding weekends and holidays, upon taking possession of the Animal.
‘Notice to Buyer
The Georgia Department of Agriculture states on their website under the Animal Protection FAQS the answer to the following question:
Is there a “lemon law” in Georgia concerning pet purchases. How can I make sure I purchase a healthy pet? Insist of a written purchase contract. It is recommended that persons take newly purchased pets to a veterinarian within 48-72 hours of purchase to have the animal checked by a licensed and accredited veterinarian of your choice. Purchase from licensed pet dealers only. You can request the inspection history information on a licensed establishment under the Georgia Open Records Act. Although there is no “lemon law” concerning pet purchases, the Animal Protection Section does investigate disease and health issues and selling under false pretenses.’
Did you notice that the Georgia Department of Agriculture recommends you should take newly purchased pets to a veterinarian within 48-72 hours?
The purpose of an inspection examination is simple: To establish the kitten you purchased is healthy. It is a good idea to obtain a document from the vet that includes the date of the exam, your name, the kittens name (if available), the kittens color, gender, microchip number (if microchipped) and the veterinarian acknowledging the kitten is healthy, not showing signs of infectious, contagious, and/or communicable disease at the time of the examination. This is your ‘Acceptance of the Animal’ in good health and your acknowledgement to the Breeder that you are in agreement that they sold you a healthy kitten.
What if the vet finds your kitten NOT in good health at the inspection examination? You should contact the Breeder immediately and be prepared to provide any and all documentation from the vet regarding the kittens health to the Breeder. Reputable Breeders will do exactly what is set forth in your agreement so be sure you read and follow any and all Buyer responsibilities in your agreement.