Ritz n Ragdolls / sold poor quality breeding cat
First off, she has beautiful cats. I'm not saying don't buy from her, but know what you are buying.
I spoke with the owner of Ritz N Ragdolls about purchasing an adult female cat for breeding. I had another cat I bought for breeding, but had to wait until next year when she was old enough, and I wanted to buy a cat I could breed immediately. I inquired about two of the cats on her website. She said both would be great. I chose the darker one. She said she had been saving her because she knew someone would want to breed her because she was so pretty, which she definitely is. I asked the average size of her cats and she said she had a male that was about 12 lbs.
When I picked the cat up from the airport and got her home, I was shocked at how small she was. She was the size of a 6 month old ragdoll. She was 17 months old. Ragdolls average 8-12 lbs by a year. She weighed 4 lbs! The owner said that maybe she had worms and she didn't realize it (doesn't she socialize with her cats enough to know how thin she was?), and she wormed her before she left, and that a lot of people like her smaller cats. The cat was also terrified of people and wanted to stay hiding her kennel until I took it out a couple days later. I expected her to be a bit shy and for it to take a few days for her to get used to us. We've purchased older cats before. She was far beyond that. She acted like a feral cat. When I asked the breeder about it, she said, "She lived with another female she was caged so this is all new and scary for her." My ragdolls run free in my home. It has taken her a month to get brave enough to poke her head outside my bedroom door. I can only hold her for about 30-60 seconds before she can't take any more and I have to let her go. That's after a month of working with her.
My vet suggested that I try to get some weight on her, then evaluate if I can breed her or not. She has knock-kneed back legs, which is another reason not to breed her. If I can get her up to 6 lbs, he says I can try to breed her. My male is 12 lbs. He said with her small bone structure, it will be risky to breed her--and then I would also be breeding a sub-standard size ragdoll. That would be okay, I guess, if I knew that was what I was buying. Size is part of what makes a ragdoll a ragdoll and there is a lot of competition in this area with 4 other high quality breeders. I've been able to get her to 5 lbs. so far. In one of the emails, the breeder suggested that it may take 6 months or so to get her to where I can breed her. That is not what I thought I was buying. If I had any idea of her size alone, I would not have purchased her. I assumed I was purchasing a healthy, average size, well socialized adult female cat of breeding quality.
The breeder offered to take her back and replace her with another cat. How do I know, unless I fly to Arkansas, that I won't be getting the same issues in another cat? She reassured me several times what a great breeder this cat would be. I will have to pay shipping for her to get back and shipping for the new kitty to get here. That's about $600, with no guarantee that I will be any better off than I was before. I would have to fly out there myself to return the cat I have and pick out a replacement cat to make sure of the size and health and weight and social-ability of the cat. I shouldn't have to spend $600 or more to replace a cat I was assured was ready to breed. She also said that someone else was interested in buying her as a breeder, if I didn't want her, so if I got her back there, the other breeder would buy her. I don't know if the other breeder has any idea of her issues. I offered for her to have that breeder contact me and if she wanted to buy her after I tell her about the cat, I would sell her. Then I wouldn't have to pay to return her. I guess if she went to another breeder that kept her caged, then the socialization issues wouldn't matter, but that's not fair to the cat. I have asked if she could refund the difference between a pet price and the breeding rights price and I would fix her and sell her as a pet. She will not do that. She says there are no refunds. There was no contract offered. She does not test for HCM. She does not offer a breedability guarantee (my other breeding cat came with a guarantee that they would replace her if she didn't produce two live births in 3 years).
If you fall in love with a cat on the website, ask a LOT of questions. I would never get one of her cats without going to her cattery and seeing the place for myself. She has 36 females and 18 males listed on her site as her breeders and my cat's mother is not even listed. I would want to play with the cat I chose and make sure she or he was socialized, healthy weight, see the size for myself as well as that of the parents. I'm glad people like her small ragdolls, but she should let buyers know the size of the kitten/ parents before purchase so she knows if the buyer is looking for a smaller cat or an average size ragdoll. That way her buyers will be happier. Proceed with caution, but if you like what she has and you know what that is, you will be happy with your purchase. I'm sure her kittens are more socialized than an adult cat.
I have a cat I spent $1530 on, with shipping, that I probably can't breed and MAY be able to sell as a pet for $500.