springvale ragdolls / owner
I bought a kitten from Cindy Pipping in March of 2008. I had the kitten shipped to me, across the country. Ive never bought a kitten from a breeder out of state before, so between the shipping and the freezing weather, it was stressful. I had had problems getting Cindy to repond to emails in a reasonable amount of time, but each time she apologized and had some excuse. So the 3.5 mth old kitten arrived, covered and saturated in diarhhea. The kitten had been spayed just before shipping. The kitten arrived to me on a Sunday. I phoned Cindy as soon as I recvd the kitten, because I was not sure if bathing her was ok after surgery...Cindy never answered the phone. I had no choice but to bath her and hope shed be ok. She was. Cindy didnt respond for days. Obviously, she didnt care if the kitten arrived at all, much less if she was ok. This has been ongoing. The kitten, after a month, developed sneezing and pink-eye, Cindy took days to respond, then had no idea what to tell me to do. She took another week to ask a vets advice...(the pink eye came from her cattery)...by then, I had already gone to a vet.
After a year, the kitten is now a young adult. She does not have a full fluffy coat that most ragdolls have, which was the main quality I specified when buying her. I wanted a Ragdoll with a full coat.
At a year, her coat is short and sleek, more like a siamese than a ragdoll...So I wrote to Cindy, sent her a photo, and asked her if she had other photos of my kitens siblings, or more photos of her parents, or just any info on as to why my cat has such short hair at this stage.
I have not heard back from Cindy Pipping. Her mentor, friend, and cat supplier, is Sue Villaroyal, who, Ive written to as well, several times over the years, and have never once gotten a response.
I have been forced to call random breeders, Mikyttens, LionsRoyale, rags2riches, soulmate, all who are very communicative, helpful, and supportive...I would recommend buying a kitten from any of them..
I would NEVER EVER recommend buying a kitten from Springvale Dolls. Cindy Pipping has been totally unavailable to me, since I bought her kitten. The few sentences shes responded over the year, were both inexperienced answers and it took her weeks to respond, making her, essentially useless.
There is no excuse for her to call herself a breeder, and conduct her business by ignoring emails and not returning phone calls. EVER.
I have not read or seen anyone else who has bought from her, so I have learned a valuable lesson
I hope my young ragdoll turns out to look like a ragdoll in time, she was a very cute kitten, but right now at a year, she doesnt look like a $1000 ragdoll, which is what I paid. I love her, but, the principle is, I have questions about my $1000 lifetime investment that came from Cindy Pipping.
Please, do NOT BUY A KITTEN FROM HER, unless you are ok with paying $1000 being totally on your own, and NEVER having any contact with your breeder again...