Terra Siberians — Cat breeding
I am going to share my negative experience with Terra Siberians cattery. This is a personal experience that occurred in the summer of 2016.
I spent a while researching cat breeds and I decided on a Siberian cat. Terra Siberians is located in Waterford, Michigan. After my research, I decided to get a retired male Siberian cat named Glam from the breeder Liz. ( I was looking for an adult cat, not a kitten).
A few pictures were shared with me online as well as the cat's personality and a price was set to purchase the cat Glam. Liz told me that the cat (Glam) would be sold to me unaltered because her vet charges an upwards of $500 to neuter cats. And since it was so high, I would need to find a vet to neuter the cat. While I thought this was strange, I agreed to it.
I drove to Waterford to pick up the cat. Liz was nice when I went to pick up the cat. BUT the cat was very matted when I picked him up. I thought this was also strange since she kept saying how much he liked to be brushed. I figured a breeder would take care of the cats fur. Glam was shy when I first picked him up and I thought that to be normal. It takes cats time to warm up to new people.
I took Glam home and it immediately turned into a disaster. My vet confirmed he had a UTI and crystals in his urine. A licensed vet confirmed he was not sold to me in good health. Glam would hiss and try to bite me. I couldn't get within five feet of him. And since he was unaltered, he was spraying EVERYTHING. Liz assured me he wouldn't spray but be did. I was new to male cats so I didn't realize how bad it could be. I tried for weeks to get him used to me, nothing was working. He was a very aggressive cat.
When I messaged Liz on facebook about it, she kept saying to give it more time. I tried but weeks went by.
His behavior was not changing. I asked Liz if I could give her the cat back and if she could give me a refund. I only asked for a refund because she didn't give him to me in good health and this caused me to have a couple large vet bills. She refused and I didn't push it too hard. I knew I needed to find him a new home.
This is where I became thoroughly frustrated. Liz found a different family to take Glam. I told her I would only give her back the cat to give to the other family if she told them everything about Glam. His aggressive personality and spraying habits. She said she did. I got the contact information from that family and spoke to the wife. LIZ DID NOT TELL THE OTHER FAMILY. They thought they were going to buy a very friendly male cat with no issues. So I told the family about my experience and they were appalled. They didn't end up taking Glam.
While Glam was in my care, I was curious about his pedigree. I asked Liz if she had it to give to me and she did not. She had told me the name of the breeder in Europe where Glam originally came from. So I contacted this breeder to ask if I could see the pedigree. This breeder was shocked and upset at the fact that Liz had sold me her male cat. And this breeder was even more upset that he was sold to me unaltered. When Liz purchased this cat from a breeder in Europe, part of the contract was that it would not be sold again to anyone else without prior authorization. As a breeder, Liz should have taken that more seriously. I was very apologetic to the original breeder of Glam and let her know I was sorry.
So after the other interested family backed out of adopting Glam, I didn't know what to do. I couldn't keep an aggressive make cat who was spraying all over my house. Liz assured me the spraying would go away once he was neutered. I joined several facebook siberian cat and purebred cat pages. EVERYONE I spoke with said no cat should be sold unaltered. And that the cat will not stop spraying even when it is altered.
My overall experience with this breeder was AWFUL!! I will not ever buy another cat from this breeder. I personally thought she was unprofessional and didn't take care of the cats.
I ended up getting a different siberian cat from a breeder in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I would looking at other breeders. No breeder should lie to you and sell you a sick cat, EVER!!! And if a breeder creates a cat contract with you and expects you to follow through with it, they should follow through with their own. Liz did not do that according to the original breeder of Glam.
Again, this is my own personal experience. I am entitled to my own opinions and thoughts. But again, please be advised if you plan on buying a cat through her.
Updated by StopTerraSiberians · Jan 08, 2017
I'm happy that other people have had successful experiences with Terra Siberians. I hope no else gets a sick cat.
This was a summary of my experience that went on for a couple months. A liscensed vet determined Glam was unhealthy. Not unhealthy due to environment change or stress. Unhealthy due to previous care for the cat. Care that Liz provided. There were other medical issues that GLAM had but I only mentioned a few. My contract with Liz stated I would get Glam neutered. Which I did. But I was told after that, Liz would NOT take the cat back because she could no longer use him for breeding. And she told me she could NOT have two male adult cats in her home. Because of territory issues. Which I understand. So to be clear, Liz told me numerous times should COULD NOT take the cat back and wouldn't give me a refund.
Also, I only contacted the breeder of Glam because a person who Liz put me in contact with who was thinking about taking Glam wanted his pedigree. And Liz said she didn't have it. I had no hidden agenda there. But once the family saw the temperament of the cat, they backed out.
Updated by StopTerraSiberians · Jan 08, 2017
Offering to take the cat back 7 months after I originally adopted him doesn't help me. She knows I don't have him anymore.
Updated by StopTerraSiberians · Dec 21, 2017
I’m glad you found a different kitten from a reputable breeder. I did the same thing. I have read several complaints from sumerous people about Terra Siberians. Everytime, Liz always says she’s dealing with a death in the family or a family emergency. Instead of just owning up to her poor business choices.