So no breeder should imply that there’s no way anything can go wrong, or that none of their cats are ever lost at a young age (if that’s true, they haven’t been breeding long enough).
The question is not whether a breeder loses cats, because we all do. The question is whether you know what to expect and feel supported and secure about how things will go if something does happen.
We personally believe that we should replace any kitten or cat who dies from anything that could be our fault – an inherited issue that we could have prevented. We will also replace any kitten who dies of FIP or HCM (heart disease) at under a year old, even though we can’t predict or prevent those issues with our current technology.
We also pledge to support you, be in touch, not abandon you, and to advocate for you and your cat with your vet if needed, even if the issue is something that was not inherited or congenital.
Our choice of what to replace for is not the only right choice – some breeders do less, some do more. The question is whether it’s the right choice for you and your family. Whether you buy from us or buy from another responsible breeder, make sure you ask about these policies very directly and specifically, and make sure you are comfortable with the breeder’s policies before you invest in a purebred kitten.