Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I want my cat to have a litter of kittens before I desex. Will you sell me a entire cat?
A: No. We sell all our kittens desexed.
We do not endorce or encourage non-registered breeders to breed with their cats. We also do not want our kittens to wind up in a backyard breeding program. We therefore desex ALL kittens prior to them leaving the Rislani Cats cattery.
To be eligible to purchase a entire kitten from Rislani Cats, you must be able to prove to us you are a registered breeder with an approved registering body within your state. You also must prove you also practice early desexing.
If you cannot prove the above - please do not be offended when we refuse to sell you a kitten.
Q: Do you have a waiting list?
A: Yes we do. Our list may even be longer than other breeders given we specialise in older style breeding and there are very few breeders breeding older style in Australia.
Q: How long is your waiting list?
A: It is impossible to answer this question as each person on our list has provided a "wish list" which includes breed, sex, and colour.
Q: What sort of timeframe should I expect to wait for a kitten from Rislani Cats?
A: This question is also impossible to answer due to numerous factors, such as:
It is quite common when we contact people to advise we have a kitten that matches their "wish list" we get responses like: "Can we wait till the next litter because..." or "I have found a kitten. Can you please remove me from your list?"
While we do review our waiting list regularly and do matings specifically to maximise the chances of us getting kittens in the colours most requested - the genetic gods are the ones that determine what kittens are actually produced by a mating. IE we could do a mating specifically to get seal point, and then get nothing but cinnamon point.
We aim to mate our queens no more than 1 time per 12 months (where possible). Queens not ready for mating may be the only queens calling.
While queens do typically call on a regular basis - they do tend to stop calling or reduce the number of calls they have during the colder months
We cannot guarantee matings done are successful. Like with human pregnancies, there are also no guarantees the queen does not miscarry.
Q: When can I expect to collect my kitten from Rislani Cats?
A: Our kittens are typically ready to collect between 12 - 16 weeks of age. The exact age of your kitten at the time of collection varies as each kitten develops differently.
Once your kitten reaches 1kg in weight it can be desexed. Typically, boys can be collected 1 week after desexing, while girls can be collected 2 weeks after desexing.
Q: Will Rislani Cats give me ongoing support once I take my kitten home?
We have lovingly raised your kitten since the day it was born. If you ever (be it 3 days after you've taken your kitten home, or 15 years after adoption) have any concerns, questions or problems we would like to hear from you. Even though the kitten is no longer ours once it leaves our place, we always love getting updates (and photos!) of our babies once they leave the nest.
Q: What do I do if my situation changes after I have adopted my kitten from Rislani Cats and I can no longer care for or keep my kitten/cat?
A: Please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY!
We always have a waiting list of people who are seeking kittens and often have people keen to adopt an order cat/kitten or retiree. We can assist you find a suitable alternative home for your kitten/cat.
If your situation is that bad that the kitten/cat must leave immediately, we can often take the kitten/cat back until such time as a suitable new home is found. However, please note we will not provide a refund of your purchase cost of the kitten/cat.
Q: Why do Rislani Cats want me to keep my kitten indoors or in a cat proof enclosure?
A: There are a lot of risks in the outdoor world for your cat. By keeping your cat indoors, or within a cat-proof enclosure, you reduce these risks that could reduce the lifespan of your cat. Some of these risks include:
Exposure to Feline AIDS from cat fighting
Being hit by a car
Poisoning, accidental or intentional
Complaints and threats from neighbours
Rain, wind and cold
Loneliness and fear
Getting skin cancer from UV exposure
Fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites
Getting Caught in a car engine or garage
Getting their collar caught on fences, trees, etc.
Being stolen and used for dog bait
Exposure to disease from other animals
Cruelty from strangers
Q: Can I wash my cat?
However it is recommended you get your cat used to being bathed from a young age - however, Siamese & Orientals are not a cat you need to regularly bath. This would only need to be done when your cat has rolled in something ikky or if you are going to bath your cat with a flea shampoo due to flea infestation (it happens to us all from time to time!).
ALWAYS ensure you use a pet-shampoo. Human shampoos and soaps can damage your cat's coats and may also be toxic if some is not correctly washed from your cats coat and they clean themselves after the bath and lick this off.
Q: What health conditions are common to the Siamese & Oriental breeds?
A: Common health issues with the siamese/oriental breeds are:
Respiratory conditions eg. Asthma
Depression Siamese/Oriental cats are very people oriented and 'latch' onto their human. Often Siamese/Oriental cats that have been abandoned in shelters become depressed
Vestibular disease Feline vestibular disease is a condition in which a cat suddenly develops incoordination, falling or circling to one side, involuntary darting of the eyes back and forth (nystagmus), a head tilt, and often nausea or vomiting. These clinical signs usually appear suddenly, many times in less than an hour.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) PRA is night blindness, which can lead to complete blindness
We are registered with:
Australian National Cats Inc. (ANCATS)
The health of our cats is cared for by:
|Cat Lovers Vet Clinic||Baw Baw Paws Vet Clinic|
|UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory||Orivet Genetic Pet Care|
Other Breeders Rislani Cats Deals With:
Most people do not realise what sort of dedication, time and money is involved in breeding cats. Without the ongoing support, advice and allowing us to use cats from their bloodlines within our breeding program, Rislani Cats would not exist. We greatly appreciate the assistance provided over the years by the following breeders, and if we cannot assist you with your desired kitten can highly recommend you contact them:
Cindylin Siamese & Orientals
Xarifa Siamese & Orientals
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