Legit Cattery, or Scam?
What to look for and how to protect yourself:
How to spot
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It is unfortunate, but we live in a world full of deception, and the breeding world is no exception as many breeds are expensive. You might have received phishing emails, or text messages from long-lost relatives asking for money, or even calls pretending to be the IRS or another government entity in order to steal your identity or banking information.
Every month at FurryTail Ragdolls, I receive at least one call, email or text from potential clients who recently discovered (or suspected) they had been ripped-off in their journey of Ragdoll ownership. The story is usually the same - they put down a hefty deposit for a kitten, only to be contacted weeks or months later for more money. Sometimes it is for unexpected vet bills, additional transportation costs or previously undiscussed and unapproved expenses.
That being said, there are still many, many legitimate and ethical Ragdoll breeders out there, and here is what you should look for. Obviously this list is not exhaustive, nor should this information be taken as legal advice. This is simply our observation and opinion, which we are passing along to help educate our families in protecting themselves from a potential scam. There is nothing more heartbreaking than allowing yourself to fall in love with your future feline companion, only to find out they never existed. FTR would love your business, but we understand that we are not for everyone, we may not have the kitten you are looking for - when you are looking for it, we may not meet your budget needs, etc. Should you desire referrals for other reputable catteries, please do not hesitate to reach out as we will do all we can to help you have a great experience, no matter which breeder you ultimately go through.