How does a waitlist work?

If you are searching for a Russian Blue kitten, more than likely you have come across links and pages for many breeders across the US.  There are breeder websites, Facebook pages, and unfortunately some of them are preying on the unsuspecting public and offering instantly available kittens using stolen photos.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Breeder A accepts inquiries only after a cat has been bred, and then takes a $200 refundable deposit to be added to their waitlist after a lengthy screening process.  Preference given to former Russian Blue owners.

Breeder B has an informal waitlist, requires no deposit, and may not have a definitive timeline for when kittens will be available.  There is also a screening process, and kittens are matched to an ideal home, so it may not be “first come first served”, and the breeder may decline to sell you a kitten.

Breeder C has an active social media presence, beautiful pictures,  and advertises kittens as available immediately.  They may even offer several different breeds.  Your purchase is secured by a hefty non-refundable down payment via PayPal or Venmo.

I’m sure by now you’ve found the red flags with Breeder C.  Breeder A seems an ideal match, but what about Breeder B?

You have to understand that as breeders, we are looking for the perfect homes for our kittens.  Homes that will be for the life of the cat.  We aren’t selling Nike shoes, XBox systems or other commodities.  We are placing a part of our family.  So not everyone screened makes it to the waitlist.  And your spot on the waitlist can change.  If you are in the right place, at the right time, your new family member could arrive much sooner than you expect.

Oh, and I’m a Breeder B.  If that’s not a style that works for you, please check out any of the breeders that can be found on the Russian Blue Fanciers’ site that I link elsewhere on my page.