RESEARCH (5/5). Within ten years, the budget for cats has exploded. Accessories, food, health and comfort… There is something for everyone, every taste and every budget. Fifth and final part: adoption from a professional breeder like Angélique Decayeux Ronnat in Déville-lès-Rouen or from a shelter like the SNPA in Rouen.
It’s not about opposing breeders and shelters here, but considering the advantages of each, and especially the obligations of adoption. Valérie, coordinator of the Norman Society for the Protection of Animals (SNPA) in Rouen, and Angélique Decayeux-Ronnat, head of the Yakoon Thaï breeding in Déville-lès-Rouen, specializing in camel and Norwegian cats, give their perspectives.
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Why is the cat so attractive?
Valérie Camel: “Perhaps it is due to the lack of restrictions such as daily walks and the needs of the dog? People can go on a weekend or vacation time and leave the cats alone with a person who comes to take care of the litter box and food. But we must not forget that a cat, even a heavy sleeper, needs interaction, play sessions and contacts with its owner. »
Cover healthcare costs
Angélique Decayeux-Ronnat: “Personally, I think the cat is seduced by its presence. A cat, whatever its origin, is graceful and calming. The cat is an emotional sponge. It’s also easy on a daily basis, no need to take it out several times a day for example. The stereotype of the independent and lonely cat has disappeared, and people are now aware that a cat is as close as a dog. »
Why should we contact you to adopt a cat?
Valérie Camel: “All of the cats submitted for adoption by the SNPA were put into veterinary care as soon as they arrived. If pathologies are detected, they are treated. An operation can be performed if necessary. By adopting a cat from a shelter, you are acting responsibly, knowing that a cat can grow old and have diseases that come with age. Therefore, these costs related to the health of the animal and sometimes special food will need to be insured. »
Angélique Decayeux-Ronnat: “I think a reproduction like mine is important. Values family character, cats live with us. We see them as full members of our family. We love our retired cats and families: it allows them to see several generations in the same home. Dad, grandma, great-grandfather… Our current eldest celebrated his 12th birthday. Passion is our main motif! While passion rhymes with necessity, for example, we have training duties, regular veterinary checkups, tax liability. »
Be aware of responsibilities
What budget should I plan?
Valérie Deve: “We want participation, even if the sterilization/castration is not done according to age, 220 € for an adult and 250 € for a kitten, including the same points as for an adult, including vaccine identification, sterilization or castration. Then there are the so-called SOS cats… seniors with pathologies and sometimes looking for a foster or adoptive family in exchange for a lesser or free donation.
Angélique Decayeux-Ronnat: “A Norwegian kitten costs between 1,000 and 1,500 euros and an average of 1,250 euros, depending on the region. Attention, we do not justify a high price with the rarity of a color. There is no rare color in Norway. With regular testing on breeders, genetic testing, FIV-FELV health testing and careful monitoring of the breeder, a price is partially justified. There is zero risk in raising livestock, our best ally is the veterinarian. It is also our partner for the health and monitoring of our cats. Cats are registered in the LOOF (Official Book of Cat Origins), as are kittens, which is also a pedigree. Adoption also means recognizing that there is a budget to plan for, plus when I book one of my kittens I post a sheet with the budget to plan a year on food, veterinary care, pest control products, insurance and equipment. It is very important to be aware of the responsibilities before making a decision. »
By owning or purchasing a cat, there are administrative obligations that must be respected. Valérie Deve of SNPA recalls: “The cat leaving the shelter complies with administrative obligations such as identification and sterilization/castration; vaccines too. We take care to update her identity when she leaves,” he said. The owner of the adopted cat should then take over regarding vaccinations.
Angélique Decayeux Ronnat of Yakoon Thai cattery explains that the breeder must provide a certificate of sale and warranty, including the kitten’s microchip number and the pedigree application file number for the kitten. She also provides a passport or notebook with vaccinations signed by the vet, health certificate from the vet, cover of the ID card, kitten welcome booklet, an explanatory page on grooming, food and additional breed information. It will also be an estimate of the average annual maintenance cost of the animal, excluding health costs.