Dan & Marian Goepfert
Joplin, MO Copyright 2020© MoJo Maines, Maine Coon Cattery LLC | All Rights Reserved
Frequently Asked Questions
I reserve the right to change my mind as to placement of kittens.
I will always get first pick, then show homes have priority over pet homes.
What is the cost of a kitten? -
Kittens cost $1500.00 male or females. Silvers & Blue Silver males are $1650, Polydactyls are $1650.00. Holding fees are $500 & non-refundable unless there are extenuating circumstances or the breeder cancels the contract . Your holding fee is applied toward the purchase price of your kitten. Personal checks are accepted for holding fees only. Your holding fee and an Approved Kitten Application are required before a kitten is reserved. The remaining balance is due in cash only or money order. (too many bounced checks) If you are willing to show the kitten/cat in cat shows, another arrangement can be made regarding cost.
Do you microchip? The staff at our vet clinic can microchip your kitten using $35.00 if you chose. We can have this done on the last checkup to the vet, the week before you pick up your kitten. This is an option and not required.
Do you accept holding fees for kittens on upcoming litters
(kittens not yet born)?
I will place your name on a list for a kitten: male/female/either based on your answers listed on your Approved Kitten Application. When a litter is born, I will post photos of the kittens on the website and send out an email to everyone that has paid a holding fee for a kitten. If you requested a male kitten, you will only get pictures of males; if you requested a female, only the photos of female kittens and if you do not have a preference, you will receive choice of all. If you have paid a holding fee and decide to pass on a kitten from that litter, your holding fee is ‘rolled over’ to the next upcoming litter and you will have first choice to pick your perfect baby. Any kittens not chosen by those who have paid holding fees/approved kitten applications will be posted on our website and Facebook page as Available. If we see a kitten who shows promise for our breeding program, MoJo Maines cattery will always have first choice of any kitten from any litter.
**Please note, if you say yes to a kitten and it is reserved for you and then you ‘cancel the sale’: Your holding fee will NOT be refunded and will NOT be carried over to another upcoming litter. The kitten you chose to reserve & then decline will become available to another buyer. If for any reason, MoJo Maines Cattery cancels a kitten sale the holding fee is refunded in full to the buyer. If you have questions about the holding fee process, please contact me.
What colors of kittens do you have?
We have kittens in nearly all colors and patterns. We can produce Warm or Cool Brown Classic & Mackerel Tabbies, Torbies(tortieshell,calico), Brown Patched Tabbies, Silver Patch tabbies, Red Classic Tabbies(girls and boys).
When can I pick out my kitten?I prefer that potential cat owners choose their kittens when they are 3-4 weeks old. (although you may chose before then) At that time we will send out emails with the kittens photos for kitten selection in the order that we received deposits. Once you have selected a kitten that particular kitten is listed as Reserved. If you have a name for your kitten, we will call your kitten that name. We will also email you updated pictures of your kitten every week so you can see his or her progress. Kittens will be ready to go to their new home at 12 weeks old.
Where & when will I pick up my kitten? You will pick up your kitten at our home in Joplin, Missouri – at a prearranged time. Kittens are ready to go to their new homes by 12 weeks old. Kittens will need to be picked up or flown to their new homes by 12 weeks old. There is a daily fee to keep kittens past 12 weeks of age. We do not allow kittens to go to their new homes earlier than 12 weeks old due to spay/neutered and final Vet check. We will also meet you at a predetermined location if requested. Each of our kittens goes to their new home with a, "Kitten Kit." You will receive a Kitten Care booklet, small bag of Royal Canin Kitten food and a can of Royal Canin canned food - this is the same food that your kitten has been eating, coupons for cat litter and pet food. You will also receive a folder (or a flash drive) with all of your kittens paperwork: Your kitten's registration papers, parent pedigrees, health record, veterinarian checks & documentation, photos of your Kitten and littermates, photos of the kitten’s parents and some other helpful and informative papers.
I see you don't have kittens right now, how long before another litter? After mating with the chosen Sire, Queens will have their kittens anywhere from 62-70 days with 64 days being the average.(9 weeks) We plan our litters and witness the mating- that is how we know the approximate date for expected delivery. Kittens leave the cattery at 12-14 weeks of age. So, from start to finish your time ‘waiting’ can be 21 weeks if waiting for a litter not yet born. Yes, you read that correctly, 5 months. The wait is 3 months or less if kittens are already born.
Do you have a contract for your kittens?
Absolutely. We do have a contract and it is required for all kitten sales. Every respectable breeder will have a contract. The provisions of the contract are designed to protect the kitten being purchased, the buyer and MoJo Maines Cattery. Every cattery has different restrictions, responsabities and expectations.
Do you sell breeding rights on your kittens?
No, All kittens & cats leave our cattery spay/neutered. It is in our contract. *Exceptions for established breeders.
Do your kittens come with their registration papers?
Yes. The registration papers will be in your Kitten Kit. If they aren't, I will email them to you. The new owner will be responsible for registering the cat. Once you register your kitten, you can request a Pedigree from the Cat Association.
Are your kittens checked by a veterinarian? Yes. Our kittens visit the Vet 2 times before leaving the cattery. Once at just over 6 weeks, after their first Vaccination and then the week before they leave the cattery when they make the trip to be altered at 11 weeks.
Will my kitten need its shots? Yes and No. MoJo Maines vaccinates all their cats prior to leaving our cattery. All kittens will receive immunization shots with Novibac or Fel-o-Vax which covers Rhinotrachetis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia. Kittens receive this shot before they leave as per the Veterinarian; the last shot at 14-16w will be the responsibility of the buyer. Kittens will also receive both doses required of FeLV (feline leukemia) Vaccine at 9&12wks - if buyer requests it. Kittens are given a dewormer as a precautionary measure. All kittens are also FeLV and FIV negative at the time of leaving our cattery by way of their parents. It will be the new owner's responsibility to finish the kittens remaining booster shots. Rabies vaccine may be given after the kitten is 14 weeks old or as per your vet. Vet Clinic records are available on every kitten to be transferred to your clinic.