Adoption

Information

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Welcome to our Adoption

Information page

Thank you for your interest
in our babies.

Unfortunately we are completely

reserved for 2022.

Right now, we are not

accepting new applications.

Please check back or follow us

on our Social Media

for announcements on future

litter availability.

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When we have babies, our time and

energy  must be devoted  to our

babies, their moms and dads

 and to their families. 

 

The physical care and love of our

adults and kittens is the most

important aspect of our breeding.

When you are waiting for
your kitten we know you'll want

the same for your baby.

Thank you for understanding

and for your patience.

Read what our families have to say!

 

 

 

 

All of our kittens are
blue eyed and pointed.

We do not breed mink or other

non-traditional ragdolls.

We breed for seal, blue,

chocolate and lilac kittens.

Please follow us on
Facebook and Instagram
for our most current news,

updates and photos.

For more information email us at steelcityragdolls@gmail.com

 

If you've found your way here,
I am guessing you've spent

some time learning about this

incredible cat breed.

 

Ragdolls are not like other cats.

Known as the "puppies"
of the cat world,
Ragdolls prefer to be with

their humans as much as possible. 

They will follow you from

room to room and help

no matter what it is you're doing.

They are large, strong,

extremely docile and gentle,

wonderful with children
and other pets. 

Some can even be trained to fetch

and do some other tricks if you'd

like to put in the time with them!

Our parents are chosen to
maintain the integrity of the breed.

Conformation of the breed,

gorgeous blue eyes,

a large strong body,

well shaped head and profile,

bunny like fur and

the Ragdoll's famous personality

are top priorities when breeding.

When you bring one of our

beloved kittens into your home,

you will receive a FIVE year

genetic health guarantee,

TICA registration, microchip

and your new baby will be

spayed/neutered, litter trained,

appropriately wormed and will have

received the first two vaccinations. 

We will also send a bag of the food

the kittens are eating

and some familiar toys.

 

As part of our guarantee we require

an appointment with your

veterinarian within 3 days of

your kitten leaving us,

so please make that appointment

shortly after your kitten is

born and we give you the date

that your baby can come home.

Especially now in COVID

it seems vets are busier

than ever and often have long

waits for appointments.

We hope you understand that

we are a closed cattery.

This is for the health and

safety of all of our cats and kittens.

Meaning we do not allow visits. 

Most catteries operate this way

to ensure that all of our kittens

and adult cats stay completely

healthy and that viruses and

parasites are not brought into

our home from another cattery,

as many are highly contagious

and easily carried on clothing

and shoes. This is not negotiable

as we have no way of knowing

if you have visited other catteries

prior to visiting us. 

 

We will, however, communicate with
you on a regular basis once your

kitten is born, sending videos

and photos weekly.

We are happy to do live videos or
Facetime as well so you can see

your baby in real time and

make sure you really get

to watch your kitten grow! 

 

We realize this can be a difficult

waiting period, but it is so easy

for disease to be spread

from one cattery to another and

because we never know if a family

has visited a different cattery

before their visit to us,

we simply must protect our precious

babies and their parents.

Thank you for understanding.

Our kittens go home between

12 and 14 weeks old. 

We hold them this long to

make sure their immune system

is strong and that they are

completely healed from

their spay/neuter surgeries.

Most importantly we keep them

to ensure proper socialization

which mean you will have

a confident outgoing

happy kitten

that grows into a loving,

mellow, affectionate cat.

 

We realize rescues and

other "breeders" may

let their kittens go home

at a younger age, but that is

often out of necessity

or to save money

(caring for kittens from 8 to 12

weeks is quite expensive)

and it is NEVER what's

best for the kittens. 

They are continuing their

socialization and these last weeks

with their Mom and their

siblings is crucial. 

So please understand. 

They build confidence and

independence and you

will have a very well socialized

kitten with less chance

of behavioral issues.

We will not make

exceptions to this rule.

Know that our babies

don't go to just anyone. 

We love and adore every

single one and the first step

in adoption is filling out

our application.  After that I like to

have a short conversation

with our adopters just to

talk about expectations,

answer any questions and

get to know you a bit better.

Please know our babies

are my heart and soul

and their happiness

means absolutely

everything to me!
 

Our kittens are $2000
for a family pet

(we do not sell breeding rights)
(show kittens are available with additional cost)


We require a $500
non-refundable deposit

to reserve the litter spot

of your choice.
This covers your baby's spay/neuter,

microchip and vaccinations.

The deposit is non-refundable,
so be sure you are ready for
the furbaby of your dreams!

 

All deposits may be

forwarded to future litters

in the event a family

may need to postpone

their kitten adoption

for any reason.

All kittens will be spayed/neutered
and microchipped

prior to leaving us.
All babies come with a  

Five year genetic health guarantee.

They will also receive their

first two core vaccines so

they will only need a rabies

vaccine and their

third core vaccine booster.

 

All of our parents are

DNA tested and negative

for HCM and PDK1 as well

as negative for FeLV and FIV.

Of course your baby will

also be wormed appropriately

and will come with their food and toys.

Many of my families have

shared that the cost of

spay and neuter can be

exorbitant on top of other

vaccination vet visits and

some have expressed they

were uncomfortable giving

any needed medications

after the procedure so I want

to provide all of this to

my families so all you need

to do is enjoy and

love your new furbaby!

 

I was a registered nurse as

my first career so I'm very

comfortable helping

the babies recover from

their surgery.

Keep this all in mind when

comparing costs with

other catteries.

I personally believe it is

unethical and irresponsible

in these days of scammers

and back yard breeders

to send home any kitten

without being spayed/neutered.

There is a link to our contract

at the bottom of the page

if you would like to review it.

We made a very conscious

to breed only blue eyed,

pointed Ragdolls and have

imported very high quality

Ragdolls from different part

of the world

to ensure healthy,

diverse lines and kittens

and our cattery grows.

We also want very much to

bring high quality 

chocolates and lilacs with

wonderful deep blue eye color

to our families, as they can

be difficult to find

in the United States.

Our payment options include

PayPal, Zelle and Venmo

for placing deposits. 

Once your application is

accepted we will provide

a link to our secure

reservations page.

 

If you would like to use an electronic

form of payment for your balance

when it's time for your kitten to

come home, we ask that this be paid 

at least one week prior to your

baby being picked up.

Cash is also accepted

on the day of pick up.

If you have vacation or other plans when the time comes for your baby to come home we are more than
happy to keep your little one here

with us until you're home and have

lots of time to bond with them

and help them acclimate

to their new home. 

We have found this extra time with

mom to be really beneficial in

growing even more confidence

in the babies that have spent

some extra time with us.

This might be a great option for a

family with very very

young children as we've noticed

their manners are definitely

reinforced even more effectively

with some extra time with us

without all of their littermates.

Kittens are no different

than puppies, in that they

will chase fingers and toes

and while we spend all of their

time with us training them,

this training needs reinforced

once they are home. Feel free

to ask about all of our techniques!

We use a reservation system

for our kittens and families.

We prefer this system to

a "waitlist" for a few reasons. 

 

First and most importantly this

helps us to focus our time and attention

on the care of our kittens and cats.

There are many days when we

overwhelmed with inquiries.

We simply can not respond to

that many messages each day

and still give our

babies  and cats and families

the time they deserve.

Socialization and good health

are our priorities and 

neither can be accomplished

without plenty of time!

At the same time, we never want

to simply NOT respond to

anyone inquiring about a kitten. 

So we feels it serves us, our kittens

and cats, our families and the public

much better if we are able to say

when we are open and

when we are closed

to reservations and inquires for future kittens.

 

Our families also mean the

world to us and we need to be

available to them especially as

they prepare for their furry

love to arrive home

and for those first few

weeks at home.

We choose this method because

we also prefer families that show

patience and plan for the arrival

of their precious kitten.

We never ever sell to anyone

appearing to be impulsive

or kittens as "gifts"

A kitten is a lifetime commitment.
This waiting period allows us to

get to know our families very well

which in turn helps in the

pairing of  kitten to family.


This matching is so very important

to the happiness of both our kittens

and our families which is

always our goal.

You can have to most beautiful cat

in the world but if your

personalities are not a

good "fit" neither cat

nor human will be happy.

So, for each planned litter,

we take four deposits and

those deposits guarantee those

 families a kitten from us. 

If we have more than
four kittens per litter

(which usually happens)

then we move up pre-approved

families with reservations on

later litters based on

compatibility with

the available kitten.

That is strictly voluntary

and if a family is waiting for a

specific color gender or pattern

they of course maintain the reservation

for their original planned litter.

Please understand, that if

after one week of your

committing to a kitten,

we have not received

a deposit, we must move on.

I never ever want to feel

like I am pressuring

anyone to place a deposit

AND

I will not continue to ask if someone

is still interesting in a reservation,

because they almost always say yes

and yet most times, if a week

has passed without a commitment

I have come to realize 

there most likely will not be one.

So I'm afraid at that time

I must move on to other families

waiting for one of our babies.

Please understand

my goal is to always always

prioritize my time for the care

of our babies and their parents

and the families

anxiously awaiting their

furry bundle of love.

Kittens will be chosen by families

in the order that deposits are received.

I accept only four deposits

(two males and two females)

for each planned litter.
If we are unable to provide the

specific color/pattern/gender preferred,

that family will be moved to our next

litter if they so choose.

Picking up your kitten!

We are just south of

Pittsburgh, PA, so be aware

of this and make sure to

make arrangements to come

and pick up your kitten. 

If you live a long distance away,

will be willing to meet you

part of the way, but we do

charge for gas and tolls

and those kittens will go

home after the others

have been picked up from

our home. 

This is because I will not

leave babies at home alone

for long periods of time. 

Please discuss this with me

and make arrangements

prior to placing any deposit.

Feel free to email me or

text and we can find a plan

that works for all. 

There are couriers available

that will deliver

your kitten to you. 

If you would like to use that

type of service, you will need

to make those arrangements.

 

We do not fly our kittens alone.

There are many

couriers in the United States

that specialize in

bringing your baby home to you.

If you would like to fly to our

wonderful city and airport,

we can meet you there

if you would like.

But the kitten MUST fly

in the cabin with you. 

NOT ever as cargo!!

Please Google "Pet Friendly Airlines."

Before making flight arrangements,

make sure you check with your

airline for their requirements

for transporting pets.

As time goes on, I see more and

more people on different social

media platforms breeding

"without papers"

and I've read horror stories of

kittens suffering and

dying in the process. 

First of all, I personally think

this practice should be illegal. 

It is illegal in other countries

and unfortunately the United States 

does not protect animals like

they should. 

 

Please, please, please do not fall

for those offering cheap kittens. 

Or someone offering a low price

because they claim that

registration is too expensive. 

I see one woman trolling Facebook

offering kittens for $600

but if you want "papers" they are $2500. 

What is that???

It only costs $15 to register a litter. 

And if it's an actual cattery selling

for a very low cost then

they are cutting corners somewhere.

I am seeing Ragdolls for sale

that look nothing like a Ragdoll

should and people complaining

about their personalities. 

Breeding is everything!

The most up to date photos and

video are on our

Facebook and Instagram pages. 

It's very time consuming to update

the website and I need that time

for the babies so we hope you will

follow us on our Social Media pages.

The links are below!

Lastly, know that once you

bring one of our kittens

into your world, I am

here for you forever

for anything you need!

No question is silly and

I will help in any way needed!

You will forever be

part of our furry happy family!