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Darling Minuet kittens

newly designed  -  with love in southern california  -  updated 7/16/2018

 

 

 
 
 

NEW KITTENS POSTED NOW ON NURSERY PAGE

Our British Shorthair Website is live: www.british-shorthair-kitten.com

 

About Minuet Kittens Cattery

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WELCOME TO Minuet Kittens Cattery - Newly designed look

Home of very small Minuet kittens, silver & golden Persians & British Short Hair Kittens.

         We are CFA and TICA registered cattery and we breed small MINUETS (Napoleons) and doll face PERSIANS. We also expanded to BRITISH SHORTHAIR kittens and have built a sister website for those: www.british-shorthair-kitten.com

         All of our adult breeders have excellent pedigrees and health. Our goal is to produce healthy, loving and petite kittens with sweet doll faces which you can welcome in your home as new family members. 
           Napoleons - now Minuets, are dwarf kittens, a cross between Persian and Munchkin and they have the best of both breeds.  About half of the kittens in each litter are STANDARD - with very short legs; the other half is NONSTANDARD - regular legs. 
         Because we started with Silver and Golden Persian breeders, which are the smallest division of Persians, most of our kittens are very small.  Recently, we expanded our Minuet program and we breed now also Chocolate and Lilac, Cinnamon and Fawn and also pointed Minuets.  We are located on the coast of Southern California about an hour drive from San Diego and Los Angeles.  We are glad you found us!

     You can browse our Available pages, fill out an Application, & read our Q & A Page.      Email: minuetkittens@gmail.com (best way to reach us)                 Phone: 760-472-3377

 
 
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Nursery & new babies - New Litters Born in June

Updated July 18th 2018

On this NURSERY page you can see our newly born MINUETS and occasionally PERSIANS. For BRITISH SHORT HAIR kittens please visit my daughter's website: www.british-shorthair-kitten.com 

ONLY about 50% of MINUET KITTENS have STANDARD (or short) legs. The rest of the kittens have REGULAR legs, and are equally sweet, loving & adorable. 

This page is for new babies only, and those that are a tad older are moved to one of our Available Pages.  You can reserve a kitten on any page by:     

1. Placing the non-refundable deposit on Paypal ($200 for non-standard and $400 for standard kitten). Click Buy Now.

2. Filling out an application and letting us know which kitten you're interested in & reserving.

 

Click here to visit our BSH website

www.British-Shorthair-Kitten.com

Our British Shorthair kittens, like the 10 pictured just below, are now listed on our sister website, please click the link above to see our available BSH kittens - they will no longer be featured below, only on here


Five fawn siblings arrived at the end of May

Four fawn, and one fawn with white little siblings.  Tommy & Toby are our non standard fawn brothers; while Tchibi (means tiny in Japanese), Truffles and Tinkerbell are our standard fawn siblings. Truffles (fawn and white) is reserved for Susan, Tinkerbell is reserved for Cheyenne. The rest are currently available.

tinkerbell - RESERVED

This little minuet cutie is our standard solid fawn medium to long hair girl.  She is tiny, and so her name is Tinkerbell.  When you look into her eyes, your heart just melts.... Tinkerbell was born 5/26/18.  She is currently reserved for Cheyenne and family, and we would love for her to possibly have a sibling to go with her.  Two kittens are always double the fun, and they are each other's best play mate.  Tinkerbell's adoption fee is 2,500 and we project she will stay on the smaller side even as an adult.

tchibi - available

Tchibi (means tiny in Japanese), is our standard solid fawn medium to long hair minuet teddy bear.  He is happy, mellow, and is curious about exploring all of his surroundings.  DOB is 5/26/18.  At the moment Tchibi is available and busy growing, sleeping, and repeating.  His adoption fee is 2,300, and you may reserve him by following the link to paypal.

 

Truffles - reserved for susan

Truffles is our standard fawn with white medium to long hair minuet girl.  She sat pretty for her photo shoot - and came out the cutie she is.  She was born 5/26/18 and is busy growing and playing with her siblings.  Truffles is reserved for Susan, and family. Her adoption fee was 2,400. 


penelope - reserved

Penelope is a cinnamon and white van non standard minuet girl with beautiful coloring on her face and body. She is sweet, curious and smart.  Her date of birth is 6/1/18 and she is turning one month old!  Penelope still has a lot of growing and developing to do.  She is RESERVED for Anthony and her adoption fee is $1,600.

 

pete the cat - available!

Pete, named after Pete the cat is our lilac with white handsome short hair minuet boy, both his front paws have white "socks".  His coloring looks like tortie shell, but boys cannot be a tortie, so he is lilac with white sprinkled in :-)  DOB is 6/1/18.  Pete is a very loving little boy, currently AVAILABLE, and his adoption fee is $1,500. 

 

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April showers bring May flowers, or in this case, May kittens. Two standards and two non-standards, barely opening their eyes. Two kittens are always double the fun, and we would like to give preference to families who are looking to adopt a standard and a non-standard sibling together.  One solid lilac girl, one solid blue girl and two solid blue boys.  DOB: 5/15/18  -  just after Mother's Day!  Pictures of the 2 blue standard kitten siblings still missing coming soon!

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rebel girl - available!!

Meet Rebel Girl, the first of 4 minuet kittens. She is a solid lilac non-standard Minuet girl and she is brave and strong! They say girls are the first to mature, and she was the first to open her eyes and is definitely a leader of the pack.  Born 5/15/18, she is not yet one month old. She still has a lot of growing and developing to do. Rebel Girl is available and her adoption fee is $1,375.

ringo star - available!!

Meet Ringo Star, solid blue non-standard Minuet boy - although now he is smaller than your whole hand.  He was the second to open his eyes, and he is cautiously curious about his surroundings.  DOB is 5/15/18.  He still has a lot of growing and developing to do. Ringo Star is available. His adoption fee is $1,475.


lewis - reserved

In the photos on the right is our blue/lilac pointed boy named Lewis. Pointed kittens have a color on all of the 7 "points" of their body: paws, ears, tail, and nose. Lewis is RESERVED for Kayanne and his adoption fee was $1,250.


orchid flower - reserved for robin

Meet our new non standard lilac calico minuet girl, Orchid Flower.  She is a shorthair minuet, and will be very intelligent and maybe even a little sneaky as can be typical of calicos.  Her DOB is on Mother's Day, 5/13/18.  She certainly is a cute Mother's Day gift!!  She is currently reserved, and her adoption fee was $1,525.  She has the potential to be a very stunning princess.

Sitting pretty for the camera.....


standard minuet brothers oatmeal kiss and ori

These two brothers, Oatmeal Kiss and Ori will melt your heart. They are both standard lilac with white minuet boys, and are cute and cuddly. They will have medium to long hair coats. Their adoption fee was $2,350, and their DOB is on Mother's Day, 5/13/18.

oatmeal kiss - reserved for anthony

Oatmeal Kiss, pictured above on the left, has a slightly wider white stripe on his forehead, and a white patch on his back, and is a very sweet and curious little boy. Nothing escapes him!  He is a standard medium hair minuet and is currently reserved for Anthony and family.  His adoption fee was $2,350.

ori - reserved for robin

Ori has a more narrow white stripe on his forehead, is super fluffy, and has a gentle and bubbly disposition. He is busy nursing, growing, and starting to play with his siblings. He is a standard medium hair minuet and is currently reserved for Robin and family.  His adoption fee was $2,350.


Princess olivia - Available!!

Princess Olivia is the standard sister of Oatmeal Kiss and Ori. She also looks lilac with white, but upon further look you will see she is a diluted calico; short hair. Beautiful standard minuet girl with very short legs.  She is bold and curious and has the potential to be a real looker. DOB 5/13/18. She is currently AVAILABLE, and her adoption fee is $2,500. 


Please visit our British Shorthair Website to view more available BSH kittens like these!       Click Here to Visit Website

mocha and maple - available

Mocha and Maple are our solid chocolate 'teddy bears' BSH boys. They were still too young for pictures during their debut photoshoot, and updated photos should be coming soon. DOB 5/3/2018. They are currently available.

We encourage adopting two kittens - two kittens are double the fun than just one kitten, and they will always have a friend and playmate that way.  Mocha and Maple are AVAILABLE and their adoption fee is $1,600.    

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Please visit our sister site for more BSH kittens like these.

www.british-shorthair-kitten.com

Shaded silver BSH girl  will be soon just as beautiful as her mother. We  are keeping  her sister as a future breeder, but yu can have this beauty as your new family member for $ 1,800 adoption fee. She is s till nursing a little bit, but  she is vaccinated, litter trained and ready for her new home.


Our BSH Queen Nancy just  had four little babies with   Odyssee. All of them are golden, just like their parents and you can see their first premature pictures here. One  girl and one boy  above and one girl and one boy bellow. Golden BSH are still quite rare in USA and they make very beautiful, faithful, loyal  and loving pets. We have two boys and two  girls and as soon as they will be a little bigger, better pictures  will  follow.

It looks like they will be about $ 1,750 each.

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Available Minuets

Updated July 8th, 2018

On this page you can see our STANDARD (short legs) and NONSTANDARD (regular legs) Minuet kittens that are nearly ready to go. For new AVAILABLE kittens, please see the NURSERY & New Babies page. 

If you are interested in our kittens and want
 to start communication with our cattery, please fill out our brief Application FIRST.  Sorry, we do not have time or means to answer an influx of brief emails, but we do contact all the Applicants.  We also notify all our Applicants when new kittens are born - via our NEWSLETTER. 


GEORGIE GIRL - AVAILABLE - READY NOW!! lower adoption fee!!

Georgie Girl, Giselle & Grace Kitty are three sisters. Unlike Giselle & Grace Kitty, Georgie Girl is a medium to long haired non-standard minuet girl.  This little princess is as sweet as a peach, and loves to play.  She is gentle, curious, cuddly, and intelligent.  Georgie girl is AVAILABLE and her adoption fee is $960.  DOB 4/8/2018.

Grace Kitty has just joined her new family & Giselle is travelling this weekend, here Georgie Girl & Giselle a pictured together on the right before they each go their separate ways.


Fudge Brownie is the first standard kitten with a slight disability that we have ever offered - looking for a loving family

FUDGE BROWNIE - reserved - (kitten with slight disability)

Our beautiful standard chocolate teddy bear with very short legs was born 4/3/2018. We named him Fudge Brownie. He is a very special solid chocolate color, soft coat and sweet disposition. Around age 9 weeks we noticed his hind legs were not as strong, and it causes him to run "differently". Fudge Brownie is otherwise a sweet, healthy and playful kitten, and we would love to find a home for him that could love him the way he is. (His vet visits and spine x-ray is all perfect, and he has a 70% chance of improvement, 30% chance it will stay the same).  His adoption fee was $2,300 and we are willing to discount him 40% to the right family.

 

We have three new solid  blue kittens and one lilac and you can see them in the pictures bellow. They are weaned, vaccinated, litter trained and ready for their new homes now.  We  have one standard blue boy and one standard blue girl, one nonstandard blue boy and one nonstandard lilac  girl. They were all born May 15/2018.

Since the pictures really do not do them a justice, we would like to make an exception and invite serious customers to see these kittens in our house now.

Above  is our solid blue standard Minuet boy. DOB 5/15/2018. He is very loving and cuddly, he looks really much better than the pictures and we would like to encourage you to adopt him  with his nonstandard brother or sister or friend. The second kitten will be  $ 200 discounted. Adoption fee for this blue boy  is $ 2,250.

 


Hi, my name is Fudge Brownie, and I am a standard solid chocolate minuet who needs love!

The second blue boy (above) is a nonstandard Minuet. Also very fluffy, easy coat and very loving disposition.

He can be yours for $ 1,350 ( or only $ 1,150 as a STANDARD kitten companion).  DOB 5/15/2018


Solid lilac kitten above is a  nonstandard Minuet girl, also longhair, like her blue siblings.  She is $1,450 as a single kittens and only $ 1,250 as a standard kitten  companion. She is ready for her permanent home now and you can  visit her in our home. DOB 5/15/2018.



Solid blue STANDARD Minuet girl  above is the last one from our four siblings. She  has really very, very short legs, shorter than average STANDARDS. She is very people oriented, playful, and she loves to chew very, very gently on my fingers.

The fee for her is $  2,350 and she is nearly ready for her new home. It would make us, her and also you very happy, if you adopt her   with her sibling or friend, especially if she will be home alone for a few hrs everyday. Two kittens, two companion develop much better personality, do not feel lonely and make you happy.  DOB 5/15/2018


QUINTESSA is lovely chocolate point girl, getting prettier every day. She has a luxurious dense  coat, she loves to be petted and she loves to play  with her brother  all day  long. She is ready for her new home ans she can be your for $ 1,450. As a companion to a STANDARD  friend only for $ 1,250.  DOB 5/23/2018. Quintessa will have beautifully blue eyes.


QUIDO is a lovely brother of Quintessa. Also pointed "himi like" Minuet, nonstandard.  DOB 5/23/2018. He is playful and  funny, initiates all the games for other kittens and he reminds me of our youngest "human kitten" Both are the same kind of little rascals. QUIDO's adoption fee is $ 1,550 and if you want him together with QUINTESSA, than $ 2,800 for both. QUIDO's eyes will stay blue when adult.

 


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Please contact us by email first at minuetkittens@gmail.com.  Phone or text (760) 472–3377 (limited availability)

Below is a gallery of some of our beautiful kittens.  These babies have been adopted already, and we continue to have others like them.

Available Teens & Adults

Updated 2/28/2018

Kittens are undoubtedly among the cutest things ever - who can resist them? Sometimes, however, a slightly older kitten may be a more appropriate fit for both parties involved and make for a smoother transition, and an equally loyal and loving relationship for many years! Although the term "kitten" refers to a feline of one year or younger, we consider a 'kitten' up to 5-6 months of age. 6-12 months would then be a 'teenager'.  A teenage kitten will still form a very strong bond with their new family, and may not be as mischievous toward you and your home as a very young kitten that is still learning.  

On this page you can every once in a while find an available teen or adult we may have.  Sometimes we prepare a kitten for a show or plan as a future breeder and then the situation changes. In fact, it is a great way to adopt a very good quality kitten or cat for an exceptional price.

 

WHITE PAWS - adopted

White Paws is our white and fawn non standard minuet teenage boy.  He has a very luxurious, thick coat, that does not mat. He enjoys looking out the window, playing with his toys, and is very gentle with the smaller kittens.  His eyes may still change, but are a green, or at times hazel color.  He has been ADOPTED in March by Shay and is happy in Sunnyvale, CA.  

Note from us: Shay & family have decided to also adopt a second kitten from us, and White Paws will be getting a friend in mid-June!! Congratulations!!

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Questions & Answers / Adoption Info

Your ultimate resource to familiarize yourself with our cattery, the breed, and what to generally expect during the adoption process.

 
 

Q: What is the best way to contact us?                                                                                                            A: email. please fill out an application after reading this page first. (contact info bottom of page). Or send us a text.

Q: What is a Minuet (formerly Napoleon) kitten?
A: Minuet is a relatively newly recognized breed - a beautiful breed! It is a cross breed between a classic doll face Persian and a Munchkin. In January 2015 the international cat associations voted to change the name from NAPOLEON to MINUET. We have been breeding beautiful Minuet/Napoleon kittens since 2007.

Q: What does STANDARD and NONSTANDARD Minuet mean?
A: On average, 50% of Minuet kittens are born STANDARD - with short legs and the other 50% have regular sized legs. Those are called NONSTANDARD Minuets. Standards are not only shorter, but nearly always also smaller.

Q: Why do you love Minuet (Napoleon) kittens?  What makes them unique?
A: There are so many reasons. We love cats but we don't enjoy having a cat on our dining table or kitchen counter. Standard Minuet does not jump on your counter. They are friendly, loving, playful and funny!
Our cattery started by breeding Persian kittens. Silver and Golden, which are the smallest division of Persians.
In 2007 we got very excited about Napoleons - because of all the advantages they have over Persians. Our first Minuet kittens were born 07/07/2007 and we fell in love with them ever since. Now we breed mostly Minuets.
Minuets are much smaller than an average Persian cat. They are dwarf kittens. Our adult Minuets weigh between 4-7 lbs, while regular Persian cat could be 12-18 lbs. If a cat smaller than 9-10 lbs is considered "a teacup size", then all of our Minuets are considered teacup cats.
      Other top 3 reasons we love Minuets: They are much more playful even as adults. Their coats are easier to manage. They are small and cute. Minuets play even as adults. Their coats are very silky, which makes that daily combing and grooming unnecessary: most of our Minuets require combing only once a week or less, because they do not have that cottony undercoat. We also breed short hair Minuets - which more and more families prefer now.  Lastly, standard Minuets are even smaller than nonstandard. Some of them are good jumpers but THEY WILL NOT JUMP ON YOUR TABLE OR KITCHEN COUNTER (not even when you are not home!)


Q: What is the health of Minuets like?
A: We breed for health. Minuets are a healthy breed. They do not have diseases related to breed. Since they are more related to Persians than to Munchkins we tested all our adult breeders for PKD - Polycystic Kidney Diseases at UC Davis and they are all negative. When parents are negative, kittens cannot inherit PKD.
     Some health problems can be triggered or aggravated by inbreeding, and some Persian cats in the US were or are in-bred. Because Minuets are cross between two breeds, we breed completely unrelated cats, thus inbreeding is eliminated, and health is improved. We vaccinate all our kittens with a quadruple cats vaccine (killed viruses) at the age of about 6-7 and again 9-10 weeks. They are wormed twice at the same age.

Q: Do you still breed Persians?
A: Yes, from time to time we still have a litter of Persian kittens, mostly Silver or Golden. Sometimes we also have pointed Persians = Himalayans. But we like Minuets for their advantages over Persians. If you are interested in a Persian kitten, we recommend to consider a nonstandard Minuet kitten instead. It will look just like a classic doll face Persian, only smaller, and the price is more advantageous too.

Q: Why do you recommend two kittens?
A: I personally never had just one kitten. Getting two kittens at the same time is best for both your family and the kittens. You will have 10 times more fun with two kittens than with just one. It is a whole new world! The kitten will have his buddy with him when leaving his mother and our cattery, and the travel and transition will be so much smoother. All the crying (and meowing) of the first days will be eliminated, and stress from new environment will be cut in half.
     Two kittens will keep each other company when you are not home. Each kitten needs at least one feline and one human friend. We discount the second kitten and we charge only one shipping fee for both.  So - we prefer families who want two kittens. One standard and one nonstandard is best choice. Unfortunately, your elderly cat is not a suitable companion for a young kitten. He can watch the kitten play, but will not interact much with him, so even if you do have a cat at home, you still need to consider two young kittens. 

     Based on 11 years of experience of breeding, we know they miss feline to feline interaction, and we suggest they get adopted with a nonstandard kitten. One standard and one regular legs Minuet kitten, a boy and a girl, make the best combination. Two boys are still a better combination than two girls.

Q: What is your (PAID) Waiting List? How do I reserve a future kitten?
A: Families who have sent us an Application but have not chosen a kitten yet, can be placed on our WAITING LIST.  Please sign up for our NEWSLETTER, as we notify via our NEWSLETTER when new litters arrive & you have first dibs!  Families who want two kittens - a nonstandard with a standard, are given preference. We may accept a deposit toward a future kitten under specific circumstances - for those who are sure they want our kitten and are willing to wait for a certain coat color or gender, for instance. If we cannot produce that desired color or gender during one breeding season or during one year, the deposit is returned. If you cancel for any reason during the waiting period, there is no refund. But talk to us about this possibility first, please. If you are certain of adopting a kitten and choose to pay a deposit toward a future kitten, you can be placed on our PAID Waiting List (top choice).

Note: only about 50% of Minuet kittens are born STANDARD and those get usually reserved very quickly. If you want a STANDARD Minuet kitten, then the best way to go - is to place a deposit as soon as first photos are published - usually on our NURSERY page.

Q: What if you do not have a kitten I want at this time?
A: We encourage you to fill out our brief application anyway, to let us know what kind of kitten you are interested in and to start communication. No deposit is needed at this time. You can also only apply for our NEWSLETTER if you like.

Q: What is a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit?
A: When a kitten is reserved for you, it is taken off the market, so to speak. It is your kitten now, you are just waiting for him to finish nursing and learning all necessary life skills from his mommy, and get ready for his or her new home. The kitten is now not available to others, who may also be interested. 
(Canceling suddenly triggers a large amount of new bathing, new grooming for photographing, cropping, publishing, advertising, new communication with a new possible families. There is a lot of time involved with it and all that makes the kitten more expensive.) The DEPOSIT is $200 (or $400 for a standard kitten), but please be sure about your kitten before you pay, since as with all other catteries, the deposit is not refundable.


Q: What is the price of your kittens?
A: Our price is determined by the quality of the kitten, how much they meet the breed requirement, and other factors.  Prices of our kittens may change and are entirely our discretion. Standard Minuet kittens are usually about $2,000 - $2,450 and non-standards are between $1,250 and $1,550.
The look, shape, quality of their coat or eye color and personality and disposition all influences their price.
Our beautiful doll face Persians are from $ 1,250 to $1,500 and my daughter's BSH kittens are $ 1,350 - $1,750. Note, if paying via PayPal, a 3% fee applies; explained below.  Because we have MANY FAMILIES who want STANDARD Minuet kittens, we give preference to families who take two kittens - one standard and one nonstandard. Those have the shortest wait time. Also - it is much better if the kitten comes to their new environment with a feline companion.  Lastly, sometimes our older kittens, or teen kittens, are discounted.


Q:  Are you able to ship your kittens?
A:  Yes, we are to ship kittens nationwide. We use several airlines pet programs, and even though they have temperature controlled and air pressurized pet cabins they are imperfect, experiencing weather restrictions, flight delays, summer embargoes to hot/warm areas, travelling with other pets, etc.  Some airports do not have a pet program over weekends.  Our average shipping cost is $ 400. The fee covers a veterinary visit & health certificate stating the kitten is healthy & able to fly required by the airlines, an airline approved pet carrier, and the cost of the airfare.  

We would like to recommend whenever possible that the new owner flies to pickup the kitten in person, and we would meet them at the airport for a nominal fee.  This is to ensure the highest safety of our kittens and the least amount of stress on them due to airline issues, layovers, etc.                               

Q: What if I live close to San Diego/ Los Angeles and do not need shipping?  
A: If you live in So CA - San Diego, Los Angeles, etc and you reserved a kitten on our website, then you can pick up your kitten in our home, after they have been weaned, vaccinated, and prepared for a new home.  All the other rules are the same as for the families who need shipping.

Q: How do I reserve a kitten? 
A: New kittens become available when about three weeks old, after we take their first baby pictures and display them on the NURSERY & NEW BABIES page. A few days before, we also notify all our Newsletter subscribers, who get first choice. (Applicants who have already paid the $200 deposit have priority). 
Note: after some past unpleasant experiences we are not open to the public anymore. You cannot come into our home and see the little babies, because it disturbs the mothers. But families who have reserved a kitten, can see THEIR RESERVED kitten after the first set of vaccinations are done at about 6-7 weeks old.

     TO RESERVE A KITTEN: If you have chosen one (or two) of our kittens which are currently marked AVAILABLE on our NURSERY or AVAILABLE KITTENS pages, please fill out our APPLICATION FORM letting us know which kitten to reserve for you. At that point you must put down the non refundable Paypal deposit. We also accept Venmo. Then that kitten will be RESERVED for you and you will be notified. It is your kitten now, so the deposit is not refundable and not transferable to another kitten. It does apply toward the kitten adoption fee. For STANDARD kittens there is a $400 deposit. Please note kittens are reserved on a first come, first serve basis in terms of receiving your deposit (not your application).

Q: Can I come see a kitten? 
A: After some unfortunate experiences we are not open to public anymore. The rules are nearly the same as for Internet purchasing. We used to welcome our prospective families in our private home for the past 10 years, in spite of them coming sometimes in big groups, with kids, relatives and schoolmates. It is not safe to invite into our home someone we met on the Internet and we believe most of you would be hesitant to do that as well. So thank you in advance for understanding.

Q: When is payment for my kitten due?                                                                                                                                        A: Full payment can be split in two. When the reserved kitten is 5-6 weeks old, the first half payment plus transport fee $400 (if needed), are due. We cannot accept personal checks, but you can either mail us a Money Order / Cashier's Check, or we can send you an INVOICE via Paypal (3% Paypal fee applies) for the first half payment. After first payment is made, it is time to sign a contract, which serves as your receipt.
The second half payment (less the deposit) is due shortly before shipping or personal pickup (same as above applies). If you are local and are picking up your kitten in person, we accept cash as well. The final contract is signed by us after you have completed full payment. You will also receive a Health Certificate with your kitten.

Note: You can view the Contract on this page, bellow.


Q:  At what age can the kittens go to their new home?
A:  The Cats Associations' answer is : at 12 - 16 weeks old. There is the earliest possible age, and then there is the optimal age. There are really many factors involved in this: size and maturity of the kitten, whether or not the kitten will need to be shipped, whether or not one kitten is traveling, or if two are going together, etc. 
   

     1. If the family lives locally, no shipping is involved, older children, adult at home (or working from home), taking two kittens at the same time, the kittens are average size, if experienced cat owners in the past:  In this case the answer is -  at the age of 10 - 16 weeks.

      2. If a single person, working long hrs, shipping across country, one really tiny STANDARD kitten, if a first time cat owner: the time frame is closer to 13 - 16 weeks.  Our veterinarians do not want kittens weighing less than 2 - 2.5 lbs prior to travel. Because Minuets are dwarf kittens - much smaller than other breeds, some may reach this weight later. Especially standards. There may be many possible risks involved - the weather, dehydration, cancelled flights, contact with other pets travelling... 
So - it all depends on the size and weight of the kitten, his independence from mother, life skills he already learned (newborn kitten for instance does not know how to retract his claws, and his mother and siblings have to teach him. Same with biting. You do not have the ability to teach them).

         An important fact is - that a kitten starts bonding with people when about 10 - 11 weeks old. So it does not make too much sense to really push to get him younger than that. You cannot do the mother's job and you can encounter some problems later, which you would not have if the kitten comes when 12 - 14 weeks old.
When to ship the kitten is strictly our decision, together with our vet.  Kittens are not puppies. Families who push us to ship kittens that are too young kitten only prove that they do not care about him.

 

Q: How about the kitten's pedigree?
A:  All our breeding cats are pedigree cats, they are all registered with TICA and Persians also with CFA.
Your kitten comes with a Contract and a Health Certificate and with a one year guarantee against a hereditary disease. You are not allowed to breed our kittens without breeding rights, which have to be agreed and paid for ahead of time.  Part of the Contract is, that the kitten has to be neutered at the age of 6-8 months. After you provide us with a veterinary proof that the kitten was spayed,
and when arranged ahead of time, then we can forward you kittens registration documents and a small TICA fee will be due. This has to be arranged prior the adoption, because it is quite time consuming and 90% of families do not request registration. We randomly neuter some kittens.

Q: Are your kittens fixed before leaving the cattery?
A: Sometimes. Our decisions are made together with our veterinary, who is very experienced and specializes in cats only.  Yes, in some catteries the kittens are fixed very young and since it is a major surgery for females, sometimes they die.  Some breeders do it - since they want to be sure the buyer will not breed the cat illegally. We have the statement in our CONTRACT (below) and we trust our adoptive families, that they will keep the contract and will not breed the cat illegally, without breeding rights.  :)

Q:  Which coat colors do you breed?
A:  We first started with golden and silver kittens, choosing the smallest golden and silver adults available. That's why most of our Minuets are very small.  Then we added chocolate and lilac, chocolate point and lilac point (Himalayans). We have two calico queens, so we have bicolor, calico, chocolate calico and cameo kittens.
And finally we are adding those very beautiful and unusual colors - cinnamon and fawn. 

 

Kitten Contract

This kitten/cat is being sold as a pet, does not have the breeding rights and must be spayed or neutered before the age of 6-8 months. Her CFA or TICA registration documents and pedigree will be forwarded to the new owner after the veterinary proof of spay/neuter is provided to a breeder. This must be arranged prior to purchase. The kitten/cat is sold in good faith and appears to be in an excellent health and age appropriate weight. This cat will NEVER be declawed, since such a surgery is a cruelty against the animal.

It is expected that the buyer will provide a loving home that cares for all the physical, medical and emotional needs of the kitten/cat.

           Under no circumstances will this cat/kitten be sold, leased, given away to any pet shop, research laboratory, animal shelter or similar facility. Should purchaser be unable to keep cat/kitten, the seller is to be notified and a suitable new placement is to be approved by seller. Contract remains in effect with a new placement.

           A nonrefundable $200 deposit is required to hold the kitten/cat. Balance is due prior to shipping.

All vaccinations are current at the time of purchase. Purchaser is expected to provide further needed vaccinations.

The sold kitten /cat is protected by a health guarantee against all life threatening genetic defects up to one year of age. Should it be found by a licensed veterinarian that this kitten/cat in fact has a life threatening genetic defect, upon written proof/necropsy, a replacement kitten/cat of comparable quality and value will be offered when available (within one year).

The purchaser has three business days to have a veterinarian exam performed should purchaser so desire. It is recommended kitten/cat is quarantined from other pets for a minimum of two weeks. Failure to have the kitten/cat examined within the three days relieves the seller of any financial responsibility. After that any expenses incurred by the new owner for the veterinarian or the treatment of the kitten/cat shall be the sole responsibility of the new owner. Should medical treatment be necessary within 3 days period, upon proof, the breeder will be responsible for half of the incurred bill for medication only.

Minuet Kitten Cattery maximum liability for this cat is the cat’s purchase price, less the cost of shipping.

 
 

Stories from our Friends & Past Babies

"We love hearing from you & your kitten!"

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With so many catteries to choose between, deciding on one can be an overwhelming task. It has been suggested to us that we offer a place where people can read stories & comments written by families that have adopted one (or more!) of our kittens.  We listened.
We asked and have received the following.  Please feel free to offer any comments and we will update as needed. We hope this offers the confidence and assurance that we are the place to come for your minuet or BSH darlings.

 
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"Momo (formerly Emerald) is the best thing that ever happened to my family this year! This adorable kitty brought us a lot of happiness and joy. My husband and I cannot stop smiling at him and spend most of our time playing with him :) 
He is amazingly friendly and gentle. He loves to cuddle and be touched. He always sleeps on our bed between my husband and I, and wakes us up with his gentle touches in the morning. It is definitely the best alarm in the world.
Thank you so much for breeding such a wonderful kitten!!
We will send you more of his pictures soon!"
~ Suhyun Jo & Jonathan in Los Angeles, CA

Momo has his own instagram account page @__momo_thecat__ we are following to see the handsome boy he grows into!

"Dixie has been the best kitten I could have asked for. She was very nervous at first but after the third day, she was very comfortable with myself and everyone who would come by. Now she is a very outgoing and playful kitten that loves to run around the entire apartment. She is also very loving and shows it by following me to every room I go to and taking her naps next to me. I also love how she likes to sleep on her back which is the first I’ve seen a kitten do. She makes me laugh and so happy that now I always want to be home with her all the time. She is the best kitten I could have asked for!!!"
~ Albert in Hollywood, CA
 Dixie, who loves to sleep like this - look at those short cute legs!

Dixie, who loves to sleep like this - look at those short cute legs!

 Huckleberry

Huckleberry

" Little Huckleberry is home safe and sound. He ate wet food, explored, and now has his favorite spot under the bed. He is doing well and will begin adjusting in no time. He is such a joy and we love him so much!!!  Thank you for everything."
~ Sarah in Salt Lake City, UT 
 
"Hi Lada and Nancy!

Giselle arrived in good shape! We are totally in LOVE!!   She is so cute & very affectionate. She is adjusting pretty well. 

Thank you so much! We are very happy,"

~ Cathy and Sami    in Newtown, PA

 Giselle looking cute in her new home

Giselle looking cute in her new home

 
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"Thank you so much for our new kitty! We adore him! He is so sweet. He is doing great!  Totally warmed up to us yesterday. Thank you again."
~ Chelsea, Harper & family in Las Vegas, NV

Harper snuggling with Irish Cream, now called Cinnamon.

"Hi. We named her Evie (formerly Grace Kitty) - her personality is spirited, curious and daring. She and Ashby are fast becoming loving companions. Our vet says Evie is healthy and will be getting her third immunization shot on the 3rd of July. She is already has insurance just in case her bravery gets her in a bit of of a pickle. She is eating and drinking well (including goat’s milk) and having fun exploring our home which is nice and roomy for all of us. Presently Ashby and Evie are napping together - so very sweet. Please stay in touch, we will try to keep you updated.
Till next time, Vaughn and Pearl"   in Simi Valley, CA

Note from our cattery, Evie joined Ashby previously adopted from us by Vaughn and Pearl - so glad they can be loving friends!

 Ashby & the newcommer, Evie

Ashby & the newcommer, Evie

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 Munchie, formerly Duchess

Munchie, formerly Duchess

"Hi Nancy & Lada,
Munchie (formerly Duchess) sleeps with me at night and last night I woke up to find her lying on my chest.  She now likes to ride in the truck and I am training her to go for walks with me on a leash.  I’ll try to send a video of that.  I think she is starting to get the hang of it.

My Mother has 5 dogs and Munchie fearlessly navigates her way around them.  I keep a very vigilant eye but wanted her to feel comfortable around other animals.

In short, she is amazing. Affectionate, smart, playful AND the PERFECT SIZE!!!  Oh I know, she will get bigger, but not too much I hope!!  She has 2 cat trees and numerous toys scattered around the house.  She loves the plastic ‘screws’ and the 3 tiered-ball toys that you recommended.

Her companionship is helping me deal with a difficult situation.  Everyone who meets her falls immediately in love!

Thank you for such a wonderful animal.

~ Kathryn in Eureka, CA
"Dante settled in pretty quickly and is acting as if he’s always been here.  He’s eating well and follows me from room to room.  He and Sven are getting along great!  I’ve attached a picture of them together.  They are sleeping on the same dog bed at night despite me trying to get Dante to stay in my room with me.  I think they both like having the company of each other while I am at work.  I watch them through my web cam and they seem to spend a lot of time playing with each other.  I’m really happy with how everything has turned out.
Thank you,
-James
                                                                            ~ James in San Diego, CA  
 Sven & little Dante

Sven & little Dante

 Toro

Toro

"Toro (formerly Baby Azzul), is one of most wonderful things that ever happened to us. He is very playful, gentle, lovely and warm hearted.
On the first day of coming home, he was very scared from the flight and us. His eyes were so big with his cute little face. We left him in a small office room with litter box, dry food and water. The first day, he was not eating at all. He started to open up after a night, started to eat food and play & walk around the room. After a week, he was able to eat food very well and already he knew how to use the rest room haha. This is awesome! 
A month passed by so quickly, he is gotten a little bigger and very lovely. He is very curious with everything and now walks around our house easily. He comes sleep with us on the bed everyday and has not been disturbing at all. We woke up with him on our side and every morning he will sit on Songkran’s chest :) 
After dinner, he will be sleeping on Sarah's  lap and he is very warm and gentle. He purrs a lot whenever he is close to us.
Thank you again for letting us have him. He is so wonderful in every way"!
~ Songkran & Sarah in Santa Clara, CA           (May, 2018)

 

 

 Winston and his new bestie

Winston and his new bestie

 
"Winston (formerly Cameron) fit right in from day one. He's a bundle of energy and follows me around like a shadow. We live with an older dog and they have become best friends. I'm so grateful for Winston and looking forward to seeing him grow big and healthy!
Best, Fiona"
~ Fiona & family in Glendale, CA
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 Black Diamond

Black Diamond

 
"Hi guys,
[Black Diamond] is doing great! My daughter loves her so much  She is happy & playful. She’s eating great & so far no problems holding her own w/ the dogs."
~ Anna & family in Simi Valley, CA
 
"It was so good seeing you again and meeting the rest of your family on Friday. The little guy (Dancer) slept on Saeed’s lap all the way to Los Angeles.  And he was totally acclimated to our house by Sunday.  He is playing like crazy, eating well, and you can tell he can’t wait to meet his brothers and sister. We named him Pappu.

He’s super sweet and funny, and we are so happy we were able to bring him home."

~ John & Saeed in Los Angeles, CA

Note from our Cattery: Pappu is the 4th kitten being adopted from Minuet Kittens into John's home, joining 2 brothers and a sister. Congratulations on your newest addition! We are so glad they can bring you so much joy & love!

 Dancer - standard white with chocolate boy

Dancer - standard white with chocolate boy

 Bailey

Bailey

"Bailey is doing great! She is very sweet and affectionate. We’ve all fallen in love with her, and the dog is getting there too.

See attached of her sleeping in her cat-tree, which she LOVES.

Thanks for breeding such a great kitten!"
 ~ Kristy and family in Pasadena, CA    (May 2018)
 
"Artemis (Bentley) is such a funny and spunky little soul, we're totally smitten with her. The vet checked her out and declared her healthy- thank you for raising such a wonderful kitten! We're so happy to have the privilege of being her family. Thank you!"
~ Yvette & family in San Diego, CA       (May 2018)
 Artemis

Artemis

 Ginger enjoying the Texas sunshine

Ginger enjoying the Texas sunshine

"Ginger is such a doll; follows me everywhere. She is doing great!! We feel so lucky to have her.  Thank you so much, she is super sweet."
~ Tasha & family in Austin, TX    (March 2018)
"A quick update on White Paws’ who has been eating wet and dry food well. Definitely more relaxed than in the first week. I can see he’s now curious about us, the other day when I was working, he came around a couple times to check up! Here’s a picture of him!"
                         ~ Shay in Sunnyvale, CA                           (January 2018)

Note from our cattery: White Paws was adopted as a teenager and will soon be joined by a second kitten. Very happy for Shay & family.

 White Paws

White Paws

"I have attached new photos of my sweet babies Mittens & Milo, so you can see how they are growing up!  Thank you again for such wonderful blessings. They bring me so much joy.  Getting two cats was such a great decision.
I hope you have a blessed year."

~ Sincerely, Allison in Birmingham, AL                                     (September 2017)
 
 Mittens & Milo

Mittens & Milo

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"Both my wife and I are ecstatic about having Minuets in our lives! They are a bundle of joy and provide us with smiles on a daily basis.  The process was so simple for us and even the adjustment period was short." ~ Nathan
"Roxy, aka Mew, is doing great and adjusting well. She gets along perfectly with my pup, they’re always lounging around together."  ~ Heather
~ from Nathan, Heather & family in San Diego, CA

Note from our cattery: Mew was adopted in March, and in May she got another kitten friend from us - lilac boy named JC. Thank you & we look forward to updates on these two :-)

 Roxy aka Mew. She is a very funny cat. So much personality!"  ~ Nathan

Roxy aka Mew. She is a very funny cat. So much personality!"  ~ Nathan

 
 JC who just arrived to join Mew in May

JC who just arrived to join Mew in May

 Finnley snuggling with Mike

Finnley snuggling with Mike

 
"Finnley is doing amazing! It took him a month to really warm up to me, but now he loves spending time with me. He's very playful and loves to cuddle and be brushed. I think he loves his new home."
~ Mike and family, San Diego, CA

Note from our cattery: Finnley was adopted as a teenager, and we are glad he adores his new forever home.

 
"We love our addition! He (Frodo) is so sweet and loving! He loves to play with toys and sleeps at the foot of our bed. He is a talker too! Very happy to have our cuddly boy.... our daughter renamed him Private Gunny.... since our son left for the Marines she wanted to have a military touch with her new companion ️ Thanks so much!"
 ~ Amy, Johnny, & Giselle in Pico Rivera, CA
 Private Gunny

Private Gunny

 Vanilla Cream

Vanilla Cream

"Vanilla Cream made herself at home from day one. She is so funny and is not afraid of anything. Right now she is playing chase with Crook, they get along very well. I knew they would. I may be interested in getting another one in the near future."
~ Noelle in Torrance, CA
"Well Byron is doing well. He is definitely a love bug like you said. He greets me at the door as soon as I get home from work, He has been pretty funny as what ever I touch he insists on touching as well. He is a lover and a talker, and hasn't left my side, almost like a puppy, thanks again for everything." 
~ Christopher from Lakeview, OR
 Byron

Byron

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"Happy New Year!!! Sage is doing great, my husband and kids love her. Thank you again, I will send more pics soon." 
~ Kalani from Las Vegas, NV    (January 2018)
 
 Sydney

Sydney

"He (Sydney) is doing amazing!! I love him dearly and he has become a part of the family. He was neutered last month and is growing big!"
~ Julie from Kansas City, Missouri
 Rea

Rea

"Rea is a joy & doing well. She is adorable! I view her as a part of my family. I will definitely recommend you to my friends, it has been a great experience with you when we communicated before we adopted Rea, and it has been a great experience when we came to pick her up." 
~ Minmin in Davis, CA
 Vash the Stampede

Vash the Stampede

"The little guy (Sasha) is doing really well! We have renamed him Vash the Stampede (after an animated character). He s very curious, brave, affectionate and vocal. Its a sign of how well you guys have raised him. Thank you so much!"
~ Love, Eunice & Sean in Long Beach, CA
 Frida - medium haired calico minuet

Frida - medium haired calico minuet

"Perfect."
~ Vanessa in Loomis, CA                                                   (December 2017)

Note from our cattery: Frida is living on an 8 acre with horses, other animals, Vanessa & her family.

 
"You and your mama are the best and were both so amazing during the waiting period for Paige. We definitely will recommend your cattery to all of our friends and family. We might just get another baby for my 11 year old. Much like Abby, she will have to earn it. Thank you again!" 
~ Eva & Abby from Upland, CA     (November 2017)
 Paige

Paige

 Alion

Alion

"Alion is doing well!! He gets more and more outgoing every day. He has bonded with my son, and when he is home, that is where you will find him. He likes to sit at his computer and "help" him do homework. He is beautiful and full of personality! Thanks again!"
~Linda in San Jose, CA      (October 2017)
 
 Bob & Moe

Bob & Moe

"Bob and Moe are doing wonderful!!!!! We feel so lucky to have 2 such wonderful cats, who truly love each other. They are both so patient with the kids and we spend hours laughing at how hilarious they both are. Bob especially is a really funny cat. He’s incredibly intelligent and has figured out how to turn all his toys on and off and can even open the lower cabinets in our kitchen to sleep or steal treats!  He’s very very clever. Moe is just a the biggest cuddler ever. I’ve never met a cat who loves to be loved as much as Moe does."
~Alyssa & family in Bellingham, WA
Update: Alyssa is also adopting a 3rd kitten from us in March 2018, congratulations Alyssa! We are glad they bring so much love & joy!
 Ozzie

Ozzie

"Ozzie is here and we absolutely love him! He is very gentle when he plays, apparently his mama taught him well. We will send updates as he settles in, he is exploring and being a good boy."
~ Carol from Torrance, CA