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Adopting a Kitten From Managalakatz

While there is an extraordinary amount of information on this page, we request all poential kitten adoptees read all information on this page prior to contacting us for a kitten. This will save us both time as many of your questions may already be answered on this page.

       

General Information about adopting a kitten from Mangalakatz
At Mangalakatz, we strive to ensure your new furry family member is healthy, well socialized, and confident kitten, free of genetic birth defects/conditions. As we breed multiple breeds of cat, there are some slight variences between each breed in regards to the adoption process due to the way each breed develops differently. However, all kittens adopted from Mangalakatz, go to their new homes:

  • Desexed (non negotiable for pet buyers - some registered breeders may be eligible to adopt an entire kitten at our discretion). Legistation in Victoria requires all kittens once desexed to remain at Mangalakatz for a minimum period of one week post surgery. This allows the kitten to heal from their surgery and any stitches requiring removal to be removed prior to the kitten going to their new home.
  • Desexing certificate signed by our veterinarian
  • Microchipped with a Mini Chip & registered with Home Safe ID
  • Vaccinated with either modified live F3 vaccine (MLV) or F3 standard vaccine
  • Wormed regularly with a tablet and/or spot on treatment. You kitten will be treated for intestinal worms, heartworm and fleas immediately prior to adoption for your convienance
  • Fully litter trained using either Breeders Choice paperbased pelletised litter and/or pine pellet litter
  • Pedigree Pet Papers (if adopted to pet owner)
    OR
    Certified GCCFV registered pedigree (if adopted for show or breeding)
  • Comprehensive kitten care notes supplied before the kitten is picked up/delivered and additional goodies provided on collection to make the transition into your home less stressful for both you and your kitten
  • Mangalakatz DPI written health guarantee
  • Sample bags of food and litter to make the transistion into your home easier. Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide these items to interstate/overseas adopters as there is no safe way to include these items in the carry box with your kitten. 
  • All kittens adopted from Mangalakatz come with lifetime support. We also welcome receiving photos/updates on the kitten you have adopted from us as it grows.

We do have a waiting list for all breeds of kittens. Should you wish be added to our obligation free waiting list, please contact us via the contact us page of this site.

No kitten will leave our cattery if you do not have a suitable cat safe carry box. If you do not have one of these prior to collection of your kitten, carry boxes are available to purchase at the cattery.

We also provide reduced rate boarding for previous kitten buyers in the event of your cat/kitten requiring boarding when you are going away on holiday or other reasons.

If you are adopting a kitten for breeding or show purposes and wish for your kitten to be shown by us prior to your collection, we are happy to do this, provided you pay for the show entry fees associated with any shows entered. We will never enter a kitten into a show without contacting you first for approval of these additional charges.

Visiting Mangalakatz
Legislation for those catteries that hold a Domestic Animal Business Licence (DAB), which we do, are bound to maintain a high Bio Security status within the cattery and kitten nurseries. This unfortunately means it is not possible for us to allow kitten and/or cattery visits into these areas.

Sadly, due to rising thefts from breeders, we also have to consider the safety and security of our breeding cat and any kittens we currently have in the cattery.

Once we build a purpose built viewing/reception area this may change, however until such time, we do hope all kitten adoptees understand. When picking up your kitten this will be allocated to one of the nurseries only where your new kitten will be waiting for you with open paws.

To set your mind at ease, we have been inspected and approved by our local council for the DAB requirements regardingin cattery management and kitten raising facilities.

Feeding your new cat or kitten
Diet is one of the most important aspects about caring for your kitten/cat. After much research into the feline diet, we recommend a raw diet for your kitten/cat, information on feeding raw will be supplied to you before your new baby arrives. A small amount of Grain Free Earthborn may be used as a treat, but not as a meal.


Raw Diet Vs Processed Cat Food
The source of this information is from "Nutrition of the Domestic Cat" by VH Menrath, BVSc, BAgr, MACVS, as published in "Target" all breeds magazine of the Council of Federated Cat Clubs of Queensland and printed in an issue of "National Cat"

Your
Cat is a True Carnivore
It is typical of the cat's independent nature that although it has been a companion of man for many centuries, it has  generally refused to change its dietary habits. The cat has continued to hunt and provide for itself at every opportunity. In its natural state, the cat is a healthy and resourceful animal and as a hunter is second to none.

Recent nutritional studies have proved the cat to be a pure carnivore. It is unable to exist in its natural environment without
a diet of tissues and organs of other animals. A wild cat eats all of its prey - hair, skin, flesh, bones and internal organs.

Since the wild cat is a healthy animal with excellent teeth and bone structure, it has given us some clues in the search for a
good diet for our domesticated companions. Cat owners often unknowingly cause nutritional diseases in their animals in a quest to provide a balanced diet.

Research studies indicate the cat's dietary requirements are unique.


Protein
The cat has an extraordinarily high requirements for protein. An adult cat needs 20% of its total daily calorie intake to be
protein. This is about five times that required by a dog. Kittens need 30% protein for normal growth and development.

The majority of the protein has to be of animal origin. If a cat is fed exclusively on tinned dog food, it loses weight gradually
and eventually becomes irreversibly blind.

Vitamin A
The cat is unable to synthesize Vitamin A from the plant pigment carotene and has to eat the vitamin in its true form. Cats
have a high Vitamin A requirement, but excessive doses are more disastrous then deficiencies.

Raw liver is an excellent source of Vitamin A but cats often become addicted to eating liver, which causes excess bone tissue
to be laid down in joints. The Vitamin A poisoning eventually causes permanent stiffness of the legs and neck.

Low grade Vitamin A deficiencies occur quite commonly, especially in breeding catteries, where stress caused through viral
respiratory infection or pregnancy results in a rapid depletion of Vitamin A stored in the liver. This not only results in prolonged recovery from illness but is a common cause of sterility, reduced litter size and birth defects such as flattened chests and cleft palates.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is required for normal bone growth and development. Cats with Vitamin D deficiency develop a disease known as
rickets. Rickets in cats is virtually unknown in Australia. This is because cats need only minute quantities and are able to synthesize Vitamin D in their skin under the influence of sunlight.

Over-zealous Vitamin D supplements in the diet, through cod liver oil and Vitamin D/calcium mixtures - can cause
mineralisation of body organs. Mineralization in the heart, arteries and kidneys can lead to death.

Calcium
The most common man induced nutritional disease in young cats is bone disease due to a diet of too little calcium and
excessive amounts of phosphorus.

Growing kittens rapidly acquire a taste for raw beef and stubbornly refuse to eat anything else. Although beef is an excellent
 source of protein and B vitamins, it contains very little calcium and large quantities of phosphorus - just the right ingredients for severe bone weakness which can cause permanent spinal and pelvic deformities.

Fats
Cats are not capable of utilizing vegetable oils for all their requirements and need to have part of their daily diet as animal
fat. Too much vegetable or fish oil can cause pancreatitis, known as 'yellow fat disease', where the fat pads and internal fat deposits become severely inflamed and painful.

Vitamin B
One of the most startling nutritional diseases in cats is due to thiamine or Vitamin B1 deficiency. Thiamine is essential for a
healthy nervous system and raw meat and offal normally provide ample quantities of b vitamins. Yeast powder or tablets are also an excellent source of Vitamin B.

Thiamine deficiency can occur in two ways. The first is by feeding cooked meat and offal where the cooling process destroys
all the B vitamins. The second is to feed a large proportion of the diet as raw fish, especially deep sea fish which contains enzymes that destroy thiamine.

Both these feeding methods will eventually lead to a disease called Chastek's paralysis which has neurological symptoms
such as convulsions and paralysis - and finally permanent brain damage.

Summary
These unusual nutritional requirements of the domestic cat ensure it is extremely sensitive to man interfering with its
natural diet. Ideally we should feed a diet of mice, rats, birds and other small prey - but this is impractical.

Cat breeders and owners are fortunate the pet food industry has studies their animals' needs to provide them with a wide
range of good quality tinned and dried foods. These prepared foods are divided into two types - one provides a complete diet and the other must be supplemented with other foods.

It is important to distinguish between the two types. Vitamins and minerals are added to these prepared foods to prevent
deficiencies.

Dry Food/Biscuits
Many dry biscuits, even premium brand biscuits such as Royal Canin, Hills Science and many other well known brands of biscuit are grain based biscuits. Grain based biscuits are very taxing on your cats kidneys and are a contributing factor in many cats general health and wellbeing. Common medical problems that can be associated with a grain based diet include, but are not limited too:

  • Diet induced diabetes
  • Kidney disease/failure
  • Cystitis/Urethral blockage/Urinary tract infections and/or crystals
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • hairballs
  • obesity
  • hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease)
  • dental issues
  • asthma

Your cat requires cannot survive on dry biscuits alone. At Mangalakatz, we feed a small portion of dry biscuits together with raw meat.

Water
Cats do not have a natural thirst receptor. This means by the time your beloved feline goes to the water bowel for a drink, they are already slightly dehydrated. Your cat needs to be encouraged and stimulated to drink the amount of water they require for healthy kidney function and general health.

You will often notice your cat may choose to go into a kitchen or bathroom sink and lick the tap faucet. This is because they prefer fresh water as we all do.

Waterbowls with Charcoal filters and a pump to keep the water moving in the bowl such as the Drinkwell Water Fountain, while more expensive to purchase, and maintain (replacement filters will be required. The regularity of which will be determined by how many cats you have in your household), are highly recommended to keep your cats drinking water not only fresh but also cool as the constant movement in the water helps keep the water cool.

The basic Drinkwell Water Fountain has a capacity of 1.5L of water with an optional reserve tank which increases capacity to over 3.5L. There is also a larger model called the Platinum which holds almost double that of the basic unit.

PK Definiciency
In June 2011, PK Deficiency (PK Def) was discovered in Singapura cats in the UK. It is therefore essential that prior to adopting a Singapura kitten from a registered breeder, you ensure the breeder has performed PK Def DNA tests to ensure your new family member is free from this genetic condition. Always ask to see a copy of the certificate for the parent's tests to confirm the test results. On this certificate, there will be one of the below results:

N/N - Normal cat, this cat does not carry the defective gene.
N/K - Normal cat, but this cat does carry one gene for PK Def, but is not affected (heterozygous)
K/K - Affected cat or will be at some stage. This cat carries 2 genes for PK Def (homozygous). Severity of the symptoms cannot be predicted.

If you wish to find out more about this condition, please refer to our links pages for external links to detailed medical sites which provide extensive information about what this condition can do to an affected cat.

At Mangalakatz, we have tested all our breeding cats and have been very lucky and NONE of our cats are affected with this condition. We can therefore confidently say that we have not bred a single kitten that would be affected by PK Def from any of our bloodlines.

Adopting a Singapura Kitten from Managalakatz

Adopting a female Singapura
Alas, there are never very many female kittens in Singapura litters, therefore if you wish to adopt a female Singapura, you may find you will need to be very patient as it may take a while for us to be able to breed a female kitten for you.

Collection of your kitten
As Singapura's are the worlds smallest cat, these kittens do take slightly longer to reach the required weight (1.3kg) for desexing. Therefore you will be unable to collect your kitten from us until approximately 15 to 16 weeks of age after they have recovered from their surgery.

Adopting a Singapura kitten for breeding purposes
We do not participate in, nor sell any Singapura cats or kittens to breeders involved in any Singapura outcross programs. Therefore, we request you do not ask for a kitten for these purposes as refusal may offend. 

Adopting a Lykoi Kitten from Managalakatz

As Lykoi is a relatively new breed of cat, there is currently no known conditions to affect this breed, therefore, there is no DNA testing required for the parents of your Lykoi kitten. However, please rest assured that we do our utmost to ensure all cats used within our breeding program are healthy and free from conditions such as FIV and FELV which can affect any cat, be it a purebred or common moggie.

We also do our best to stay on top of research related to this breed, and should any condition ever be discovered within the Lykoi lines, we will immediately commence DNA testing to ensure our lines are free from this condition.

Collection of your kitten
Lykoi kittens are ready to be collected after they have recovered from their desexing surgery. This will usually be at approximately 14 to 16 weeks of age.

Adopting a Devon Rex Kitten from Managalakatz

There is currently no known conditions to affect the Devon Rex breed, therefore, there is no DNA testing required for the parents of your Devon Rex kitten. However, please rest assured that we do our utmost to ensure all cats used within our breeding program are healthy and free from conditions such as FIV and FELV which can affect any cat, be it a purebred or common moggie.

We also do our best to stay ontop of research related to this breed, and should any condition ever be discovered within the Devon Rex lines, we will immediately commence DNA testing to ensure our lines are free from this condition.

Collection of your kitten
Devon Rex kittens are ready to be collected after they have recovered from their desexing surgery. This will usually be at approximately 13 weeks of age.


Singapura Queen with 8 kittens - a world record number of kittens for a Singapura Queen

Costs associated with adopting a kitten or cat from Managalakatz

Upon requesting to adopt a kitten from Mangalakats, you will be sent an email requesting your response to a series of questions, a copy of our pet/breeding contract and our banking information for deposit transfer. While this may seem frustrating to you, it is essential you respond to all questions in as much detail as possible so we can ensure your home is the correct fit for one of our kittens.

The deposit required to adopt a kitten from Mangalakatz is $500.00 no matter what breed of kitten you are adopting (with the exception of F1 Lykoi which is $250.00).

Once your deposit has been received, you will receive an email with kitten care notes regarding the requirements of your kitten upon arrival at your home, including diet and other general information. You will also be provided with a receipt for your deposit.

Please note: Deposits are non-refundable 3 days from deposit date.

Updated photos of your new baby will usually be placed on this website and/or our facebook page as regularly as possible by us. You may also receive emailed photo updates from us.

Unless you have previously arranged to make regular repayments to pay off the adoption fee for your kitten, you will receive an invoice for balance due when your kitten reaches desexing weight. Should you wish to arrange a regular payment plan, please contact us, you will find we are very flexible and understand the adoption fees associated with adopting a kitten from us can be a large chunk of money from your budget.

As at December 21, 2018 the total cost to adopt a pet kitten from Mangalakatz are as per below:

Singapura $1,700.00
Lykoi $2,800.00
Lykoi F1 (First generation Lykoi) $350.00
Devon Rex $1,100.00

Pricing to adopt cats for breeding purposes will be different, however, you will need to contact us to enquire further about this.

At Mangalakatz, we reserve the right to cancel the sale of a kitten at anytime prior to the kitten being ready to go to it's new home. In the event of this occurring, your deposit will be refunded.

Interstate Transportation of your Kitten
Our kittens regularly travel to other Australian States & Internationally to their new homes. However, this does add additional costs to the adoption fee. These costs include, but are not limited too:

  • Airfare
  • Approved Carry Container (PP10/PP20/PP30/PP40)
  • Courier Transportation from our cattery to Melbourne Airport

We do our utmost to ensure your kitten is not only safe during their transportation, but also comfortable to reduce the stresslevels your kitten may experience. These procedures include, but are not limited too:

  • A nice warm blanket or sleeping bag is supplied for your kitten to snuggle into.
  • A soft toy to keep your kitten entertained
  • All their paperwork (vaccination card, health certificate, desexing certificate, pedigree papers and any other additional paperwork) will be included inside the carry box underneath the blanket in a plastic envelope to ensure it remains dry should your kitten have an accident during the trip.
  • The carry box supplied has a specially fitted base so that in the event of your new kitten have an accident in ther carrry box during the trip. it will go straight through to the bottom of the box and your kitten will be remain dry. However, as an additional method to ensure your kitten does remain dry, a puppy pad / wet/dry liner will also be included in the carry box for additional warmth and comfort of your pet.
  • We do expect a phone call or email from you once you collect your kitten up from the airport so we know your kitten has arrived safely and is OK. This will save us from worrying about our baby being lost somewhere at the airport. 

Remember: When adopting and transporting a kitten from another Australian State - there is no additional charge to have two kittens in the same carry box, and two kittens is always better and much more fun than one!!

All travel costs and any outstanding balance of the adoption fee for your kitten must be paid 14 days (3 weeks if overseas) prior to the kittens departure date.

We only use and trust JetPets with our precious babies due to their high level of care and professionalism, we highly recommend them should you ever require your furry friends to be transported anywhere in the world.

As of January 28, 2016, we were very lucky to establish a VIP status with Jet Pets in Melbourne, therefore, can pass discounted transportation costs onto our kitten adopters.

Current pricing (as at January 24, 2018) for the transportation of your kitten can be found below:

DESTINATION AIR TRAVEL
WITH JETPETS
COURIER COST
TO
MELBOURNE
AIRPORT
PP20 AIRLINE
APPROVED
CARRY BOX
KITTEN
BLANKET

& TOY
TOTAL
TRANSPORT

COST
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra $122.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $287.00
NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney $122.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $287.00
Newcastle $169.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $334.00
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Darwin $221.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $386.00
QUEENSLAND
Brisbane $128.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $293.00
Cairns $162.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $327.00
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide $122.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $287.00
TASMANIA
Hobart $122.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $287.00
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Perth $161.00 $100.00 $65.00* $0.00 $326.00
OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA: Pleae contact us for a quotation.
If your location is not listed above, please contact us for a quotation.
* Excl. GST. Additional GST charges will apply