What to watch out for...
Recently there have been several scams regarding the sale of Maine Coon kittens. This is heartbreaking and also completely infuriating. Many of these scams are on Facebook, where we have already been a victim of this on the page "Maine Coon Kittens For Sale." These people find random photos of cats and kittens and then try to sell them. As a legitimate, reputable breeder, and from others like us, I have also heard from several of our clients that have been victims or almost victims of these scams.
Here are some of the warning signs that you may be getting scammed: using texting only, not answering basic level questions regarding parentage, health, and general knowledge of how to care for a Maine Coon. There are also demands for high deposits and they are known for not communicating. They will rarely tell you where they are located and on Facebook, will respond to inquiries with "Page Responded Privately." I have also heard from clients that they will only send you one picture and no more, regardless of how many times they are asked for it (as they just plain do not have the kitten to take pictures of anyway.)
We do not use texting, as it is seemingly too impersonal and very difficult to stay organized. We are also available and ready for whatever question may be sent our way, and our deposit is very reasonable for our level of cattery. Our kittens have never and will never be sold on Craigslist, or any Maine Coon or cat site but our own (which is verified through Facebook and our website server as a legitimate business), or any other avenue of sale. We typically have no need to advertise kittens as they are reserved and pre-sold through the waiting list almost exclusively.
I am angry that there are people out there that believe this behavior is acceptable. Here at Rock Hill Maine Coons, we are very transparent and give our cats and kittens top-notch care. Nothing else is acceptable. I'm a mama bear when it comes to my babies, both human and feline (and really all children and animals). I have looked far into this already and will update if I find any new tricks they have up their sleeves.