I definitely know that it's possible that I'm just beating myself out of a baby at this point but I think that I'd rather take a long time and find someone local than risk a bad episode. I talked to a breeder in Florida today and I'm actually considering driving down there.I am sorry you feel that way. I got my baby from a breeder in Florida and I live in Tacoma WA. My baby came to me safe, warm from an airplane. She still had food and water in her carrier and was warm as could be. And we have had her 4 days now and she fits in this family awesome. She was not scared of us at all. Lots of kisses and loves and she is our angle. Thank God we found such a great breeder that sent us an angle.
I'm not sure if I'm just paranoid or completely crazy at this point so maybe you guys can help. I contacted the breeder (not sure if it was a search or a kitty adoption site). I always include my name, email and phone. He text me today saying that they have 2 kittens (1 male and 1 female). I was like ok. Then we texted a bit and it was discovered that the they were in Fl. Now I purposely didn't contact anyone in FL so red flag, but still could have just been my mistake. I'm like did you advertise as being in a different area? So then it turns out they have great, reliable, licensed shipping people. Kitten with shipping included is $450... I kow the economy is a bit down in Fl but really? I'm of the opinion that if it seems to good to be true....When I text back a couple hours later to ask for a web site, no answer. Now my sketch meter is in overdrive.
I've given myself a radius of 6 hours from DC which covers from NY to North carolia and east to Ohio. I belong to a car club and don't mind driving so I'll even go 8 hours and make it an overnight, but this seems to be the most I'll do.
I've also considered breeders in places I have friends where I can get someone to go eyeball the situation. My other issue besides fraud is I don't want a mill kitty. They say it's raised as family and the I find out it's been abused in a tiny cage...I would flip out.