Most of us WISH we could just break even, but can’t. It may look like a gold mine to you, but let’s go through the expenses involved and you’ll see that turning a profit would be a rare event for a breeder. REAL expenses from our spouses and friends! Responsible breeders are looking to improve the breed and sells PET kittens from litters to offset the cost of helping with their practice in the betterment of the breed, improving their cattery and showing their cats! My breeder cats have excellent bloodlines, temperament, type and HEALTH. To produce beautiful and healthy babies it starts from their parents.
1000 per cat the 1st year. By the time a cat is first bred, at about a year old, the breeder will have invested several thousand dollars. NO problems to be treated. Kittens stay with me for 3 months or so, and have to be fed top quality food, cuddled, and cleaned-up-after for all that time. And those caring, professional breeders make huge sacrifices in their personal lives, and shed lots of tears, in trying to create succesful breeding programs. Most legitimate breeders are going to be pretty darn annoyed if you neglect to send photos and check in once in awhile!
True breeders deserve more credit than the general public gives them. Those situations are very accurate but the good and responsible breeders get caught up in all the myth and unpleasantries and therefore get looked down on. There is no real reward system set up for lifetime breeders, no gold watch and certainly no pension. The greatest reward we ever have is seeing a wonderful kitten, that is a credit to the breed and a wonderful pet, live a long and happy life with someone that also respects the breed and animals life in general. They also appreciate the decades of endless time that goes into consistently producing animals that breed true to type. The costs associated with proper nutrition, vet care, health testing, outcrossing, and showing all are reflected in the price.
All good breeders provide contracts which protect you and the cats welfare both and are happy to discuss with you the progress of the cat for years to come. We no longer allow visitors until the kittens are completely vaccinated at 12 weeks old. We take a ton of pics and videos of our babies though just ask! The kittens have very sensitive immune systems before they are vaccinated and viruses can easily be brought in the home on hands, shoes, clothing etc. Health is out top priority so we now wait until their little immune systems are completely developed before we allow them to be handled. Through my experience I found there are many people who think it may be fun and cute to breed. It is far from both.
Breeding any animal is a HUGE responsibility and financially exhausting. When you are dealing with an exotic breed this becomes even more of a responsibility as there are tests and special care that these cats need. 7 care that they need. HCM and many other unfortunate diseases cats are prone to. To just hand a cat over to someone to use for breeding and risk the chance of ruining the lines we worked so hard on is just a chance we are not willing to take. 3 different catteries to use as a stud for over 15 females by a person we thought was a responsible breeder.
This breeder claimed he had genetic FIP. HCM because a few of their kittens popped up with it and who better to blame then the kitty that died with no necropsy or proof of death. Link to negative HCM scan done on him at 1. URI that turned into pneumonia while living his life in a cage. We will never forget that wonderful soul and hopefully the love he had while with us as a baby he will never forget. After this situation I lost a lot of trust in who I thought was a responsible breeder. Papers will not be released until proof from licensed vet that the kitten has been sterilized.
Before then kitten is still registered to Nocoatkitty. SPHYNX ARE VERY PRONE TO THIS! I ALSO DO NOT WANT ANY OF MY KITTENS IN THE WRONG HANDS WITH SOMEONE WHO BREEDS THEM BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS CUTE TO HAVE KITTENS THEN REALIZE THEY ARE IN WAY OVER THEIR HEAD! TAKING CARE OF BABIES IS VERY TIME CONSUMING AND FINANCIALLY EXHAUSTING. AND YES FEMALES SPRAY TOO SOME WORSE THEN BOYS! NO PAPERS WILL BE RELEASED AND BREACH OF CONTRACT WILL BE ENFORCED TO THE FULLEST IF PAPERWORK FROM YOUR VET IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE TIME KITTEN IS 6 MONTHS OLD! The Texarkana Gazette is the premier source for local news and sports in Texarkana and the surrounding Arklatex areas. Would you consider voting for famed media magnate? This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Texarkana Gazette, Inc. What causes a cat fight and how do you stop your cats in the act or prevent your cats fighting in the first place?