All breeders are not the same; some breeders do not show their cats, some breeders do not health test, some breeders do not go to the lengths which we do to ensure we produce healthy, conformationally correct and social kittens. It is not cheap to correctly breed and raise a litter of kittens; our prices for kittens directly reflect the time and money we spend to bring our kittens into this world. Below is a small list of expenses we directly incur.
Our first costs come from setting up our breeding program. Not only do we have to spend a lot of time doing research (health, nutrition, breeding, kittening, cattery management, etc…) and speaking to other knowledgeable breeders, but we also need to find a wonderful vet who will work with us. We also need to set up our cattery. Whether we have an “in home” cattery or have built a detached cattery (additional cost), to keep our cattery in “tip top” shape takes A LOT of hard work and money!! Cleaning supplies, vacuums, scratching posts, kitty beds, toys, litter boxes, litter scoops, combs and other grooming tools, shampoos, blow dryers, carriers, etc... These things must be replaced often. We are looking at spending hundreds of dollars, possibly thousands, each year on these items. And the list goes on..