Pet Pricing for kittens
Breeding Pricing for Kitten
Why so much for a kitten? Many people think that the cattery or owner of the kittens must be making crazy amounts of money of kittens priced so expensively.
How do we come up with this kind of price? While breeders have to make the initial investment of purchasing 2 breeding cat's. This cost ranges from $2500-$4000 per cat.
Also needed in a cattery are extensive home renovations to be suitable for a Bengal to breed. Female Bengals spray while in heat. An unaltered male will, almost certainly spray!!! Glimmer cattery has a stud room renovated in our garage, so for us we needed to invest in insulation, dry wall, heating, building the room itself, cat trees for scratching, toys for happiness, a cat wheel for exercise, and an outdoor enclosure where he is safe. For our indoor girls we have also converted our patio into a "catio". Just a start up cost for one female and one male easily can run $10,000 or more. This is if everything goes smoothly.
There are also issues of if a female rejects the male you have for a stud, the female fails to get pregnant and so on. Also Bengals are known to have a more difficult time birthing, with many breech births and are sometimes in need of assistance at birth whether it is with the breeder or at a veterinary clinic. There is also the cost of health testing to maintain that cattery is free of FELV, FIV, breeding cats are tested for Pk-def and PRA These are all things to think about before the kitten arrives. After the breeder then pays for vet exams, vaccination, neuter and spaying (If a vet can be found that is willing as it is controversial to fix at too young of age.) if sold as a pet, and registration, crates if kitten is to be shipped, and a kitten package with food, toys and a blanket that smells like home. Breeding Bengal's is often not a money making endeavour but truly must be a passion. Thriving to help improve the breed, create a beautiful and exotic cat, while putting temperament and health at the top of the priority list. Kittens come at the investment of much money, time and research; they are certainly a labor of love.
Why so much for a kitten? Thinking of becomming a breeder? Read this!
What should you buy for your kittens before they come home?
Low dust, non scented clay based litter that clumps.
Tall Cat trees, ideal to have one per cat in your household
Food and water bowls
Cat Kennel, I advise you keep this out for a while with a blanket and some toys in it so they see the kennel as a happy safe place. It makes traveling much smoother in the future. I don't recommend locking them in, you can even take the door off and keep putting in fun toys for them to find.
Cat harness and lead, please note, do not let your kitten outside until it has had all vaccinations that he or she needs and the vet has given the ok. Of course they would never be left unattended outside. Also note that if you let you kitten out they become ninjas trying to get outside as they love it. You must decide if you want to open this can of worms.
Spray bottle or air horn to stop any unwanted behaviour.
Kitten pack already includes some food to get you started, and toys, of course you will need more in the future :)
Cat kennel only is supplied to kittens that are flying to new home.
Do you allow Cattery visits?
We are currently not allowing cattery visits due to safety of cats and kittens. Its easy to carry a virus or bug in from another cat on clothing or boots and so for the safety of the kittens we are saying no. (This has been recommended by our vet after our kittens got sick right after a visit.) I am happy to take live video of kittens so you can see kitten temperament and their environment they live in. Hoping to change this in the future but at the moments there is some scary outbreaks and I don't want to worry about the kittens getting sick.
Why don't you allow kittens to go at 6 or 8 weeks?
Yes, the argument can be made that they can physically be weaned from their mother at that time. That being said, it is detrimental to the mental health of the kitten to leave earlier than that. It is important for them to socialize and learn from both their siblings and mother. When you wait that few extra weeks you are getting a kitten that is not just a tiny baby, they are set up to be a healthier and happier cat. They travel so much better and they adjust much easier when you wait until 12 weeks. You have to remember that you are not buying a kitten, you are buying a cat. They are going to be with you for many years and it is important to set them up for a successful life early on.
Do you offer breeding rights? I find everyone turns me away and I am looking to get into breeding.
Sooooo. You want to be a breeder? If I was just out for money I could say yes everytime as a breeder kitten sells for exponentially more money. However, I want my cats to have happy lives and I want to be honest about the challenges of breeding. If I would have understood what was involved in breeding I likely would not have entered into the breeding world of Bengals. First, you need the set up. Both females and males spray when they are intact and used for breeding. This is why we have a cat room in our garage as well as a catio. It is not cheap to invest in a set up but it is vital as if they are just loose in your house they will wreck everything with spraying. (Females spray when in heat and males spray at anytime.) There is many challenges associated with breeder cats. to be a reputable breeder you have to do testing for pk-def, pra, keep a close eye on the heart as any cat can be subject to hcm. There are problems with infertility or breeders not working. (Our retired Luna has beautiful kittens, however each litter we had vet assistance needed and still born kittens. It was heartbreaking.) Our first 2 males did not work out, one due to aggression. (Attacked both my husband and I, my husband had to get his nail removed as a result.) the second stud my female rejected. If you expect to make money as a breeder, is it possible? Yes, however I have been at this for 3 years and have yet to turn a profit. A breeder is typically a hobby, not a money making endeavour as they are animals and much can happen. You have to be in it for the right reasons.
Yes, I will sell a breeder, but only to a registered cattery that is cage free. If you are looking into starting up a breeding program please understand all that is involved and do not do it for money. It has to be a passion and done for the right reasons.
Do you offer a Stud Service?
First off, is your cat purebred and TICA registered? If yes, continue reading, if answer is no, then my answer is no as well. (It is unethical to breed non purebred cats according to standards.) If you do have a registered girl, purchased with breeding rights I may consider offering a stud service. I will not offer them to my main boy Denali, but I do have another male that has a family home that hasn't sprayed incredibly enough. To an approved female at the right timing we might be able to work something out. Understand that cats can carry things that would run havoc or completely ruin a cattery and cause a mountain of heartache and pain.
1st) Female has to be tested for FELV/FIV. Why? This will kill every cat it is spread to within 2 years. A cat can be shedding the virus with no symptoms which is why it is paramount that any cat that comes into contact with our breeding cats is tested. (We are an FELV/FIV tested and free cattery.)
2nd.) Stool sample has to be tested for parasites and Tri-tric. Why? If worms are passed from one cat to another, it can be dangerous and at times even fatal to the cat. Worms are especially dangerous to kittens because it is easy for them to get sick and then dehydrated when they are young and fragile. (Just like our own babies. Both very young and very old people have to watched closely as they can not handle the same things a healthy person in their prime can.)
3.) Kittens resulting from litter will only be offered as pet kittens. (I am very careful who I will sell breeders to and I don't want to overrun the market with to many cats. I also would never want a kitten from our bloodlines to be caught in a caged cattery which is the main reason this clause is in.)
Do kittens come with viral guarantee?
Yes, for 3 days as long as kitten is under strict quarantine. If the kitten enters a house that another cat is sick with something then that should not be put on the breeder but be the responsibility of the buyer. This is why it is only valid if kitten is quarantined.
What kind of diet do you recommend for Bengals?
Raw is best. Having said that it is not for everyone as you have to keep a sterile environment and some people do not like handling the raw meat. If you are not up for raw my next recommendation is a canned food diet. It helps cats get more hydration as well as offers a higher protein content. I recommend a good brand like blue buffalo, grain free, or Royal Canin digestive sensitive. (Bengal cats are known to have more sensitive tummies than regular cats so good diet is essential to their well being.) If neither of these options work well for you than you can feed a dry food. I use Royal Canin High Energy GI food. I have also used Blue Buffalo Grain Free, or Royal Canine Digestive Sensitive.
After purchasing a kitten from you can I call you to ask you for advice if I have questions in the future?
I would love that! Definitely a yes. I am happy to assist in any way.
What do kittens come with?
First Vaccines and deworming
TICA Papers (upon proof of spay/neuter if applicable.)
Kitten Package that includes some food they are currently on, toys, and a blanket they have slept with so they have something familiar to help with the adjustment in a new home.
Lifetime breeder advice.
Why don't all kittens come spayed or neutered already?
Some vets consider it unethical to do early spay/ neuter. There has not been enough research done as to the consequences of doing it to young. But there is question that it may make a cat get more sick in their elder years if fixed at to young of age. Why do breeders do it then? There is the argument to be raised that if they are fixed before going to the new homes there is no longer the concern of backyard or unethical breeding. It is also inconvenient for a breeder to have to chase down owners for paperwork.
What will happen if I do breed my cat on a pet contract?
An additional $1500 will be owed to breeder as per contract. If this is not paid then cat ownership will revert back to breeder. Breeding a kitten sold on a pet contract is considered theft.
Do you recommend that Bengals go outside?
Not on their own I do not. However on a harness, in a catio, or area that is set up, then yes. If you search cat fences there is some really cool innovations created to keep cats safe in your yard. Please note that these cats loooooove the outdoors and are escape artist's/ ninjas. If you open the can of worms for the outdoors it is very tough to keep them from getting outside.
Is deposit refundable?
No, reason being is that a business is being ran. If I mark a kitten as unavailable there may be someone who was interested in that kitten and purchased from another breeder instead. Unfortunately, there are many people who take up hours of valuable time and then do not purchase. Or want to back out for one reason or another. If a deposit is laid and then something comes up I of course will be happy to apply it to another kitten in a future litter. :)
If something bad happens to kitten with the congenital guarantee. What happens if the kitten dies or comes down with something?
Replacement kitten will be offered at first availability. You will not have to wait for a convenient time for me, it will be like immediately going onto list for new kitten. You will be a top priority to us.
Do you deliver?
Yes, we deliver Canada wide. Kittens fly to new homes often and do very well.
What are your cattery breeding goals?
My goals are health and temperament first. I will not ever have an aggressive cat in my program. If cats do not have these two qualities they should never be bred in the first place. Beyond this I like a cat with good type and beautiful markings. I love the big bushy tails Bengals are bred to have. The idea of kittens going to a loving family where they will be loved and cherished is exciting for me. I bring in females that will cross well with my main boy Denali, and bring out the best of the breed.