Why are bald Kittens So Expensive?
***At first glace the expense of adopting a naked baby might be overwhelming. However, I ask that you take the time to read this page and consider its content.
First and foremost, all of my kittens go to their new home with all of their first years vaccines already given (This includes a series of three vaccines, records are provided; this is a $175 dollar value and up), Fecal exam ($100.00 dollar value), spay ($250.00 dollar value and up) or Neuter ($150.00 value and up).
Breeding is by no means a profitable "business." It takes countless dedicated hours (At any given moment), many missed family events, sacrificed personal time, frequent visits to the vet, unplanned trips to veterinary specialist, unplanned and planned vet visit, examinations, etc. Many breeders I know, including myself, maintain regular jobs. Needless to say, this is a hobby and a very expensive one at that! On countless occasions I have had to supplement the cattery with personal funding. Responsible breeders are looking to improve the breed while maintaining its loved qualities. Breeding is something we do because we love the breed!
There are many costs that go into owning and maintaining a quality cattery. Purchasing a quality breeder can rage in cost from $2500-$6000 (per cat). All of my breeders are of excellent bloodlines, type, temperament, and Health! In addition, purchasing a breeding cat does not ensure breeding ability or health! By the time the breeder is able to breed, at about 12 months, you have invested several thousands of dollars on high quality cat food, vitamins, kitty litter, HCM scans, blood works, fecal exams, FIV/Flv testing, and countless veterinary expenses. HCM scans are very expensive, they usually range in price from $350-$700 per cat, in the event your cat test positive, it places a dramatic financial (as well as emotional) loss on the cattery. Every breeder hopes that their Queen delivers effortlessness and without help. That is the exception rather than the standard! At the very least I always make sure that I am always around "incase" something goes wrong. That means I'm there from start to finish, which usually take 4-6 hrs! In a worst case scenario, a Queen might need a C-Section and emergency veterinary care which can range from $2500 and up, without taking into consideration that you might lose your female as a future breeder.
Once a litter is born proper maintenance must be taken to ensure kittens are healthy and thriving. 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. High quality kitten food, formula and vitamin/supplements can add up to over $600 a month, paper pellet litter over $300 a month, vaccinations $60 per kitten. Visit to the vet with or without illness start at $150 & up, per kitten. In addition, I make sure that I am always available to my kittens and to anyone who has questions or concerns about their kitten/cat.
Customized separate areas in my house are used as playrooms, stud room and nursery. This can be very expensive and can cost over $30,000 to build. Air Sanitizes/ Ionizers are in each room and cost $500 per unit, in addition heaters run in every room to keep our babies warm and comfortable which in some months has caused our electricity bill to be over $800 a month. I am extremely meticulous about cleanliness, our cats/kittens have clean bedding and blankets every week, their litter boxes are cleaned out twice a day, feeding and watering bowls washed every day! Miscellaneous cleaning supplies like paper towels, laundry detergent, fabric softener, sanitizing wipes, sanitizing/sterilizing supplies, shampoo, grooming supplies, etc can add up to well over $500 month.