This morning I received an email, and I quote:" Why the hell are you overcharging for your kittens? I know breeders that will sell them for less then $500. What makes you think your kittens are so superior to theirs? Your price is ridiculous, you must not be selling a lot of kittens."
Hahaha haha ha..........ok.
To start with your last remark, I have more requests then kittens, as soon as I make them available they are pretty much sold. So even at my "ridiculous" price, I have no problems finding homes for my little fuzzy butts.
Why the hell am I overcharging for my kittens? Well that depends on what you consider over charging. We take care of these little ones for 12 weeks until they go to their new homes. That means 12 weeks of TLC, food, vaccinations, deworming, vet check ups and spays and neuters before they leave. None of that is free.
Then we test all the parents for diseases such as PKD, PK-def and annual screening for HCM. None of that is free either.
Then we invest thousands upon thousands of dollars importing kittens and cats for our breeding program to ensure you get a kitten with the best type, health and personality. That is not free either.
We show our cats to ensure that our cats meet the breed standard for the Siberian. On average that is between $500 and $1000 a weekend depending on where the show is and how many days the show is. Add up the costs of travel, hotels, gas, food, entry in the show, show supplies, grooming supplies etc. That doesn't sound exactly free either does it?
And those are just the basic costs in our cattery. We're not even talking about things like emergency vet care, additional cleaning supplies, building cat rooms and outdoor runs many and other costs you have when you run a breeding program. Free? Nope.
On top of that, we offer a health guarantee for our kittens. As much as we test our cats, health issues still occur and we have a water tight guarantee in place in case that happens. That is also not free since you may have to give monetary refunds or replace a kitten you otherwise would have sold.
By the time all is said and done, we don't make any money and if we make a few bucks it goes right back into the care of our cats and kittens.
So, you go ahead and get your $500 craigslist kitten from a breeder that has crappy cats from unhealthy lines, doesn't test their cats for health problems, that doesn't show, that gives their cats the cheapest food around and doesn't socialize them properly, that doesn't offer a health guarantee, that doesn't include pedigreed paperwork so you don't even know if you have a purebred cat and that doesn't properly vet their kitten or spays and neuters them prior to them coming home to you.
Don't come knocking on my door when your kitten is sick and the breeder won't respond to your pleas for help and you don't know what to do, ok?