Why are the kittens spayed or neutered before going home?
All of our babies are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes for several reasons.
We like to manage their recovery. We are able to monitor the kittens 24/7 and know the warning signs to look for during the recovery process.
Spaying or neutering at an early age is easier on a young kitten than it is on an older cat. Young kittens have a thinner layer of fat on the abdomen than older kittens/cats which makes the surgery itself quicker/easier and the incision healing time faster (thus decreasing the chance of infection). Kittens shed anesthesia much quicker than adult cats. Within 15 minutes after the surgery young kittens are typically awake and starting to play. Older cats take longer to arouse and often require much stronger pain medication. Young kittens are very resilient and heal quickly. Within a day, kittens are completely back to normal, playing, eating and unfazed by the surgery. The hardest part is trying to make them take it easy.
Spaying or neutering early eliminates the risk of a kitten developing a bad habit of spraying. Once kittens reach 4-6 months old they enter puberty if not spayed/neutered and often spray to mark their territory as a result. Sometimes this habit is impossible to break.
Having our kittens spayed or neutered prior to leaving our home decreases the chance that our kittens end up in the wrong hands. We would never want our babies to be a part of a kitten mill or bred unethically. We want our kittens to go to forever, loving, pet homes and we feel that early spay/neuter gives them the best chance at obtaining this.
How Can I become a breeder to earn money?
I've been getting asked a lot recently about how to become a breeder to make some extra money. We do not sell unaltered kittens simply because I do not have the time to mentor but here is what you need to know-
It’s hard work. It’s expensive. It’s stressful. It’s messy. Emotionally draining at times. I’ll do my best to explain everything you need to know.
Your house will require expensive renovations. Most people realize that male cats who aren’t neutered spray. They require their own separate space with a nice ventilation system that can be cleaned floor to ceiling because man, it stinks. I’m very lucky that one of our boys doesn’t spray at all. Most do a lot!
Most people don’t realize that female cats in heat also spray! Even more so than males! Especially if you have more than 1 cat, they will pee everywhere like it's a competition. Cats are in heat for a week as often as every few weeks. So you’ll also need a nice, large, easily sanitized & fun place to house your spraying queens when they are in heat but can’t be bred yet. (Cats should only be bred every 10-12 months). You’ll spend hours cleaning this area each week.
You can’t just house the queens and studs away from the family and ignore them. Not only is that cruel but stressed/unhappy cats are a lot more prone to diseases. You need to set lots of time aside every single day to interact and give love to all of the cats & kittens.
You’re always on call. If you’re near a due date or have tiny kittens you can’t leave the house unattended. Vacations are impossible without tons of planning and having someone you 100% trust to follow routine and know what to do in an emergency. Weaning kittens are prone to diarrhea which if not carefully monitored can quickly go bad.
It’s a never ending learning experience. There is always more to learn and new challenges.
Cats with breeding rights are obviously expensive. The renovations are expensive, pregnant/nursing cats & kittens eat A LOT and require premium food. Mine have a can of wet food up to 4 times per day each and the food is $1.50+/can in addition to their premium kibble which is also expensive. Veterinarian bills. In addition to routine care there is unexpected things like diarrhea in kittens, infection from birth, a birth defect, fading kittens. & then of course with every birth there is always the chance for the unimaginable.
Litter, cat toys, crates, trees, heating for kittens, flea prevention, worm prevention. All of this adds up.
You’re responsible for the kittens you bring into the world. Not just for the time you have them in your home but forever. You’ll spend lots of time screening new families. You do your best to find perfect homes but that’s not enough. The kittens need to be microchipped before leaving so if any of your babies ever end up in a shelter, you will be notified. It’s your responsibility to make sure they always have a loving home for the REST OF THEIR LIVES.
You’ll spend lots and lots AND lots of time cleaning, grooming, clipping nails, weighing kittens, training kittens, supplementing kittens as needed & sometimes completely hand raising kittens with feedings every 2hrs around the clock. Lots of Sleepless nights worrying about kittens, waiting for a mama to give birth, assisting in births, going to vet appointments, talking to excited families/ sending pictures, socializing kittens. Dealing with the legal aspects.
Most breeders make very little money when it's all said and done.
I’m sure I didn’t even cover half of it but I felt like I should share the work that goes into it so nobody gets in over their head. I was fortunate enough to grow up watching family breed animals so I knew some of what to expect.
You see the price tag for a kitten and think you could make an easy buck but as you can see there is SO much more behind the cute pictures.
Why do you not allow visits to your cattery/home?
We do not allow casual visits due to health and safety concerns for our cats and family. Young kittens are susceptible to germs. Their immune systems are not fully developed so we like to keep their exposure to a minimum. We of course welcome all new families picking up kittens. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but health and safety are top priority.
How much do your kittens cost and what is included in the price?
Our kittens are $2500. This price includes tax, spay/neuter, vaccinations, any other veterinary care required, microchip, health guarantee, contract, TICA registration papers and a kitten welcome home kit which includes a kitten carrier for the ride home, complete health record, nursery blanket, familiar toys, samples of food and a few other goodies.
Shipping/delivery is not included.