When searching for a new kitten, you should consider the initial cost as an investment over the next 15-20+ years they will be a part of your family. It is not a decision to be taken lightly, and the phrase “you get what you pay for” is very true. I have heard countless stories of people who bought/adopted inexpensive cats that ended up developing serious health or behavioral problems.
I firmly believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I choose to invest in promoting optimal health in our kittens from the time of conception/birth, rather than cutting corners that would burden future owners with significant expenses to treat illness in a poorly bred kitten. We choose to spend more up front to raise your kitten properly so that you can save both money and heartache in the future.
I breed siamese because I love this breed and want to promote and preserve these wonderful companions. Our kittens are priced to offset the expenses I incur. These expenses are significantly higher for me (compared to other breeders) because I raise the kittens with the absolute best of everything.
I have to take into account the following expenses associated with breeding cats (this is only a partial list):
Routine vaccinations, fecal tests, Fiv/FElv testing, deworming, heartworm prevention, teeth cleanings, the cost of spaying and neutering each kitten and retired breeder, unexpected emergency vet expenses, ultrasounds, c-section surgery, x-rays, bloodwork, antibiotics, prescribed medications, and more.
A 15 lb bag of premium grain-free food costs me over $70.00 (compared to the same size of other brands for $15). Each can of wet food we buy costs about $3.00 (compared to the inferior brands that sell for .50 cents per can). That means my expenses for cat food are 5-6x times higher than average. An expectant mother cat will eat up to twice as much her usual meals during her pregnancy (~65 days) and up to three times as much while she is nursing kittens(~52 days). Kittens cost much more to feed than an adult cat.
One 24 lb bag of World’s Best litter costs around $35.00 (compared to generic clay litter that sells for $8 per bag). We go through 800-1000lbs of litter per month. Choosing to use only the highest quality natural litter means that we pay 5x times more than most breeders do, but we feel that it is worth the extra expense to keep our cats and kittens healthy.
We share our spacious 8000 square foot custom built home with our cats. They are raised underfoot with lots of frequent handling and socialization (not in cages). We also built a 800+ square foot “cottage” for our stud males, which looks like a mini replica of our main house. It has heat/AC and is two stories tall with lots of windows. The interior walls are lined with plastic for easy cleaning (male studs spray a lot!). Each stud has his own “apartment” within the cottage, and they love watching the wildlife from their windows. Our stud cottage was custom built in 2010 at a cost of over $50,000.00.
There are also expenses for special equipment, birthing blankets, heated nests, syringes/bottles, automated and hooded litter boxes, climbing condos, scratching posts, beds and pillows, supplements, cleaning products, auto feeders & waterers, bowls and food dishes, and toys for exercise and training.
Creating and maintaining this website, advertising, cattery registration, adding and/or replacing breeding queens and stud cats, individual cat/kitten registrations, certified pedigree copies, logo, printed material, internet service, phone service, insurance, and more.