Info & terms on purchasing one of our kittens
Our kittens are $650 each and are allowed to leave around 11-12 weeks old. Kittens are NOT spayed/neutered before they are homed because we believe they are too young for this procedure and prefer that they are altered ~5-6 months old.
The price for our kittens include the following:
- IN-HOME veterinarian visit which includes a pre-purchase examination certificate
- 2 core vaccinations before going to their new homes (Merial PureVax FVRCP)
- Written kitten agreement
- Both parents’ 5 Generation TICA pedigree
- Kitten’s TICA registration papers (given after confirmation of neuter/spay from a licensed veterinarian)
- Handmade blanket
- Toy from home
- Premium food samples
Reserving a kitten
A $100 deposit is required to reserve a kitten. If it turns out that I do not have a kitten for you (i.e. not enough kittens, gender, color), I will gladly refund your deposit. However, the deposit is non-refundable if you decide you no longer want your reserved kitten. Additionally, at your request, I can hold your deposit for the next planned litter.
About shipping our kittens
Shipping will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Shipping costs are not included and may cost an additional $300-400. We cannot provide an exact shipping price because the total cost is determined by the following:
- Cost of shipping from the airline which is determined by weight and size of crate
- Cost of required shipping crate (must be airline approved)
- Cost of health certificate from a veterinarian (required by airlines within 10 days of departure)
- Cost of travel for me to coordinate the above
How we raise our kittens
Our kittens are hand raised in our home with daily interaction and attention from me and other family members. They are born in a nursery room located right across our bedroom where they spend the first few weeks growing & playing. Our cattery is a little unique in that the kittens are raised and socialized with our two Dobermanns. A pet gate is put in place to keep them safe while allowing them to observe and acclimate to our daily activities and noises. During this time, our queen freely enters and leaves the nursery with the pet gate in place, however, she prefers to spend most of her time pampering her babies. By the time they are 4-5 weeks old, the kittens are exploring a lot and beginning to use a litterbox. There are usually ~3 litterboxes placed in different locations that I clean several times a day to ensure good litterbox etiquette. In addition, there are a couple of sisal scratching posts nearby so that our queen and I can imprint good scratching behavior at a young age.
Eventually, the kittens are allowed to venture out of their nursery and spend time playing and socializing in various rooms of our house. They usually migrate from the nursery and choose stay in our sunroom. We think they are partial to the sunroom because of the Catastrophic Creations wall-mounted cat furniture that they get to climb and play on; it’s like a playground for cats! They are also introduced to our dogs at this time under close supervision by us which means we do not allow our dogs to run after or terrorize the kittens. Our dogs are required to be in a down-stay command and offer good, calm behavior to earn time with the kittens. We also invite friends and family over when the kittens are old enough for visitors so that they learn to socialize with other people. I also introduce the kittens to a variety of food (home made cat food, premium kibble, premium canned) so that they are familiar with different tastes and textures. In addition, weather permitting, the kittens are socialized to the sights, sounds & smells of the outdoors (in the summer, I will open up the nursery windows so they can hear birds, lawn mowing, etc). Kittens are also introduced to car rides to help lessen fear/stress/motion-sickness that can happen during travel.
What we feed
Kittens are weaned on high quality dry and wet food in addition to home made cat food. Below are details of each type of food:
- Acana (Meadowland, Wild Atlantic)
- Orijen (cat & kitten)
- Farmina (N&D, Ancestral Grain)
- Fromm 4 Star (Hasen Duckenpfeffer, Salmon Tunachovy)
- Royal Canin (Babycat and Kitten Instinctive – thin slices in gravy
- Snappy Toms (Ultimate & Lites, I also use these as treats)
- Weruva Chicken Frick A Zee
Homemade cat food recipe (1 batch):
- 6 chicken thighs with skin & bone (partially baked to kill surface bacteria, 350F for ~10-15 mins)
- 1/2-3/4 cup water
- 1 egg yolk
- Pinch of salt (optional)
After the thighs are baked and cooled, de-bone the the chicken, keeping the skin, and place the chunks in a food processor. Then add the egg yolk and optional pinch of salt. Grind everything together for about 15 seconds, stop the processor and scrape down the sides. Put the lid back on and add water while grinding the contents together until you get a thick oatmeal consistency. Portion out one week of freshly made food and keep it in the fridge, freeze the other weekly portions in a tupperware. I reheat a couple tablespoons in the microwave right before serving it twice a day.
Note: I have borrowed & experimented with recipes from other sites and found one that Momo will consistently eat. I tried using the powder supplements recommended on the sites and she does not like it. Since the homemade food is about half of her diet, I don’t worry about vitamin deficiency because it is about 50% of her daily diet with dry/canned/treats being the other half.
Websites where I learned about making cat food and sources for supplements are: