Details on purchasing one of our kittens
Updated April 2020
Current wait time
My best guess is ~2-3 years for people asking to go on the waiting list now.
There are many reasons why I cannot give you a precise time. These reasons include: 1) unpredictable cancellations; 2) people ahead of you requesting 2 kittens; 3) very specific color and/or gender requests (i.e. lilac male); 4) requests from a specific mother, etc. Additionally, pregnancies and what they will produce are up to Mother Nature. I have no way of knowing how many kittens, genders and colors that will be produced with each breeding until after the kittens are on the ground. For example, one year, Momo had 100% female seal point kittens so people requesting male kittens only and females of any other color did not get a kitten that year.
The cost per kitten is $800 each for the 2020 breeding year. There are no discounts for reserving two. Kittens are allowed to leave around 11-12 weeks old and are NOT spayed/neutered before they are homed. 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
- 2 core vaccinations before going to their new homes (Merial PureVax Feline 3)
- Wormed 2x
- Written kitten agreement
- Both parents’ 5 Generation TICA pedigree
- Kitten’s TICA registration papers (after confirmation of neuter/spay from a licensed vet)
- Handmade blanket
- Toy from home
- Premium food samples
Waiting list & Deposits
A deposit is NOT required to put you on the waiting list. All I ask in return is that you let me know if you would like to cancel so that I can keep my list current.
A $200 deposit is required when kittens are on the ground. I usually ask for deposits after the kittens are born. If it turns out that I do not have a kitten for you I will gladly refund your deposit. However, the deposit is non-refundable if you change your mind after I receive your deposit.
**I reserve the right to prioritize clients who are willing to travel to pick up their kittens.
Cargo shipping will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Shipping costs are not included and may cost an additional $400. We cannot provide an exact shipping price because the total cost is determined by the following:
- Cost of airline ticket & fees (can vary due to airline, weight and size of crate)
- Cost of shipping crate (airline approved)
- Cost of health certificate from a vet (required by airlines within 10 days of departure)
- Cost of travel for me to coordinate the above
Hand-carry by a flight attendant may be available upon request; availability depends on flight attendant’s schedule. Client(s) pick up their kitten by meeting the flight attendant at the airport at a specified meeting place. The fee for this service is currently ~$385.
How we raise our kittens
Our kittens are hand raised in our home with daily interaction and attention from me and my husband. They are born in a nursery room located right across our bedroom where they spend the first few weeks growing & playing. 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 queens freely enter and leave the nursery, however, they prefer to spend most of their time with their babies. By the time they are ~4 weeks old, the kittens are exploring & learning to use a litter box. Sisal scratching posts & cardboard scratchers are available to help imprint good scratching behavior at a young age.
Eventually, the kittens are allowed to venture out of their nursery to explore & experience new surroundings. They usually migrate from the nursery and discover the Catastrophic Creations in our sunroom where they get a lot of climbing and playtime. During this time, the kittens are acclimating to the presence of our dogs under close supervision. We do NOT allow our dogs to approach and “play” with the kittens. The dogs are either kenneled nearby or required to be in a non-negotiable down-stay when the kittens are out. Family, friends, and clients are welcome to visit the kittens a week after their first vaccination. I also introduce the kittens to a variety of food to familiarize them to different flavors and textures. At ~10 weeks old, I take the kittens on a couple of car rides to help lessen fear/stress of travel.
What we feed
Kittens are weaned on dry and wet food in addition to home made cat food. Below are details of each type of food I have used on the queens and/or kittens:
- Royal Canin Mother & Babycat
- Royal Canin Kitten
- Purina Pro Plan Focus Kitten
- Royal Canin (Mother & Babycat, Kitten Instinctive)
- Snappy Toms (Ultimate & Lites, I also use these as treats)
- Purina Pro Plan, Hills Science Diet
- Home made cat food
Homemade cat food recipe (1 batch):
- 5-6 chicken thighs with skin & bone (partially baked to kill surface bacteria, 350F for ~15 mins)
- 3/4 – 1 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 smooth, baby food consistency. Portion out one week of freshly made food and keep it in the fridge, freeze the other weekly portions in a tupperware.
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: