What does the cost of a kitten depend on?

burmese kitten

Why are purebred cats so expensive?

Many cat lovers who are looking to purchase a pedigree cat may ask themselves this question.
Inspired by a visit to a pedigree cat exhibition or an article in a cat magazine, many people want to own one of these beautiful animals.

Displeasure and disappointment can quickly spread in the face of what it seems to be the horrendous asking prices of the breeders. And some will ask why they should spend so much money for a so-called lover animal when they neither want to breed nor exhibit and the family tree will eventually gather dust in the filing. One quickly agrees that breeders must be incredibly greedy for money and earn a golden nose from their young animals. Fortunately, there are also numerous “breeders” who sell their animals at low prices. Their animals also have a pedigree, but often cost only half as much as the our cats costs.

Why do the purebred burmese cats cost so much?

Because it costs a lot to breed! That’s the short answer.

Many people think that cat breeding must be a profitable business due to the cost of kittens, but for the majority of cat breeders, this is just not true. The cost of a purebred kitten reflects the expense of bringing these cats into the world. In this article, we take a look at just some of the costs to breeders of cats.

Setup and maintenance costs

Setting up a cattery comes with a lot of set up expenses as well as ongoing costs.

Queen (female) and stud cat (male):

It will be necessary to buy some females cat with breeding rights. They must be show and breeding quality, which means they are an excellent example of the breed. The breeder who has produced the female could, of course, use her for themselves in their breeding programme. To sell her, she will go at a premium price.

The gene pool for burmese cats is not as large as the wider population. Breeders must choose lines carefully to ensure they are not inbreeding. Often this will mean importing lines from overseas, for example from countries such as Australia. So not only are they paying a premium price for the cat, they have the added costs of additional vaccinations and veterinary checks, flights, and quarantine.

Importing a breeding cat from overseas will cost between EUR 6,000 and EUR 8,000, with many breeders insisting on strict contracts before they can purchase a cat.

Housing a stud (entire male cat):

The costs rise if you have your own male (called a stud). It will be necessary to house him separately to avoid unplanned litters and spraying.

Health and genetic testing:

Some burmese cats have a incidence of genetic diseases such as Ganglioside GM2 and Hypokalemia which breeder must rule out in their breeding cats. There are one way this can be achieved: genetic tests.

Registration fees:

A registered breeder must be affiliated with one of the Felinological associations which are located in most countries. We are a member of WCF (World Cat Federation). Annual fees to remain registered, plus fees to register kittens are required.

The goal of cat breeding isn’t to produce more kittens; it is to advance the breed. To produce the best possible progeny and expand lines. This costs time and money.

Exhibiting cats:

Exhibiting cats is an essential part of being a cat breeder so that the cats can be judged against the breed standard. Each show costs money to enter. In addition, to show fees, the breeder will also pay for show curtains, a bed, and in some cases, a show cage as well as transportation, meals, and accommodation.

Veterinary care:

All cats require veterinary care, at an absolute minimum, annual health check-up as well as regular parasite control for fleas and worms and vaccinations.

Pregnancy can be confirmed by a veterinarian, and after the kitten has given birth, a health check of both the queen and her kittens are necessary.
Annual health check of all cats.
Vaccinations of all cats, including two vaccinations for the kittens.
Emergency medical treatment can include disease, infection, difficulty giving birth, which may necessitate a caesarian section.

Food:

All cats, but in particular breeding cats, and their kittens require a premium quality diet to maintain the best possible health. Queens and kittens require a kitten diet, healthy adults, a maintenance diet. The type and brand of food ar,e of course up to the breeder.

As pregnancy progresses, the queen will need to eat more food, which is higher in calories (kitten food is best). Kittens start on solids from 4 weeks of age, and the amount of food consumed will increase as the weeks progress. A fully weaned kitten will eat four times a day.

Time:

Cat breeding takes up a lot of time, which can include:

Cleaning litter trays and floors
Feeding and grooming cats
Cleaning the stud room
Care of all cats
Socialising kittens
Time playing and interacting with the stud
Answering kitten inquiries over the phone or email
Updating website or social media
Preparation, travel to and from and exhibiting at cat shows
Travel to and from the veterinarian for desexing, vaccinations, health checks

Kitten specific expenses

Kitten registration
Food
Vaccinations
Microchip
Desexing
Parasite control
Veterinary care (emergency and general)
Health guarantees