Sphynx Kitten ………………………….$500-$2500
A $500 deposit is required to hold a kitten which will go towards the total price. Balance due on pick up. Why Are Kittens So Expensive? While pet shops may make money selling kittens, most legitimate breeders do not even cover their costs. It's a costly hobby. Most of us WISH we could break even but can't. It may look like a gold mine to you, but let's go through the expenses involved, and you'll see that turning a profit would be a rare event for a breeder. We do this for the love of cats, not money (and most of us hide the REAL expenses from our spouses and friends!). Responsible breeders are looking to improve the breed and sell PET kittens from litters to offset the cost of helping with their practice to better the species, improve their Cattery, and show their cats! For example, buying a top show-quality female with breeding rights may cost $3000 to $4500. My breeder cats have excellent bloodlines, temperament, type, and HEALTH. To produce beautiful and healthy babies starts with their Parents, Maintenance, Supplies, Blood Tests, and Veterinary Care. Generally, that costs sphynx breeders about $1000 per cat the 1st year. By the time a cat is first bred, the breeder will have invested several thousand dollars at about a year old. Top Quality Food/Vitamins and kitty litter per month=$600 (just for adults). Food and milk replacement per litter ($400) (a month). Kitten shots cost breeders about $50 per kitten – and that's if there are NO problems to be treated. The slightest illness can cost $200-$1000 (per kitten). Kittens stay with me for three months or so and have to be fed top-quality food, cuddled, and cleaned up after for all that time. I am also available 24/7 to anyone who has questions or concerns about their cat/kitten. Separate, particular house areas are customized for the cats to use as a playroom, stud room, and nursery. Cattery set-ups cost $23,000 to build. Heaters run in every room to keep our nurseries/playroom warm. Electric bills exceed $1000 a MONTH!! If all goes well, healthy kittens are born – but there are always the disasters, such as C-sections that run $1500 and up. And sometimes, after all the investment is made, if a cat is infertile, good breeders make a considerable investment into "doing it right" by having suitable breeding cats and facilities. Pet shops reap profits by cutting corners (not having quality cats as a parent, not keeping kittens until the proper age, or providing good prenatal and kitten veterinary care) – and then they charge the same price as the reputable breeders. And those caring, professional breeders make considerable sacrifices in their personal lives and shed lots of tears trying to create successful breeding programs. Pet shops are "one-hit wonders" – they take your money and are gone. Most legitimate breeders will be annoyed if you neglect to send photos and check in once in a while! Genuine breeders deserve more credit than the general public gives them. People, unfortunately, are only inspired by the negative side, the Back Yard Breeder and the horror stories on Dateline. Those situations are very accurate, but the sound and responsible breeders get caught up in all the myths and unpleasantries and therefore get looked down on. There is no natural reward system for lifetime breeders, no gold watch, and no pension. The greatest reward we ever have is seeing a wonderful kitten, a credit to the breed and a wonderful pet, live a long and happy life with someone who also respects the species and animal's life in general. They also appreciate the decades of endless time that goes into consistently producing animals that breed true to type. The costs associated with proper nutrition, vet care, health testing, outcrossing, and showing all are reflected in the price. Don't be fooled into a 'bargain' because you end up with what you pay for. There are numerous ethical and excellent Sphynx breeders available, but sadly, some care more about their pocketbooks than the welfare of the kittens/cats and their potential owners. Be very careful and wary if you see bargain prices; these kittens usually cost hundreds more in vet bills, kittens come with no contracts or health guarantee/or the breeder falls off the face of the earth once the kitten is in your possession. As you read above, there is a lot involved in producing healthy/quality sphynx kittens. All good breeders provide contracts that protect you and the cat's welfare and are happy to discuss the cat's progress for years to come. Visiting our Cattery: Our kittens are usually reserved. We take many pictures and videos of our babies. We also have photos of our Cattery on the website under "pictures." The kittens have susceptible immune systems before they are vaccinated, and viruses can quickly be brought into the home on hands, shoes, clothing, etc. Health is our top priority, so we now wait until their little immune systems are entirely developed before we allow them to be handled. Through my experience, I found many people think it may be fun and cute to breed. It is far from both. Breeding any animal is a HUGE responsibility and financially exhausting. When you are dealing with an exotic breed, this becomes even more of a commitment as there are tests and special care that these cats need. Sadly many breeders have a litter of sphynx and lose every one of the kittens. They do not realize the work involved and the 24/7 care they need. To hand a cat over to someone to use for breeding and risk the chance of ruining the lines we worked so hard on is just a chance we are not willing to take. Kittens are sold under a strict spay/neuter contract and must be fixed by six months. We have the right to fix any pet kitten before leaving our home. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY WE REQUIRE SPAYING/NEUTERING. FOR ONE, UNFIXED FEMALES CAN GET A DEADLY DISEASE CALLED PYOMETRA.