Breeding

The truth and things you should consider before you breed.

Nearly all buyers come to me in hope and anticipation of wanting to breed, they see the cute kittens and believe me they really are cute, but breeding is a lot of work , consider you need to allow about $1000.00 a year for each adult to cover feeding, kitty litter, vet care and housing .
So if you want to breed , you need two adults to start with , and you need about $2000.00 to keep them .
You need about $4000.00 to start up realistically speaking .

At least one hour each day needs to be put aside just to feed and clean kitty trays bowls etc – do you have a spare hour each day ? This has to be done , they can’t do it themselves .
Do you have a supportive vet?
Vet fees must be considered if you are going to have kittens , you must have your kittens vet checked and immunized if you want to sell them .
Are you able to take care of the mother and the kittens . Make sure the mother is happy and healthy and pay any additional vet fees if mum can’t give birth , or is over due or something goes wrong?

Do you have the patience to toilet train your kittens and allow for little accidents and messes?
Consider that kittens need very good nutritional food – it’s costly , good food means healthy kittens there are no short cuts !
You go through heaps of kitty litter when the kittens are training , they do make a mess as they are learning , I constantly sweep and change their trays several times a day.

After your kittens are vet checked and immunized your work is done,  then you have to prepare for the advertising , consider the costs involved, then you have to prepare for lots of visitors and customers to view the kittens.

You have to screen your buyers , you have to find good people and good homes , and you have to let go of your fury little babies that you have spent a solid 2 – 3 months with ,

Realistically not a great deal of money can be made from breeding. IF  YOU WANT TO BREED JUST FOR MONEY YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED . You will only make pocket money , and probably enough to cover costs .

If your cat is not desexed and not a pet, the boys will spray and the girls will call!

Other things to think about is who will look after them if you go away, do you have a reliable baby sitter for your cats?

IT IS A LOT OF WORK BUT WORTH IT IF YOU LOVE THE BREED !

Costs

  • keeping the adults
  • kitty litter
  • good food
  • vet fees immunization
  • worming
  • housing
  • keep things clean at all times
  • time involved
  • registration fees
  • local council fees
  • lots of paper work
  • vet checks
  • advertising
  • dealing with the public
  • selling the kittens
  • baby sitting
  • HEATERS IN WINTER
  • AIR CONS IN SUMMER
  • HIGHER WATER BILLS FROM CLEANING
  • FLEA COLLARS
  • BEDDING
  • KITTY LITTER TRAYS
  • CARRIERS
  • SPARE ROOM OR SPACE

If you think you can do all this , go for it and I wish you well , I have just written this for those who don’t know what is involved in breeding . Often the buyer arrives and sees a basket of cute kittens and do not realize what is involved to produce this basket of cute kittens .
It is rewarding and fun too , but you have to commit , and don’t expect to make a lot of money .
Sometimes you can get lucky and have a completely good and problem free litter of kittens and the kittens may sell quickly , but this is not always .

I have only mentioned this for those who do not understand what is involved in breeding cats , ragdolls are quite easy going with not many emotional hang ups , really they are pretty good laid back , lazy cats . If you want to breed please ask I will assist you in FCCV registration .

Please become a responsible registered breeder . Being part of governing body has it’s benefits . It means that you are selling pedigree cats , it means you are acting under guide lines and you will earn respect . It is not  complicated .

It means you will be able to obtain help and knowledge .

WE NEVER MAKE A LOT OF MONEY FROM BREEDING AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT  US BREEDRS WHEN WE DO MAKE MONEY IT USUALLY GOES BACK INTO SOMETHING ELSE LIKE A NEW PEN OR SCRATCH POLES ~ AND IF YOU WANT TO BE A BIGGER BREEDER YOU HAVE TO GET MORE CATS TO BREED ~ WE ARE A FUNNY LOT REALLY USUALLY WHAT W MAKE ENDS UP GOING BACK INTO TO THEM .

WE ALL KNOW WE ARE OVER WORKED AND UNDER PAID FOR WHAT WE DO , BUT WE KEEP DOING IT BECAUSE ANIMALS ARE LOYAL AND WE LOVE THEM AND THEY LOVE US RIGH BACK

BUT DO PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR MADNESS AND FUN ~ IT DOES HAVE IT’S PLUS SIDE

MY GREATEST JOY IS NEARLY ALL MY PAST BUYERS STAY IN TOUCH AND SEND ME LOVELY PHOTOS AND STORIES OF THEIR CATS AND KITTENS , MANY I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING GROW UP VIA THE INTERNET AND SEE LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS CAN BE FOUND .

 

AND IF THERE ARE DAYS WE SEEM GRUMPY FORGIVE US , YOU PROBABLY CALLED A BREEDER WHO MAY HAVE HAD NO SLEEP AND HAS BEEN UP WITH THE MOTHER ALL NIGHT – OR WE HAVE HAD A MOUNTAIN OF PAPER WORK TO DO , THERE IS A LOT OF PAPER WORK TO DO .

if you want to breed and you are the real deal we will aassist you , and may consider selling you breeding kittens , but it does not happen over night it is a slow process and set up costs will have to be considered , I would say / guess to start up you need about $5000 to start .

Kittens for breeding have to be selected carefully not all kittens are potential breeders and we do charge extra  for them their prices are much higher .

 

sincerely hope this helps you decide ~ no back yard breeders please no kitten and puppy farms please :) – not for us any way ! Genuine people are welcome .