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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Silverdoof, May 28, 2020.


  1. Silverdoof

    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    This is a follow on from my Post on The Dog Section

    i enquired today about a Pedigree kitten and was quoted £1350. Registered show winning breeders are asking less than half that. I was disappointed as the breeder had come recommended and she had what i was looking for however price is way out of my league.

    why are people so greedy
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Do you mean the seller of the kitten is greedy? Maybe her kittens are really something special?

    I paid a lot for my previous 2 BSH kittens 27 years ago and the breeder and her kittens were far more special than all the other BSH kittens I looked at over a period of a year. So to me they were well worth the extra I paid for them.

    It costs a lot to raise a litter of pedigree kittens, when it is done properly, and it is certainly not a way to make any easy money. Most breeders are lucky to break even.
     
  3. Summercat

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    @Silverdoof
    I saw your thread in the dog section.
    How old is the the kitten you were looking at going to be on pick up? One reason breeders give for cost of kittens, is for food and litter, if they keep the kittens longer. Though not all breeders feed good quality food.

    Will all vaccinations and sterilization be completed before you pick up the kitten?
    If a kitten is sold younger, you should factor in the cost of doing vaccinations and sterilizing the kitten.

    I have heard of people paying in installments for kittens. If it is one you really want and all early medical needs will be taken care of by the breeder, you might want to see if installments are possible.
    What breed is the kitten? To get an idea of what that breed sells for normally.

    Puppy prices seem higher overall and they are normally sold younger than kittens. Some breeders are asking silly prices for pets at the moment and some of those seem the type of breeder to be wary of.
    I am not certain from your post but this kitten you looked at will not be registered? If so, that is a red flag. Registering a kitten does not mean the breeder is good but it is one thing to look for when buying a specific breeed.
     
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    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

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    That is an obscene amount of money and no good breeder will charge more for kittens they have run on and chosen not to keep.
     
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    teddylion PetForums Junior

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    Absolutely agree about the prices, and I've noticed them getting higher and higher even before the Coronavirus. With all the proper papers, vaccinations etc. the GCCF recommends a price of £450 - £600 for a ragdoll kitten (I paid £595 for mine, albeit unneutered which I would have preferred).

    Yet ragdolls in my area have been going for £750 on Pets4Homes - I even saw one for £900! All snapped up very quickly. They were:

    -Not GCCF registered, no papers
    -Not vaccinated
    -Not neutered
    -Not microchipped

    Literally the 'breeder' has done absolutely nothing for these kittens so no cost to them at all.

    But what really worries me is none of them had had the HCM/PKD gene tests (for either them or their parents). I only know one other person with a ragdoll, and he died at the age of two from HCM. 30% of ragdolls carry this horrible gene, so the chances of buying one with imminent health problems is worryingly high.

    People are prepared to pay silly money for kittens which often aren't properly socialised and are at risk of expensive problems later or an early death, all for more money than a properly bred pedigree. It's supply and demand with more than a little greed.

    I teach ESOL to adults and several teachers have commented their students are planning to breed kittens to make money on the side. The fact there's no law about this makes seems very strange to me, I wish there was more public education about it.
     
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    teddylion PetForums Junior

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    Sorry, meant to say I paid £595 for mine
     
  7. Rufus15

    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

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    What do you equate as a lot?

    BSH in 1993 sold for around £150-200, a far cry from the £600-800 good breeders charge now.
     
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  8. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    I agree with @Rufus15 that is pure greed asking those sort of prices ,there is no way a litter of kittens would cost anywhere close to that amount to rear .
     
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    I don't think it is simply the cost to rear. It is what people are willing to pay.

    At the moment, it seems sellers are charging more because there is more demand for kittens and puppies than available kittens and puppies.

    I am not staying it is right but if someone is willing to pay silly money for a poodle cross or 'half Bengal' then people will breed and sell them.
    People have been paying a lot for crossed dogs and cats even before recent events.

    Often it is, I want a kitten/puppy now and don't want to bother with a waiting list at a rescue or breeders, so they go on Gumtree or such and get a cockadoodle or half Bombay or what is advertised as such.
     
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    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    .......a fool and his money are soon parted ;)
    Sadly it is often the innocent puppy or kitten that suffers when greedy breeders take advantage
     
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    Without a shadow of a doubt, the prices this year have been higher. However there is no question that the massively increased demand has fueled not only the inflated prices but the BYBs who are, to coin a phrase, raking it in. Most of the breeders I know have held off breeding this year, so many of the kittens about where those conceived or born prior to lockdown or those from less ethical/reputable breeders. When I looked at one of my breeds on a selling website I didn't see a single kitten from a reputable breeder on there, and the prices were on average 50% higher than normal. A breeder is of course entitled to charge whatever they wish for their kittens, but as @buffie says above "a fool and his money are soon parted". If you genuinely want a kitten my advice is be prepared to wait, and make sure the breeder you are buying from will supply full paperwork, vaccinations etc. and isn't greasing their palm because of the current situation.
     
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    lillytheunicorn PetForums Senior

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    It appears that neutered /vaccinated registered pedigree kittens are now often cheaper than non registered un-neutered kittens. It’s madness.

    with regard to the OP kitten, which breed were you looking for?
     
  13. bluecordelia

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    I realistically don’t think I will have another kitten . I won’t upset the applecart so in the future and we are talking 6 years I would get MC rescue if lucky enough.
    I paid the going rate for Blue as a pedigree but realise its the breed I like and I am not fussed over the pedigree but place the health of the cat first. For that reason I would only go via a bred rescue.
    I think fashion trends like micro pigs have a lot to answer for
     
  14. Silverdoof

    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    Sometimes in Siamese litters white kittens would have cropped up ( i know they are all white when born) and are known as Foreign Whites. I was told wrongly they no longer exist. They are rare, just handful breeders on mainland GB. However they sell for The same as other Siamese - around £600. I have wanted one of these cats since the 80’s. Always been a dream.
    The breeder i was directed to said she didn’t have any available to sell but she had a White Oriental. That was the price she quoted me for that kitten. £1350.
    I subsequently contacted a breeder who i knew has bicolour orientals and she was horrified at what i had been quoted and gave me contacts for Foreign White Breeders
    Outcome is - and i feel i have won the lottery here, she has a litter planned for later this year so i have placed My name on her waiting list. We had a very long chat and i offered references etc. She was horrified too at what i had been quoted.
    This lady is a breeder who shows and does very well with Siamese and Orientals. She also does Braer tests with her kittens. To be honest deafness would not worry me - have deaf cats here. Very intelligent little cats. I know it worries some people, i would happily fill my house with deaf cats. Have a boy born with poor eyesight too.
    I saw my first Foreign White back in the 80’s and its always been my dream to own one. So happily it is working out.
     
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    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    It never got as far as enquiring about age. As soon as i heard the price i backed off
     
  16. Rufus15

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    BAER test ;) all white kittens registered active should be tested but it's good she's also testing her pets
     
  17. Silverdoof

    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    two years ago my Ragdoll kitten was £600 however she was spayed, fully vacc’d, chipped, insured, had her papers. We got a kitten pack with food toys litter with both wet and dry food. A list of how to care for a ragdoll kitten and lifetime support. I was also asked to show her, however have not got round to that - yet
     
  18. Silverdoof

    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    yes

    Foreign White however her kitten was an Oriental White. Different breed

     
  19. Silverdoof

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    I have made a mess replying to people my mobile playing up today. Hope you can all see my replies
     
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  20. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Don't you just love technology ;) :D
     
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