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Cost of cats and breeding.

Updated: May 11

Breeding Siberian cats is not a cheap hobby. Especially if you do tests regularly for HCM, intestinal parasites and do DNA tests. That can be seen as a lot of money for a pedigree cat. But first of all, prices for Siberian cats range from 14-20,000+ SEK (depending on where you buy it and how its pedigree looks).

In addition to the purchase price - as well as the travel costs to get there and home (have picked up two females abroad) I do five HCM tests (approx. 1400-1700 SEK per test) on each cat that I have used for breeding as I follow Pawped's health program for HCM. In addition, a PKD test must be done on all breeding cats, which costs about 900 SEK and I also take intestinal parasite samples on my cats at home (they cost about 1100 SEK each). On top of that I take all of my breeding females to at least one cat show so that I can get "neutral judgments" from judges that I am breeding breed-typical cats. So far I have been in Örebro and Gothenburg. When you stay over a weekend in a hotel, as well as travel up and down, plus registration fees, it will cost you approximately 4-5,000 SEK.

Granted, going to a show is not a requirement for breeding, but I feel that I have to at least take my females just to have them evaluated so that I know I am breeding on females that are breed typical and thus benefiting the breed with my breeding. Then we have expenses like when you borrow a male. It is rare (here in Skåne at least) that you find exactly what you are looking for in a male. I was lucky enough to find Bigben, who is the father of my B-litter. But with my A litter, I found what I was looking for in Oslo. So there was the journey there, as well as mating fees that you pay for males. Which is usually 20% of the sale price per kitten. Some also charge a jump fee which can be 500-3000 SEK. Some may think that you save money by having your own males, and you certainly do when you have been breeding for a few years. But for me who is new, it has only been expenses. You put a male with a fodder host (which means you don't receive any money for the cat, which you would have done if you'd sold it. Then there are HCM, PKD, DNA tests to be done, etc.) There is also a risk with males as they can start to mark, and I have heard of many breeders who had to castrate their male cats before they got the five matings you can take whilst on fodder. And then you lose money right away. We also have the costs that come from the female becoming pregnant. She is starting to eat pregnancy food, and unfortunately the prices of food have gone up. Especially those of us who raise our cats on quality food. Even if you get discounts in some places as a breeder, food costs, among other things, are something that costs a lot. Some also perform an ultrasound examination on their females to confirm that the female is actually pregnant, and it costs about 1,000 SEK. Helianta had a pseudo pregnancy, or whatever it was, so I'm seriously considering ultrasounding future females so I know if they're pregnant. It was hard to have to contact those on my interest list and say that unfortunately there won't be a litter. And there are people who have been waiting since last year.

Then we have the costs when the kittens are born and stay with the breeder for 12-14 weeks). These are some of the costs: Quality food when they start eating regular food (mush, ground beef, baby mousse, dry food, etc.) Veterinary visit Vaccinations Chip marking Inspections Pedigrees Hidden fault insurance Kitten package for all the kittens Toys Cat litter (lots) Wear and tear on your own accommodation (kittens can scratch furniture, etc.)

It is some of the costs that we breeders cover in the price for the kittens. Then you must not forget that it is a pedigree cat, with hopefully nice pedigrees. A pedigree may not mean much to a pet buyer. But it's in it that you can see if there is inbreeding, if there are "healthy cats" in the pedigree, and you can also see if there are cats from cat factories in it. The reason I bring up cat factories is because usually they don't test their cats regularly, so in other words you don't know if there are healthy or sick cats that were bred.

I don't make a profit from breeding, but I can't lose money either to breed, it's not feasible. Which I did last year. And this year, the costs have gone up, as I mentioned earlier, everything from food, veterinary visits, etc. So I will raise the price this year for my kittens. Instead of 15000 SEK, I will take 16000 SEK. You don't have to buy a Siberian cat for 16,000 SEK, but if you want a bit of a quality seal, you get what you pay for with me. A healthy well-tested cat, whose parents have healthy, well-tested lines, and they have had the best start in their lives with quality food and such.


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