How Much Does a Sphynx Kitten Cost?
Sphynx Kitten ………………………….$1800
Elf Kittens ………………….$2000-$2500 (Depending on ear quality)
Outcross Kittens………………..$300-$500 (These kittens have hair)
**Sphynx do much better with a friend we discount for 2nd kitten**
A Deposit is Required To Hold A Kitten which will go towards the total price. Balance due on pick up or 1 week prior to shipping.
SHIPPING is done with Hand Courier for an additional $400-$450 : Your baby will fly on the plane with a Nocoatkitty represenative.
KITTENS CAN GO HOME BETWEEN 12-14 WEEKS OLD. NO EXCEPTIONS! Please refer to my links on the home page and click on “Why Kittens Should Not Leave Early” for more info!
The price of your hairless kitten will include the first two distemper vaccinations, deworming, at least one veterinary exam given before it leaves, kitten kit and TICA/CFA registration papers . Kittens also leave with written health guarantee.
Why Are Kittens So Expensive
While BYB’s and pet shops may make money selling kittens, most legitimate breeders do not even cover their own costs. It’s a very expensive hobby. Most of us WISH we could just 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 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 sells PET kittens from litters to offset the cost of helping with their practice in the betterment of the breed, improving their cattery and showing their cats!
As an example, buying a top show quality female, with breeding rights may cost $3000 to $5000. My breeder cats have excellent bloodlines, temperament, type and HEALTH. To produce beautiful and healthy babies it starts from their parents.
Maintenance, Supplies, HCM Heart Scans, Blood Tests and Veterinary Care generally cost sphynx breeders about $1000 per cat the 1st year. By the time a cat is first bred, at about a year old, the breeder will have invested several thousand dollars.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 3 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, special areas of the house are customized for the cats to use as a playroom, stud room and nursery – (Pictures under playroom) cattery set-ups cost $23,000 to build. Heaters run in every room to keep our nurseries/playroom warm.. Electric bills have well exceeded $1000 a MONTH!! If all goes well, fat 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, a cat is found to be infertile
Good breeders make a huge investment into “doing it right”, by having the right breeding cats and facilities. Both pet shops and BYB’s reap profits, by cutting corners (not having quality cats as parents, not showing, not keeping kittens until the proper age or providing proper prenatal and kitten veterinary care) – and then they charge the same price as the reputable breeders. And those caring, professional breeders make huge sacrifices in their personal lives, and shed lots of tears, in trying to create succesful breeding programs. BYB’s are “one hit wonders” – they take your money and are gone. Most legitimate breeders are going to be pretty darn annoyed if you neglect to send photos and check in once in awhile!
True breeders deserve more credit than the general public gives them. The public, unfortunately, is only inspired by the negative side, the Back Yard Breeder and the horror stories on DateLine. Those situations are very accurate but the good and responsible breeders get caught up in all the myth and unpleasantries and therefore get looked down on. There is no real reward system set up for lifetime breeders, no gold watch and certainly no pension. The greatest reward we ever have is seeing a wonderful kitten, that is a credit to the breed and a wonderful pet, live a long and happy life with someone that also respects the breed and animals 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 really you end up with what you pay for. There are numerous ethical and wonderful Sphynx breeders available, but sadly there have also popped up some that care more about their own pocket-book 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 which protect you and the cats welfare both and are happy to discuss with you the progress of the cat for years to come.
We stand behind our kittens 100% REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Visiting my Cattery
We no longer allow visitors until the kittens are completely vaccinated at 12 weeks old. Our kittens usually reserve much earlier (usually at 3 weeks old once we start accepting deposits). We take a ton of pics and videos of our babies though just ask! We also have photos of our cattery on the website under “cattery”. The kittens have very sensitive immune systems before they are vaccinated and viruses can easily be brought in the home on hands, shoes, clothing etc. Health is out top priority so we now wait until their little immune systems are completely developed before we allow them to be handled.
WHY WE DO NOT SELL KITTENS FOR BREEDING TO INEXPERIENCED BREEDERS
Written In memory of Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx
Through my experience I found there are many people who 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 responsibility as there are tests and special care that these cats need. Sadly many breeders have a litter of sphynx and go on to lose every one of the kittens They do not realize the work involved and the 24/7 care that they need. We have worked 12 yrs on our lines… hoping to lessen the chances of HCM and many other unfortunate diseases cats are prone to. To just 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. We do work closely with select breeders with the same ethics but have made the choice not to sell any cat/kitten with breeding rights outside of that. Unfortunately after bad experiences trying to help others start a breeding program and sharing our lines only for them to turn around and not have the breeds health as first priority, not having the funds to care for their kittens, not having proper set up in their home to have a breeding program in the first place, and lastly finding out one of our poor babies Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx was passed around to 3 different catteries to use as a stud for over 15 females by a person we thought was a responsible breeder. Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx was caged by a neighbor of theirs for 2.5 yrs and when Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx became sick no one even knew until it was too late and he died never knowing what it was like to be a happy kitty in a loving home which he very much deserved This said breeder claims when Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx was finally taken to the vet he was showing advanced signs of pneumonia and that he was put down humanely. This breeder claimed he had genetic FIP. First of all, there is no such proof of any genetic FIP in any cat to begin with and this breeder to this day has never showed 1 vet record or necropsy result after the death of Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx after asked numerous times. “FAST FORWARD” a year and now this breeder changed her mind and now claiming on their website maybe he had HCM because a few of their kittens popped up with it and who better to blame then the kitty that died with no necropsy or proof of death. Now they claim Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx must have died of HCM (Link to negative HCM scan done on him at 1.7 yrs old CLICK HERE this was a few months prior to his death) . We will never know the truth and unfortunately this breeder cannot make up their mind how this poor guy died. Nocoatkitty Alejandro of Beeblebrox Sphynx most likely died from neglect of an untreated URI that turned into pneumonia while living his life in a cage. We will never forget that wonderful soul and hopefully the love he had while with us as a baby he will never forget. After this situation I lost a lot of trust in who I thought was a responsible breeder. The welfare of every kitten/cat that leaves this cattery is our first and foremost priority.
Kittens are sold under a strict spay/neuter contract and must be fixed by 6 months of age. Papers will not be released until proof from licensed vet that the kitten has been sterilized. Before then kitten is still registered to Nocoatkitty. We also have the right to sterilize any pet kitten prior to he/she leaving our home.THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY WE REQUIRE SPAY/NEUTER….FOR ONE, UNFIXED FEMALES CAN GET A DEADLY DISEASE CALLED PYOMETRA (PLEASE LOOK IT UP IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS). SPHYNX ARE VERY PRONE TO THIS! AND MALES UNFIXED TEND TO SPRAY…UNFORTUNATELY MOST BOYS THAT SPRAY END UP IN SHELTERS ALL BECAUSE THEIR OWNER THOUGHT IT WASNT NECESSARY TO GET THEM FIXED:-( I ALSO DO NOT WANT ANY OF MY KITTENS IN THE WRONG HANDS WITH SOMEONE WHO BREEDS THEM BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS CUTE TO HAVE KITTENS THEN REALIZE THEY ARE IN WAY OVER THEIR HEAD! UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE TAKEN IN MANY KITTENS (OF ALL BREEDS) FOR THIS VERY REASON! TAKING CARE OF BABIES IS VERY TIME CONSUMING AND FINANCIALLY EXHAUSTING. IF YOU THINK HAVING JUST ONE LITTER WOULD BE CUTE…. I SUGGEST YOU VISIT YOUR LOCAL SHELTER AND VOLUNTEER FOR A FEW DAYS AND SEE WHERE MOST OF THESE MIRACLES END UP NOT STERILIZING YOUR CAT ALTERS THEIR PERSONALITY DRAMATICALLY……MALES TEND TO BECOME AGGRESSIVE AND AGITATED AND FEMALES WILL START CALLING 24/7 AND CHARGING AT THE DOORS TO TRY AND GET OUT….AND YES FEMALES SPRAY TOO SOME WORSE THEN BOYS! I MUST RECEIVE NOTICE FROM YOUR VET THAT KITTEN WAS STERILIZED… NO PAPERS WILL BE RELEASED AND BREACH OF CONTRACT WILL BE ENFORCED TO THE FULLEST IF PAPERWORK FROM YOUR VET IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE TIME KITTEN IS 6 MONTHS OLD!
***Portions from EVERY kitten sale are donated to animals welfare organizations***