Why So Expensive

Many people think that breeding purebred animals is a profitable business. I hasten to dispel this myth and at the same time tell what makes up the cost of a kitten.

The maintenance of nurseries for professional breeders becomes a matter of life, absorbs all free time and requires all efforts. At the same time, many breeders still manage to combine breeding and their own profession. Despite the fact that the work of a breeder (breeder) is hard work that requires maximum investment of effort and money, the breeders themselves consider their occupation as a hobby.

If you are engaged in breeding professionally, adhering to all sanitary, veterinary and zootechnical norms, observing the purity of the breed, then it is impossible to get rich on breeding.

One of the components of the price for a kitten is the level of professionalism of the cattery. And do not be surprised by the component that, at first glance, cannot be felt, much less appreciated. The laws of a market economy apply wherever there are concepts of price, value, cost, etc.

To organize a cattery and start breeding cats, a breeder needs to have basic knowledge of veterinary medicine, felinology, genetics. For this, the breeder is trained in felinological courses and studies specialized literature. Then it is necessary to register the cattery in the felinological system, pay entrance and membership fees.

Naturally, to engage in pedigree breeding, the breeder must have a specific "breed program" outlined. These are the goals and objectives of the nursery for which the Breeder decides to take up a particular breed. To fulfill his program, the breeder carefully selects his sires.

The goal of the cattery is not to sell kittens, but to obtain a specific type of cats that improve the breed, work with rare colors. Each breeder is obliged to know the standard for his breed, only then can we talk about breeding, and not about breeding. If you do not know the standard, then you do not know the shortcomings of your own kittens, you do not know what and how they need to be improved. Even the most perfect cat has disadvantages and, therefore, there is always a field for breeding work.

Each cattery wants to get its own specific "zest" so that these animals are recognizable. Some experts at international exhibitions unmistakably determine which cattery the cat is from - by head type, set of ears, shape of eyes. This is a recognizable "handwriting" that is appreciated by breeders. Therefore, all the best, of course, remains in the breeder's house, and everything that is not needed for work is sold.

Naturally, the most important component of the cost per kitten is its breeding quality. The level of breeding quality depends on the phenotype and genotype of the kitten.

The phenotype reflects the compliance of the animal with the international breed standard. If we talk about pricing, then conditionally all cats can be divided into three types. Regardless of the standards, all purebred cats are usually divided into three classes:

Show class - animals with excellent pedigree, fully consistent with the standard. Can participate and win at exhibitions, be used in breeding work. Show-class kittens are the most expensive.

Breed class - (from the English breed - breed, breed). Animals in this class are usually of interest to breeders. Breed-class kittens are purchased for use as broodstock. Breed-class animals have some minor flaws in the exterior, but are suitable for breeding work. Usually, a breed kitten is acquired due to the presence of rare breed characteristics that can be used in further breeding work. As a rule, show-class kittens appear in the offspring of a cat or a breed-class cat.

Pet-class - (from the English pet - pet) - cats that are taken "on the pillow", "for the soul." These animals have minor defects, imperfections and defects (not corresponding to the standard coat color, eye color, ear shape), which exclude the possibility of using the animal in breeding and participating in exhibitions. Such flaws can only be seen by a felinologist or an expert. Pet-class kittens belong to the lower price category.

Here, depending on which class this or that kitten belongs to, its price also develops. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND that animals not only of the PET class, but also of the SHOW class can be sold for castration, and the cost of the SHOW - castrate can significantly differ from the cost of the PET - castrate.
The conclusion is very simple: a high-quality purebred animal cannot be cheap, regardless of your plans for its future!
There is a golden rule: "Every breeder knows how much his kitten costs".

The genotype speaks about the purebredness of the kitten's pedigree, about what kind of ancestors he had, what fresh blood and in what generation they were poured. The question of the genotype is a difficult question and its consideration in our article does not correspond to its target orientation. The main thing to note is that the "price of the issue" also depends on the genotype of the kitten, therefore, when buying, it will not be superfluous to carefully look at the pedigree of the kitten, although she will say little to a novice breeder.

Separately, it should be noted the cost of a rare color. A rare, and even more so, a new color is the result of long and painstaking work. This is a clear calculation and, at the same time, a matter of chance. This is luck and the embodiment of professional knowledge. Achieving a rare color is worth a lot.

The next, important component of the price is the purchase of producers for your nursery. For a breeder to work, naturally, producers are needed. Careful planning of mating, painstaking selection of producers, careful study of pedigrees, advantages and disadvantages, selection of genetic lines - all this is very similar to research in factory laboratories. The cost of cats for breeding (breed class) with high breed data, modern type, without defects, with an excellent pedigree is very high and starts from $3000. If the breeder also has a desire to buy a �future show star� (that is, a show-class cat), then the cost of such a cat starts at $5000. These cats already have show certificates and expert assessments from international shows and are usually sold at the age of 7-10 months. Cats cost an order of magnitude more expensive, as breeding cats cannot be just a "breed class". There are very high requirements for male cats, so the cost of cats starts from $8000 (depending on pedigree and color). The nursery often buys animals abroad, and this is an additional cost. Naturally, for full-fledged operation, it is necessary to purchase several manufacturers.

The next, not unimportant components are nutrition, maintenance and care of kittens and producers. For a full life of cats and kittens, it is necessary to purchase high-quality food (including meat products), create good housing conditions, purchase nursery equipment and animal care items, and conduct regular veterinary services. Veterinarian services are generally a separate item of expenses for the breeder.This is regular testing for diseases, timely vaccination, chipping, not to mention the fact that animals, like people, may be sick or may need obstetric services.

Health is one of the main reasons why you apply for a kitten to a cattery, and not to a "birdie". And this is the next component of the price of a kitten. I include many components in the concept of health. First, there are vaccinations. The kitten undergoes the first course of vaccinations (twice) at 8 - 12 weeks and not earlier. Adult cats should be vaccinated once a year. Secondly, regular veterinary services and examinations. This includes not only routine procedures (for example, anthelmintics), but also emergencies (for example, a caesarean section during childbirth). Anyone who has encountered similar procedures in our human life can estimate how much it costs. Health requires funds.

In addition, another component of the price for a kitten is participation in exhibition events. A responsible breeder is sure to be engaged in the show career of their producers. Many potential buyers are moved to see cups, diplomas, medals and award rosettes in the nursery. This means that the kittens have titled parents. But behind each award is the labor and financial costs of the breeder. Each local exhibition costs from 2.5-3 thousand for each animal, including travel, accommodation, exhibitor fee. An exhibition abroad is much more expensive. To obtain a sufficiently high title, you must visit at least 10 exhibitions, both local and offsite. And it is not always possible to return from an exhibition with a title, since at an exhibition you can lose to a competitor by some criterion. Therefore, exhibitions are a very significant part of the expenses.

It is impossible to ignore such a line of expenses as colossal advertising costs, website creation and support, advertising products, photo sessions.

And, of course, one cannot but evaluate the human resources themselves - the labor of the breeder! It is certainly difficult to measure with money, but to realize this, imagine that you have a small child and now you are taking care of him, you need to feed him, keep him clean, give him love, care, and be responsible for his health. In addition, he needs to be educated, to do everything for his development. The breeder also needs to do paperwork (draw up documents). Nursery work is full time.

And all the described expenses are constantly repeated in a circle, new producers are bought, their careers, raising offspring, purchased care items and exhibition ammunition become unusable, etc. etc. Therefore, God forbid that the sale of kittens would compensate at least some costs. After all, Abyssinian cats are infertile (2-3 kittens in a litter) and knit these cats no more than 3 times in 2 years. Cats are in work no more than 5-6 years, and then they need to be provided with proper care in old age.
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