Where do the fees go? Some of you wonder. Isn't it cheap and easy to breed cats? The answer is no, not at all. Persians are a high maintenance breed when one has more than just one or two. We strive to preserve some of what we deem to be God's best handiwork from around the globe. This takes time and funding, to say the least! But to break it down simply:
🌹 Say one elegant Dollface Persian from us is $2500 and is being paid over 5 months. If a person pays $500/ month, from there, we tithe ten percent to church (I do believe vehemently that God is still angered tremendously by those too greedy to provide for the Lord's servants.). That's$50, leaving $450 for that month.
🌹The vaccinations, deworming, and spaying/ neutering alone can easily total$600, so if we set that aside and divide it into 5 months, it's $120. That leaves $330from that kitten.
🌹Now, please keep in mind that as each luxurious Persian kitten is being paid for, that is going towards the provisions of our registered cattery. Even if only one kitten has been reserved, while we wait for the others to be reserved, every single feline still requires ample food, vitamin supplements to keep their coats healthy, litter, flea and tick prevention, vet care (which includes vaccinations, deworming, medications, health exams, testing, could require surgery, etc.), clean bedding/ laundry detergent, a clean environment/ cleaners, toys, furniture, etc.
🌹 Adequate Space!!! We do not believe in caging pets ever except for the purposes of travel and for preventing the spread of something serious and contagious. We personally use bedrooms when needed to separate cats in order to prevent unwanted mating. Cats that are allowed outdoors have been shown to live significantly shorter lives. That is why our cats are strictly indoor only, and we find it crucial to allow our cats and kittens plenty of space to roam, frolic, play and explore! Therefore, of course the fees Do go towards space. We could easily reside somewhere smaller if we were not a registered Persian and Himalayan cattery.
🌹(Random tip and one of my tasks: Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth from chewy.com, recommended by the EPA to not only kill and prevent worms when you place a thick spoonful in your pet's food daily but is also 100% effective for killing and preventing bugs in your home! It takes a few moments. They do not die on immediate contact (I've helped a few people with infestations in my time.), But they Do Indeed die. Works on fleas, ticks, bedbugs, cockroaches, ants and more, but best of all, it's non-toxic to people and animals!!! Wear a dust mask and use a Dustin Meizer (Amazon.com) to apply along the baseboards, inside cracks/ crevices, and along the foundation of your home. Don't forget the yard! Keep bugs far away! Remove outlet covers and use an empty mustard container from the Dollar Store to poof some powder inside your walls! Repeat walls semi-annually and baseboards/ foundations every two weeks or so. Do not mop baseboards until you are about to re-applying. It will feel a bit dusty in your home the first day or two but is well worth it. Pesticides can kill pets, babies, fetuses and children or cause cancer. Also apply inside cabinets, behind appliances and under beds! We have used this stuff about a year. It's a modern miracle!!! I do this myself...)
🌹 Newborn Persian kittens require around the clock care not only from their feline mommies but from nurturing, responsible adult humans. They can scratch and head butt runts off, and/ or their mother can innocently neglect them, causing starvation. They must stay warm but also not be smothered by being laid upon. They must learn to love human affection in order that a purrfect furry baby does not end up feral and wild. When they are left alone too many hours by human companions, they usually get ill because they do thrive on affection. Therefore, the formulative months are imperative! It is not hard to see why our time must be paid for to stay with each kitten virtually around the clock.
🌹By about 4 weeks of age, the need to change out bedding and wash it daily is replaced with the need for a human to litter- train the Persian kittens. Some do catch on immediately, whereas others need constant supervision, training and affection. In spite of products currently on the market, breeders concur that young kittens, when still together with their litter, are incredibly messy. They track litter everywhere and often get feces stuck on their little bottoms. Thus, it is necessary to clean the environment and the kittens throughout each day. I must clean the entire house to bottom and each litter box gradually once or twice per day. (I have a damaged spine, which slows me down to say the least, and makes it necessary to lay down often, unfortunately. However, during that time, I groom, dote on and play with cats and kittens.) Many customers request taking kittens home early by as little as 8 weeks of age. Allow their mommies and us to get them more independent first! It is well worth the wait!!
🌹By four weeks of age, each lovely Dollface Persian kitten must learn to enjoy having every inch of their fur combed daily in order that it does not matt and cause a skin infection. Combing one or two Persians per day is quick and easy. Combing a whole cattery daily is a career! There is also an important technique required to prevent miscarriages when combing pregnant Queens.
🌹Having new bloodlines sometimes is an absolute must for all ethical breeders in order to prevent inbreeding of close relatives since they do shorten the lifespan and increase medical problems tremendously. It is not a myth nor an Old Wive's Tale. Preventing inbreeding is imperative! Thus, it is an important occasional cattery expense, which some of your fees may rightfully be going towards! Keep in mind we strive to keep an eye out for beautiful Persian and Himalayan features that seem to be disappearing and take necessary measures to preserve them for future generations.🌹Litter clumps must be scooped once or twice daily from all of our litter boxes. Litter is replaced often. We recommend Sophresh grass seed litter because it is safe for the kittens to lick off of their paws and Actually Does keep the house smelling clean and fresh!🌹All Persians and Himalayans must be bathed and properly conditioned monthly.
🌹The prevention of disease through cleanliness and reliable affection/ attention is required in order for us to preserve these wonderful felines entrusted to us by God, to whom we are eternally grateful and look forward to worshipping and adoring Him forever in Heaven one day. Amen. There are no contracts guaranteeing we will have one or more litters each month. Noone can promise we will never have to pay for an emergency C-section nor need to bottle feed each and every newborn constantly! We cannot rely on each customer to always pay on time nor to buy in a timely manner. So, if one adds up all of the above factors/ expenses and considers also that our Persians require space to roam and a place to shut the door when mating, delivering, and when nursing young ones, I think you will discover it is actually pretty miraculous that any cattery survives! People do not get wealthy from breeding cats. Rather, some wealthy people are kind enough to invest their money in the preservation of fine pedigrees, which is a meticulous process. We are not at this time wealthy, I may boldly add, but I am rich in faith that our labor of love is not in vain and that God has blessed us with an eye for recognizing what needs preserving. This is my duty and obligation as far as I'm concerned. Thank you for choosing to lovingly support our cageless Dollface Persian and Himalayan cattery. Please do not support breeders who cruelly cage their pets! In return, we give to you a free 4-year replacement guarantee!
🌹Please visit this website to understand Persian births and potential complications: https://icatcare.org/advice/my-cat-having-kittens/cat-birth-–-when-wait-and-when-worry
🌹 May Our Incredible Creator bless you and keep you!