All our cats and kittens are bred from top quality lines, and are therefore very precious to us, they are part of the family. So to ensure we place our babies into the best homes possible, we vet all potential new owners, their families and their homes, for their suitability. Our goal is to provide you with a healthy, happy kitten, and for that kitten to be placed into loving and safe homes. So our kittens are available only to APPROVED pet, show, or breeder homes by negotiation only - so please do not be offended if we ask you some probing questions, and as our kittens are often in high demand, we only want to ensure that they go to the most suitably appropriate homes.
So pet ownership must not be taken lightly and although kittens are very cute when young, they do grow up into adults, and so can be rather boisterous, very active, and they do live for many years.
We expect all new owners to sign and adhere to our legally binding Contract, to protect us, you, and more importantly the welfare of the cat - from a sweet kitten, all the way through adulthood. Therefore we do not permit our cats to be re-sold, leased, re-homed, or just given away, and the new owner must notify us first if the need arises to re-home the animal, or it becomes unwell. This is purely to protect the welfare of the cat.
We insist that all our cats are kept safe as indoor only pets, with access to a contained outdoor area if possible, not to be allowed to roam freely as traffic can easily kill a beloved cat, and their interesting coat patterns could make them easy targets for other to try to adopt, including thieves (yes it does happen).
These little pets require a lifetime of love and play, of interesting quality food, quality litter, and expert and frequently costly, veterinary care. We recommend that you take out pet insurance (Petplan highest cover is best) to aid with any surprises, as available funds must not detract from the welfare and best interests of my cats.
We breed for quality not quantity, therefore all our kittens are handled from birth and are part of the family, they are then ready to leave us at 13 weeks of age after neutering. It is recommended that the care and feeding instructions of the kitten be adhered to for 4 weeks, and that it is kept isolated for 1-2 weeks in a comfortable secure room of its own where it can adjust to its new home, and learn where its food, water and litter tray are kept. Introductions to other pets, children and more rooms should be performed slowly, and with respect to the kitten, as it could become overwhelmed and scared in a new and larger environment. We expect the kitten to fully settle-in after about 4-6 weeks.
Please note that all pet males and females will be neutered and microchipped by us on receipt of the non-refundable deposit, and before collection. This is included in the price of the kitten.
Prices for one kitten will generally I nclude :-
Authenticats 5 generation signed pedigree
Feeding and care guide
Food samples - wet + dry
4 weeks Petplan insurance
Raised indoors with nails clipped before leaving usTick treatment performed
Tapeworm treatment performed
Both sets of kitten vaccinations performed
At least 2 sets of vet healthchecks performed
Neutering of pet kitten/cats performed
Contract signed by breeder and new owner.
All kittens are priced on an individual basis, and prices are variable across the litters. This is dependent on the quality of the kitten, its attractiveness, its sex, its colouring and patterning, the show success of its parents and ancestors, the quality of its breeding line / pedigree, and whether its parents have been imported too. Therefore kittens from desirable, successful, or imported lines, with stunning exotic looks are always more expensive, as importing breeding cats into the UK is extremely time consuming and costly, and our kittens get booked up very quickly. Please note that kittens sold outside of the UK are likely to be 50% extra on the below prices, and the purchaser must also covers all the export and additionally incurred costs (vet fees, boarding fees, pet passport fees, travel fees etc).
Approximate price ranges are ( uk customers only ):-
Basic Pet Only (not for show, has a fault, or an older kitten/cat) = £350-£600
Quality Pet or Show Neuter (no faults, or could show as an 'Alter') = £600-£1000
Breeder Only (but not for show) = £1700-£1900
Quality Breeder & Show Cat = £2000-£2500
(We offer a £50 discount when purchasing 2 kittens together)
Adoption Stages :-
On Evaluation - for the first 8-9 weeks but do enquire / register
Available - available to appropriate homes, so please enquire
On Hold - someone is deciding, but do still enquire
Pending - we are awaiting someone's deposit, but do still enquire
Reserved - someone has placed a deposit on this kitten
Adopted - someone has paid in full for this kitten
Keeper - we are keeping this breeder kitten, but do still enquire.
A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of £250 is required for each 'basic pet only' kitten, £500 for a 'quality pet or show neuter' kitten, and £1000 for each breeding kitten. Early deposits can be made by cheque, but all final balance payments to be made in cash only please.
After purchase, should you unfortunately wish to return one of our kittens to us, for whatever reason, we will of course accept the kitten back to be re-homed, but please note that money will not be refunded.
For further details please read and understand the Contract which will accompany each kitten, and this is available upon request.
To help our new owners with transport issues, we can delivery your new kitten to you at a cost of 50p per mile round trip from Crawley, West Sussex, to almost anywhere in the UK !
Kittens are ready to leave at either 13 weeks old at the earliest, or 1 further week after viewing and deposit paid, to allow for neutering and recovery time. Should you wish for us to 'hold' the kitten for you for longer than this time window, to fit around your holidays etc, we can do, at a cost of £15 per week to cover food and litter.
We can potentially care for Authenticats only cats whilst you are on holiday - providing that cat has been kept up to date with vaccinations, and has had a FIP/Felv snap test performed by their vet within the 24-48 hrs prior to arrival. Any vets fees incurred whilst staying with us are the responsiblity of the owner. Boarding costs would be £15/day in our cattery, or £25/day indoors in our home, and arranged subject to available space in either area.
Please be aware that we are very small scale, and are purely hobby show breeders, raising just a few precious litters each year within our own home, and are therefore totally non-profit making. All monies paid for kittens go directly back to cover the costs already incurred for - purchasing of the expensive breeding cats, building an external cattery, specialist kitten food, and queen feeding products, birthing items, emergency items, cat trees and safe play area equipment, cleaning products, cat litter, toys, the Tica registration fees, and of course for all the veterinary services for the kittens, and for the queens too. Additionally there are advertising costs, and expensive showing and travelling costs as well. And don't forget the repairs required to our home too ! Our future aim would be to become self funding, so that our showing is eventually funded by our kittens !
For those people that think my pedigree kittens are 'too expensive', or for those who think they might like to 'try cat breeding to make money' - please read the list below of the necessary specialist items that I personally have had to purchase so far, whilst running my cattery as a non-profit making hobby -
Outside custom built 6 pen cattery with lighting, heating and security
Penthouse kittening pens x 4
Kittening heat pads x 6
Pillow cases, towels and birthing cloths for kittening
Scales for weighing kittens x 3
Large Cat trees x 6
Scratching posts x 7
Scratching mats x 6
Cat activity toys x 12
Kitten climbing centres x 4
Fabric kittening inner pens x 12
Beds and Blankets x 20+
Electric Heating always on indoors and outside in cattery
Kitten size litter trays x 8
Normal litter trays – currently have about 25 large hooded trays
Large Kibble dispensers x 10
Large Kibble containers x 10
Small kibble containers x 6
Water bowls x 12
Water dispensers x 10
Plastic food plates x 40
Cat carriers x 5
Show pens - entire show bench setup, 2 trolleys, in-car pens
Fresh/new toys for each litter of kittens, toys into kitten packs
Cat-it linking cat toys
Ball in a ring cat toys
Endless cat toys - feather cat teasers, wands, crinkle toys, balls, bells, mice etc
High calorie Royal Canin Queen kibble food for expectant mums
Highly nutritious for expectant mums
Cat Nutridrops to revive failing kittens
KMR tinned milk - £5 per small tin
Liquivite for mixing
Cimicat kitten formula
Feeding tubes and syringes
Milton sterilising fluid
Almo Nature kitten food
Applaws kitten food
Royal Canin Babycat mousse
Royal Canin Babycat kibble
Royal Canin Instinctive Kitten pouches
Royal Canin Kitten 36 kibble
Kitten packs before they leave
Royal Canin Hair and Skin or Queen for cattery cats
Royal Canin Sterilised / Light for indoor neuters
Cat safe disinfectant - Trigene + Fresher Pets - endless
Simple Solution - Odour & Stain remover - endless
Kitchen roll - at least 4 per week probably more
Disposable latex gloves & rubber gloves
Dyson Pet vacuum
Hardfloor Brushes x 8
Dustpan/brush x 7
Mops/buckets x 5
replacement mop heads - endless
Storage boxes x 4
Water storage containers x 3
Litter Scoops x 12
Poop bags by the thousand
Litter tray liners
Litter lockers and replacement rings
Plug-in air fresheners + other odour removers - endless
Micro fibre cloths for mopping up
Flip top bin
Large Refuse sacks to empty dirty litter into
masses of Litter for various age stages
Endless washing of bedding, blankets, towels, birthing cloths
Vaccinations x 2 each as kittens
Vaccinations - every cat in the cattery annually
Deworming pastes, granules and tablets
Microchipping & Neutering
Vaccinating queens before breeding
Pyometra treatment for queens
TF / FIP / Felv testing for new breeders
PK Def DNA testing for new breeders
Colour DNA testing for kittens
HCM screening for breeders
TICA registration costs of cattery, for each litter, and for each kitten
Website - £11 per month
Bengal Cat Club membership
Advertising costs on Bengalkittenlist – £55 per year
Additional advertising on Pets4Homes and Kitten List
Entering on BengalPedigrees.com
Purchasing costs and maintaining Breeder Assistant database
Creating Pedigrees and Printing and laminating costs
Creating Contracts and Printing costs
Kitten pack bags + document wallets.
Cost of purchasing and maintaining the breeding cats
Importing costs direct from the USA via Europe for breeding cats
Cost of maintaining the 6 pen heated / lighted cattery - replacement wire netting, metal lock/hinge failure, repainting and repairing.
Cost of actual showing – all the showing equipment, bathing and grooming equipment, show entry fees, hotel costs, petrol costs, costs of confirming won titles with TICA
Club AGM – travel costs and purchase of trophies
Cost of Commemorative Rosettes for successful show cats
Purchase of professional photographs for using on the website
Purchase of Regional Award Dinner photographs
Annual Regional Award Dinner and 150+ favours for each of the guests
Replacing Spoilt items – various items in all the rooms of the house - stained carpets, broken items, scratches to furniture, ruined fabric, ripped wallpaper, chewed cables.
Loss of 3-4 rooms inside the house to use for birthing, raising and breeding.
Liaising with Royal Canin for breeder rates on food, contacting Petplan for 4 weeks insurance on each kitten, collecting in bulk all the litter and food and other regular consumables, plus storage of all these bulky items throughout the house.
Emailing and phone calls for interested new owners.
Finally creating kitten packs given to each of the new owners - large bags of litter, kibble and plenty of wet food, and some cat toys, and all the paperwork too.
So when you ask me "how much", and quickly think that my kittens are too expensive - please try to understand that as well as the costs mentioned above there is also my time, love and dedication too, all included for free to give the best to your new kitten - and definitely worth it for a lifetime of love from you kitten - per year the purchase price is surely small in comparison.
Photos courtesy of Helmi Flick Photography, Chanan Photography and Robert Fox Photography, plus Peggy Price at Bengaland, Winnie Hartner at Acute, Donna Syverson at Medoz, Gaynor at QueenAnne, Karen Hudson at Tarantela, Claire Whitby at Mimizali, Connie Henderson at Zawadi, and Jonathan Andre - thank-you all.
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