Q: Do you ship?
A: We prefer our kittens to be picked up in person. If you choose to fly to us from out of state, we will meet you at the airport with the kitten and all his/hers belongings at no cost for you. If you are driving for pick up, we might offer to bring your kitten half way to you for an additional small fee.
Q: What are your breeding practices?
A: We practice responsible breeding. All our breeding cats are TICA or WCF registered. We breed Folds to Straights ONLY. All our Straights are Scottish Shorthair, some of them have British shorthair bloodlines in their pedigree, since it is an allowed outcross. Our adults and kittend are regularly checked by our vet, vaccinated up to date, loved and well cared for. We are PKD, FIV, FelV negative cattery.
What is your price range?
A: We ask $1800-2500 for a kitten with folded ears and $850-1400 for a kitten with straight ears. Those are average prices for pure Scottish kittens over the US. Price includes vaccinations according to the age, health check by our veterinarian, health guarantee and a health insurance certificate for 1 month coverage. The adoption fee for retired breeders is around $200-500, and they will be spayed/neutered as well as vaccinated up to date prior relocation.
Frequently asked questions
Are your kittens socialized, trained?
A: We start litter box training our kittens at 4-5 weeks of their age. There are no cages, so kittens grow literally underfoot, along with other cats and kittens if they present at the moment. We do spend a lot of time playing and snuggling with them, so by the time they are leaving our home they are well socialized. We provide recommendations on how to help your kitten to adjust to the new environment and family members.
What types of payments do you accept?
A: We accept cash, checks, and PayPal. Deposits are usually paid via PayPal.
There are cheaper kittens, why buy yours?
A: Before I even start, here is a question for you:
DO YOU WANT THIS?
(round body, baby-like
face, consistent look,
close to the standards,
tightly folded ears)
(very little similarity to Scottish fold type, besides droopy ears)
Quality, genetics and basic care: It is not a big deal to find a cheaper kitten - there are kitten mills and backyard breeders all over the US. Much bigger deal is to find a healthy, close to the standards Scottish fold - that round, fluffy ball of joy with baby expression on it's face. Responsible breeders spend lots of money for vet care, premium food, supplies, cats shows and - most of all - healthy, top quality breeding cats with no known genetic and viral health issues.
Breeding rights expenses: when you pay $2000 for a pet kitten, breeders pay $4000 and up for the same kitten - that's how much breeding rights cost.
Showing cats at local cats shows, the ones that doesn't require traveling, cost around $300 per 1 cat, and may go as high as $1000 if some traveling is required. Why show then, you might ask? To assure quality and health: a cat with common issues like osteochondrodysplasia will be disqualified if any stiffness in the tail is noticed by a judge.
Vet health care: No need to say much about this aspect, everybody knows the cost of veterinarian care.
Training and socializing are hard work. No matter how tired we are by the end of the day, spending several hours with kittens and adults, playing and snuggling with them, cleaning their rooms/toys/feeders is a "MUST". NO excuses.
If you still decide to look for a cheaper kitten, BE aware of:
Kitten mills and backyard breeders, who don't care much about quality or health, but quantity and profit. They don't spend on healthy, high quality breeding cats, don't know much about how genetics work, so usually their kittens have a number of health issues at birth, and develop more as they grow. Backyard breeders don't spend much time with their cats and kittens, sometime placing them to live in a shed on their backyard (and no, this is not a metaphor or exaggeration and that's why they received this name), visiting them occasionally to add food and water. You won't be allowed to meet the parents, or see the environment the cats live in; pedigree of the parents is not provided for you to see. You won't get answers to your questions about health history of the parents. Kittens are placed in new homes as early as possible (usually at 8 weeks of age, when they are not physically or psychologically ready to leave their mom), without vaccinations, health verification, proper socialization. All health and behavioral issues such kittens might have or develop, as well as all medical and other costs to fix them, become YOUR problem and might quickly exceed the price, that you would have paid for a kitten from a reputable breeder.
Scammers: once you see an ad saying that you can buy a pure Scottish fold kitten for $400, and shipping to any state will cost you $100 (including delivery to your door step) - it's better not to continue this conversation at all. Scammers are all over internet. They build websites, steal pretty pictures from breeder's websites and start their "work". Usually, they communicate best via email, once you ask to talk in person or on phone, ask for additional pictures of the kittens - they stop talking to you or become rude and insist on sending them a deposit. And, once the deposit is sent, they disappear from your radar for good.
Do you sell kittens for breeding purposes?
A: It is possible. Be sure you are ready for it: breeding is not an easy work. Price for same kitten might be twice as much than if you buy as a pet. We will ask you about your breeding experience, breeding practices, etc.