The cost of raising Persian kittens

I found this website the other day that lays out the cost of raising Persian kittens (I like the word raising so much better than breeding).  Purebred cats are expensive, but that’s partly because raising them is expensive.  While we don’t have every expense listed in this article, and don’t follow all the same protocols, it’s still an eye-opening article (even for me who often forgets the smaller hidden expenses of being a cattery owner.)

This is a longer article, but well worth reading if you are considering buying or breeding Persian cats.

http://home.earthlink.net/~sarsenstone/brdcosts.html

We’re a small cattery.  Our Persian queens and stud are our family pets.   I like it that way.  I also like keeping our prices “reasonable” for a CFA registered Persian.  You can find catteries where every single kitten is sold for $800 – $1000.  But many families can’t afford that.  I like that our kittens are medium priced  — not $100 newspaper specials, but not $1000 out-of-reach cats, either.  It means that average families (like us) can save up and buy a Persian  kitten for their children, too.

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Bringing your kitten home

Your kitten will have had his first round of shots when he leaves our home.  He can receive his second shots in a month.  Your kitten will need to have a rabies shot around 5 or 6 months.

Your kitten will need to be fed a quality kitten food for its first year of life.

Please speak to your Veterinarian about the right age to spay or neuter your kitten.

Please speak to your Veterinarian about the best method of flea control for your kitten.

When you get your kitten home, show him where his food and water bowl are, and put him into the litter box.  Usually, this is all it takes.

If you have other animals, it can help to give the new kitten his own room for a little while.  Once he feels secure in this room, you can let him explore the rest of the house and meet other pets a little at a time.

Your kitten does use a scratching post.  This does not guarantee he will not try to use your furniture, too.   Although we don’t recommend declawing, that is a decision to be made between you and your Veterinarian.

If your family is away from home often, having toys for your kitten can help to keep the kitten entertained and out of trouble.  However, nothing will replace attention from the family.

We are confident your kitten will transition into your family quite well.  However, if you have any troubles or concerns, feel free to call or email.  We may have suggestions that can help troubleshoot the situation.

General Guidelines for Persian care

Persians are beautiful cats, and make loving pets.  However, their grooming is a time-consuming process which you will either need to commit to doing yourself, or pay someone else to do.  The hardest part of Persian care is consistency!

Beginning to bathe and groom them when they are very young will help them adjust to this necessary process.

Persians need to be brushed/combed regularly to avoid matted fur.  A long-toothed brush works best for maintenance, and a comb works best for working out mats. Regular brushing also cuts down on shedding.

If you don’t have time for regular brushing, you can speak to a groomer about trimming your kitten’s fur so it’s more manageable.

Persians need to have their eyes wiped with a wet cotton ball, soft cloth, or paper towel regularly.

Persians need to be kept as indoor animals.  Please do not let them go outside.

Regular vaccinations and flea treatments will help to keep your Persian healthy.

Quality kitten food should be fed until your Persian kitten is one year old, and then your Persian should be slowly transitioned to quality cat food.  It is best to mix the two together, slowly decreasing the kitten food.

Please speak to your Veterinarian about the right age to spay or neuter your kitten.

Please speak to your Veterinarian about the best method of flea control for your kitten.

To avoid litter box problems, use scissors to carefully trim the fur on your kitten’s bottom.  This will take two people.  One to hold the kitten and keep the tail out of the way, and one to use the scissors.  When trimming the fur, please hold the fur between two fingers and cut against the edge of your fingers.  Keep your fingers between the kitten’s skin and the scissors, to avoid cutting his skin.

Your Persian’s litter box should be scooped daily.

Keeping your Persian’s claws trimmed and providing a scratching post can reduce damage to furniture.

If your family is away from home often, having toys for your kitten can help to keep the kitten entertained and out of trouble.  However, nothing will replace attention from the family.

You can bathe your Persian using a quality cat shampoo, Dawn dish detergent, or Infusium 23 shampoo and conditioner.  The rule of thumb is: “if you think it’s all rinsed out, rinse two more times.”  Persians need regular bathing.  Some owners prefer to do this themselves, but others prefer to let a groomer do it.

If bathing your Persian yourself, gather your supplies first.  Then bring the cat into the bathroom and shut the door.  Fill the bottom of the tub with comfortably warm water.  It should feel quite warm, but not hot.   Now soothingly pick up your cat (who knows what is about to happen and is likely trying to hide under the sink) and place them in the tub.  A good grip on the loose skin at the back of the neck helps keep them in the tub.

Use one of the soaps mentioned above to bathe your cat.  With one hand gripping the cats neck, use your dominant hand to shampoo the cat.  Rinse.  Rinse.  Rinse.  Rinse.  All shampoo must be rinsed out to prevent future matting.  Condition.  Rinse.  Rinse.  Rinse.

Carefully lift your Persian out of the tub and wrap him in a towel.  It’s snuggle time!  You can either blow dry your cat with a blow dryer set on a low or warm setting, or you can put him in his carrier with a towel in a toasty warm room until he’s mostly dry.

After your Persian is dry, he will need to be brushed right away.

As I said earlier, the hardest part of Persian care is consistency!  Make brushing part of your daily routine, and put their baths on your calendar.

However, if you fail to be consistent, and your cat does become matted, a quick trip to the groomer for a shave solves the problem.  Don’t be embarrassed.  It’s better to get it over with and resolve to be more consistent in the future.