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The Fair Price of a Kitten

What is a fair price for a Cornish Rex kitten?

Decide what is important to you by using this chart to make an informed decision. 

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STATEMENTS
Professional, Competent
& Ethical Breeder
$1600 – $1900
Amateur breeder

$1200 – $1600
Backyard Breeder /
Kitten mill
$1200 & Under

Purebred kitten registered with pedigree

A purebred kitten must be registered. If it is not, it is not considered purebred.
A kitten that is not registered is a household pet or a mixed breed.  

Yes

To Be Determined

The parents AND the kittens must be registered in order to be recognized as a purebred cat.
If the cats do not have a pedigree, they have unknown origins. 

No

Kittens of unknown origins are considered to be a mixed breed.
Kittens and parents are not registered and therefore cannot be sold as purebred Cornish Rex.

The breeder is a member of a recognized feline association (CCA-AFC, CCC, TICA, CFA, ACFA) and/or a breed club (CRCC)

Yes

To Be Determined

No

Selection of the breeding cats in accordance with the written standard of the breed (in order to maintain the quality of the breed)

Yes

No

No

Cats undergo health tests for viral, bacterial, parasitic and fatal diseases

PCR test for respiratory bacteria and viruses. PCR test for digestive tract viruses, bacteria and parasites. Screening test for Feline leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) [Feline aids]

Yes

Ask to see the test results and have the breeder explain them in order to demonstrate their knowledge

To Be Determined

Ask to see the test results and have the breeder explain them in order to demonstrate their knowledge

No

Cats are tested for genetic diseases associated with the breed: late-onset blindness (PRA -Rdac-CEP290) and polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

Yes

Ask to see the test results and have the breeder explain them in order to demonstrate their knowledge

To Be Determined

Ask to see the test results and have the breeder explain them in order to demonstrate their knowledge

No

Screening tests for cardiac diseases (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy amongst others) by cardiac ultrasound or blood tests (Cardiopet -pro -BNP)

To Be Confirmed

No

No

Kittens must be vaccinated a MINIMUM of 2 times before they leave the breeders. The kitten should come with a vaccination booklet with signatures from a veterinarian

Yes

To Be Determined

Usually the kitten has only received one vaccine. The new owner will have to cover the costs of the vaccine boosters themselves. Make yourself aware of the prices for this.

To Be Determined

Usually the kitten has only received one vaccine. The new owner will have to cover the costs of the vaccine boosters themselves. Make yourself aware of the prices for this.

Kittens need to be sterilized between 12 and 16 weeks of age

Sterilization allows a breeder to protect the existing lines. It also helps to prevent the current feline overpopulation. Sterilization before 12 weeks of age is not recommended, especially since Cornish Rex kittens are very small.

Yes

To Be Determined

Usually the kitten is not sterilized. The new owner will have to cover the costs of the sterilization themselves. Make yourself aware of the prices for this.

No

Usually the kitten is not sterilized. The new owner will have to cover the costs of the sterilization themselves. Make yourself aware of the prices for this.

Many different breeds and an overpopulation of cats are present in the environment

No

To Be Determined

Yes

Availability of kittens

Waiting List

The decision on which family to home a kitten to is based on the temperament of the kitten.

There are frequently kittens available

The decision to home a cat is done quickly and without consideration for the kitten’s temperament.

Always kittens available quickly

Animal welfare is a priority

Yes

Some breeders in the province of Quebec will have been certified Anima Québec

To Be Determined

No

Complete health guarantee for viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases

Minimum of 10 to 14 days. Must confirm the terms of the guarantee (If the kitten gets sick, who pays for the medical bills?)

Yes

To Be Determined

Ask questions to ascertain the competency of the breeder. 

No

Minimal guarantee

Health guarantee for hereditary and congenital diseases

Minimally for 1 year, ideally for 2 or more years. Confirm the terms of the guarantee (If the kitten gets sick, who pays for the medical bills? Owner, breeder or shared?)

Yes

To Be Determined

Ask questions to ascertain the competency of the breeder

No

Adequate socialization of the kittens with humans, and family in a stimulating and varied environment

Yes

To Be Determined

No

Kittens leave the breeder’s after 12 weeks and ideally after 14 weeks or more

Yes

To Be Determined

No

The kittens must leave quickly in order to make room for the next ones

The adult breeding cats are considered a part of the family and live with the family

Yes

Yes

No

There is an opportunity to visit the cattery and observe the living environment of the cats

Yes

Yes

No

A kitten nursery exists (if you are not allowed to visit, you should be able to see pictures or visit virtually)

Yes

Yes

No

There is an opportunity to meet the parents (and they are well socialized, have a good temperament and are healthy)

Yes

Yes

To Be Determined

Adults are in cages or overpopulated enclosures that are not suitably maintained for the wellbeing of the cat

No

To Be Determined

Yes

Professional follow-up after the adoption

The breeder is available to answer your questions and offer support in case of disease or behaviour issues.

Yes

To Be Determined

How knowledgeable is the breeder?

No

Breeder pressures you  to make the adoption decision as quickly as possible indicating that others are interested in the kitten

No

To Be Determined

Yes

All the cats are fed a quality diet

 

Yes

To Be Determined

No

The breeder declares their revenue, has a registration number of Quebec (NEQ) if located in the province of Quebec and provides you with a receipt. Certain breeders charge TPS/TVQ

Yes

To Be Determined

To Be Determined

Will propose that you pay cash, with no receipt.

BE AWARE!

A family environment does not guarantee the quality and health of the cats, and even less the knowledge and abilities of the breeder.

A family environment simply means that the breeding is done in a private home. This does not mean that the environment is hygienic, enriched or suitably maintained adequately for the cats.

The breeder insists to convince you that registration documents are not worth anything. If the breeder was able to provide you with the papers, they would be happy and proud to do so. If they cannot, then they are not breeding purebred cats and are not respecting the Law on Canadian Genealogy. 

You should be aware that the cost to register a kitten with a reputable feline association should generally not be more than $50.

Ask yourself if you want to adopt a kitten from a breeder who can only offer you a low price and nothing else.

Do not adopt from a pet store. These cats come from backyard breeders and kitten mills, not reputable breeders. Reputable breeders will select the kitten that will be most compatible with its new family. 

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