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Why I don't price compete
I am going to write this blog to express some of my own views on kittens and prices. I have had people email me and ask for price cuts as they have found kittens cheaper from other breeders. We all play the price game and that's ok, however, I am willing to play the game only when you compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges.
When I first started out there were only a handful of breeders and kittens were hard to come by, especially your higher generations F1's. I knew I wanted F1's and had to have a breeder I trusted. I did find my F1 foundation girls. At no time did I remotely consider asking the breeder to give me 1 penny off the price. I knew I was buying from a trusted breeder and knew she was offering me a healthy kitten and knew she would be there for me if I ever ran into trouble or needed guidance. Those were all important factors in buying my kitten.
My male was selected again from a well known breeder for the same reasons. I opted to try an F5 male which I knew could possibly be sterile as many F5 males are. Knowing my breeder was trustworthy and would be here for years to come was a huge benefit. I made the correct choice as my male was proven sterile. My breeder stood behind her contract and not only did she supply me with a new male, but an even better male.
In the past years I have seen everyone and their brother jump into breeding savannahs to make a fast dollar. Then they realize there are many other doing the same thing so they start dropping their prices not caring where the animal goes just as long as they can get the money from their 1 male and 1 female. I have no problem with the single male female house IF they are taking the time to learn about the breed. Everyone has to start somewhere. However, I feel they should get a mentor and do it correctly and pay attention to what they are breeding. I have seen many kittens out there from parents who do not represent the breed well but, they had papers so that was all that mattered to them, it made them money. Those are the breeders I won't compete with as they are not apples to apples.
Now, I will explain why I do not normally give a price cut or shoot my prices down to compete with someone else or compete with anyone else. I am not trying to offend anyone as people need to do their own thing, I am simply explaining my views on pricing.
I started breeding Savannah's because I have a true love for the breed. They are like no other animal I have come across. I love the idea they are among the larger cats. I love the idea of having something so close to a wild big cat without actually forcing the big cat to live in captivity and hope nothing happens to me for the next 20 years of their life. I don't think anyone else could love them and admire them the way I do. Just to walk them walk across the floor confirms how much I adore them in their slightest movements.
Let me explain what your buying when you purchase an Amanukatz kitten. They are a FuzionKatz and a Bespotted (known for their beauty, size and clean bloodlines) Both catteries have been in business for years and years. Both catteries are honest and trustworthy. Those are good solid foundation lines to start with. We have since then added some other lines to our cattery but again we have made sure we were getting from not only honest breeders but healthy breeders.
None of Amanukatz savannahs share a pen. None of our savannahs use the same litter box. None of our savannahs use the same food or water dish. None of our savannahs use the same cat tree. We do not use the method of crates here. Our cats have their own full size cage that I walk into and play with them and clean morning and night.
Each cat has their own special diet that has been adjusted specifically to the cat and not 1 standard food for all. Some of my cats do get raw diet with added vitamins but it is because they do the best with that diet instead of processed cat food. The cat food that is served here is the best all natural food on the market. We never skimp on a bite of food here as a well fed kitty is a happy kitty.
My queens are treated like gold as they are my life. They consistently have large healthy litters which can be really unusual in the higher generations. Each mama has her own den for the times she gives birth, then the den goes into storage for her next litter. Each mama has her own private place so she doesn't have to be bothered by anyone or anything when she has her babies.
Our cattery has both heating and air conditioning and plenty of natural lighting. It is a seperate building especially built for the cats. We removed our outside runs temporarily until spring as we have irresponsible neighbors and an issue that needs to be addressed in the neighborhood. Hopefully the neighbors will learn having an animal and throwing it outside with no food and water is not proper animal care.
Amanukatz kittens are handled from the moment they are born with mama's approval. They learn very young they can get away with silly tricks from me more than mama so as soon as they learn to walk they run to me. I hold them, pet them, give them kisses all the time so they know what it is to be held tightly and carried around.
I begin my day early and go through my cats one by one feeding and making sure their boxes are clean and they are happy, 7 days a week with no sick days or time off. As soon as that is over, I play with my kittens. When the kitten time is done I begin the whole process over again. Henry likes his meals at 7, 1 and 6, then he likes his brush time to be 7 or 8 at the latest. If I mess up and do not do his times he has a meltdown and cries. My cats are on a strict schedule, they like it and I like it. I have not had or considered a vacation in 5 years. I could never leave them to the care of anyone else.
So, with that being said, I am sure you can always find a cheaper kitten and if price is what your looking at then by all means go buy the "cheaper" kitten. If your looking for a long term relationship with a breeder who plans to be here with or without making money for years to come then Amanukatz kittens are your best choice. No matter how long you have your kitten from us, it will always be my kitten. As I said in many other posts, I understand they live with their new families but I saw that baby when it was born. You might be their mommy and daddy but I will always be grandma!
I love my little kitten; she makes my house a home.
She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone.
She makes me smile; She makes me laugh; She fills my heart with love . . .
Did some person breed her, or did she fall from above?
I've never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes;
I hold my little kitten and just sit and criticize.
I've never known their anguish; I've never felt their pain,
the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.
I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born,
The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn.
The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands,
This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this . . . or maybe that was wrong?
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong.
You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home.
You know it's all just up to you; you'll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right,
two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight,
To save this little baby, but God willing . . . you just MIGHT.
Day one; he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer.
Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care.
Day four & five . . . he's still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens.
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone.
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan,
You ask yourself, "Why do this? . . . Why suffer through this pain?"
Yet watch the joy your kittens bring, and everything's explained.
So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed,"
Think of all that they endure to fill another's need.
For when you buy your kitten, with your precious dollars part,
You only pay with money . . . while they pay with ALL their heart
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