The costs of cat breeding

Those who have read previous articles on this website may be asking: ‘what are the actual costs of cat breeding?’ The answer to this depends in part to what you consider a cost to be. To elaborate, I do not think anyone should start breeding cats because they want to make money. If that is the only reason you would bring an animal into your house then that is an extremely unethical and frankly stupid thing to do.

So you are an animal lover and you have some cats. One could argue feeding the cats is a cost though you would have to feed your cats even if you neutered them so I consider this more of a necessity than a cost. What I consider costs of cat breeding are additional costs on top of regular costs of keeping a pet in the first place.

In terms of food a pregnant queen may need up to four times more food than she usually consumes. Cat food isn’t that expensive even if you buy a leading brand which I do. I use Royal Canin and if you buy the cat food in bulk it is considerably cheaper. I buy 10kg of dry food. In a later article I will get into what food is best to feed cats.

So your costs go up slightly because a female queen consumes more food. Another cost may be time taken off work. You may be woken up in the early hours by your queen giving birth and decide to take the day off work. Is this a necessity? It depends on how much you feel being present would benefit your cat. I personally am of the opinion the less intervention of the pregnancy the better.

When the kittens are born you will have to take care of them for at least 13 weeks. This means more food, more litter, vaccinations, worming and de-fleaing. These costs are not considerable and if you are selling pedigree kittens in excess of $1000 then your costs will be more than covered.

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