But I have a very good reason why I am willing to do all this hard work!
I am a single mother, and my youngest son has ADHD and Aspergers' Syndrome, which is on the Autism spectrum. I finally found a wonderful, albeit private, school where he got all the help he needs to succeed. The only problem is that this school costs me more than my annual income of what I earn from my regular job. So if it's any consolation, every penny that I earn from the kittens I sell goes directly to pay my son's tuition.
About Me and my Britties
Most people wonder why British Shorthairs are so expensive. Purebred cats are expensive, and prices are like real estate -- whatever the market will bear. Breeders have a lot of money invested in the process and if we're doing it right (proper food, vet care, and breeding for personality as well as looks) we won't be making much money.
Plus, they're so dang cute and worth it!
To quote Arrogant Bastard Ale, "It's not too expensive. You're too cheap!" (And please don't email me about this if you don't have a sense of humor!)
Why British Shorthairs, you may ask?
I have bred dogs for many years now, and finally settled on French Bulldogs. Many people will tell you that British Shorthairs are the Bulldogs of cats. They have an unmatched, quirky personality and a lovable loyalty. They don't try to escape when you open the front door, they are friendly without being demanding, and they hardly shed.
I got my two beautiful British Shorthair cats in Belgium - so I decided to give them names to commemorate their heritage. I am also a pilot, ergo the play on words for the name of the cattery - Kitty Hawk. So my female cat is Miss Stella Artois, a very popular and well known Belgian beer. And my male cat is Orval Wright. Orval is a lesser known Belgian beer, and is the only beer that is referred to as masculine in French. All other beers are feminine. And since Orville Wright was one of the first pilots at Kitty Hawk, it seemed entirely appropriate to give him this hybrid name.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here's the deal kids:
- What kittens do you have?
Believe it or not, I actually keep my website updated! PLEASE check the kittens page and see what is available instead of asking me this question. (I will be the first to admit that this question drives me batty. I WILL refer you back to this site if you ask.) Then when you email or call me, you can tell me which one you're interested in and you will already have seen a picture, know the gender, and know the price. I appreciate when someone takes the time to read what I've put so much effort into putting on my site. You'll save us both a lot of time! :-)
- Will you take [insert ridiculously stupid low number here]?
No. If I wanted [ridiculously low number] I would post them for sale for [ridiculously low number]. If you want a cheap cat, please go to your local shelter or humane society. They would love to place a cat in your home!
- But 'so and so' other breeder sells their cats for less!
I cannot account for how much other breeders do or don't ask for their kittens. I may not be the cheapest, but I am not the most expensive and I stand behind my health guarantee. :-)
Okay, bear with me while I rant for a moment. I've been doing this for a LONG time. Maybe that dates me and I'm starting to show my age? But if you send me a text, email or online chat with something like, "send me more pics", or "yo, what's your address", or "can I ask you a question" (which always results in 20 back and forth Q&As) you WILL receive the response to CALL me. No one gets a kitten from me without having a conversation first. How do I know you aren't gathering pictures to turn around and scam someone (yes, this has happened before), or that you're going to randomly show up at my house (yes, this has happened before too)? And those questions you want to ask? I want it to be in the forum of a voice conversation, not text, type, or twitter. So while I have a website and a Facebook page, I am still old-fashioned enough to demand a conversation. Now pass me my cane and my coffee and let's chat...