What is the youngest age my kitten can come to its new home?
Our kittens leave for their new homes at no less than 12 weeks of age. In order to leave at 12 weeks our kittens must be weaned, desex and healthy, if not, then they may need to stay longer with us until they are ready.
Will my kitten be desexed before he/she is ready to come home?
Yes. Our vet desexes our kittens once they have reached the minimum weight of 1 kilo. In the event that a kitten is unable to be desexed before they leave our home, we will prepay for the desexing procedure with our vet at the Swan Animal Hospital.
Will my kitten be vaccinated before he/she is ready to come home?
Yes. All Cocatrolis kittens are vaccinated twice. Our vet vaccinates with F3 which covers rhinotracheitis virus (herpes), feline calicivirus and panleucopenia virus (distemper). For more information on these vaccines, please click here.
What litter do you use and should I use the same or can I buy a different brand?
`We use OzPet Litter which requires a sieve tray. We have used clay, paper pellets and crystals in the past until we found OzPet. We have found that OzPet contains the smell better than the others and that after the initial outlay to purchase the tray, OzPet is quite cost effective. You can check out the OzPet website here.
If you want to use a different brand, it is always a good idea to transition a new litter in. To do this you just have place some OzPet pellets in with whichever litter that you choose to use and add less over over a period of a week or so.
What do you feed your cats and kittens?
We feed our pregnant Queens and kittens a combination of boiled chicken and pumpkin, raw kangaroo meat and ADVANCE™ Kitten Plus biscuits. For our older cats and studs, we feed ADVANCE™ Adult Cat biscuits.
When can I meet my new kitten?
We live in Merredin and run a closed cattery in order to minimise the risk of diseases being brought into our cattery. We bring our kittens to Perth for their vaccinations and desexing procedures. We are always happy to organise a time with new owners to meet their kittens when they come to Perth. When in Perth we stay in East Victoria Park with our eldest son.
If I pay a deposit to go on your waitlist, is it refundable?
No. We only want people on our waitlist who are serious about adopting one of our kittens, so if you are not certain about placing a deposit, then you may want to look for another breeder.
Why are your kittens so expensive and how do you justify charging so much?
If you check with other breeders for their kitten prices, you will find that our prices are about average. To breed a kitten we have the following costs that are offset by the prices we charge for our kittens:
- Council Fees : under the WA Cat Act 2011, every cat over 6 months must be registered with your local council by paying a hefty annual fee.
- Association Fees : As registered breeders with ANCATS, we pay an annual membership fee to maintain our registration as well as a prefix fee every five years to maintain the "Cocatrolis" prefix. We also are required to register and pay a fee for every kitten that we breed.
- Premium food and litter : cats and kittens need to eat and poop. We believe to keep our cats in show quality and to produce the best quality kittens, they need to be fed premium food that obviously comes at a premium price. Our Queens and kittens are fed and our studs are fed ADVANCE™ biscuit. For more information about the ADVANCE™ range you can check our their website here.
- Vet Fees : All kittens we produce are vaccinated, desexed and microchipped as per the WA Cat Act 2011. In addition we have unplanned costs when cats and kittens get sick or when there are complications with pregnancies or young kittens.
- Showing Fees : we regularly show our cats and kittens. Given we reside three hours from Perth, this means that we generally spend approximately 12 weekends in Perth a year just to attend shows. Not only do we pay the entry fees for each cat we enter but also the travel costs to get to Perth to attend shows. Showing is an important factor in breeding any pedigree animal. Showing regularly ensures that breeders are having their animals regularly judged against the breed standards and where there are flaws in their breeding stock are able to selectively breed out these unwanted traits, thus continuously improving their lines and the kittens they produce.
- IT : it costs money to maintain a website as well as to purchase and maintain breeders software to keep track of our breeding program.
- Breeding Stock : In order to produce good quality kittens, it costs a lot of money to obtain good lines from both within Australia and overseas. Not only is there a significant outlay to purchase our breeding cats, there is also the costs of DNA testing all of our cats to ensure that we are maintaining healthy lines.