Selling Your Kittens

Whether you are marketing your kittens or looking for a home for a retired show cat, the articles below will help you be more successful

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  • * Advertising a Kitten For Sale at the Show
    Learn simple techniques to attract more buyers for your kitten at the show by preparing an eye-catching sign, plus some simple sales techniques, and knowing what to say to prospective buyers. Includes a complete resource list of suppliers.
    April 2001

  • * At What Age Should Kittens Go To a New Home?
    Sometimes buyers want to take a kitten far too early. There are some simple things you can explain to them in order for them to understand why they need to wait until the kitten is the best age to go to its new home.
    October 2020

  • * Boomerang Babies
    My motto is 'A Mockingbird Kitten is a Mockingbird Kitten Forever'.
    September 2017

  • * Care & Maintenance Of Your Kitten Buyer
    The best cat breeders create a sense of family with their kitten buyers. From the first inquiry to after a buyer takes their kitten home, this article outlines the steps and procedures you should implement that will help you develop a life-long relationship with each of your kitten buyers . . .
    July 2021

  • Cattery Listing Services
    A look at some of the sites online that have cattery listings
    August 2005

  • * Co-Ownership of a Cat
    Of course there may be many reasons why two or more people decide to co-own a kitty, however there are 5 main reasons for co-ownership of a cat. It is a smart move to understand the pros and cons in any co-ownership situation.
    July 2018

  • * Cost of a Show Cat
    Are you looking for new blood to add to your breeding program? Or maybe you are in the market for a new kitten to campaign this season. Perhaps you are just wondering what is a reasonable price for a show cat? This article has some things you should consider before answering that question...
    October 2018

  • Cost Of A USDA Dealer's License
    With the new USDA / APHIS rule in effect as of November 18th, 2013, cat breeders in the US will need to be considering their options when selling pet kittens. If you decide to apply for a dealer's license, how much will it cost? This article answers that important question for you . . .
    November 2013

  • * Create Your Own Kitten Handbook
    Every cat breeder can easily create their own custom 'Kitten Handbook' a manual that answers most of the questions a new owner will have. Learn more . . .
    May 2022

  • * Early Neuter Spay
    Neutering or Spaying Kittens before the age of 4 months is safe and comes with great advantages for the responsible cat breeder.
    August 2018

  • * How To Place a Retired Adult Cat
    There are great homes out there for older, retired breeders (cats not humans). You just need to know where to find them.
    August 2018

  • * How To Say No
    For most breeders, it is not an easy thing to have to tell a kitten inquirer that you don't want to sell a kitten to them. It is uncomfortable. Awkward. It can become combative and contentious. However, it is something that has to be dealt with - hopefully with as much grace as possible. This article provides you with useful tips on how to say no ...
    July 2020

  • * How To Take Great "Kitten For Sale" Photos
    How you take and present the photos of your kitten for sale can make the difference between a potential buyer deciding they must have YOUR kitten... or going elsewhere.
    February 2017

  • * Kitten Back Contract
    Selling a kitten with a 'Kitten Back' requirement in its contract can be a win-win situation for both the Buyer and the Seller... but a detailed contract is an absolute necessity to avoid misunderstandings.
    May 2019

  • * Kitten Buyer Visits 101
    Do you know how to take charge of the visit when buyers come to look at your kittens? Here are tips to have a happy and safe visit.
    May 2017

  • * Kitten Deposit
    Should you require a deposit to reserve a kitten for a Buyer? If you ask for a deposit on a kitten, should you also require the buyer to sign a contract? Learn the answers to these questions and much more ...
    April 2016

  • Kitten For Christmas
    Giving a kitten as a Christmas present can be an appealing idea, but most breeders hesitate to let one of their kittens go to a new home during the busy holiday season. Learn the best way to let a kitten be a gift.
    December 2008

  • * Kitten Inquiry Form
    Kitten inquiries can be some of the most frustrating contacts made - especially when that initial contact comes via e-mail, rather than at a show or in person.
    December 2019

  • * Kitten Prices
    One of the most frequently asked questions of a cat breeder is how do you decide how much to ask for your pet kittens?
    August 2019

  • * Kitten Shopping List
    When a person reserves a kitten, one of the first things they should receive is a shopping list for their new baby.
    July 2018

  • * Kitten's Paperwork
    Having the kitten's paperwork well organized and beautifully presented is just one of the hallmarks of a good breeder.
    January 2020

  • * Non-Refundable Kitten Deposit
    In order to reserve a kitten for a buyer, many breeders accept a deposit. The kitten deposit may or may not be refundable. If your kitten deposit is non-refundable, there are certain precautions you may wish to take to protect those funds...
    September 2020

  • Perfect Kitten
    Everyone wants a perfect kitten... but it helps to be reasonable :-)
    July 2021

  • * Picking Up the Kitten
    Learn the best ways of making the process of picking up their new kitten easy for both the new owner and the breeder.
    July 2020

  • * Placing A Kitten In A Family With Young Children
    The bond between a child and a cat lasts a lifetime and enriches their lives as nothing else can. However, failing to teach a child how to handle a kitten properly can result in suffering on the part of the cat and, in some cases, injury to the child... so a child must ne taught how to be gentle with the new feline member of the family...
    July 2020

  • * Pros & Cons of Taking Kitten Deposits
    Learn the advantages (and disadvantages) of accepting deposits for your kittens . . .
    June 2020

  • * Rating Your Kittens
    Every breeder wants to do an excellent job of rating the quality of the kittens they produce... but how?
    September 2022

  • * Safe-Guarding Your Kittens Once They Leave Your Home
    Breeders all want their kittens to go to wonderful new homes. Do you know the four things you can do that will help protect your kittens welfare once it leaves your care?
    July 2019

  • Scam! Beware!
    Kitten sellers need to be aware of an email scam that has been around a long time, but still catches the occasional cat breeder with a knock to their wallet.
    June 2021

  • * Settling The Kitten Into Its New Home
    Next to actually being born, the most stressful day in a kitten's life is the day it leaves the home of its birth to start its life with a new family. That's why it is so important for the kitten's breeder to provide detailed instructions to the prospective buyer telling them the best way to settle their new kitten into their home and family.
    August 2020

  • * Show? Breeder? Pet?
    Have you ever wondered exactly what 'show quality' means? What's the difference between a 'show' kitten and a 'top show' kitten? How is a show kitten different from a breeder/show kitten?
    June 2019

  • Special Needs Kittens
    Not every kitten is perfect. A 'special needs' kitten may have a health problem, a behavior concern or even a disfigurement from an accident. Finding the right owner to love and care for such a kitten is a great responsibility
    August 2019

  • * USDA APHIS 2013 New Rule & The Smart Cat Breeder
    This article discusses the various options smart home-based cat breeders may want to consider in adjusting how they market their pet kittens in the face of the new USDA/APHIS regulation . . .
    November 2013

  • What Not To Give For Christmas
    Giving a kitten as a Christmas gift is an appealing idea... but it is also a bad idea
    December 2002



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