Dec 27 2011, 10:42 PM
I was wondering if anyone knew of a place in Melbourne where I would be able to purchase a Birman kitten for approximatly $300.
I know the budget isnt large, and most breeders Ive found are double that proce unfortunately.
We have moved in to our own home after living with my inlaws while our home was built and thats also meant that my 19month old daughter has gone from a home of 3 dogs and 2 cats to a home of emptiness. When we visit the inlaws now, she runs straight to the animals <3
I was hoping to find a Birman at the price my husband has given me so that our new home can be complete. All three of us would appreciate it if someone out their could find it in their heart to help us find our companion.
Thank you for your assistance
Dec 27 2011, 11:23 PM
What about a retiree from a breeding cattery? I don't think you will get a kitten for the price you state but a retiree would come at around that price or a little less and you might find onr used to hildren....most breeding cats are kept in thr house some of the time if not all the time.
Dec 28 2011, 10:50 AM
There is a nice little cat in Melbourne that might suit you - she is only priced at $85 and is just 2 years old - info on FB here - Just trying to work out where she is impounded....https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101...e=1&theater
Dec 28 2011, 02:01 PM
This little cat is in the town SALE - which is down the Princes Highway towards Bairnsdale......comes after Traralgon. She is at the RSPCA
There are also some very pretty kittens available in Melbourne - not Birmans but 3 months old - email here for details - BearMinded@gmail.com
Dec 28 2011, 02:08 PM
Hello Bam, if you consider that EVERY kitten needs vet services worth in excess of $400 in its first months ($200 for desexing, $150 for two vaccinations, $50 for a microchip, etc. plus worming, flea prevention etc., which is all included in the price for a purebred pedigree kitten from a good breeder), then you will realise that a purebred kitten sold for $600 in reality costs you only $200 or less.
So, tell your husband that the cost is $400 for the vet for services which are simply not negotiable for ethical and responsible cat owners, and only $200 for the kitten itself. Will he be happy with that?
I am currently raising 10 little Birman kittens aged between 8 and 10 weeks now (from 3 litters), and I will be flying to Melbourne on 20th January with some older kittens of my other breed. The flight ticket for an additional Birman kitten would be only $55. I cannot promise whether any of these little Birman guys will be ready and still available then, but that would be a possibility for you to get a perfectly healthy purebred pedigree kitten for $200 only. (Plus the airline and vet payments.)
If not, then you should consider, as Heather suggested, an adult retiree instead; most of them are absolutely beautiful and just "perfect" cats. - I have two of them, too, seeking homes (only about $200 each with all vet services included) - and there are quite a few more retirees 'on the market' at this time. In these cases, the breeders even ask for LESS than the actual vet and other costs, just to find a really good forever home for their loved cats.
As another alternative, you may volunteer to raise a 'not quite perfect' Birman kitten. Every breeder has occasionally a problem case, a kitten which is born with some fault or had an accident, is not growing properly and not developing normally, or has some special needs. Two of my current 10 Birman babies are such problem cases. These kittens need homes, too, and such kittens are often given away against a partial vet cost refund only, which would easily fit your budget. It is certainly a risk to take on such a kitten, but it is also an opportunity.
Dec 29 2011, 01:55 AM
I think regular visits/calls to shelters (RSPCA and any other) is a great place to look. I managed to find a nice wolf hound pup at one think it cost me around $300 at the time to rescue. had some minor behavioral issues which i ironed out no problem. this is $300 instead of $1500 from a breeder (i have no problem with breeders, infact its my usual preference, plus i got to rescue the little devil :)
That said.. i would be careful getting a "bargain" from a breeder.. you don't want to pay money for someone elses problems.. .. .. so just something to be mindful of.
And good luck.. i hope to see a photo of your new family member on here when you find "the special one"