How much does an Elf Kitten Cost?

Pet kittens are $2000.00

Kittens for Show/Breeding e-mail us for pricing

Keebler Elf Kittens are ready for adoption
between 14 to 16 weeks of age

Please refer to this article www.breedlist.com/faq/young.html on “Why kittens should not leave early”.


When a Keebler Elf kitten is ready for adoption, it will have had all age appropriate vaccinations and wormings, and will be registered either TICA or CFA.
ALL PET kittens must be spayed/neutered within one month of going to their new home, if they have not already been altered prior to leaving us.

We SCAN for HCM and provide a Health Guarantee for our kittens, which includes a 1 year guarantee against congenital defects, and a 2 year guarantee against HCM

They also come with a kitten kit, which includes:
      * Kitten registration papers
      * Vaccinations & worming records and suggestions for future vaccines
      * A bag of food the kitten is currently on
      * Cat litter the kitten is currently using
      * Kitten toys
      * Two kitten blankets
           (one that has the scent of the mom & siblings, so the kitten will feel more relaxed)

When you get your kitten home I am always available for any questions you might have. If I don’t know the answer I know people who do.

We prefer that you pick your kitten up at our home, so we can get to meet you in person, and you can get to know your baby.
We prefer NOT to ship! However, if you want to fly in to pick up your baby, we will meet you at BWI airport. That way the kitten can go on the airplane with you under your seat. Also I will fly with your kitten for an added fee. That will be discussed when the location of the airport you choose is known. This way the kitten can fly in cabin with me, so it is not so stressed. We believe our kittens are treasures to be loved, and to be a special member of your family.
 

 

Why are Elf Kittens so Expensive?

While Back Yard Breeders (BYB'S) and pet shops may make money selling kittens, most legitimate breeders do not even cover their own costs.  It’s a very expensive hobby.  Most of us WISH we could just break even, but can’t.  It may look like a gold mine to you, but let’s go through the expenses involved and you’ll see that turning a profit would be a rare event for a breeder. We do this for the love of the cats, not the money (and most of us hide the real expenses from our family and friends!).

As an example, buying a top show quality female, with breeding rights may cost $3000 to $4500.  My cats have excellent bloodlines, temperament, type and HEALTH.  To produce beautiful and healthy babies, it starts with their parents.

Maintenance, Supplies, Heart Scans, Blood Tests and Veterinary Care generally cost Elf breeders about $10,000 per cat the 1st year.  By the time a cat is first bred, at about a year of age, the breeder will have invested several thousand dollars.

Top Quality Food? Vitamins and kitty litter per month = $600 Just for the adults.

Quality Food, and Milk replacement for each litter for a month = $400

Kitten vaccines cost breeders about $50 per kitten – and that’s if there are NO problems to be treated. The slightest illness can cost $200 to $1000+.

Kittens stay with me for 3 months or so, and have to  be fed 3 times a day with a raw diet along with top quality kibble, cuddled, and cleaned up after for all that time. I am also available 24/7 to anyone who has question or concerns about their cat/kitten.

Separate, special areas of my house are customized for the cats to use as a playroom, stud room and nursery. Cattery setup cost $10,000+ to build. If all goes well, fat healthy kittens are born, but there are always disasters, such as C-Sections that run $1500 and up. Sometimes, after all the investment into “doing it right”, by having the right breeding cats and facilities. Both pet shops and BYB’s reap the profits, by cutting corners (not having quality cats as parents, not showing, not keeping kittens until the proper age or providing proper prenatal and kitten veterinary care) and then they charge the same price as the reputable breeders. Those caring, professional breeders make huge sacrifices in their personal lives, and shed lots of tears, in trying to create successful breeding programs.  BYB’s are “one hit wonders” they take your money and are gone. Most legitimate breeders are going to be pretty darn annoyed if you neglect to send photos and check in once in a while.

True breeders deserve more credit than the general public gives them. The public, unfortunately, is only inspired by the negative side, the Back Yard Breeder or Kitten Mills and the horror stories on Date Line. Those situations are very accurate, but the good and responsible, ethical breeders get caught up in all the myth and unpleasantness and therefore get looked down on. There is no real reward system set up for lifetime breeders, no gold watch and certainly no pension. The greatest reward we ever have is seeing a wonderful kitten, that is a credit to the breed and a wonderful pet, live long and happy life with someone that also respects the breed and animal lives in general. They also appreciate the decades of endless time that goes into consistently producing animals that breed true to type.

The costs associated with proper nutrition, vet care, health testing, out-crossing and showing all are reflected in the price. Don’t be fooled into a “bargain” because really you end up with what you pay for so Buyer Beware. There are numerous ethical and wonderful Elf Breeders, which are part of the Official Elf Cat Foundry Breeders Group, available, look at my links to find them. Sadly there has also popped up some that care more about their own pocket-book than the welfare of the cat/kitten and their potential owners… They are not part of the above named group. Be very careful and wary if you see bargain prices; these kittens usually cost hundreds more in vet bills; or offering kittens too young without contracts or health guarantees. All ethical breeders provide contracts which protects the pet buyer and the cat's welfare both, and are happy to discuss with you the progress of the cat for years to come.
 


 

Purchasing a Keebler Elf Kitten for Breeding

Keebler Elf Katz only sells kittens with breeding rights to reputable breeders or persons wanting to become a reputable breeder who are willing to let us mentor them.

We do not sell kittens with breeding rights to persons who…..

      * Just want to breed once for fun

      * Because they think they can make their investment back on the kitten they
         purchased

      * So their children can experience the birth

      * For their own financial gaining

      * And all other unethical reasons…. So please do not even ask!

WE ALSO DO NOT SELL BREEDING RIGHTS TO PERSONS WHO
HAVE NEVER OWNED A SPHYNX OR ELF

We feel you should own an animal (of any breed) as a pet first, learn about the breed and possibly show before you decide you want to breed that animal.  There are too many cats/kittens in shelters that need homes, and we will not participate in making the problem worse. We breed to better the Elf Breed, and to strengthen the bloodlines of these amazing cats

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ELF CATS


I have allergies… Will I be able to live with an Elf?

A majority of people with allergies are able to live with an Elf. Approximately 50% of our kittens are placed in homes where allergies are an issue, and we have not had any returned as of yet. This has been a very positive indicator for us!  But it really depends on the individual, the severity of their allergies, and whether their environment is kept clean. It is HIGHLY advisable to visit a breeder or Elf/Sphynx owner for a ‘test’ cuddle, in order to give you some answers, but keep in mind some reactions take a period of time to occur.
 

What type of temperament do Elfs have?

Elfs are very intelligent breed of cat. If they have bee properly socialized as kittens they are extremely friendly and people-oriented, to the point of following you around the house and waiting to be involved in everything that goes on.  They normally get along very well with other cats and dogs, as long as the other animal is willing to accept them and proper introductions are made. Children who have been taught to respect and appreciate animals are also quite compatible with Elfs. Many Elfs are easily leash trained, and most of them love to ride in the car and to be included in your vacation travel. They have an out-going personality and love attention, often times demanding it.


Do Elfs need special circumstances to keep them from getting cold?

A general rule of thumb is to consider your comfort level. If you are comfortable enough in your home to walk around naked then they are usually comfortable too. If you are bundled up in a sweater or under the blankets to keep warm, an Elf would probably appreciate the same treatment. If they do get chill, and Elfs will seek out a place to get warm such as on top of the TV or a computer monitor, under the covers on a bed, in a sunbeam, or in a covered pet bed. Many people keep (pet) heating blankets or pads, wrapped with a blanket, turned on low so their Elf can find a warm spot if needed. You can also find heated pet beds which most Elfs love.
 

Why do Elfs need a bath?

Elfs must be bathed regularly, because they do not have hair to absorb the natural oils on their skin. Most breeders acclimate their kittens to bathing at an early age, so once you get the hang of it, bathing them is a simple process.  Some of them actually enjoy the warmth of the water, and will join you in the tub….uninvited.
 

How do you bathe an Elf?

There are many different ways to bathe an Elf, from sponging them off in the kitchen sink, to wiping them with a warm washcloth, to soaping them up in the bathtub. Over the years, we have found the best way is this – run enough warm water in the bathtub that would just touch the cat/kitten to their mid section of their body while standing (usually 4 to 6 inches).  By using this amount of water, the Elf isn’t able to move around as easily as they would in shallow water, you can also throw in some little plastic cat toys that float and they will help keep the Elf distracted. Always run the water before you bring your Elf into the bathroom as to avoid scaring it. You can also put a small hand towel in the bathtub to give the Elf a less slippery surface to stand on, but I don’t always find it necessary. Place the Elf in the tub and wet its back with your hands.  Keep one hand on the Elf at all times to help steady it and to provide reassurance. Place a towel over the toilet seat and remove your wet Elf and place on the toilet. Place a small amount of shampoo on a loofah wash cloth or bathing gloves and begin to lather the cat all over, paying special attention to the armpits and between the toes….  I don’t lather past the base of the ears to keep soap from getting in its eyes, ears or mouth.  Wipe the Elf’s face with a warm washcloth making sure to clean the wrinkles on its head and around its mouth. Once you feel you have thoroughly cleaned the cat’s body all over, place back in the tub and rinse. Make sure you get all the soap off from under the cat’s neck and armpits, or the residue that’s left will cause the Elf to itch. Next pick up and wrap in a warm towel (they LOVE a warm one just out of the dryer!) While still wrapped in the towel you can clean their ears, clip their nails, and clean the claw sheaths. Once you are done give your Elf a treat and lots of love.
 

How often should I bathe an Elf?

This really depends on the individual cat. Some Elfs produce more oil than others and would need to be bathed more frequently, while others produce little to no oil and can go several weeks to months without a bath. As a rule I would suggest a monthly bath as a starting point, and you can alter the schedule to fit the needs of your particular Elf.
 

I thought cats hated water…won’t my Elf be frightened of a bath?

Reputable breeders bathe their Elf/Sphynx kittens from an early age, so they are accustomed to a bath once you bring them home.  Many Elf/Sphynx seem to like the water and will even sit on the side of the tub when their humans are bathing, or play in the water left in the shower when you are done. If your Elf happens to be timid at bath time, you should be reassuring, while also making it clear to the kitty that he will have a bath…. then give lots of love and a treat when you’re done as a reward for putting up with this necessary part of Elf grooming.
 

How do you trim the nails of a Elf?

You can buy nail trimmers made especially for cats at most pet stores. Make sure they are sharp, as a dull trimmer will splinter the nail instead of making a clean cut. To begin, hold the cat’s paw in your hand and press the top of the toe until the claw is extended.  If the claws are light colored you can see a ‘pink’ area inside, you can clip up to this ‘pink’ area, but not into it which will cause pain to the cat and bleeding.  If the claws are dark enough that you can’t see this ‘pink’ area, it’s best to only clip off the sharp tip at first, and with experience you will learn how far up you can cut with out hurting your Elf.
 

What is the black ‘gunk’ an Elf gets at the base of its claw, and how do you clean it?

The black ‘gunk’ is created by a combination of the natural oils produced in the skin, dirt caught between the toes when walking around, litter, dust etc. You can remove it by extending the cat’s claw and wiping the dirt away with a Baby Wipe purchased at Target or Wal-Mart...this specific brand has lanolin in it. For some reason lanolin removes the ‘gunk’ much easier than anything else I have tried.
 

How do you clean inside the ears of an Elf?

Put several drops of ear cleaner ( I like Wax-O Sol, you can find at www.entirelypets.com)  into the cat’s ear and massage the base to work it down thoroughly. You can place a piece of cotton in the ears so the cleaner doesn’t get all over everything when the cat shakes its head. Take the cotton and wipe out as much wax as you can get with it. Use cotton swabs to get what you can’t reach with the cotton ball, be very careful inserting the cotton swab in the ear, and keeping it at a vertical angle. Only wipe what you can see, and do not try to make sweeps or jabs into crevices to avoid damaging the ear. I always show my pet buyers how to do this, but if you are unsure please have a vet show you how to clean their ears.
 

What should you feed an Elf?

Elfs, like all cats, should be fed a high quality diet, nutritionally complete diet made for felines. At Keebler Elf Katz, we feed raw appropriate food for obligate carnivores. This means that your cat was built by Mother Nature to get its nutritional needs met by the consumption of a large amount of animal-based proteins (meat/organs) and derives much less nutritional support from plant-based proteins (grains/vegetables). It means that cats lack specific metabolic (enzymatic) pathways and cannot utilize plant proteins as efficiently as animal proteins. To see more on the Raw Diet see my links. If you choose not to feed raw I recommend Kirkland Adult Maintenance found at Costco. We have tried other high cost foods but found them to be too rich, causing unpleasant gas, and runny stools. Our cats are also less oily when fed a raw diet, so they don’t require baths as frequently.
 

What colors do Elfs come in?

Elfs come in all colors and patterns found in the cat world including Pointed, Mink Sepia, Tabby and Bi-Color.  A cat’s color isn’t just in its fur, but goes completely down to the pigmentation of its skin as a Sphynx/Elf easily demonstrates.


What is the lifespan of an Elf?

Elf/Sphynx have a normal lifespan and don’t suffer from any special health problems. Although, as in any breed, there are unfortunate early deaths, many Sphynx have enjoyed a full life into their late teens or twenties.
 

What is the average size of an Elf/Sphynx cats?

Generally adult females weigh 6-8 pounds, while males are 8-10 pounds, however this can vary to some extent either way.
 

What causes Elfs to grow fuzz?

Much depends on the genetic background of the particular cat. No cat is truly hairless, but hormone changes may sometimes cause your Elf to grow a small amount of fuzz as it matures (for whole cats). Early spay/neuter will lessen the chances of this happening. It may come and go with the changing season or remain intact.  Mother Nature will often have the last word.