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
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.
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
* 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
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
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
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
(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
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.