my cat just had kittens last night and i read online that you should always ask a price for the kittens to find them better homes... well i don think i can keep all 7 kittens and my mother cat ( but i think im going to keep her, but spay her )... but anyway i wanted to know your opinion on how much you would pay for vey cute black and white kittens???... ( but they will be litter box trained )
I think you are going to get a few different answers here. I personally think that you should give them away. Charging money doesn't mean only good owners will get them. People spend thousands on purebred dogs only to dump them in shelters. Asking for money isn't a good substitute for interviewing and screening potential owners. My first impression of someone asking money for an accidental litter, would be they are being greedy. Some might recommend you use any and all money to spay your female. I, however, think that is soley your responsibility. I would never pay for a kitten b/c there are so many that need good homes. I think paying someone might encourage them to do it again. There is no such thing as a free kitten and any good owner will have plenty of expenses without paying a "rehoming fee."
I am not sure about how much to charge although I agree that it should screen out a portion of the idiots who would just want to hurt the kittens. Maybe just advertise a "small adoption fee" and see how many people seem more concerned with asking how much you want than they are with asking about the kitten's health and personality. Usually a shelter charges an adoption fee because it includes some vet care like the first set of kitten vaccinations or the spay/neuter. I do agree that being careful and screening the people adopting is a good idea. Please also keep the kittens with their Mom until they are at least 8 weeks old. I keep seeing too many posts from people with 5 or 6 week old kittens that they have gotten someplace and that is just too young to leave Mom.
What I would do is buy a $20.00 gift certificate to your local pet store for each Kitten. Let people know that you are selling them for $20.00 each but don't let them know about the gift certificate. This will weed out a few people. Screen the new home owners and if you find a right home for them and they give you $20.00, they can have their new Kitten and a $20.00 gift certificate for supplies for their new member of the family!
"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to his level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his."
I agree with Rottluvr, I wouldn't charge but I would screen potential owners to make sure that they are going to a loving, caring home and they aware of the responsibility. Just because someone can afford to buy a pet doesn't make them automatically a good owner. I personally have never purchased a cat and I have had various, I usually get them from the local cat shelter except one I found half dead in the street and the last one, Tom, someone found and handed into my vet and we took him in. Getting the cat spayed will avoid future problems with finding homes, where I live there are far too many cats taken in by the cat shelter, and no-one wants them, its very depressing.
I like jaboeh02's suggestion. I would never advertise kittens for free, there are way to many people who use the kittens for their snakes. I do think that when the kittens are placed, you should have the mother spayed as well.