Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, my cattery name of Prekrasne has been registered since 2006 in both CFA & TICA when I got my first breeding cats.  I became a full voting member of TICA in 2008. My second cattery name, Supurrnatural (TICA)/Supernatural (CFA) were registered in 2019.  If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of the show. 

Siberian Cats from Prekrasne/Supurrnatural are:

Pet Kittens Age up to 1 year – $1950

Kittens for Breeding – by private treaty only 

Retired Adults 1-4 years – $950*

Retired Adults 4-6 years old – $600*

*Some retired adults are placed with a requirement to continue cardiac testing.

No, our kittens are the same price regardless of color or gender.

I am happy to work with you if you are interested in showing your Siberian.  Not all cats enjoy the show ring, but I am happy to provide guidance on grooming, show etiquette, scoring, etc.

As for selling cats for breeding, I do that on a much more limited basis. I will consider placing with an established breeder providing they agree to restrictions in the contract. 

Let me start by saying that pet scams have really taken off during COVID.  They’ve been a problem for a while, but as people went into quarantine mode and spent more and more time at home, the demand for pets increased.  Unfortunately so has the number of scams.  So, I totally understand the need to be cautious.

Thankfully after breeding as long as I have and building a reputation over the years, my breeding program has name recognition.  That helps.  You can also find my cats listed on TICA show reports and my name appears in numerous breed related searches.  

In addition, I’ve met many of my future Prekrasne family members at cat shows.  So they’ve met me personally.

Aside from that, any breeder, myself included, who has been breeding for long should be able to provide references if needed. 

Long story short, no.  While I have had good luck in placements in allergy homes, I tend to be very conservative.  I don’t place in homes with severe allergies or allergy induced asthma. If you’re looking for more mild reactions, then I am happy to work with you. But if you’re looking for a magic bullet and hoping for no symptoms then I’d recommend finding a breeder that focuses more on low allergens. That simply is not my focus.

I wish that sort of thing was possible. Unfortunately when you work with living creatures, things can and do happen. However, I do what I can and what is within my control, to ensure my cats are as healthy as possible.  It simply means  I stand behind my health guarantee.

When you think about breeding, it’s important to understand that our knowledge of genetic diseases in cats is more limited than in other species like dogs.  Cats have only had their genome mapped for about 15 years and until the last 5 or 6 years, that was 1 cat! Not thousands.  So, we have a total of 50 identified disease mutations that we can test for.  The rest is a matter of seeing if and when a problem occurs and seeing if this is an issue that has a high genetic probability. This should not be confused with things that MAY have some loosely defined predisposition.

Basic Health Guarantee

What my health guarantee does say is what I will do if something does happen within a timeframe given in my agreement.

I have a replacement guarantee for death due to everything except death related to accident, injury, abuse, or neglect until the cat is 1 years of age. I just require full veterinary notes as to cause of death. This is not limited to only genetic conditions.  

Limited Genetic Guarantee

Once your cat is 1 year of age, our genetic guarantee picks up with an additional 2 years. This means if your cat dies due to a condition that is considered to have a high degree of genetic probability (meaning it is not significantly related to other things such as environmental factors e.g. weight, diet, stress) after age 1 and before age 3, you will be provided a replacement cat of like kind and quality.  This does not guarantee same gender, color, etc.  

Replacement may take up to 18 months depending on planned litters. 

FIP refers to a disease called Feline Infectious Peritonitis. It is the result of a mutated form of Feline Coronavirus which is pervasive in all cats.  

FIP has no vaccine, no real prevention, and can be very hard to definitively diagnose.  The old expression is, if you work with cats long enough FIP will touch your life. In shelters and catteries, FIP losses average upwards of 3-5 percent with some catteries seeing spikes of up to 10%.  Breeders with any sort of longevity who claim to have 0 FIP are either not being honest or not counting cases without a necropsy.  For me personally, if I count all cases that seem to have a good chance of being FIP over 14 years of breeding, I’m at a bit under 2%. I would much rather that number was 0, but until there is a vaccine, it’s not terribly realistic. 

There does seem to be at least some type of predisposition in some lines.  However, it is not a genetic disease and there is nothing known definitively showing how this familial connection works. 

So, in the absence of proven ways to prevent the disease, we just stick with keeping our cats genetically diverse, raised in a healthy environment with a good diet, keep stress down and just hope we’re doing things right.

The good News

There is now a treatment available, but it’s “black market”, takes a long time, and it’s expensive.  12 weeks of treatment can run anywhere between $1400 – $4000 depending on the type of FIP (wet, dry, or neurological) and the weight of the cat.  My recommendation to any cat owner, regardless of breed, is to keep about $3000-$5000 in the bank just in case.  Hopefully it will never be necessary to use it, but it’s better than needing a GoFundMe. In the case of one of our kittens developing FIP during their first year, we will refund the cost of the kitten to help offset the cost of treatment. 

My kittens go home at roughly 14-16 weeks old.  That may vary slightly depending on the individual kitten’s development. I make those decision with the welfare of the kitten in mind.

I do suggest obtaining pet insurance especially if you do not have $3000+ available for emergency expenses.  

Emergency care is at least 3x the cost of regular vet visits and in my experience, cats will generally have issues (e.g. foreign object obstructions, blockages, etc.) on a weekend or holiday.  

There are a number of good companies and I am happy to make recommendations.  The company choices may vary based on state of residence.

My breeding cats have all had comprehensive DNA testing and are N/N (no copies of the genes) for 43 different feline diseases. 

Note: Not all diseases are genetic and of those that are, not all have tests.

My breeding cats are all routinely cardiac screened by a board certified cardiologist approximately every 12-18 months. While this does not guarantee that HCM will not appear at some point, I am doing my due diligence to ensure the cats in my breeding program have healthy hearts without signs of disease. 

All new cats are FeLV/FIV tested before they are allowed contact with my existing cats. 

Fecal tests and blood work is done as needed. 

My cats primary vet is Dr. Brianna Rooney from San Tan Animal Hospital.  I also still use University Animal Hospital in Tempe.

My cardiologists are mostly through 3 different practices due to availability.  Dr. Chris Paige at Valley Veterinary Cardiology in Arizona; Dr. Joao Orvalho from UC Davis – San Diego; Dr. Sarah Miller from Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists in Irvine, CA. 

All of my pet kittens go home already spayed or neutered.  This is a non-negotiable. 

Like many breeders, I put a great deal of work and care into my breeding program and I protect my cats and my work by altering them before they go home. 

Whenever I see someone share that their kitten got pregnant or got outside while in heat or got in a fight, I am relieved my cats won’t go through this. 

Cats that are early altered are also at reduced risks for a variety of reproductive cancers and have lower allergen levels.

I do not recommend allowing your cat to roam outdoors.  A fenced in yard is not an obstacle to keeping your feline in and it most definitely will not keep other cats or animals out.

The only exception allowed by our pet agreement is taking your cat out on a harness & leash or a fully enclosed & secure catio.  

One note: if you take your cat outside on a leash, it is imperative to train your cat to only go out with you or while on the leash. If your cat becomes used to going outside, they will soon become door darters and wander off your property.

I never ship my kittens in cargo.  Most of my kittens stay in the California/Arizona/New Mexico area, but for those farther away we recommend flying to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport or we can help arrange other in person transport.  The cost of this within the continental US averages around $450 – $600. Prices subject to change since this is set by the person doing the delivery.