Pixie Bob Cats FAQs
How do I get a Pixie Bob cat? What is your process?
Whether you are interested in a listed kitten or would like to be added to our waiting list, you must first fill out our Kitten Application. Once approved, you will be placed on the waiting list.
If you want a guaranteed spot on our waiting list to pick from the next litter, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $300 waiting list deposit. You are not obligated to do so; however, we give preference to those that are on our paid waiting list. Only a waiting list deposit would reserve your spot in line.
If you had your eye on a specific Pixie Bob cat, you would be able to meet that kitten either in person or during a Zoom call. If the kitten is what you are looking for, we will execute a contract and send you a PayPal invoice for 50% of the purchase price as a deposit. At that time, the kitten is yours.
If you are within driving distance, you can pick up your kitten directly from our home when it is ready to leave. If you are out of state, you can opt for picking it up in person from our home, or we can arrange for shipping with Alaska Airlines.
How much does a Pixie Bob cat cost?
Pricing for a Pixie Bob is entirely dependent on how closely they fit the written breed standard.
For example, 50% of all kittens are born with a long tail. As an ethical breeder, Forest Hunter never docks the longer tails. Instead, these kittens are available at lower prices than those kittens that were born with a naturally short tail.
However; the tail is not the only factor determining price. Below is a list of Pixie Bob cat prices with certain features and respective ranges for informational purposes only. Please note that polydactyl Pixie Bob kittens are always higher priced than straight footed ones.
Male/female, short hair/shaggy coated, polydactyl/straight feet, naturally short tail – $2,800 – $3,500
Male/female, short hair/shaggy coated, polydactyl/straight feet, longer tail – $1,800 – $2,500
We very rarely have a lower-priced kitten available. Potential buyers sometimes tell us that they do not want something for breeding or show. We price all of our Pixie Bob kittens as pets. Show and breeding cats – if ever sold – start at $5,000 and go up from there.
Why are they so expensive?
Our prices include a lot of care for the kittens before they leave. It costs $1,000 to ready them for their new home. Yes, you read this correctly – One Thousand US Dollars!
This includes all vaccines (even rabies), spay/neuter surgery, vet care, food, litter, and other items. It does not include vet care, food, litter, etc, for the parents. Nor does it include the occasional emergency care for one of our girls if they run into trouble delivering (current cost around $7,000 – $9,000). It also does not include show fees, travel costs to shows, etc.
A lot goes into running a cattery. This is not a simple or cheap endeavor. Every year, we spend around $35K on our cats and kittens. We pay $600 each month just for litter and $1,700/month for food. Yes, it’s THAT much!!
In the 20+ years of our existence, we have not once made a profit. We have a full-time job to afford this hobby and pay for our cats.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept the following forms of payment:
- Personal check
- Money order
- Certified check
- Direct bank transfer
- Apple Pay (personal account)
Pixie Bobs have bobcat ancestry, right?
The short answer to this question is a resounding NO!
A Pixie Bob cat does not have any bobcat ancestry of any kind whatsoever. The Pixie Bob cat is an amazing achievement of years of demanding work creating a cat that looks just like the real thing without using a single bobcat. The breed began with found barn cats, also often referred to as “Legend Cats”. Legend has it that these cats were the progeny of matings between domestic and bobcats. This was never proven to be true.
Why do I have to wait until my kitten is 14-16 weeks old? Why can’t I get it sooner?
If we had a dollar for every time a pet buyer wanted their kitten as young as possible, so it could bond with them, we would be quite wealthy.
Please understand that there is a method to our madness. We signed the TICA Code of Ethics that does not allow the sale of kittens that have not at least received two inoculations.
The first inoculation happens at 8 weeks and the second at 12 weeks. Getting a Pixie Bob cat at eight weeks of age is downright dangerous. These kittens would not at all be protected against diseases such as distemper. Full immunity does not occur until kittens are 14-16 weeks of age.
Think about that when a Pixie Bob breeder offers you a kitten younger than 14-16 weeks. What kind of breeder do you think they are?
What is included in the price?
Each Pixie Bob cat comes with the following included in the price:
- Two (2) FVRCP (distemper) vaccines. Please note that your veterinarian might want to administer a third dose. We do not recommend this, but the decision is ultimately yours.
- Rabies vaccine.
- Spay/neuter surgery (done before they leave – NO exceptions).
- Pre-paid microchip.
- 30-day prepaid veterinarian insurance provided by TruPanion.
- TICA and/or ACFA registration papers.
- Lifetime guarantee against genetic defects.
I have read that some breeders test their cats annually for HCM. Do you?
Testing for HCM is done on an annual basis. If the cat scans clear, it only tells you that it does not have HCM at that very point in time. Quite a few cats scanned clear only to die from HCM a mere six months later. There is no guarantee that any scanned cat will not develop HCM.
Several well-known Pixie Bob breeders had HCM occur yet chose to continue working with these lines.
We feel that a Pixie Bob cat from known problematic lines needs to be scanned. We only ever had to do this with one cat. He is still alive and well today as he stayed with us after he retired from breeding. His parents are alive and well and so are all his offspring. Note: his parents are now well into their teens.
How are you different from other breeders and why should I buy from you?
Forest Hunter Pixie Bob is truly a small cattery breeding Pixie Bob kittens in Washington. We are following USDA law to the “T” and only have four active breeding females.
Our female Pixie Bob cats only have one litter every six to nine months at the absolute most. We make sure that all our females get ample rest between litters. This is the only way to maximize health and vigor in our Pixie Bob kittens.
We want to get to know YOU! It is important to us that you get just the right kitten for your family. That’s why we ask questions and talk to you before we ever ask for a deposit for a Pixie Bob cat. Beware of any breeder who has a PayPal button on their website simply to collect deposits without requiring you to provide information first to ensure you are matched with your perfect Pixie Bob kitten. There is a reason we do not. We do not breed to make money and are particular when it comes to placing our babies.
We form lifelong bonds with our buyers. Even after 18 years we still get pictures of kittens we sold from our very first litter. We are supporting our pet buyers for the life of the kitten. Questions/concerns? Forest Hunter Pixie Bobs is always only a phone call, text message, or email away.
Do you ship?
We place many of our Pixie Bob kittens right here in Washington and also ship within the contiguous United States using Alaska Airlines.
We can ship a Pixie Bob cat into Vancouver, B.C. but unfortunately, not into any other part of Canada as it has become increasingly difficult and cost prohibitive. If you are Canadian and want one of our Pixie Bob kittens, you are welcome to pick it up.
Alaska is the only airline we utilize as they are in a league of their own when it comes to pet shipping. If you live in a location that is not directly serviced, we require that you pick up your kitten in person or meet them at an airport that is serviced by Alaska Airlines.
The cost for shipping a kitten is around $550 – $600 including airfare, carrier, and a health certificate.
I want to allow my Pixie Bob cat to experience the wonders of the great outdoors? Why can’t I?
We sell to indoor-only homes – no exceptions.
If you have plans on allowing your cat outside unsupervised, please have enough respect for our work and seek a Pixie Bob kitten elsewhere.
The average life expectancy of a cat kept exclusively indoors is around 13-18 years. The life expectancy of a cat allowed unsupervised outside visits is 3-5 years. We believe this fact speaks for itself.
We have expensive furnishings in our home. We want to declaw my Pixie Bob cat to make sure it doesn’t destroy our belongings.
No declaw – EVER, period!
Declawing is a barbaric procedure that was “invented” by pharmaceutical companies to test their pain killing drugs. It is the single most painful procedure out there.
Many cats that are declawed will develop aggressive biting behavior or stop using the litter box. Needless to say, that these cats end up in shelters where they are promptly euthanized as “unadoptable”. Our veterinarian no longer performs declaws because they have seen first-hand the devastating effects.
That is not something we want to happen to one of our babies. If you have any intentions to declaw, please be respectful enough to seek a kitten you can mutilate from another source.