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How do you advertise your kittens?

post #1 of 15
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I use http://hoobly.comand http://craigslist.comas well as, http://PennySaverUSA.comBut have had little luck in placing my kittens these past few months. Does anyone have a web address they can reccommend? Thanks!
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by DragonLady
I use http://hoobly.comand http://craigslist.comas well as, http://PennySaverUSA.comBut have had little luck in placing my kittens these past few months. Does anyone have a web address they can reccommend? Thanks!
Kittysites.com
post #3 of 15
I always had a waiting list for kittens, so I didn't need to advertise per say. I went to enough shows and took orders for future litters.

The one or two times I didn't have a pre-home for a kitten, that kitten when old enough went to the shows with me and put a "for sale" sign on the cage.




I'm assuming you do not show your cats?
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
I always had a waiting list for kittens, so I didn't need to advertise per say. I went to enough shows and took orders for future litters.

The one or two times I didn't have a pre-home for a kitten, that kitten when old enough went to the shows with me and put a "for sale" sign on the cage.




I'm assuming you do not show your cats?
That is what I was told time and time again at the CFA show in San Francisco. I was blown away by the mellow cats there and the beauty of their breed. It was my first cat show, and I hope to make it to more. But every breeder I spoke with said they do not advertise their kittens, that they have long waiting lists for their kittens and that they do not always produce kittens year after year. I was quite impressed.
post #5 of 15
I pay for a listing at the Breed Fancier's Referral List (www.breedlist.com) and I also have a free listing at The Pet Professor (www.thepetprofessor.com). Both have sent plenty of potential kittens buyers my way. But for the money, the best place, IMO, is at Meowhoo (www.meowhoo.com) and the Breeder's Notice Forum right here at TCS.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
I always had a waiting list for kittens, so I didn't need to advertise per say. I went to enough shows and took orders for future litters.

The one or two times I didn't have a pre-home for a kitten, that kitten when old enough went to the shows with me and put a "for sale" sign on the cage.




I'm assuming you do not show your cats?

Just curious. When is the last time you had a litter and when was the last time you showed your cats as a breeder? I recall another thread where you were discussing prices from the 70's.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
The one or two times I didn't have a pre-home for a kitten, that kitten when old enough went to the shows with me and put a "for sale" sign on the cage.
I do not show my cats but I have breeder/friends who most certainly do and from what I understand, it is frowned upon to sell "under the table" at shows now-a-days.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by gayef
I do not show my cats but I have breeder/friends who most certainly do and from what I understand, it is frowned upon to sell "under the table" at shows now-a-days.
Yes at TICA show you have to buy an exibition cage, right? You can't just put a for sale sign right on the cage as far as I know. Also, I noticed at the show I went to at least there were not alot of people from the public. There were mostly just exibitors. There was a small amount of time where people came in and walked around but i'd say there there were only about 10 people that walked past my cage. Maybe I was too busy to notice more though.
It's great to have a waiting list but in my experiance most of the time those list don't work out. Most of the time people will not wait for a cat. Rather then waiting they go to another breeder and get an available one. I've had that happen to me. I thought the litter was placed before they were even concieved come to find out everyone changed their mind or found a different cat from a different breeder.
post #9 of 15
I advertise my kittens at my homepage and at the breed clubs homepage. That's all I need.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sol
I advertise my kittens at my homepage and at the breed clubs homepage. That's all I need.
I advertise my kittens on my website as well. Is there not much competition there in sweden? There are just so many bengal breeders here that it's pretty hard to place kittens that easliy unless your extreamly well known. If you've only been breeding for only a few years then most likely in the US you need to advertise.
post #11 of 15
Sweden is a small country and we aren't many Devon Rex breeders. There are appr. 300 Devon Rex kittens registred every year and the breed is growing more and more popular. I have a "queue" (I don't have an official queue, but many have already shown interest in my coming litter) on my kittens before they're even born. Both breeders and non-breeders are interested. Many of us breeders only raise 1-3 litters a year so when kittens are advertised people contact us right away.

In "my" part of the country there are only a handful Devon Rex breeders.
post #12 of 15
When I created my web site I worked very hard to get other sites to link to it (any free lists). I'm also a part of TIBBA a breeders association that will place a link on their web site if you do a reciprical link.

The health food store where I buy my raw food for the cats has a bulletin board where you can put up pics of your pets. I put Meeka as my top pic and they get dozens of questions and comments each week. Now granted most of those wouldn't result in buyers but people that do raw food diets and are local will rank pretty high with me.

Gosh in the last month I think I've gotten about 10 inquiries. That has all been through my web site. I just work really hard to make sure my site is surfable and easily accessable. The funny thing is my site says all the kittens are sold AND I say I'm not expecting a litter anytime soon and yet I get calls and e-mails for kittens.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
When I created my web site I worked very hard to get other sites to link to it (any free lists). I'm also a part of TIBBA a breeders association that will place a link on their web site if you do a reciprical link.

The health food store where I buy my raw food for the cats has a bulletin board where you can put up pics of your pets. I put Meeka as my top pic and they get dozens of questions and comments each week. Now granted most of those wouldn't result in buyers but people that do raw food diets and are local will rank pretty high with me.

Gosh in the last month I think I've gotten about 10 inquiries. That has all been through my web site. I just work really hard to make sure my site is surfable and easily accessable. The funny thing is my site says all the kittens are sold AND I say I'm not expecting a litter anytime soon and yet I get calls and e-mails for kittens.
That's the funny thing. I get lots of people asking for kittens too-when I don't have any!LOL-murphys law. Granted, so far I have been able to place my kittens with no problem but I have had to advertise some and I can't rely on just the website for that =0(
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To the one that asked about my breeding. The last litters I bred were in the mid to late 90's. I've been showing cats (HHP's/pedigree) since 1974. My first purebred was a Russian Blue in 1980. I bred/showed rexes since 1987.

And the kitten I took to the shows to sell was NEVER under the table - it was not allowed. I bought a "for sale" cage extra for that purpose. Most times the kitten was shown and up for sale - not just a pet kitten to sell.

Does that clarify it? BTW I stopped breeding when I moved. But the same principals would apply today if I was still breeding/showing.

I'm currently taking a break from all of it - may get into showing again in the spring.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
<snip>...The funny thing is my site says all the kittens are sold AND I say I'm not expecting a litter anytime soon and yet I get calls and e-mails for kittens.
I haven't been to your site so this may be answered there, but is your site plainly dated with a recent date? When I was doing constant surfing looking for my M'oon boys (my sister coined the term, "Maine cOON get it ?) it was very disheartening to run into sites with kittens and then somewhere buried find info that dated kittens, or kitten pix as several years old, but the way it was written gave the initial impression that the pix were recent. In such a case I would have had to inquire. This might be where your queries are coming from.
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