Q: What does it Cost to purchase a Kitten from ForestWind Siberians?
A: ForestWind Siberians are priced comparably to other ethical cat breeders who offer provide humane and loving cat and kitten care, a solid and lengthy health warranty, and conduct both annual and lifetime testing of their breeding cats. . ForestWind'sprices typically increase a small amount annually to allow us to keep us with increasing routine veterinary, supplies,, food, and health testing costs.
Q: Why am I finding wide variety of Siberian kitten prices nationally and worldwide?
A: Kitten prices vary nationally and internationally depending on local costs for food, veterinary care, litter, and health testing practices. For example, Catteries in the South and West USA have much lower Veterinary costs than those in the Northeast. The MidWest falls somewhere in the middle. Kitten prices will naturally reflect the extreme difference in the cost for desexing a kitten - $75- 100 in the South and West USA, to $450-650 in the Northeast USA. Canadian prices for veterinary care also vary widely east to west.
A: Prices for food, litter, and cat supplies vary by country. They are much more expensive in most Canadian provinces than in the USA, while costs in Russia are much much lower. Costs for these items on the east coast of the USA are much higher than other areas of the country.
Q: How Do I identify a Kitten Mill?
A: Kitten mills and Kijiji / Craigs list type breeders will have kitten costs under $1,000 - $1,200. They have low breeding standards, releasing kittens under 12 weeks of age; feeding nutritionally poor kibbles such as Friskies, Purina kitten chow, or Royal Canin; and do not practice health testing nor desexing unless it is conducted at a free or reduced price "clinic." Kitten Mills frequently offer sales and specials to cat buyers. They become aggressive and belligerent if a potential buyer asks "too many" questions. Mills urge quick decision making, and may have "buy now" buttons on their websites. Kills mills and large scale breeders do not offer long term health guarantees and often require an "immediate" Vet visit to "activate" their very brief health guarantee, which typically does not cover FIP, heart disease, or PKD. If these items are covered they are covered for less than 3 years, typically for a matter of only weeks or months, perhaps to age 1 (8 to 9 months of effective coverage)
Q: Does ForestWind Siberians have kittens available immediately?
A: No, we work with a reservation system. Every kitten born at ForestWind already has a home. We accept only a few reservations a season so we can focus on our Kitten Families (that could be you!), and our Siberians.
Q: Does ForestWind Siberians offer any discounts at all?
A: Yes, we offer a $100 "Buddy Discount" when you buy two kittens from us. This discount is available whether you choose littermates, or return at a later time for your second ForestWind kitten. This discount is deducted from your final payment.
Q: Do you ever have adult Siberians available?
A: Yes, we place our retired Siberians as pets. Please indicate you desire to adopt an adult when you contact us. Our retired adult Siberian application process is much more involved than that for a kitten. Retired cats are not free, and do require more patience and effort than buying a kitten.
Q: How much do adult cats cost to buy?
A: Retired Siberian Adults and Teenagers who are up to age five years old are only $1000. Over age five, they are $850.
Please note: We regret that we are unable to place our retired adults into any of the following situations:
* allergy or asthma homes;
* children under 10 years old;
* home has other cats (dogs may be acceptable depending on the temperament of retiree);
* homes with smokers.
Q: Do I have to pay extra to have my Siberian desexed after purchase?
A: There is no additional cost to desex your ForestWind Siberian kitten. Desexing, vaccination, and microchipping is all included in your purchase cost. All risk of desexing is borne by ForestWind Siberian Cats.
Q: May I elect not to have my Siberian desexed?
A: *All* pet Siberians are placed desexed, vaccinated, and microchipped, no exceptions.
Q: I changed my mind about purchasing a kitten, may I have my money back?
A: We regret to disappoint you, but all payments made towards purchase, fur sample, or allergy challenge are non-refundable. You are welcome to delay purchase if your circumstances have changed. Your Reservation will “roll forward" until you are ready to purchase.
Q: I want to pick out my kitten in person, do you allow this?
A: We apologize, but we do not allow in person selection. We help you assess your needs and we evaluate our kittens' temperaments to ensure you bring home the kitten or kittens best suited to you and your home.
Q: I am cat allergic / asthmatic, do I have extra approval and purchase requirements?
A: Yes, allergy or asthma homes have extra purchase requirements, such as passing an allergy challenge, learning about grooming and care steps to reduce reactivity, and securing a Safe Home before bringing your Siberian kitten home.
Q: What is my first exploration step?
A: Reading the Kitten FAQs and returning the fully completed Kitten Inquiry Form.
Q: By submitting a form, am I obligated to purchase a kitten?
A: No. There is no requirement or implied obligation to purchase from us when you complete and return the preferences or allergy forms.
Q: Is there a fee for me to submit these forms?
A: There are no charges accrued by returning completed the Kitten Inquiry and Allergy Questions forms.
Q: Why is it necessary to complete these forms? Can't you just call me and answer all my questions?
A: Completing and returning the preferences form is an opportunity for you to share your questions and preferences with us. Completing the allergy/asthma form if necessary allows us to provide you supportive information and feedback about how effective we believe your experience with bringing home a ForestWind kitten would be. Many of your questions will be answered via these two way dialogues. Therefor, we require completion and submissions of the above form(s) prior to scheduling a phone call with you.
A: Most of the information about the Siberian breed, our breeding program, testimonials about purchasing with us, photos of our kittens, and much, much more information can be found on our website, and on our Facebook Fan page.
This step is necessary to select out window shoppers who are not taking time to conduct their breed research first. There are many breeders who are happy to sell you a kitten with no requirements. That is not the philosophy of ForestWind Siberians.
Our Siberians are a labour of love for us. We spend an enormous amount of time every single day of the year taking care of our Siberians and of our ForestWind Kitten Families. In return, we expect you will responsibly conduct your research, share information about yourself, and about why you are interested in our Siberians. Then we are very happy to call and discuss particulars with you - including more about your specific kitten needs and wants.
Please note: if you are cat allergic or asthmatic, you will receive an email with questions about your allergies or asthma. Your answers help us provide you with personalized information designed to help you enjoy a successful Siberian kitten purchase with us :)
Q: I can't afford the whole purchase price right now, may I take my Siberian home now, and pay you the balance over time?
A: We are deeply sorry, but due to having been scammed several times we are no longer able to send any Siberian home pending payment in full.
Q: Is my purchase contract a legal document?
A: Yes, your contract is a legal document providing you protections, but also spelling out your responsibilities.
Q: What are my options for getting my Siberian safely to my home?
A: You have two options: First, you are welcome to drive to Buffalo to pick up your Siberian. Second, we will bring your Siberian to you at the Buffalo-Niagara airport.
Q: Where do your Siberians live? I’ve heard that some breeders raise their Siberian cats and kittens in barns or sheds in their backyards, or even in cages!
A: At ForestWind, our Siberians live and play inside our home. Our Siberians grow up healthy and happy because they are loved and well cared for right in the heart of our family, just as you would want them to be! They are not caged or crated unless they are traveling, or at a show.
Q: Where is ForestWind Siberians located?
A: We are located in Buffalo, NY, USA. Our kittens can be found from Scandinavia to Europe, Australia, Alaska & Hawaii, Africa to Japan, and from coast to coast in both Canada and the United States. We look forward to helping you welcome your very own ForestWind Siberian kitten or home!