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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:31 pm 
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Hi! :)

i have a beautiful bengal female and I recently had her bred. I know I won't be able to look after them as I just can't make time to, as much as I would love it (you can't get maternity leave for kittens can you? :lol: ) however I'm a bit concerned about selling them - would the money I get from them count as taxable income? I'm only concerned as I'm borderline the next tax band (see here), so the big man will take a 40% chunk of whatever I get from them. Is this a concern anyone here has had before? I'm a bit frazzled with all this heat recently, as is my lovely green yellow garden, and not sure whether I should be worried or not.

hope to hear from you soon! :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:52 pm 
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Breeders take off work for kittens but my guess is they have jobs that allow them to do so. They should be 12 weeks old before they go to their new homes so you will need to at least be able to socialize them and care for them for that long. My guess is to take some time off or call in when the kittens are being born as something could go wrong and your mama kitty may need emergency medical attention. What if a kitten needs extra care the first few days? You may need to take off work.

This stuff you are suppose to think about before breeding but what is done is done so try and make a plan now.

Sorry I am not sure about the tax but kitties are expensive with shots... Vet checks.. Microchips... Feeding.. Toys.. Litter... Ect. I wouldn't expect people to make a lot off one litter anyways and you may actually lose money if mama needs a c section or something goes wrong.

We have breeders in here and sure one will chime in at some point. Good luck with your new babies.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:56 pm 
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Welcome to our forum. A couple of things concern me. First is the fact that you are breeding your female and obviously do not have things planned out properly. Are you a breeder? Or is this just a hobby for you? Are there any breeders in your area that might mentor you. You really need to know what you are doing first and foremost. You will need supplies for the birth in the event there are complications. And having newborn kitten formula and syringes on hand in the event the mother doesn't nurse properly or has 9 kittens and can't provide enough for them.

As for the price set for kittens. Are the parents registered? Are there Supreme Grand Champions in the pedigree? Most breeders do not price their kittens until they start developing and they can tell whether they are show quality or just pet quality. Breeder prices can range from $500 to over $3,000 for just a regular bengal. An early generation bengal may cost more. Do you know the F generation of your female?

Note, you must be in attendance when your female gives birth. Do not leave her alone. I know too many female who have retired an emergency C section to deliver the babies, so you MUST have a vet on notice. If this means you take off work, you take off work. There are some breeders who hold other jobs but their queens always take priority. Note, there is a post on this forum from a member who's pregnant cat gave birth to five kittens and the owner found all of the kittens dead in a closet. The owner was totally unaware the cat had given birth.

Kittens need to be seen by a vet and receive initial vaccinations. They should be weighed weekly and their weight charted. You need to know the difference between a brown spotted, marble, mink, silver, snow, etc. kitten. You need to know how to check male or female. Kittens should not leave until they are at least 12 weeks old. You should have a contract for the owner to sign. You are selling a purebred (hopefully) cat. You would need to register the litter so the kittens could be registered. Screen all potential owners and be willing to take the kitten back if the whole situation does not work out.

As for whether the money would be taxable --if you treat it like a "business" you may be able to deduct all the expenses you have -- vet visits, food, litter, etc. All of this should have been figured out BEFORE you bred your female. Only a tax person can tell you for certain how any income would be treated.

I know there are 100 other things you need to be aware of as well But they limit us to 60,000 characters.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:14 pm 
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Another thing is you really need to take care of having the kittens neutered and spayed at 12 weeks. It is so much easier to have it done early and it saves the owners from having to do it or having the cats reproduce with non bengal cats.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:45 pm 
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I can't tell you the UK tax situation - I can tell that you in US and Canada that yes, any income you receive is taxable. You can usually deduct your expenses and only pay tax on profit.

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