At Sunfox we screen our pet buyers to make sure there is a good match of kitten to new owner. When you contact us, be prepared to answer questions about your housing, family members, and past and current pet ownership, and please fill out our Inquiry Form. We require a veterinarian's reference. If you are new to pet ownership, now is a good time to start your search for a veterinarian you feel comfortable with. Also feel free to ask any questions you may have, we will do our best to answer.
If price is the most important issue for you, we suggest you look elsewhere - you can surely find a pet for less money if that is your main goal - our goal is to raise healthy, well-adjusted Somali kittens, and it's an expensive undertaking. Alternatively, just because you are willing to pay our asking price doesn't necessarily mean you will get a kitten from us - it's important that both the new owner and the kitten be happy, and that the kitten get proper health care and love and affection during its lifetime. Our pet buyers make a lifetime commitment to the health and happiness of the kitten.
All pet kittens are spayed or neutered before delivery to the new owner. This is an advantage to you as the future owner, as I take the risk of any problems, and is good for the kitten, as he or she recovers at home in familiar surroundings. Kittens are sold at 16 weeks of age at the earliest. At this age they have had all their kitten vaccinations and have been fully socialized. Sometimes we may keep kittens longer - Somalis are notoriously slow to mature, and sometimes it takes a few extra months to determine whether a kitten will be suitable for showing.
Sometimes buyers want to get their kitten at a younger age, feeling that a younger kitten will "bond" better with the new owner. This theory may apply to puppies, but does not apply to kittens. Kittens need to be properly trained and socialized by the adult cats and humans before they are ready to go to new homes. And since we give their final kitten vaccinations at 16 weeks, the new owner doesn't have to worry about vaccinations again until the cat is a year old. For more information, see the article entitled "How Young is Too Young."
Pet buyers sign a contract agreeing not to allow the kitten to roam outside, and not to declaw the kitten. The contract spells out the duties of both buyer and seller so that there are no questions about what was agreed to.
Sunfox kittens are guaranteed negative for FELV and FIV and free of fleas and fungus. They are fully vaccinated, and require no further vaccination until they are 16 months old.
We do not ship our cats. We live in Ventura County, California. If you live in a surrounding area, such as Northern California or Arizona, it is possible we can make arrangements meet you half way to deliver a kitten. Things may work out for someone to carry the kitten on board a flight for you, at a cost roughly close to the shipping cost. Keep in mind, however, that you would not be able to see the kitten before you get it, and this may not be the best idea - the best thing is of course, to come out here and meet the cat or kitten yourself. If none of these options are workable, we suggest you look for a breeder who is closer to you.
Thinking about an adult cat? Check out this video of Amelia, red Somali spay. Amelia was born in 2002, and this video was taken at Christmas 2008 when she was 6 years old. She was placed in the home at 4 with her daughter, Kismet, who was 3. Take a peek at this YouTube video of Amelia playing with her new bird toy.
To understand why breeders and exhibitors sometimes place adult cats, see this article.
We currently have 2 adult cats available.
Available Rescued Cats
For rescued Abys and Somalis in Southern California, go to SCAR. There is a sweet 9 year old red Somali spay available in Vancouver, WA. Inquiries to Tammy. We have a really sweet 8-10 year old ruddy boy named Rusty - he has special dietary needs, read about him below. Email us for more informaton.
We do have a black DSH spay called Ella Bella. I found her under my car at Target in October 2009, just before Halloween. She's best buds with My older boy Frankie, is probably 4 years old by now. Email us for more informaton.
Abyssinian and Somali - click here to find out the differences and why we work with both.
Above is Rusty, rescued ruddy Somali. We don't know Rusty's age or who his breeder was. He was rescued from a shelter in Washington state. He'd been in and out of the shelter several times. He had intestinal parasites, and was repeatedly misdiagnosed and therefore not treated with the proper medications - and now he has intestinal damage. When I got Rusty, he was skin and bones. All the parasites are now gone, and by using a special homecooked diet, simple and easy to make, Rusty is now fat and happy. Rusty loves EVERYONE - he wants nothing more than to cuddle and give headbutts. Unfortunately, he has to be separated at my house, because he cannot eat the other cats' food or he will have very bad diarrhea. He also upchucks hairballs frequently - he has a very thick coat that requires frequent brushing, which unfortunately we don't have time to do! The photo above was taken before his coat grew back, he has a big bushy tail now.
Merrie on the left is a fawn female with a fluffy, silky soft coat. Merrie is not bold by nature, loving and sweet but not brave with strangers. She was going to be a show cat, but she didn't turn out to have quite the color we were hoping for. She was born in December 2011.
Baby on the right is Merrie's blue sister, also with a fluffy coat. Baby would do well in a home with her sister Merrie , or with another young cat who is interested in playing, but not in picking on Baby! Baby went to a pet home, but came back as the resident cats picked on her. She is super affectionate and outgoing and would spend all her time in your lap if she could!
Our May 2013 litter - 2 Abyssinians and 2 Somalis were born to BJ, our blue Somali boy who was CFA's best Somali last season! See photos HERE.
We feed and recommend Life's Abundance pet foods. Please see our website, www.HealthyCatndog.com. We do require new owners to purchase the food initially, to provide continuity to the cat's diet so as not to cause any tummy upsets during the very stressful rehoming process. In addition, we feel it is the best cat food on the market, and is more economical than almost all other premium brands, so we don't have any reservations in recommending it for the life of your new kitten!
We are sad to report that, after 3 years of living with us, we had to say goodbye to Rusty in December 2013. His IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) took its toll and he started losing weight and not eating. The damage to his intestines was caused by repeated mis-diagnosis of intestinal parasites. We want to take this time to encouarge owners, when your vet says your cat has a parasite like giardia or coccidia, that you insist on a PCR test - a DNA test that can determine exactly which parasite is present and therefore get the correct treatment. It is difficult to distinguish between parasites by only looking under a microscope.
Rusty was well loved while he was here.
On the left is Gracie, another fawn girl born in November 2011. Gracie and Baby, above, both recently earnd their Grand Premier titles. Gracie enjoys showing and PLAYING, she is very outgoing and a bit goofy! She gets along well with other cats, as long as they are given time to get used to each other in safety.
We would love to see Merrie go with either Baby or Gracie, as transition to a new home is stressful, especially for a cat like Merrie who is not very brave. They will both adjust and bond to the new family more quickly and easily.