Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm37:4
YOU SEE A KITTEN YOU WANT...
If you just found the kitten of your dreams and wish to secure him or her we will need 20% down payment towards the purchase price. You can contact us (contact info is located on our Contact Page) and we can make arrangements. Most of our kittens are picked up here by their new families. For your convenience, we do accept personal checks, postal money orders, Paypal or credit cards (with fees) for deposits or to pay in full at least 7 days before pick up. If there is a balance owed, it is to be paid in cash only when you come to pick up your kitten. Kittens will be able to go home with you after they are at least 8 weeks old and have obtained their health certificate from our vet. We cannot hold a kitten until we receive a deposit unless otherwise agreed. If you have a specific kitten in mind, please call or text me before you actually come out. Even if we have spoken or texted by phone or through email and you say you are planning to come on such and such day at such and such time, if you have one particular kitten you are wanting and you have not placed a deposit to reserve him or her, call me before you come out just to double check if that kitten is still available. This website is not an accurate indicator that a kitten is still available. If you know you want a certain kitten, placing a deposit on him or her will ensure you will get that kitten. If you are not sure which kitten you would like, keep in mind that waiting to come to view the kittens, there will always be a risk that certain kittens may be sold prior to your arrival. We cannot hold a kitten with out a deposit. Before sending money for a deposit, verify with me that the kitten you are wanting is still available. I will mark a kitten as "pending" for 24-72 hours once I know a deposit is on the way. Without a deposit, the kitten you want may be sold before you are able to get here.
SHIPPING - AT THIS TIME, KITTEN CAN ONLY TRAVEL WITH YOU OR YOUR CHOSEN TRAVEL GUARDIAN WITHIN THE CLIMATE CONTROLLED CABIN. NO CARGO SHIPPING. Kittens being shipped must be paid in full at least 2 weeks before shipping date. Kittens should be shipped by ground with a reliable, licensed, bonded Pet Transporter or by air in the climate controlled cabin of the airplane with yourself or a reliable, licensed, bonded Pet Transporter. Unless you are personally traveling with your kitten, he or she cannot be shipped until I feel they can handle the travel (usually by 10 weeks of age.) Use great care hiring a Pet Transporter because , just like anything, there are scammers out there. Devastatingly, many people who have paid for their new pet and for the transportation and then never get their pet. Recently I was given the name of a Transporter that my friend has used. If you are interested, I can share that contact information. Our closest airport is Tampa International. Your Transporter is welcome to pick up your kitten here at our home. Alternatively, I charge $75.00 to transport the kitten to Tampa International Airport Departing terminal ONLY. And, if needed, an additional $50 to pick up and purchase the required travel crate (Transporters sometimes provide these). Also, if the 30 day Health Certificate that I have obtained for your kitten is older than the airline's required 10 day rule, an additional fee of $75 will be charged for my going to my vet and obtaining the required 10 day travel health certificate. In the event that I have to park and go into the airport in order to meet you or your Transporter, as opposed to dropping off at the Departing Flights terminal, there will be an additional $100 fee. All other travel arrangements must be made by you and you then ship the kitten at your own risk. In other words, once you purchase the kitten, I am willing to transport the kitten to the airport or to meet your Transporter locally, but you are responsible for the kitten from the moment I have dropped him or her off at the airport or with your Transporter. As you can tell, shipping isn't something I think to highly of but I realize that sometimes you just got to have that particular furbaby. Many of my kittens have traveled home with their new moms/dads who have booked flights to pick them up. Some have made a round trip in the same day, but I have had them come to visit family close by, go to Disney and even go on a Cruise while here in Sunny Florida, then pick up their kitten and fly home. When shipping your pet there are many requirements and risks. I don't mind helping you ship them as long as YOU are the one shipping them. I will be praying for them! You can search on the internet for Pet Transporters to shop for fees and always always check customer reviews. But it is best if you can find someone by recommendation. I had used one years ago called Fly Away Pets operated by a husband and wife stewardess team and they used their fly miles to provide this service. I was very happy with their service but I can no longer locate them. Recently, like I mentioned before, a friend (who breeds French Bulldogs) gave me the contact information of one she used and liked if you'd like that information just ask. :)
WHY A PERSIAN?
Persian cats are an ancient breed and one of the most well known cat breeds. They are a calm, quiet breed and very docile (totally domesticated in nature). They do have a coat that requires frequent brushing or, some owner's prefer, to keep their Persian in a clip usually done by a professional cat groomer. If the Persian's full coat is maintained by every other day light brushing, the coat will remain tangle and mat free which will assure that grooming time will not be uncomfortable for the cat and your time spent together will become a special bonding time, enjoyed by both of you. If the coat is let go, and tugging and pulling or shaving is required to "catch up" on the coat care, then kitty will learn to dislike grooming. With proper coat care, which can be pleasant, a Persian cat is a delight to own. As far as behavior, Persians rarely get into trouble or bounce around all crazy like some other breeds of cats. Yet they are still playful and whimsical. They are beautiful to look at, easy going and, to me, the tried and true most popular house cat breed.
WHAT COMES WITH MY KITTEN?
Your kitten will come with his or her State of Florida health certificate (includes first shots, physical exam by vet, check for parasites and routine de-wormer, negative fecal exam and negative Feline Leukemia/FIV test), the CFA Registration paper (optional), Sales Contract, Extended Health Guarantee (optional) and a few pages I've put together of care recommendations & tips. Also a tote bag with folder, a sample of his dry Kitten Food, sample can(s) of wet kitten food, a comb & brush to promote grooming, a few of his favorite toys, a soft blanket and stuffed toy scented by mom and siblings to comfort your baby during transition to new home and a variety of other items as are available. Before he goes home, your kitten will have a sanitary groom to help keep him cleaner when using the litter box, he will have his nails trimmed, a bath and a blow dry. If needed, he will have a flea prevention spot on applied. As you and your kitten begin your journey together, if there are times you have questions or would like some reassurance or advice, feel free to contact me, I would be happy to talk with you. Kittens who are shipped may come with a travel crate (for an additional fee.)
EXPLAIN THE NAME PURR EPIPHANY
The name Purrepiphany is confusing to some people. Perhaps those people have never had an epiphany...lol. The term "epiphany" is sometimes used to express an "ah ha" moment. A moment of sudden and striking realization. And of course the "Purr" part is self explanatory. :) Purr Epiphany is the moment I realized the time was right to begin this new journey. The original use of the word Epiphany was used to describe the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi, who were Persian. (Matthew 2:1-12) The evening the wise men gazed at a star and knew that our King had been born. I found this connection to Christ comforting and so the name Purrepiphany came to be.
WHAT IS A DOLL FACE AND A FLAT FACE PERSIAN
Doll Face and Flat Face, also called Peke Face, are the terms used by breeder's to describe a cat's facial features and expression. The Flat Face is what breeder's bred for over the years and has come to represent the true Persian look. Even the breed standard calls for short muzzles with the nose nuzzled up close between the eyes. However, along with the very short muzzle, often comes breathing difficulties and excess eye drainage. So breeders of pet Persians began breeding what's called a Doll Face Persian, which is how the original Persian looked before breeders bred them to have the flat face. These have a more open expression, without breathing problems and minimal eye tearing. Of course, breeders of one type usually disapprove of the other type. The bottom line is, everyone has their own preference. Here at Purr Epiphany I guess you could say we appreciate both types. The Doll Face Persians are gorgeous as long as they still look like a Persian. They should still have an adorable round head with the cute Persian features. They should still have a full and beautiful coat, though it is often more silky in nature than their flat face counterparts. Flat Face Persians have classic Persian features, but they are a little higher maintenance because of their thicker coats and daily eye tearing. All in all, the Doll Face Persian is beautiful, with less work, but who can resist the pushed up snobby nose and "grumpy cat" mouth of the Flat Faced Persian. We have discovered that by breeding our Flat Face male to our Doll Face females, we are producing varying degrees of Persian expression and it is totally up to you to choose what you like.
Some people are misinformed and believe that a "Himalayan" is a separate breed of cat than a Persian. When, in fact, a Himalayan is not even a breed at all. According to the CFA website, Himalayans are just one color variation of the Persian cat breed. Just like a Persian that has silvery shaded markings is called a Shaded Silver and a black and white Persian is called a Bi-Colour, a Siamese point marked Persian is called a Himalayan and is sometimes even referred to as a "color point". Therefore, because a Himalayan is a Persian, he should possess all the traits and characteristics of any other colored Persian cat, such as having a round head, short ears and nose, a cobby build, full coat, etc.. So, despite what you may see advertised by some as "Himalayans" for sale, one should keep in mind that just because a cat is long haired with Siamese markings, it is not always a Himalayan. A Himalayan is a Persian!
This excerpt is taken from the CFA Website:
The Himalayan is one of the most popular of all Persians. The Himalayan is shown in the following point colors: chocolate, seal, lilac, blue, red, cream tortie, blue-cream, chocolate-tortie, lilac-cream, seal lynx, blue lynx, red lynx, cream lynx, tortie lynx, blue-cream lynx, chocolate lynx, lilac lynx, chocolate-tortie lynx and lilac-cream lynx. Color is restricted to the facial mask and extremities with the body of various shades of white to fawn.
Being competitive in any market is crucial. In the case of live animals, it is even more crucial, in order to make sure that each little kitty soul has his or her place in the world established while young and most intimate bonding can take place. So time is the enemy and aging kittens will become cats.This being said, it stands to reason that the more kittens a breeder produces, the more desperate they would be to negotiate prices in order to place them all. A breeder producing only one or two litters a year, to produce cats for the show ring, for example, will hold their high prices since they are in no rush to place their few kittens. Let's explore the cons of both of these examples as far as you, the potential cat buyer, is concerned. In the first case, low prices, overly negotiable prices, are all signs of a home or cattery over run with kittens. The price being low or super negotiable sounds great, right? But, once you take into account that overcrowding almost always breeds stress and disease and, therefore, it is more likely you will obtain a sickly kitten from a stressed and overcrowded home or cattery, you will find that, in the long run, you will more than make up for your "price break" in veterinarian costs. On the other hand, the high cost, non-negotiable show catteries are just that. High cost and probably won't budge much, if at all. Most won't even list their prices in their ads since they know it will deter most people. So what about me. I am not trying to produce show animals and then sell you the "pet quality" ones for a high price. And I am not over breeding and over run with kittens, so I can take my time placing each one. My prices are usually listed in my ads and on my website and will not vary much. If a kitten is getting a lot older and I am experiencing little interest, I may negotiate or reduce the price in the best interest of the kitten. My general guideline for pricing is based on face type, color and eye color of kitten, and sometimes, sex of kitten. For example, our Himalayan Persians are highest priced. Also, when pricing a male and female of the same coat and/or eye color, females generally cost more than males. Why, I don't know, since males are generally sweeter!! And, sometimes buyers want to purchase a tiny Persian, and smaller sized babies require more time and care. I worry and fuss over the tiny ones more to make sure mom doesn't accidentally lay on him and he doesn't get accidentally pushed away from the nipple or food from bigger brothers and sisters. Another point to take into account is which season or time of year it is, as this also affects the price. All that being said, I am a big believer in moderation is always the best choice. And that's the guideline for my pricing. Our kittens are guaranteed healthy and are vet checked prior to sale, for half the cost of some breeders and only a few hundred more than others who are out there advertising kittens that are not even vet checked.
KITTEN BUYING TIPS
I suppose this section could also be called 'Buyer Beware'. And I do feel that it is important to inform folks who have never shopped for pets online before of possible scams or shady practices that do go on in this business just like every business. There are a lot of reputable breeders of pets out there but there are just as many that have no business in this business. Take the old 'bait and switch' for example. There are many kitten ads out there, all pictured with bright eyes and bushy tails. But is the picture your looking at really a picture of the kitten you will be shown to possibly purchase? It's true, I am a skeptic. Myself, being once a very naïve young girl, with many years in this field, first breeding and showing dogs, then breeding cats, have unveiled some ugly truths about this business. I've probably not seen it all but I've probably heard about it. As a buyer you should beware of the bait and switch. The kitten in the picture is not the one you are presented with. Keep in mind, kittens, being kittens, don't normally cooperate with picture taking and it takes a lot of time and a million shots to get that one great shot. An unreputable breeder finds it's a lot easier to keep using the same great pictures of their best kittens they've acquired over the years rather than take new pictures of the actual kitten you will be getting. Or worse yet, they find it's even easier to steal pictures online from other breeders in another state or country and place them in the ad to look like theirs. They are misrepresenting the animal you are considering to buy which is against the law. Another thing to keep in mind, the breeder of the kitten you are interested in should be able to clearly and definitively discuss their cats, kittens and breeding practices without any shadiness. All our kittens are given names so that we and you can refer to them in that way. No mix up. No switching. If a breeder can't tell you first hand the where and how of their practices and about each kitten individually, you should beware. Once you have decided to take a chance and go have a look at the kitten, don't let the freshly washed (because he was full of fleas or filthy) cuteness of the kitten fool you. Or ,even worse, let his sad disposition or unkempt appearance make you feel sorry for him and distract you from the important issues at hand. Are the premises clean? Are you even able to visit the home where your kitten has been living? Do the kitten's parents appear healthy? Are you able to even meet the kitten's parents. I've heard too many stories. One that comes to mind is the one of the puppy breeder meeting a prospective buyer at their chain link fence with a freshly washed puppy. A record of some dewormer and the shot the puppy supposedly had were scribbled on a napkin. Why did that happen? What's going on in there? Why was business conducted at the fence? From what I've seen and learned over 30 years is.....mostly likely inside you would find unclean premises, animals with feces or fleas on them possibly living in cages, overcrowded conditions or other cramped quarters, and possibly sick animals. And the fact is....they don't want you to see it. Oh, they may tell you an excuse as to why but in 30 years of doing this I have never once not been able to arrange my time in a way that a potential new family for one of my babies couldn't come to my home, meet us and the kitten or puppies' parents. To me, there is no excuse for that and it's very shady. Another most obvious issue....Is the kitten healthy? This is hard to tell if the fleas and/or feces has just been bathed off of him. And it's hard to tell if he's behaving sickly or just scared if he is not shown in the familiar environment of his home. Has the kitten been examined by a veterinarian? The state of Florida requires all dogs and cats to be 8 weeks old and have an official health certificate issued by a licensed vet prior to sale. I've included a picture of what this paper looks like below since many people are lead to believe that a health "record" is the same thing. A record of health can come in many forms and anybody can "make" one. There is only one official health certificate form, and it should be filled out, certified and signed by a veterinarian and you should receive it with your kitten....and that's the one pictured below. All of this being said, you should buy a kitten from Purr Epiphany because you will be invited to our home to meet us and our kitty family. We want to meet you too before you take one of our little ones. Our kittens are vet examined and certified and the certificate is given to you. Maintaining this website, and, most recently, a Facebook Page, is yet one more way I promote my accountability, the kittens are named, described and priced with no gimmicks or behind the scene tactics. Other credits to my name are my many years of experience in this field, along with having lived in the Brandon area since I was 12 years old. I care about my reputation. I am also a CFA registered cattery and adhere to their principles. I do want to close by saying, once again, there are a lot of small in home catteries and kennels out there doing a great job, but you have to do your homework. This is intended to help to inform you so that you can be sure you are buying your next family member from a reputable breeder.
THIS IS WHAT AN OFFICIAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE LOOKS LIKE. THESE ARE PURCHASED FROM A LICENSED VET AFTER HE/SHE HAS EXAMINED THE KITTEN OR PUPPY AND FINDS HIM/HER IN GOOD HEALTH. ANY BREEDER NOT COMPLYING WITH THIS LAW IS NEGLECTING THEIR KITTENS OR PUPPIES, SAVING THEMSELVES MONEY AND RIPPING YOU, THE BUYER, OFF
WHAT GOES IN TO PRODUCING A QUALITY, HEALTHY PEDIGREED PERSIAN
I've added this paragraph because, unless you have raised a litter of puppies or kittens yourself, you really can't possibly know how much work goes into it. The same thing applies to anything really, if you haven't experienced it, you can't possibly understand what it's like. From the day to day care of the parents, fussing over them, bathing, grooming, clipping nails, vaccinations, administering de-wormers and flea control products to the last adorable kitten going home, it's a lot of work. Your money and your heart are invested in them. You don't vacation or stay away from home very long. No one can or will care for them like you do. Week in and week out you're picking up 40 lbs of litter and 20 lbs of cat food seemingly every time you turn around. And this is just the adults. Then when the kittens are due it's following mom around, rubbing her fat belly, why is she in the closet? She's due any day. Then the labor starts. You hover over the birthing box.... it's worse than waiting for water to boil. Finally the first kitten makes his way into the world. You constantly move mom's tail to see what's going on. You pray that each baby makes his or her way out without problems. You assist whenever needed, cleaning and wiping, keeping the box covered so it stays warm, peering in with your flashlight at times to not disturb mom's resting in between births. You offer mom some water. Once she has had what appears to possibly be all of the kittens you offer her food. She will stay with them constantly at first and your job is to make sure they all find a nipple, they stay with the others and don't get laid on accidentally. You fall asleep but every time your eyes pop open you anxiously look in the box to make sure all is ok. That the heating pad has stayed on. That nobody has gotten separated or lost under the blanket. After the first day or two, mom wants in and out of the closed in whelping box. We keep the kittens contained for the first 4 or 5 weeks because, if we don't, mom will decide to up and move one or two kittens to a new "den" and it can become a constant game of hide and seek. Meanwhile the one or two kittens she didn't move are cold, hungry and all alone. And then there's the fact that we have small dogs and they could easily think a newborn kitten they might find is a new fangled toy of some sort. After a month of this letting mom in and out, in and out, in and out 24/7 you begin to feel a little sleep deprived. You pick the little ones up one by one, look them over, kiss their little heads and praise God. Mom is eating a lot these days and soon the kittens start acting like kittens. Names are given. Snuggling and kisses are given. Pictures are taken. I post a few pictures on social media. Toys and Litter boxes follow. Gotta run to the store for some toys, tote bags and snuggle buddies so I can begin letting mom and kittens lay on them and scent them up for each kitten to take to their new home. Now it's time to clean and feed them around the clock, just about. Nails need trimming every 2 weeks along with dewormings always making time for more kisses, playtime and socializing. Now the serious picture taking begins. Hundreds and hundreds of pictures taken, trying to get one or two great, not-blurry pictures. One thing I really enjoy ,though, is cutesying up the pictures with frames and sparkles on an online program I have! Now I place my ads, post pictures on Facebook and the Website. I email and text pictures of my beautiful babies to all of you out there. :)) I order their Purina Starter Kits and their Registration papers. I make appointments with my vet. I make appointments with *YoU*.....and here we are. The kittens are constantly growing, time to take more pictures. Now they scamper around and attack your feet from under the bed. Time to make copies of my sales contracts and all the care information I give out with each kitten. Time to put their tote bags together and get their paperwork in order. Need to pick up a few more blankets for the totes and an ink cartridge for the printer. The vet appointment is next in the process and then one by one, the kittens' new families come and take their babies home. And this is why a well bred pet from a responsible breeder will usually cost a little more.