UXBRIDGE — Add farm cats to the skyrocketing commodity wave seen in the agricultural sector.
An Uxbridge-area beef producer tweeted her success May 5 at quickly selling four “barn cat” kittens at $500 apiece on Kijiji. The felines were snapped up in just 30 minutes, added the seller, going by the handle ‘Rach.’
“Nobody haggled, everyone gave me a deposit … what a time to be alive.”
“Yup. Talked to a friend yesterday and she’s making more on the barn kittens than the calves,” exclaimed one of the commenters on the ensuing Twitter thread.
Katrina Ojaste, operations manager for the Canadian Cat Association, confirmed an upsurge in public demand for pets — be they feline or canine.
“Many of our breeders would attest to the fact they have a long wait-list this year, and they have more inquiries from people who would not ordinarily be searching out pets,” she said.
She said the impact has also been felt with declining inventories at animal shelters in some places.
The $500 fetched for barn cats also puts them within striking distance of the value of a fully spayed/neutered and vaccinated pedigreed kitten. Depending on breed, pedigreed cats start as low as $1,000, Ojaste said.
Farming friends I just sold these *barn* cats in 30 minutes since I posted it. Nobody haggled everyone gave me a deposit. 🧐🤷🏼♀️ what a time to be alive. pic.twitter.com/kLnVMjdVb2
— rach (@wagyurach) May 5, 2021