I typically receive a handful of inquiries each week from people looking for a Russian Blue kitten. I have a very small breeding program, and can’t honor the requests from all qualified applicants. With the “stay at home” orders imposed by many states due to COVID-19, I think many people are sensing a void in the home, and if they have put off adding a four legged family member now seems like a good time to bring home a new pet and spending that early time bonding.
I’m now getting a couple of inquiries per day. People looking for kittens NOW. The demand is far outweighing the supply. It takes 6 months from the time of breeding to have a kitten ready to travel to their new home. So there’s a lot of advance planning. The last kittens placed went to their new homes about 11 months from first contact with the buyers. So be prepared to wait.
That doesn’t mean a kitten cannot be available sooner. A sale may fall through. A buyer may now not want to fly to pick up a kitten and wants to look locally. We just continue down our list until we find the right match. And, we are a fairly close knit group within the breed. I regularly will refer potential buyers to a breeder in their region.