There Is No Such Thing As Toy Or Teacup Persian Kittens!
There have been quite a few websites with silver and golden Persian kittens popping up claiming to have toy or teacup Persian kittens charging astonishing prices for pets with unknown bloodlines ($3000-$9,500!!)
Silver Persians and Golden Persian cats have always been smaller than other colors of Persians. An average female weighs 4-6 pounds. An average male weighs 6-9 pounds. Cats any smaller than this are labeled “runts”; not teacups, toys, pixie, minis, or whatever other designer label has been conjured up to describe these cats. Breeders who advertise “Teacup kittens for sale” any smaller than this usually get these results by breeding runt to runt or heavily inbreeding their cats! These “teacup kittens” may appear as cute tiny kittens, but sadly are almost always plagued with many underlying health issues that usually lead to a short life span (and plenty of heartache & vet bills).
Reputable breeders, those who are trying to improve the breed, are working to breed away from this small size as a Persian cat should be a genetically sound medium to large cat. However the unscrupulous are banking on it by misleading unsuspecting pet owners into thinking this trait is rare, coveted, or new, and charging exorbitant amounts of money for their kittens; outrageous prices don’t always mean better quality or pedigree. These teacup kittens may grow to be normal full grown adult size! In fact most of these “businesses” do not display the parents of their kittens nor do they provide dna testing results or pedigrees on their websites.