I came across this in kitten.com.my and thought it would make good reading.
Hi All, I’m new to cats.
I’ve just got something to clarify about breeders but do bear in mind when reading this that I dont mean any offence. It’s just for my own clarity.
Right now have have 2 cats. One persian cross I got from a petshop and another a purebred Ragdoll. I’ve been doing a lot of online research on breeders just to understand the ‘world’ better (I refrain from using the word ‘industry’ I see obvious differences between my cat from petshop and cat from breeder especially where health and attitude is concerned. My Ragdoll is a wonderful, happy, people loving cat whereas the persian is widhdrawn and reserved + he has all the common medical probs like eye infection, ear mites and fungus. Thankfully, after a lot of patience and time, he’s doing much better now – so definitely I’m never getting another cat from a petshop!
Just wanted to clarify – what constitutes a backyard breeder? Are we referring to petshops? What about breeders who are not CFA registered but still sell their cats by the thousands (RM).
There are also people who claim to have purebred unregistered cats and start breeding them ‘unintentionally’ because they don’t believe in neutering but still sell the cats at a costly price.
I’ve recently come across an unregistered breeder who seems to say having cats is a hobby but still breeds for business….just not sure if I should support this or not. He’s selling the kittens at more than 1K and definitely cheaper than the CFA registered kitten of the same breed. He does seem to care genuinely about the cats though – so I’m not sure if I should support this.
Plus I’ve seen many ads in adpost etc where people just sell cats and kittens without certs and seem to be throwing prices as they like..
Share your thoughts please?
Here is my reply
To begin, don’t assume that having certification means that the breeder is instantly ethical. There are some registered breeders who still sell cats indiscriminately, without assuring the future of their kittens.
In my mind, the ethical breeder
- Will provide the best possible care and lifestyle for their breeding cats.
- Will want to know what happens to their kitten once it goes to it’s new home.
- Will never sell intact kittens and cats to people without serious research and background. WHy do you want an intact cat? Which lines will you put my cat with? Have you made sure they are all healthy? What kind of conditions will your breeding cats be kept in?
- Will never push you to buy a cat from them.
- Will be willing to recommend other breeders.
- Will talk to you and guide you if you have any questions.
If you find someone who isn’t certiified but does all this, then the next question is does it matter? There are many in this forum who will say, OK what! Asalkan the cats are loved, there should be no problem.
I ask you this. How many times have you seen cats dying of starvation? How many times have you seen homeless cats (and dogs) loitering around, scrounging for food, worrying if it will be able to feed it’s litter? Have you seen the unwilling females tormented and hounded by the randy males?
There is no reason to breed unless you intend to show! Some (particularly rescuers, animal welfare activists etc) even would go so far as to say, no breeding (intentional or not) full stop. Being reasonable, I would say that is too extreme. So I conclude that the only good reason to breed is for showing. Then the non-show quality should be neutered and placed in loving pet homes.
So, those who breed as a hobby without intending to show (and thus have no need for ceritification) are only contributing to the problem of homeless animals. Afterall, why make more cats without a valid reason? If they are merely for pets, then what’s wrong with the cat on the street?
Hair too short? Face no flat enough?
Care to admit your love is not of the cat but then, of it’s looks?
Anyone squirming yet?
I’m posting this because I get posed this question so many many times. I guess it’s time a black and white is due. Do follow the thread in kitten.coml.my and contribute your thoughts. This is one I’ll be watching.