Choosing a Breeder

Choosing a Breeder

One big reason to buy a pedigreed cat is because there is some characteristic of the breed -- it's coat, the way it looks, the breeds specific personality, things that a person admires. For example Persians and Himalayans have long, luxurious coats and very mellow, laid-back personalities. Bengals have a short, easily maintained coat, and a very busy, inquisitive personality.

When purchasing a pedigreed cat, you get much more than a piece of paper (the pedigree) -- you also get an right to make certain expectations of the cat's looks, personality, and characteristics and health that you don't get with non-pedigreed cats. When you purchase a cat from a reputable breeder who is active in the showing community, you should get a cat from a line whose ancestors were judged as to how well they met the standards of the breed, and which has been part of a program designed to breed healthy and robust examples of the breed in question.

Anyone can put two cats together and can call themselves a breeder but that doesn’t make them reputable or responsible.

Buying a kitten is an important and long term commitment so you want to choose a breeder that has the best interests of the cat, their breed and you in mind. Reputable breeders usually don’t advertise in the local classified newspaper ads, or on a poster taped to a wall – the places that the average person might look. They will not sell in litter lots, and they will not sell to pet stores. And while some will say it’s because the breeders are being elitist the real reason is quite simple. These venues encourage impulse buying. Impulse buying all too often leads to disappointment when the cat turns out to be just a cat, with a cat’s needs. Shelters and rescue programs are full of cats that were bought on impulse. Such a fate is not what a responsible breeder wants for the cats he or she has helped bring into this world.

A reputable breeder will be registered with TICA and perhaps their breed club, for example with Bengals a breeder might be a member of TIBCS, both organizations have a Code of Ethics.

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So You Want To Be A Breeder

You love your pedigreed cat, and you know other people would as well. She’s got a beautiful coat, brilliant green eyes, an a great temperament.   But before you begin imagining the adorable kittens you could breed and sell, it’s important to learn about the reality of becoming a cat breeder.

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