A good breeder
What makes a breeder a GOOD breeder?
Do you plan on buying a kitten or are you thinking about breeding your wonderful female? Anyone can breed, but what should you expect from a cat breeder and what should you think about if you're planning on breeding yourself?
- You don't make money on responsible breeding. If a breeder is breeding for a living, that's a warning sign.
- A good breeder has a lot of knowledge about the particular breed, genetics, diseases and general cat care. A good breeder answers (or will at least try to) all the questions you have about the breed and cats in general.
- A good breeder is open about the breeds advantages and disadvantages. Different breeds have different temperments, some are very agile, others more docile, some want company, others will do better as the sole cat in the househould (these factors are of course also individual) etc. Some cats (a good example is the Persian) need grooming regulary while other breeds such as rex cats hardly need any grooming at all, a good breeder will teach you proper grooming if he/she breeds a "grooming breed". A good breeder is honest about possible hereditary defects and/or diseases. Not all breeds have problems with hereditary defects/diseases, make sure you check this before contacting a breeder so you'll be able to tell if the breeder is hiding something or if he/she is honest about possible health problems.
- A good breeder won't breed sick/defect cats. He/she will not breed a cat if there are uncertainties about the cats health and/or temperment. A good breeder will deal with the breeds health issues. Tests will be done and only the healthy cats will be bred. Cats not suitable for breeding will be neutered but of course equally as loved as the breeding cats.
- A good breeder won't keep the cats in kennels. He/she will live with the cats and treat them like her/his own babies. They will be cuddled with, the will get proper medical care when needed and they will be loved. A good breeder will see the cats as individuals and care for their individual needs. A good breeder loves cats! Living with the cats ensures that that the kittens (and the adults) are properly socialized.
- A good breeder will be devoted to a few certain breeds, probably just one. Most breeders only breed one breed, while some might breed two or three different kinds of breeds. It's hard to concentrate when breeding many different kinds of breeds and this MIGHT cause problems. The breeder might not have the time for keeping up to date with the diffrent kinds of breeds different health problems and in the end the cats will be the ones suffering. How many cats to the breeder have and how many litters is produced each year? A good breeder concentrates on quality rather than quantity.
- A good breeder is very picky with choosing new homes for his/her cats. This is a GOOD thing. He/she will take any cat back if it for some reason can't stay in its new home, in fact he/she will insist to take it back. If the cat turns out to be sick a good breeder will offer to take the cat back with refunding or offer you a new healthy cat alternatively pay for the treatment.
- A good breeder sells the cats without strings attached. He/she won't try to fool you by making you sign contracts where you promise her/him that he/she can breed YOUR cat. A good breeder will inform you about the importance about neutering/spaying your cat, maybe he'll/she'll have it done before the cat is sold.
- A good breeder is well aware of the fact that kittens shouldn't leave their mother before the age of 10 weeks. Many breeders actuarally keep the kittens longer than that. A good breeder won't let any kitten go before this age no matter how much you try to sweet talk them. A good breeder is prepared to hold up the breeding if a litter isn't sold. Some breeders have long waiting lists to make sure they'll be able to sell the kittens.
- Good breeders won't sell kittens to pet stores and they'll interview you thoroughly, maybe even make home visits. He/she will stay in touch after you've brought the kitten home. A good breeder lives with the kittens for at least 10 weeks, don't think we don't get emotionally attached to each and every one of them.
- A good breeder knows that good hygiene and nutrition is vital for good health. Her/his home won't be sterile but the kittens won't be dirty, smelly, have fleas or worms, have runny eyes or be malnourished. The litter boxes will be kept clean and possible "accidents" will be cleaned away.
- A good breeder will let you meet the kittens mother (the father to if possible). A kittens temperment depends on genetics but up to 80% of it depends on the enviroment! The mother has a huge impact on the kittens behavior. Make sure the mother is a nice cat. A cat you would like to have at home.
- A good breeder is well aware of the cat overpopulation problem and he/she makes sure he/she is a part of the solution NOT a part of the problem. Not all of us can adopt, but a good breeder will help anyway by donating money, food, litter and/or by volunteering at a shelter.
A good breeder is always there for you. He/she will help you with any kind of trouble you might run into. He/she will probably overwhelm you with information when you're there visiting him/her and the cats.
A good breeder cares about you and the cat.
Last edited by marie73; 09-12-2011 at 04:36 AM.
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