Part 1 of “So you want to be a cat breeder”20 June, 2010
“Hello, i would like to ask if you do have any kittens available and how much will the cost if i want to breed them?“ [e-mail enquiry from potential kitten buyer]
Every year, cat breeders receive e-mails like the one above.
To our experienced eye, it’s obvious that the person wants a a kitten to breed from. In 99.9% of the cases, our reply is a polite but firm “no”.
Why is this the case?
This series of posts is for all of you who want to be a cat breeder, but don’t know how to go about doing it. What I’m going to recommend may not be the only way; it is based on my personal experience. If you’re serious about becoming a cat breeder, don’t just read this post, get in touch with other cat breeders and ask them questions.
Here’s what I plan to share:
- how to get into cat breeding – the acceptable way
- what is a good cat breeder
- the costs of cat breeding (aka “do you have deep pockets?”)
- how to get a breeding queen
- why do breeders charge more for breeding cats
- why you shouldn’t buy a kitten and have “just one litter” from it
- what is a backyard breeder and what are the consequences of becoming a backyard breeder