Part 3 of “So you want to be a cat breeder” – “but I don’t care about the pedigree”29 June, 2010
“Hello, I have a pedigree cat. She has just had a litter of kittens. The father cat doesn’t have a pedigree, does it matter?”
A fellow breeder, Molly Barr, of Mythicbell Persians, and I had a discussion about the importance and value of a pedigree.
She’s had potential kitten owners call her up and ask her if she could charge less if they take a kitten without a pedigree certificate.
Still others have pedigree queens without the certificate, and are frantically looking for a stud cat, not caring whether or not the stud cat is registered or not.
But is a pedigree certificate so important? Especially if you only want a litter of kittens?
If you’re thinking of buying pedigree a kitten without the pedigree certificate, think again about what you are missing:
- a pedigree certificate is a guarantee that your kitten comes from a line of pedigree cats (as all the cats in the certificate have to be registered with a cat registry).
- a pedigree certificate proves that the breeder you are buying the kitten from has taken the trouble to ensure that she is using breeding cats that conform to the breed standard.
- a pedigree certificate will allow you to trace the ancestry of your kitten – you can even see the champions that went into your kitten’s bloodline.
- a pedigree certificate will allow you to show the kitten as a pedigree. Without the certificate, you can only show the kitten as a household pet.
- a pedigree certificate adds value to the kitten you are buying.
- a pedigree certificate may make it easier to sell the kittens than if they haven’t got one.
- a pedigree certificate is a guarantee of a cat’s pedigree lineage. If you’re breeding your beautiful cat of unknown origin (i.e. you don’t have a pedigree certificate to prove who its parents and grandparents are) to a pedigree cat, you may get a mixture of kittens. Unless you have a pedigree certificate, the outcome is harder to predict.
As for breeding a pedigree cat without a pedigree certificate (and on the active register) or selling the kittens without pedigree papers … well, if these people don’t care about having a “pedigree”, why then did they buy or are they breeding from a pedigree cat? Why not just breed from a moggy?
I asked this question of someone who wanted to buy a female kitten from me, and she didn’t have an answer. The fact is, pedigree cats do produce kittens that are considered beautiful which is why people want pedigree cats (OK – I can see myself becoming the critical target of non-pedigree cat owners, so let me say that I have owned non-pedigree cats, and not having a pedigree does not mean that they are any less special, and that they are beautiful in their own right too.).