Why breeders would not want to sell entire / un-neutered cats
Ever since we started showing, we have learned a great deal in terms of breeding and the study of lines and pedigree. We have also met a lot of breeders and exhibitors, as well as communicating with gazillions breeders around the world. In search of good cats to be our foundation cats, we have come into a lot of frustrations more than favorable replies on breeders letting go of their cats, especially the ones of Regional Winners and National Winners lineage. So, why do breeders always reluctant to let their cats go as an entire?
This article is perhaps more of educational than anything else. It could be an answer why when we contacted breeders looking for an entire kitten, the replies has been of unfavorable one. It could also be an explanation on why we are adopting the same principle. However, not all breeders are adopting the same concept:
1) Anonymous person: How do we know somebody from thousand miles away is truly fond of taking care of the kitten? How do we know that he is not using the kitten/cat to become money making machine or any other personal gain? How do we know exactly the person is? And how do we know that our cat will be safe? It’s completely anonymous that is why breeders would not want to let go their kitten, entire or not.
2) Pedigree & Lineage: If we are showing, or understand well enough about pedigree we will come across the issue of pedigree and lineage. Ethical breeders would respect the lines that they are working with, even proud of it. Some of them would even have lines that they can only adhere to, and cannot mix with other groups. The lines doesn’t have to be of premium, but well established.
3) Neutering is the way to go: Not everybody would want to breed. Even worse, not every cat is capable of becoming a mother. Neutering the kitten at an early stage (or even later) would guarantee the life of less stress, less health problems and a better condition of the cat. It will also make the life of the owner a whole lot easier. The male won’t spray when they turn adults, and become friendly to everybody. When a female is not getting what they supposed to, some can end up having cancer in the uterus or even cyst. Our female who was spayed at a later stage developed an early stage of cyst, luckily she was spayed on time to remove it, and have gained weight since. We do not want this to happen to them. In addition, having babies is not something we can take easily. It could be a hardwork, and can cost a lot of money and energy as well as time spent.
These are only a few of the reasons why many breeders won’t sell entires or breeding cats. To many, money is not an issue, and if the line is good enough, they are not worry of losing "customers" or people who want to own their cats. An ethical breeder would put the health and welfare of the kitty as the top priority when letting her go.
In a country like Malaysia, where the cat fancy is somewhat new and mystery to the public, a lot of education has to be done. The common thinking is that when we have a pair of cats, we can breed them and sell the kitties. That is wrong. They are not money making machines, and that is when we start to think that having cats is an investment and quickly frustrated when they are not “doing” as well as we have dreamed of.
Friends and family always asked us, what do we get from showing these cats? Any money in return? That is one tough, or rather tricky question. Some even regarded of what we are doing as a waste time and money. We do not show because we want money in return, or fame and glory. It is just a hobby. We show them because there are certain guidelines and breed standards according to associations, in which CFA is the one we use. This is an expensive hobby, and have ZERO return. However, it is a great platform to meet new people, expand our networking and ultimately, the way to educate ourselves and the public of the breeds, especially the one we are showing. That being said, we are happy when people are asking questions about our cats, or the Maine Coons in general. We are proud to have achieved the level we are at, but leaving the bragging to ones who truly entitled to.
Some of you may think that we are cocky or greedy when we replied the email saying we do not sell breeding cats. The truth is, we can ask a lot of breeders out there and 9 out of 10 would reply the same way.
Our advice is to tackle the three reasons on why some breeders, like us, would not want to let go breeding cats. Showing is not the only answer. In general the most important thing is made well known of ourselves to the breeders. Get to know them and make them feel comfortable with us, which later on can translate to trust and respect. However this is only the early stage. We also need to do research on the pedigree and lines. Of course, if we are serious enough, we can always show. We can start with an alter, as a way to educate ourselves of the breed.
Our aim is that this article would be educational enough for visitors and cat lovers out there who wonder why many (ethical) breeders would not want to sell breeding cats. Perhaps we can share this with many more.