Originally Posted by FutureCatLady
So as a past breeder, how do you feel about some people's negative views on breeding-focusing on the fact that breeding is taking away from potential homes for stray cats?
Een though I know this was directed towards GoldenKitty45, I wanted to address it as a breeder as well. This question has brought up to me time and again - it is a very valid question and I thank you for asking it here.
The fact is that kittens produced by breeders most often do not take away potential homes from stray or rescued cats. People who purchase pedigreed cats do so for various reasons; among them the known traits of a certain breed, ancestry and known health issues. Most of these people have either shared their homes with a cat of a specific breed before and wish to do so again or have other, intimate knowledge of specific breed traits. In purchasing a pedigreed cat from a breeder, they are (for the most part) assured that the kitten they are purchasing is, in fact, a member of that breed with those familiar traits, ancestry and known health issues.
Adopting a shelter or rescue cat contains many unknown variables. While I am in absolutely no way, shape or form trying to discourage anyone here from adopting a rescue or shelter cat, the truth is that certain people want to be assured of personality traits, health issues or ancestry in the pets they bring into their homes. Those people normally would not even consider adopting a rescue or shelter cat. There is no choice for them, they will seek the services of a breeder every time. Can this be considered an elitist mindset? Yes, sometimes it can be. But, it is a fact of life as we know it.