Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
What do you think? Is it ok for breeders to profit from sales of their kittens?
I've heard people comment that breeders who make money off their kitten sales are bad breeders, BYB's, kitten mills, etc.
IMO, responsible breeder = must lose money, just doesn't make sense.
We're always in the hole because we show all the time, but if we didn't we'd be profitable inspite of the fact that we don't cut corners and our cats get the best food and care possible.
Well if the breeder doesn't show then BYB IMO. I can see sometimes breeding a non titled animal in a breeding program for various reasons based upon experience to a titled animal, however, the serious reputable breeders concerned with longevity, type, health, etc. tend to be very active in their breed and involved with showing.
It is their passion, their hobby, not how they make their money. They take their time and focus on quality, not quantity. They give the best care to their cats and kittens at all times and the animals are their priority. Raising animals the right way is not cheap, breeding them is not either. It would take a lot of profit to break even, and if that person wanted to break even they would have evaluate their priorities.
It isn't a money making venture, not a get rich quick thing, not a numbers game. I compare it to a hobby, since hobbies are something people generally enjoy a lot, spend a lot of time learning and doing, and spend money invested in the experience and for the love of that hobby.
Sometimes money cost too much and sometimes you do something for the love it, not for the money. A lot of times this happens in life, like for instance kids cost more than parents can ever really know but are really really priceless.
My animal food bill is hundreds per month but I can't put a real price on the joy they bring me every single day of my life.