Originally Posted by lorimay1
Iv'e tryed several times to but a cat with papers buy they can't ship here.
Really? Sounds peculiar. Probably they dont want to sell to you. Many breeders dont rely on beginners. So it is my theory why they dont want to send.
Otherwise you could fetch yourself. Many do. It is also a way to show you ARE seriously interested, although beginner.
Learn also who is a good vet in your area. Mention this to the seller... So you show you are working on it. Etc.
You get the picture, right?
Another way is as GoldenKitty suggests: begin with an altered cat. Attend shows and meetings, lectures for the race and pedigree cat owners.
In this way you met a lot of people in these circles. You prove you are interested and eager to be a seriÃ³us breeder. Learn a lot. And so on...
Good if you can have a friendly breeder as mentor. Preferably she who sells the kitten to you, or another good bombay breeder, but really almost any knowleable breeder is useful here.
You can also try up along the chain: ie grandmother, father, grandfather... They will only be happy to hear about their "descendants", and someone will surely also be happy to help you with advices.
This altered cat should preferably be of show-quality, but it is not absolutely necessary. You CAN participate in show also with a second grade cat. Or even a domestic in the domestic class...
Although it is not so fun knowing you dont have any chance for titles. And you must of course explain to all breeders around you are in mostly to learn... So much simpler to get an show quality cat yes. Perhaps an ex stud or ex-queen.
However, it is important this cat is cat-sociale. As he will be company to the female cats you WILL breed on. And also her kittens.
Such one altered, friendly cat is very useful for a small scale breeder, working as company of the mom, and also as a friendly uncle to the kittens.