Originally Posted by Trillcat
I am so on the fence about this.
I read of the wonderful show cats some of you have, but then it breaks my heart to know that an animal in a shelter is going to die because people want these "pretty" pets then get them and dont know what to do with them because of the breed, its nature, everything. .
The thing is you could say the same about getting a "rehomed" cat or rescuing a stray/feral cat.
I have never gotten a cat (or dog) from a shelter. Of the current cats I live with, 5 were feral kittens I caught at a young age, one was a "rehome" and one was from a breeder.
Now you could also say that by bringing in the feral kittens that means that 5 shelter cats will die (well really 8, there were 7 in one litter I rescued and I found homes for 3 and 4 ended up staying with me) because I took in those feral kittens instead of adopting from a shelter. If I had adopted 5 cats from a shelter instead, that would have saved them whereas the feral kittens would have just continued to be feral. You could also say that by taking in Sneakers my "rehomed" cat (her owner did not want her and gave her to some kid in the neighborhood, who brought her to me) that would also result in a shelter cat dying because I could have gotten one from a shelter instead. So there is really not a difference between those and the one cat who we got from a breeder-- well, except that the ferals would have probably been just as happy if I had not taken them in because they would not have known anything other than being feral.
However the truth is I would not have adopted 5 or 7 or 10 cats from a shelter. The only reason I brought those 8 feral kittens inside is because they were feral and would have ended up feral for life otherwise (actually at least 3 of the kittens were sickly and probably would not have survived.) Sneakers just happened to be in the right place at the right time and I felt bad for her as she was a senior who was basically dumped. As for Roxy the Maine Coon, I don't think my brother would have gotten a shelter cat as an alternative because I suggested it in the beginning, but he did not want an "unknown" source. He wanted a cat whose health and parents' health he knew, who he knew how the cat had been raised as a kitten and that the dam had received proper nutrition, and knew how the cat would grow up and wanted a specific type of cat (a large black longhair with the traits of a Maine Coon) which would not have been findable in a shelter.