Originally Posted by krkyria
I have a 1.5 year old female tortie himalayan with papers whom I love. I would like her to have a liter because my sister and mother really love her and want a cat from her line. If I only plan on having one liter and would have to find good homes for some of the kittens, do I need to register as a breeder in Maryland (If so how)? Thanks!
This response is probably a little harsh...but I've found that being blunt is much more effective means of communication than being 'Politically Correct'.
Before you even consider breeding, I would urge you to instead consider rescuing.
Having worked with many different rescue orgs, and having co-founded one, please understand that I have seen way to many "One Litter" rescues. I've also seen these "One Litter" breeders, not be able to follow through with the concept, instead after the kittens grow up, considering "Just One More"....even the best intentions of "One Litter" breeders are really only that; intentions.
Unless you plan on breeding to contribute to the betterment of the breed, there is absolutely no reason to breed. Single litter breeding is simply a selfish excuse that people use to get kittens of their own. (JMO)
So, if you truely want to become a breeder, then I would suggest you consult your local library, courthouse, and animal control. Seek a copy of all the applicable municiple, state and federal laws. Also, I would suggest for you to have your kitty medically screened for any breed specific and specie specific genetic defects.
Furthermore, I cannot stress enough the amount of thought you really need to put into this course of action. You obviously have put a fair amount into it already, otherwise you wouldn't be asking for help. Just please understand that Responsible Breeding encompasses more than just simple reproduction. That there is a lot more to breeding than simply facilitating the creation of new life.
Once again, please consider that there are a ton of unwanted kittens, and cats in animal shelters, in rescue organizations, etc. Most of these cats have only two options; one option, is a chance for a happy, loving life with a new owner, the other option, is not life.
I hope I did not come across as mean spirited, or otherwise ill intented. I only want the best for you and your kitties.
Please think through this decision. If you decide that you want to become a responsible breeder, we can help you, and I will be right there with everyone else to help you. If you change your mind, that's fine too, we'll still help you out with whatever we can.