Originally Posted by vegansoprano
I personally would add that if a breeder cannot afford to make sure that his/her pet quality cats do not further add to the feline overpopulation crisis, that person can't afford to breed cats in the first place. It's one thing for a rescue to not have the financial resources to do everything that is ideally best for the cats. But for a breeder, who is choosing to bring these animals into the world, it is a different story and a totally different level of responsibility.
The way you've composed your reply here could perhaps lead some to believe that if a breeder did not early s/n each and every last one of their kittens before placing them in their new homes, such breeders would be somehow less than reputable and that is simply not the case. In fact, it is a gross inaccuracy.
If you were to go back and actually read what I wrote, you will find that I said SMALLER
breeders - there are those who, like me, have a very small number of cats who produce only 1 litter of 4 to 5 kittens every 12 to 14 months. Those kittens are placed in homes where the owners have been very invasively interviewed (I had one kitten buyer laughingly refer to my own interview process as an "interrogation" - do you think he got one of my kittens?) and found to be responsible, ethical and honest people. They will spay or neuter the kitten. I have no doubt of it or they don't purchase a kitten from me.
I might further add that normally, the people who seek a pedigreed kitten from a breeder have already tried the foster/shelter/rescue route before
contacting a breeder. Most, if not all of the kitten buyers that I have spoken with have attempted to adopt a kitten first and found that for various reasons, it didn't work out.Vegansoprano, I applaud passion and I respect that you've seen some true horror stories in your experience with rescue and animal activism. Additionally, I can and very much do appreciate the zeal and natural exuberance which so often comes with youth, however your message, in my humble opinion, is better suited to those who share your views of such strongly indoctrinated activism - not to those who are mostly keeping housecats as companions or feeding and caring for the odd stray.