Okay, here's my story, if you want to call it that.
As my siggy states, I have 5 kids. I am finished having litters. Hubby was neutered after son #2.
Guess it'll be awhile 'fore I hear the pitter-patter of little feet again. Well, not exactly true, we still have Willow's babes to rear. And it's not exactly like my kids are old... my boys are only just 18 months and 2-1/2... 13 months apart.
But you know.
So.... I've played with the idea of breeding before. On and off. Just never sure I know enough. And as I stated before I love genetics! and cat's just offer such a variety it really is fascinating!
But I'll be the first to admit, I'm the last person who can *recognize* the standards of a given breed. Though, in therory, I do know the difference in , say, a Maine Coon and a Norwegian Forest Cat... So I really need to work on this. After all, what [qualities] does one breed for if they dont know what
So I need to decide on a particular breed. And this is difficult as I love them all - from the smushed face to the tailless, to curly haired to long and even hairless
But if I have to narrow it down, I think I can get within the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Siberian, or even the Selkirk Rex.
And after a bit more research, I really think I would enjoy the Siberians.
OH! and Polydactyls. I love a polydactyl!!!!!
So I've contacted a few Siberian breeders. Mostly just to chat yet. Try to find a mentor or sorts. The one that did get back to me went out of 'business'.
Maybe they're not looking for more competition... that sounds bad. I dont know... but if my mind is left alone too long it starts to wonder
I'm heading to my first cat show this coming weekend. Should be interesting. I've gone to dog shows and even had our dogs in working dogs events, ie. water rescue, cart pulling, but never shows. At any rate, we had to start somewhere then as is the case now I suppose. I can still remember our first dog outing too. Ha! I was so clueless!
And I know FULL WELL it's not about the money... heck - we adopted a preggo cat from the pound and had to shell out [I-dont-wanna-even-whisper] how much to save her after her kittens were born. Not to mention the work I missed, and the anxiety I went through... It was never a question - it was just the thing to do. Willow is just the most gorgeous thing, and I know I'm biased,
but she is just so loving and affectionate! Even the day at the pound - it was love at first site. Hence why I threw a temper-tantrum on the Humane Society floor until everyone's vote was cate my way
So now I gotta ask myself... why do *I* wanna do it?
I love kitties! I love cats! I love animals for that matter.
So why not volunteer for a shelter or rescue instead?
Well, I love genetics too. And being able to [semi] control and predict the outcomes would be a rewarding challenge for me!
So what's stopping me?
I guess a mentor, and a little more knowledge. I need to know what to breed for. I need to find the perfect pair and who to get them from. I need to know how to start. I was wondering, do I begin with just a queen and sire out. Maybe co-ownership. Do they do that with cats? I know they do with dogs as the breeder/vet I got my Newf from does this. And she will hold your hand to each and every show if needed!
I dont know... here's one thing I've wondered... for those of you that keep your Tom's in house. How do you keep them from marking their territory all over?
Ho boy -- I guess that's enough for now... I suppose by the time I am ready, my kids will be having their litters and I'll be back to square one
Thanks for listening.... if you made it this far!