[quote=eatrawfish]We rarely get purebred kittens/cats at our shelters. It DOES happen, but the majority of the kittens we get are from feral cats, or unspueterd cats that get to roam around. Good
breeders are not the problem.
I don't mean to start anything, but there is no such thing as "purebred" - there is registered or not registered. Without registration there is absolutely NO way of proving that a cat is of a given breed. If a person turns in a cat with its registration papers, THEN and only then can a cat be considered of a certain breed.
Reputable breeders put breeding restrictions on their kittens which are sold out as pets - if kittens weigh enough to neuter before they are sold, many breeders are doing this with their pet kittens also before selling them. The problem arises when BYBs get it into their minds that they are going to make money breeding knowing less than nothing about husbandry, health, temperament, etc. These same ignorant people turn around and sell out to pet buyers who either also hope to recoup their purchase price by breeding their cat or who know nothing about the breed of cat they are buying and find out that they don't want to deal with long coats on breeds which need brushing or excess activity in shorthair breeds such as Siamese or who feel that the cat they bought doesn't "match the color of their furniture".
Additionally, there are many breed rescue groups who will take cats which appear to be of a given breed from shelters and make excellent efforts to place the poor cats who have lost their forever homes.
Sorry, I see I've gone off into one of my tangents.
I also wish to point out that I greatly respect gaye because she has done years and years of research of her given breed, breeding practices, etc. prior to having her first ever litter; and I also feel the need to preserve the pedigreed Old Style cats (those who are registered with an acceptable registry such as CFA, ACFA, TICA, ACA, CFF). Ooops, here I go again.