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Is your cat's pregnancy an accident or is it ... Backyard Breeding???

Backyard Breeder

1. Motive for breeding: "fun", "good for kids", "to make money", "friends or family members all want kittens", "because I just love cats!!". Does not screen prospective new owners and seldom refuses to give or sell kittens, even if the new owner is unsuitable.

2. Breeds the family pet to any convenient pet just to have kittens. Has no understanding or concern with genetics, pedigree bloodlines, or breed improvement.

3. Though the pets (sire/dam of kittens) may be well loved, they were not tested for genetic problems or for the common feline viruses before being allowed to breed.

4. Offers no health guarantee beyond proof of shots, if that. Unqualified to give help if problems develop.

5. Has little knowledge of pet's history or ancestry. May claim this does not matter for "just pets".

6. Kittens raised in makeshift accommodations, sometimes unsanitary, indicating lack of long-term investment in breeding and lack of true care for the kittens well-being.

7. Even when selling "just pets", may produce documents or "championship pedigrees" as proof of quality. Yet seller does not increase his own knowledge through participation in national, regional, or local breed clubs.

8. May be unwilling to show a buyer the entire litter or to introduce the sire and/or dam of the litter. Cannot or will not compare/critique kittens or kitten’s ancestors.

9. Prices are at the low end of local range, since must move kittens quickly. Advertises in the local newspaper classifieds.

10. No concern for the future of individual kittens or the breed as a whole. Does not use or ask for spay/neuter contract to guard against the breeding of sub-standard kittenss. If you cannot keep kitten, tells you to take it to a shelter or to sell it.

Reputable Breeder

1. Dedication to producing quality kittenss is serious avocation. Has so much invested in their chosen breed that he/she struggles to break even, not make a profit. Will sell kittenss only to approved buyers after thoroughly screening them.

2. Can explain how planned breedings are used to emphasize or minimize specific qualities through linebreeding, outcrossing, or more rarely, inbreeding.

3. Has breeding stock assessed by a reputable veterinarian, tested for the common feline dieseases and can produce certification to prove claims.

4. Written contractural commitment to replace a kitten with genetic faults or to help owner deal with problem.

5. Loves the breed at large and can talk at length about its background and historical facts. Is able to expand at length about ideal type.

6. Has an investment in the necessary cat equipment or other supplies and the cats' environment is sanitary and loving.

7. Belongs to national, regional, and/or local cat clubs, indicating a love for the sport of purebred catss. May or may not show their cats as an objective test of how his/her stock measures up.

8. Shows litter and dam in a sanitary environment. Helps buyer evaluate and choose a kitten based on buyer's criteria. Explains difference for "show prospects" versus "pet picks". Discloses any known problems in individual kittens or with their ancestors.

9. Prices will be at the high end of local range. Price will not reflect all that is invested in the catss. A reputable breeder never profits from the sale of kittenss. Does not advertise in the newspaper. Has an established waiting list for the kittens.

10. After purchase, will help you with grooming or training problems. Will take back a kitten you cannot keep rather than see it disposed of inappropriately. Sells pets with spay/neuter agreement or already altered before placement.