Originally Posted by notme1295
Well, he didn't. And I've heard of many pet-only breeders so I'm not sure what standards you go by but more power to you. I'll think about what you said, but in the end, it is up to me and many people want Persians as just pets. And a crooked tail doesn't make a bad cat.
The "Pet only breeders" you are reffering to are more than likely BackYard breeders. Breeding just to breed. Breeding just to have kittens. Which is wrong. We have enough kittens in shelters, on the streets and being put to sleep. I came across my Neuter Loki (persian) because his breeder was going to kill him because she couldnt sell him. How nice huh?
Your breeder didnt sell on a contract, and didnt care. Didnt give you paperwork. Thats a Back yard breeder.
You ask what standards I go by. I got by CFA one of the major registered bodies of cats. I can not say what TICA says as I am not a registered member with them. But here ...this is in the section about Cat overpopulation.
"Those who are involved in the responsible breeding of pedigreed cats should recognize that, while the proportion of pedigreed kittens produced is small compared to kittens born at random to random bred cats as a result of indiscriminate or unplanned matings, this group should promote ethical breeding practices which will help reduce the number of unwanted cats."
Ethical. To me is the key word there. Your right lots of people want persians as just pets, and many breeders will sell any quality cat as a pet on a contract with papers. that does not mean the cat could not be a breeder, or shower. But has been sold at pet prices, to be fixed.
Now. I never said that a cat with a kinked tail is BAD. But it IS a genetic flaw. And when your breeding. You do not want to breed on genetic flaws. The idea of breeding is to better the breed.
Directly from the breed Standard. DISQUALIFY: locket or button. Kinked or abnormal tail. Incorrect number of toes. Any apparent weakness in the hind quarters.
You are right in the end it is up to you. But you came to a public place and asked. And you will get how we feel. Not only would it be unethical to breed on a genetic fault. Like others have said there is the problem of having stud cats. And what happens if you can not sell all your "pet kittens" what than? And will you sell on contract? Will you take ANY kitten back to matter how old it is if the owner can no longer care for it? Can you handle your stud spraying, females howling. Can you stand to enclouse your male...or keep him in one room with the daily clean up? What about the vet expenses. Persians are known to need C-sections. Than of course the kittens all need shots, worming, over all health checks before their new home. What if the female can not produce milk. Do you know how to bottle feed? Make sure the kittens go to the bathroom?
There is alot more to breeding than your thinking about. I think.
Fix your boy. Enjoy him. Study, go to shows, check out the standards and laws of your chosen fancing registry. Than start researching breeders for a papered quality Female. They are alot easier to start with.