Even though I do agree with spaying/snipping non-pedigree cats, I am also glad some people don't as otherwise I wouldn't have been able to have my adorable kitten.
I went to the local animal shelter to adopt a cat from there ( I initially wanted an older cat, at least 10 years old and preferably female), but they made it so hard for me to adopt any cat from them, that I gave up. I tried the local cats protection league. Same story there. Both places said that I can't have a cat, because I am at work all day and cannot fit a cat-flap. Doh. The reason why I wanted an older cat is exactly that. They tend to be quieter, and don't mind having limited access to the outside (in my case a medium sized garden with a 6ft fence all the way around it). I asked the animal shelter about an indoor cat only ( I live in a 3-bed house, not a small flat), and they said I could adopt a FIV cat, but would HAVE to keep it indoors all the time. But I wouldn't be able to guarantee that (kids running in and out during the summer and stuff...), so I didn't want to take the risk.
I mean, I wasn't inflexible. I said I don't mind breed or colour. The cat can go out in the morning and every evening, all day weekends. I have a big house which is free to the cat to roam, I wasn't against adopting 2 at the same time, and even though I said I prefer an older cat, I also said I wouldn't mind any other age.... How much more flexible can I be ? Why do they make it so hard ? I mean, are only unemployed people with cat-flaps allowed to adopt cats ?
Another friend of mine had the same problem. The moment she told them that she was in full time employment, they refused her a cat. We both ended up getting kittens from someone we heard of through the friend of a friend who needed to get rid of unwanted (?) kittens. Neither of us wanted a kitten, as it isn't nice for them to be at home alone all day, but there was no way we were able to get a full grown cat.
Listening around at work.... same story all over. I mean that way, it's no wonder the shelters a full of unwanted cats, and people go out and get their cats from backyard breeders or a pet-shop.
And the whole thing about pedigree cats are the only ones supposedly allowed to breed. Thats fine by me. Nothing against that, if they wouldn't cost so much ? When I was refused by the animal shelter, I started looking around for pedigree cats. I was shocked at how expensive they are.
My kitten was one of those "free to a good home" and the woman wouldn't accept any money, so I bought her some cat-food, but I would have much preferred to take one from the shelter......
sorry, just a long rant, but maybe shelters should make it easier for people to adopt cats, then there would be more room ?