BYB used to mean Bring Your Own Booze. Now, it is synonymous with backyard breeders. There have been times when I have taken a litter of kittens in to be spayed. These kittens have been sequestered from the rest of my group from the first day they arrive here, only exposed to each other, and more than once the females are found to be pregnant at the spay. I ask for the spay to continue. To not do so, would move me into the realm of BYB- which is irresponsible reproduction for personal, selfish, or monetary gain.
Do I love kittens? Oh yes, every single one of them. But if you love kittens and you love puppies, call a local shelter and foster them. This way, you might have some back-up if in the middle of the night your kitten starts to fade and you don't know how to stop it. Or if it is so infested with fleas that the life is being literally sucked right out of of the poor thing. You don't have money for a vet, but if you foster with the right group, that money is provided for you.
Like Tania, I have held both healthy, and ill and even dying kittens in my heart. Every time I read the claim on many ads "we breed for quality, not quantity" I groan inwardly. True breeders, that are responsible for clean lines and healthy cats with not a lot of genetic flaws do not have to make that claim. Their kittens and their cats speak for themselves. Just because someone has a registered animal, does not give them in my opinion the right to breed that animal. Only after time and research and looking into the lines- should breeding even be a thought.
Yes, accidents happen, and another litter of kitten brought into the world means that more accidents are liable to happen, because to many times, the kittens are adopted out without being neutered first, and not everyone who adopts a kitten is a responsible pet owner.
It is estimated that over 60 million feral cats exist in the United States today. These unwanted, unloved and hardly touched by human hands cats wouldn't exist if not for US. For the human who kicked an intact cat out of the house to "roam" or got upset because his female peed in his recliner. These cats meet up and mate and deliver litters unto a problem that already exists- overpopulation of cats.
So why knowingly add to the problem? Why create more strays and ferals, that will have to struggle to survive and tragically many will die. Why bring into the world kittens of unknown lines just because you want to have kittens in your home? It makes truly no sense to anyone on the front lines of actually caring of cats and their welfare.
And by the way, our new "registered" German Shepherd puppy? This "breeder" is not a true breeder. The traits in this dog are no where near the traits of a true shepherd. She has already caught and killed over six songbirds! Leaps up in midair, catches them in her jaw and kills them instantly.
This line should have never been created, yet, the woman calls herself a qualified breeder. Even bird dogs do not kill birds, they seek them out and wait for their master to do the killing then fetch them back.
Stepping off my soapbox now-this is a subject I feel passionate about.