Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
As long as the cat is neutered/spayed and you are not breeding it and falsifying that its a "purebred" without papers, whats the harm?
Maybe that people don't care about buying from responsible breeders. Where I come from a pedigree means at least certain health tests have been performed. Although it's probably not the case with real lovers of certain breeds, there are people who feel there is a status attached to owning a purebred cat since it kinda says "expensive" to the outside world. These people probably don't really care about HCM/PKD etc testing, much less about bettering a breed. As long as the cat looks
purebred. The local shady pet-dealer loves to get her hands on white kittens which she sells as Angora's (at that age they're still fluffy). Such people profit from such a way of thinking.
I have two moggies that most people think are purebred cats, I got them for free from a friend, but when people tell me how lucky I am to have gotten "such a good deal" and that I was crazy to pay the money for two purebred kittens I will them that I love my eldest two very much, but that I will never adopt a cat in the same way again just because I love them, since it turned out my cats could very well be the result of inbreeding (father/daughter or brother/sister) and I often worry about any healthproblems they might develop as a result. Also, they have not been socialized right and the male harasses his sister, I am looking into therapy for this. People should realize that just what you see is a small part of what you get, what most people want is a healthy, companiable, pretty cat, but they go out and just look for pretty. If you encourage people in calling any blue cat (most people don't know about type) a Russian Blue, Chartreux or British Blue, they will go out next time they want a kitten and get a blue one off the local backyard breeder. Of course this doesn't apply to people who get a cat from the shelter. (In my country almost the only purebred cats you see in shelters are Persians, again, people just want a pretty cat, don't realize they have to care for the pretty hairs too)
And unfortunately a lot of people who come online wanting to know what breed their purebred-looking cat is do want to breed. I remember this lady who wanted to breed Siamese, the cats didn't have a pedigree, but after some checking it turned out they were closely related. One of the reasons a purebred isn't a purebred without the papers, to avoid such mistakes.