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Cat breeding

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by kerrymac84, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. kerrymac84

    kerrymac84 PetForums Newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
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    I have been considering/looking into breeding cats for a while now.
    I have researched the breed, and read up as much as I can find. Some seemed like sound advice, some a little questionable.

    I would be truly greatful of any advice/insight given, particularly where do I start?

  2. HollyM

    HollyM PetForums VIP

    Feb 21, 2010
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    If you post in the cat breeding section i'm sure u'll get loads of advise.
  3. Biawhiska

    Biawhiska PetForums VIP

    Mar 28, 2008
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    Make sure you have lots and lots and lots of money and time
  4. messyhearts

    messyhearts PetForums VIP

    Feb 6, 2009
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    It's best to start with a show neuter of your chosen breed so you can be familiar with them first hand first.
  5. dharma66

    dharma66 PetForums Senior

    Oct 25, 2009
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    You say you've researched the breed, so this implies that you haven't owned that breed before. Have you owned any pedigree cats? Or even better, show cats?

    If not, you are frankly unlikely to find anyone willing to sell you a cat on the active register as your first cat.

    If you haven't shown, then the advice about a show neuter is good. You should probably expect to spend a couple of years showing neuter, getting to know the score and getting to know other breeders before thinking about owning breeding queens yourself. I assume you are only thinning about queens at this stage, and not studs, as they are an order of commitment above even queens.
  6. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

    Sep 15, 2008
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    Yes you need to find a cat first, one you like preferably.

    If the thought of showing fills you with fear you need to research that cat until you can research no more, to (hopefully) prove to the cat breeder you want to improve on the breed of your choice. Shows are good so you can see what you are aiming for with the breed.

    You also needs lots of money, time, be prepared to cry quite a lot unless you are fairly hardfaced, :D, in-fact if I were you I would possibly start putting away money monthly just now as it is very expensive.

    Space is another thing, you need to ensure you have a room for the kittens and mum, or somewhere safe for them to be if you are out of the house.

    Best of luck.
  7. tillyfloss11

    tillyfloss11 PetForums Junior

    Feb 25, 2010
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    :thumbup:Just backing up everyone else - You will need LOTS of money, and some more!

    It is not a cheap thing to get into...rough estimate, we have paid over a thousand pounds for two queens, who have both turned out to have to be spayed, which was just total bad luck!

    So we have had to get replacement queens, which has cost us another thousand, plus the cost of spaying, vet bills, travelling to our breeder and mentor 3 hours away, and all of the heartache!

    Not even adding to the food, toys, beds, treats, wormer, flea treatments, brushes, and all of the other things that cost on a daily/monthly basis!

    Its not for the fainthearted, and if you are in it for the money I can think of other things to earn a lot more, easier!!

    However, if you have the money and time and truly love cats and your chosen breed then Id start by owning a neuter and getting used to their traits, look and personality etc!:thumbup:

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