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Pedigree cats?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by catzz, Apr 10, 2011.


  1. catzz

    catzz PetForums Senior

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    I was just reading the outcross thread on the breeding section and it got me to wondering... Why do people have pedigrees? Is it appearance or character traits or what? I've only ever had moggies and probably wouldn't get a pedigree although I've seen some beautiful pictures on here. I suppose the question is "why did you choose to get your pedigree?" or "why did you choose to get a moggy?"

    This isn't meant to start a pedigree vs mog argument. I'm not putting any value judgement on either - I'm genuinely interested :)
     
  2. Gratch

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    The only way I would buy a pedigree is if I was looking for a certain look and temperament so I assume that's why everyone else does :p I do love the unpredicatability of a moggie though! I might at somepoint in later life get a pedigree cat but it doesn't sit terribly right with me picking a cat on it's looks
     
  3. I have always had only moggies which I have gotten free from someones unplanned litter but I would like a pedigree in the future. The 4 breeds I love are Ragdolls, Maine coons, Bengals and Siamese. There are many different reasons l like these breeds. I think all 4 are beautiful cats but like the temperament of all too. each breed has their own little things I like about them and i guess when people choose a pedigree they go for one because they want a certain character etc and are more likely to choose more accurately by choosing a pedigree. Also people like well bred pedigrees because they can have a better indication on its health etc by looking at the cats pedigree and choosing a good example of the breed. Moggies are lovely but you can't guarantee what you are going to get but have a better guess with a pedigree.
     
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  4. TwinsMama

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    hiya, I got our Selkirk Rex's purely based on their personality traits and temperaments - we as a family had specific requirements, and whilst we knew that not all cats follow their breed traits we thought that this way at least we were hedging our bets :)

    saying that, now that we have these two and the boys are more than happy with Blossum & Blaze (besotted I would say actually), I myself would be keen next time to look at rescue cats.....

    I have a question too - how come two cats just doesnt seem enough LOL!!!! yes, I've been well and truly bitten by the catbug :)
     
  5. Gratch

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    I would always pick a moggie for a healthy sturdy cat myself as alot of pedigrees have alot of health issues that they are prone to especially with age.
     
  6. BSH

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    I got my BSHs initially as the Cats Protection would not allow me to have a cat from them as I live too close to a main road and they would not allow me to keep any kittens as indoor cats. But I had always wanted a BSH Blue, so it seemed like to right time and I got lucky and found Darwin.
     
  7. popoki

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    Interesting question!

    I'm new to pedigrees, having always had rescue moggies all my life.

    When our old moggie boy was put to sleep in September last year after 15 years with us, he left a huge hole in our life. He really was a unique cat, with a massive personality and we knew straight away that we wanted another cat (or cats), not to replace him but just because the house felt so empty. :( We started looking at pedigree cats just because you have a greater chance of getting personality type (although no way guaranteed). Russian Blues were high on our list, I think they're stunningly beautiful cats, but personality traits are a little reserved for what we wanted. Abyssinians seemed to fit what we were looking for both crazy personality wise and wild looks. Plus my OH always wanted one from when he was a little boy and reading his big book of cats!

    We got two kittens in December, but sadly one died from FIP. I know there's a greater risk from multi cat households (eg pedigree breeders) so when we made the decision to get another kitten we discussed the risk and whether we should get a moggie from a single cat household. But we were so smitten by all the abys we met, we decided to get another Abyssinian - who will be coming home in about 6 weeks! :D

    I do get asked all the time why pedigrees, in a way people don't tend to ask people with dog breeds, which I find a little annoying. It's like having a breed of dog is accepted yet a pedigree cat isn't.
     
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    i have 3 moggies who i love to bits & wouldn,t be without...they are all so different in many ways...we are getting maine coon kittens because i fell in love with the look & size of them, mainly also that they are more people orientated cats. My son loves cats but ours always run away from him, mainly due to them being older, hopefully he will build a rapport with his kitty & have his feline best friend:D
     
  9. messyhearts

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    I got peds for loads of reasons. I originally wanted a kitten that would be okay with a dog not used to cats so got a Maine Coon kitten who was brought up with a dog. Socialisation, temperament, health were all paramount to me too plus I had wanted to breed and show for a while. My cats were NOT bought purely based on looks but temperament and suitability to our household. Having had difficulties with rescues in the past, they were not an option and neither were accidental moggie litter breeders if I wanted a socialised cat who loved cuddles.
     
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    i had always been brought up with moggies right up until probaly14 years when i got my first ragdoll. i only lost my last moggy two years ago. for years i wanted a ragdoll for their temprement, beauty and because they are so laid back, but i got addicted now its the same with wegies, but if i was put in a position that i needed to rescue a moggy then i wouldnt think twice about it.
     
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    Health/looks/temprement. They are all breed for a reason to look/be a certain way, hence breed standards.
    Same with dogs you tend to like the look of a breed then read up about it. Or are drawn to one.

    r.e. moggies health no one can (well more like dont, not can as they do for every test under the sun) health test them as they are free roaming matings, hence you dont know what heredity problems they will get, so infact in my eyes that is worse, you could end up with a kitten that has a heart murmor, mega colon (42% of moggies suffer with this) allergies, pkd, infact take your pick the parents are health tested Ever, so how do you know what illness's they have?

    Alot of people dont take them to the vet to even be diagonsed, I think that at least peds know whats in the breed and health tests Against to to produce healthy kits.

    I will only ever have pedigrees, from health tested parents and I would never ever buy a moggie again, im not supporting these people who let them out mating for money with no health/care for the cats.

    I may rescue one in the future though.
     
  12. Quixoticish

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    Because both the RSPCA and Cats Protection League proved to be utterly abysmal and were very rude to us when we tried to adopt, so our only option was to research breeders until we found one we felt comfortable with and buy from them.

    Having been through that experience and having gotten to know the breeder so well she will certainly be our first port of call when we come to want another cat in the future.
     
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    Well I have had two pedigrees and two moggies. All of which I have loved and enjoyed. My mom had a burmese since I was born though and so I guess I slightly prefer pedigrees but I would never not consider rescue cats (the two moggies were rescues).

    I find with pedigrees I just love their cleverness and naughtiness. Having had twice, one pedigree and one moggie at the same time I found with both sets of cats you could see the personality difference. Each had their own quirks still but it would be things such as my siamese would seek my company out, where as the moggie rarely looked for me. The burmese and siamese I've had both slept in the bed with me every night under the quilt with their heads on the pillow just like a human. Both of the moggies would go and sleep downstairs away from me at night.

    At the end of the day, I think it's personal preference. In my experience I have found that pedigrees personalities are unmatchable, however it is not to say that there isn't moggie out there that wouldn't do what my pedigrees do, it's just that I have not experienced this yet and pedigree or moggie, I love all cats and wish I could have a million of them! :D
     
  14. lymorelynn

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    I fell in love with Siamese cats when I first saw Jason on Blue Peter (showing my age here :D) I was given my first Siamese about 35 years ago and have rarely been without at least one in my life since then. I've also had moggies too which I have loved.
    there is something distinctive and special to me about Siamese cats and their personality and temperament are the main reasons I love them so much :001_wub:
    Nothing at all against mogs :)
     
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  15. merothe

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    I went with pedigree in part because they are my first cats (never even had a close friend with cats :eek:) and i knew they would be indoor cats. I just wanted to be sure they came litter trained, health tested and with a happy early kitten-hood as I would have no idea what to do with any issues and I was just a little nervous tbh :eek: also fell in love with the bsh for look and temperament

    I would consider a rescue in the future, the thought of those poor kitties without a loving home is so sad :cryin: but equally the early months were such a breeze with these guys and they were sooo playful even with strangers. A friend of mine got rescues at the same time and they are also purrrfect :D but one has never been great at litter use and they are both so shy

    I think I would rescue a golden oldie or eg an amputee where they would struggle to find a home and would be happy with an indoor life. But maybe would stick with pedigree kittens....I dunno :confused: and don't plan to have more for a LONG time
     
  16. Cazzer

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    well we went with persians as we wanted an indoor cat as although we live in a relatively quiet road there is a school at the end of it and we had seen numerous cats run over. We also had a parrot so wanted a cat that didn't think of it too much as food! Again a laid back persian fitted the bill. Our persians over the years would totally ignore the parrot so we made the right choice.

    We've since moved away from persians to wegies as we wanted a more natural breed as don't like ultra persians which sadly appears to be the norm these days. We've still got the parrot and the wegies definetly think of him as food :nono:

    Many of the persians were rescues and along the way acquired a couple of moggies. I've loved the moggies but found them to be a bit more independant than the pedigrees and less chatty and have lesser characters. So would proabably go for more peds in future but would always consider a rescue pedigree
     
  17. Doolally

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    I love moggys, i'd never buy a pedigree, but my 2 Selkirk Rex's are amazing.

    I got them as 15month old ex-breeders and they've slipped into family life so easy. The boy had been out in stud quarters but settled into being a house cat perfectly. They've minded their manners from the first day. I love their sqooshy faces, their thick dense curly coats, and they're so chilled out I always say they haven't got a bad bone in their body, whereas my moggy will wap my dog one claws out the Selkirks don't even think of getting their claws out if he's too in your face. They're floppy cuddle cats and so different in character to any moggy i've had (these are my first peds). They're very needy (i love it!), the girl is never far from my lap and the boy screams at me to pick him up when I get home from work
     
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  18. dom85

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    I choose a Somali because one of my best friends is a hobby breeder of Somalis and Ragdolls. About 5 years ago she got a Somali cross and most people hated him because he oa absolutely mental, especially when he was a kitten, but I just love him and she's got 4 now and one Ragdoll.

    I always thought i would just get a ragdoll but there's just something about Somalis, they are such people cats and just want to know what youre doing all the time, Arnold comes into my toddlers room in the evening for story time, he sits up with his head to the side or curled up with me and Brady and he hasnt even been here a week.

    I still want a ragdoll, unfortunately my friend is probably only breeding her ragdoll once more and any kittens would most likely be reserved already which is a shame, a big part of the reason I chose/want the breeds I do is because I know my friend is a good breeder, the cats are well looked after and loved members of the household. I know its probably enrealistic but something doesn't sit right with me with breeders who rehome their older cats when they retire them so I know im probably going to have a job finding and building a relationship with another breeder but I will do it because I've got personal experience of the breed and love them, not just for the way they look but mainly their temperament and personality.
     
  19. Cazzer

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    I'd love a somali - hopefully one day :D.
     
  20. Starlite

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    Ive only ever had moggies myself. Growing up we always got a kitten from a neighbours cat who had had a litter and even with Squeak we didnt plan on getting her, we sortof of ended up with her (not that Im complaining :D)

    I would like a pedigree one day, either a Siamese or American Bobtail.
    Ive loved Siamese since "Lady and the Tramp" and their personalites, being vocal etc. Bobtails look stunning and Ive read they have a dog like temprament which appeals to me
     
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