cats is not a decision to take lightly; there are a lot of things that could
go wrong. Cat breeding requires a lot of financial commitment and a lot of
time; if you are thinking of becoming a professional cat breeder, then it is
a full time occupation, donít forget youíve not only got to care for the
mother cat, but youíll have to care for the kittens until they are sold and
new the owners come to collect them. Youíll also need to purchase the right
breeding equipment for your cats (such as cat pens) and the proper insurance
both for you cat and your property. You also need to be aware that cat
breeders donít make much money from the sale of kittens, so a second income
should be coming into the house.
Most of the
time the decision to start breeding cats comes from your cat having won a
cat show. This is not necessarily winning the pedigree section. There is
normally a very good section for normal pet cats. None of these were bred
for their characteristics, their coats or their temperament. In fact most of
these cats were probably unexpected, the result of a female cat in the
garden calling to the male cats in the area, certainly not a planned litter.
But often the breeding of two completely different cats will result in a cat
with beautiful coat patterns, colouration and temperament, this is often how
new breeds of cats begin, a simple mixing of genetics from one type of cat
to another, normally if two types of pedigree cat are bred, and this
produces a new type of pedigree cat that people like, efforts will be made
to create breeding stock and register a new breed.
Whilst at a
cat show youíll be able to take steps into acquiring a breeding cat. If you
want to breed pedigree cats, youíll be able to get information on breeders
who will have a litter of suitable kittens for sale; youíll also get a
chance to talk to other breeders, make sure you do this, most cat breeders
will be more than willing to tell you the benefits and pitfalls of breeding
cats. Choose your cat breed carefully, some cat breeds may have genetic
problems that are associated with years of selective cat breeding, so do
your research, as a novice cat breeder, choose a breed without too may
problems, this will make general healthcare all that bit easier.
breeds of cat will fetch better prices than others, for example, in the UK
Persian cats will sell for more than Short Haired cats, this is not true for
other countries, each country will have its own favourite cats; however the
money received for the kittens will probably only help towards the food,
heating, vaccinations etc of the breeding cats and kittens. Breeding cats
should be done for the love of cats and not for monetary gain.
is possible to push the price of your cats up, by winning a lot of cat shows
and building a good reputation. But this will take a very long time, often
many many year, and it is very costly to keep entering cat shows
continuously, especially if you donít have a winning cat. But if you can
breed excellent quality cats, youíll win time and time again, and youíll
find your client base will not only grow through your show winnings but
through word of mouth from very happy new pedigree cat owners.
to make cat breeding financially acceptable is to run it along side another
business, such as running a cattery. When running a cattery from home, you
will have a higher initial financial out lay, as you will have to provide
all year round accommodation for all the cats, plus be available to accept
new cats, return cats to their owners, and in emergencies take cats to the
vets. However breeding cats and boarding cats need to be separated to stop
any risk of infection occurring and if you are unable to do this then this
is not an option for you.
cat lovers the idea of breeding cats is a very exciting one. Breeding can be
very rewarding, especially when you are successful with it. Talk to as many
cat breeders as you can before you jump in head first. Learn about the
industry, the rare and common breeds of cat, as well as the common diseases
and pests that may affect your breeding cats, and make sure you have a
support network set up just in case something happens to you or your cats.
Donít be defeated by the death of a kitten, this can be very upsetting,
especially if itís the mother cats first litter, give her guidance and a
little helping hand when needed (but donít get too involved), and then let
her try again, sheíll eventually get it right, kittens are very fragile and
in the first few days you may loose a few, but use this as a learning
experience not an omen to quit.