QUOTE(lynh @ Apr 16 2012, 08:48 PM) [snapback]43896[/snapback]
Hi again Ciggg,
You and I are very alike - I too fall in love with every cat I come across. I'd be in hog heaven if I could work with cats, or run a sanctuary where they'd always have a home.
I once asked, on this forum I think, if being a breeder of pedigree cats is something that can be undertaken full time, i.e. can one pay the mortgage, run the car, pay all the household bills, pay vet bills, etc, etc, etc from the income from selling the kittens. I didn't ask with any idea that it was something that I could do, I was just interested.
I'm sorry that I have forgotten the member's name - but a cat breeder gave me a very detailed and interesting reply, also talked about dollars and cents, and basically said that cat breeding is a very expensive hobby, not something that can be relied upon to create a livable income. Just imagine, if you had bad luck with two litters you were relying on and lost most of the kittens, plus had the inevitable extra vet expenses with a number of very sick cats, you'd be done for (unless you are independently wealthy, which I don't think any of us are).
I don't know your circumstances, and perhaps in years to come you are planning on being able to retire or semi-retire, or perhaps you even have the energy, unlike yours truly, to work full-time and then come home to being a very busy cat breeder too. I wish you all the luck in the world in achieving your dream. In all good conscience though, even only knowing the barest facts, I wouldn't recommend cat breeding as being able to provide anyone with a good income, and give up steady, well paid employment to take it on.
QUOTE(lynh @ Apr 16 2012, 09:00 PM) [snapback]43898[/snapback]
I forgot to answer your question......duhhh......
I can't think of a better reason to start breeding cats than a severe love of them.
I think that the "animals" that run puppy and kitten farms, and call themselves "breeders", have just the opposite, and are able to look at these poor creatures as property, not living beings. You need to love them "severely" in order to provide the best for them. If you don't, sooner or later, the animals suffer for it.[/size]
Hi Lynh!! :)
I have never understood how people can be so heartless when it comes to animals! (puppy/cat mills) its horrible even thinking about it! I think love is a very strong motivator to do something! stronger than money! I agree that trying to breed to make an income would never work. Im still pretty far off from retiring (unless i win the lottery LOL) but, financially, I think that it would not be too big of an issue, I have plans in place to help that. I dont plan too, expect, or want to make money. That side of things is not even a factor in my reasoning lol. And as i said in one of my other posts, My vet was happy for me to pay them an amount each fortnight into an account for all my vet bills so that will come in handy! haha. In saying all that, I still have no idea the kind of costs and figures it will take to get started, and maintain healthy cats. So theres still alot of research, soul searching, and accounting to do! haha! :) thanks so much Lynh :)