A few years back, looking for a cat breeder was a complicated affair. It required you to ask for recommendations from family and friends. The other alternative was for you to go to cat shows.
Today, there are two very reliable cat registration associations that can give you a head start. These are The International Cat Association (TICA) and the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). Moreover, reputable cat breeders are found on the internet.
One thing to note is that a breeder can belong to a famous cat association or a cat club simply by having a pedigree or registered cats. Their membership in these organizations does not automatically mean they are the best.
When adopting a cat, dog, tortoise or any pet for that matter, ensure you do your homework well. Look for a breeder with the type of pet you want. For example, if you want a Siamese cat, there are specific breeders that have the pets. If you want AKC champion pedigrees, you can check Show Breeders.
Selecting a Good Cat Breeder
Be wary of catteries that appear to always have a lot of kittens for sale. Renowned breeders will never just have kittens waiting to be sold…not at least all year round. Most of the time, they put cats on a waiting list.
So, if the breeder always has kittens for sale whenever, then there are two possibilities here;
- They produce far too many kittens, which is risky
- They have a problem placing their kitties, which also raise eyebrows
Ask the breeder about their deposit policies. Moreover, inquire about the waiting list. If they tell you that they only have kittens once in a year, this is a good sign. Go for it and just be patient.
Check the number of cats in the breeders’ home. Of course, the breeder will have more cats than in conventional homes.…