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    How to select a cat breeder?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceWednesday 16 November 2011
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    Getting new member of the family is one of the most exciting things for a cat lover! Potential cat owners should be knowledgeable about the breed they are interested in procuring and ready to accept the responsibility for a pet-quality or show-quality animal. Crucial in the process of becoming an owner is the selection of responsible cat breeders. Read the article below to learn how to selec a cat breeder. 

    You should select a cat breeder who is friendly and open to discussing and answering questions regarding her or his breeding process. Be wary of any breeder who does not wish to show you the breeding area or the parents of the kittens for sale. Select a breeder who is amenable to teaching you how to take proper care of your animal and how to prepare the cat for showing if it is of show quality.  You should do business only with cat breeders that use written contracts. These documents should cover all aspects of the sale, include any restrictions placed by the breeder and be completely clear to the buyer. If there is a point of contention or a particular concern a buyer has, the breeder should be willing to work through this (if possible) with the buyer and should put this in writing as well. Insist on a cat breeder that works with other breeders in exchanging stock and who can be vouched for by these other breeders. References from other buyers are useful, but you find the breeder's reputation with his peers is often more informative.

    Choose a breeder active in the cat community. Evidence of involvement can be in the form of the individual belonging to the Breed Council and/or participating in the local feline club. You should steer clear of breeders who operate very large catteries. This is often a sign that they are selling cats strictly for profit rather than considering top quality and care. Look at all the animals a prospective breeder is selling to make sure they are kept in a good environment and appear healthy.

    Test the knowledge and honesty of a breeder by asking questions addressing breed health concerns. A good breeder will disclose information on common breed flaws and will be able to demonstrate how she safeguards against these breed problems and works toward improving the breed. Select a breeder who never sells to pet stores. A responsible breeder will not work with pet stores, as these establishments rarely have spay/neuter contracts for pet-quality cats. In addition, these stores sometimes do business with kitten mills. Look for a breeder interested in your own plans to breed your new pet. Be aware that many responsible breeders will not sell you a breeding cat until you have demonstrated adequate knowledge of how to breed successfully and have readied an environment for breeding.

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    Text source: ehow; image source: flickr.com

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