Ethical Breeders: How Do You Weed Them Out?

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I’ve taken some time to think about writing this blog post. I feel it’s importance is more important then how people feel personally or take this. Let’s go over a few tips that will really help.

  • First off I really enjoyed this article. You must read it: Buying from a Breeder FAQ
  • Trust. This is really important. You must feel that you can 100% trust the breeder you choose to purchase from. Go with your gut instinct. If you start feeling odd about things then don’t rush. Just be patient. Everything will work out.
  • Referrals. Even if you place a deposit down, continue to ask for referrals and ask questions not only to the breeder but to others who might know the breeder. Ask the breeder for at least 3 referrals and preferably not all the referrals should be close friends, but neutral parties. Do your own investigating with google.
  • Social Media. Use social media to your advantage. See what people are saying. Check out how many fans and reviews the breeder has. Don’t rely on the fan page completely though because also keep in mind fan and group page owners can delete negativity at any time they want to, and even ban people from their pages. Some people might be fans only because of the cute kittens.
  • Cattery Complaint websites. Be sure to review and search to find complaint pages. Use google once again and type in the cattery name of interest and then the word: complaints or reviews. You’ll get a whole bunch of other feedback from neutral parties that could post how they felt out in the open without getting deleted.
  • Testing. All the cats must be up to date with their testing and especially the parents of the kitten you’re interested in. They should have been tested for: HCM, CPC, PKD, DNA Profile. Preferably the test results should be linked directly on the website for you to review and be up to date. Read further: DNA Tests for HCM
  • Life Time Breeder Support. This should be part of your purchase and in your contract. No matter what personal issues may arise, that the breeder should be there for you (and for your cat firstly) because even if this is a hobby, this is  still a business when a transaction takes place. Any good business and company will try their utmost best to keep their client happy. I’m very certain that most of us choose a breeder to have that breeder-client relationship, otherwise we could just go adopt at the pound, or pet shop or kitty mill.
  • Cat Shows. Walk as many cat shows as you can. Everyone will generally be really nice, but don’t give them too much information. You don’t want someone to be nice to you because they see they might be able to get a purchase out of you. This might influence how they behave towards you. Just watch, listen, observe and ask a million questions. :) Make notes because you’re likely to forget later on. Sit in the ring of judges who are educational and will help you learn more. Please note that not all ethical, and good breeders present their cats on the regular at cat shows. Sometimes the cat shows are too far away, or they rather spend that money on their pedigree line to make it more healthy and diverse in lineage. Most breeders have at one point or another taken part in cat shows, and good breeders do perform very well at cat shows, but not all good breeders are able to do cat shows. So take that into consideration too.
  • Bad Talk and Gossip. Should a breeder engage in or engage you in bad mouthing another breeder, or start to in any way try to influence you or dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, absolutely do not purchase with this breeder. Walk away!! Maybe even run!
  • Patience. Both parties need to have patience, understanding, and give the other person the benefit of the doubt. This is part of being ethical, and being human. For any reason and at any point in time, if the breeder gets upset or “in your face” this is a huge red flag. Absolutely do not purchase with this breeder. Be patient and take your time. This is a very important life decision. It’s better to stick with a breeder you like and trust. It’ll be worth waiting 3-6 months for the kitten of your dreams!
  • Lineage. Learn more about the lineage, and health of the cats of the breeder. Check all of them out. To find the lineage information: Pedigree Database
  • Choose Small Business! Choose a cattery and nursery that has only a few litters a year. Create a time line of how often each of their Queens are bred in a year. If a breeder has every color and cat type be very cautious. This isn’t good and is a sign of a backyard breeder.
  • Bonus. Should they raw feed and naturally rear their cats and kittens at 100%, then that’s even better. (Yes it’s possible!)

On a personal note, I’m writing this blog post in hopes that more people will get themselves educated before making such an important decision. I’ve personally always liked breeders and always only wanted to purchase with breeders. I always thought breeders are animal lovers and all animal lovers are awesome. But it’s not always true. There are a lot of good people out there, but there are a lot of sucky ones too.

I also dreamed of being a breeder myself one day. I now take more time to learn, sit back, and listen. I try to hold my excitement back, and protect myself from getting hurt. Not everyone will like your enthusiasm especially if you’re speaking to many people at the same time.

I have had bad experiences with some breeders, and part of it was my own impatience, other part was trusting the wrong people, and the biggest part was that these breeders were just rude, and mean. Sometimes you won’t see that at first but if you are PATIENT. You may eventually see this anger in this person. You can even test them by saying you’ve talked to other people or asked for referrals to other just to see if they’ll be upset with you. Why would anyone be upset? We live in a free world don’t we? You have the right to talk to as many people as you’d like. Just be clear with what your intention is when talking to people (tell them), and ask if they have time as well. Anyone who is rude or ends up being mad at you, then just scratch that person/breeder off your list immediately.

With all of my own experiences, I still adore breeders. I love the care, and health of animals, and want to be surrounded by that. I want my family to enjoy that with me.

Big Dreams! :) All in good time.

Be confident in who you are. Don’t let anyone scare you, and change who you are. Be you, and be strong. Believe in yourself. You’ll find the right one(s) eventually. They’re out there. Trust me! All good things come to those who wait. Sometimes road blocks happen for a reason. Maybe you had a bad situation because that person was wrong for you. Take these experiences as good things. You may not see it right away but they are.

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