10 Steps to Becoming a Respected, Successful Breeder

Purrkeepers Annabelle Jade & Samarkand Gold

So... you have decided you want to become a breeder. Warnings about expenses, hours of grooming and feline care and rumors about heartaches did not kill those dreams about kittens of your own that would make their mark on the world, and you now wonder "how do I even start without making terrible mistakes?". Well, here is a 10-step formula to "making it" - or at least having a go as an ethical respected breeder in the Fancy.

Step 1 - Your goal

Before You Breed a Persian

Yellow Light

Spring is in the air, daylight hours are getting longer, and our girl cats are coming into heat...

"Hmm..maybe just ONE litter of kittens would be fun."
"We should have just ONE litter for the kids."
"I want to breed her so i can have kittens just like her."
"I just want ONE litter to make back the money i spent on buying her."
"Well, she's a purebred, papered Persian - why NOT breed her?"

Breeding Purebred Cats

Happy Persian Cat Couple

If you are interested in breeding purebred cats for monetary gains, you have to consider the pros and cons first before going down this road. While the rewards are generous and rewarding, cat breeding is not for all. People have this mistaken perception that cat breeding is as easy as just letting cats mate. In fact it’s just the opposite. While earning money is part of the plan in breeding, it should not be the main motivating factor.

Calico Cats - Tricolor Beauties

Calico Persians

Calico cats are very easy to spot. Their colorful coat of three colors is hard to miss. Some people believe that calico is a cat breed. Others think it is a color. However, calico refers to a unique tricolor pattern. A non-diluted calico has mostly white, which is the predominant color, with distinct patches of orange (or red) and black. Some cats will have chocolate instead of black, but this is quite rare.

Cat Breeder Ethics

Shocked Person

Life is like a box of cat breeders. You never know what you're gonna get.