Freaky Facebook Felines

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I think this is a Peterbald. I added the background.

Is Facebook (FB) the right place for cat breeders to advertise and sell their cats? Assuming, that is, you agree that there should be cat breeders in the first place.

I was surprised to discover that there are a lot of breeders marketing their cats on Facebook. This is not about meeting and communicating with people but about hard selling. Innocently, I thought that FB was not a market place but a meeting place.

When you sell cats on Facebook, you sell at a distance. Even if you provide a name you can remain almost anonymous because the name could be false and there is no obvious place to visit to inspect the cat and the facility or ask questions face-to-face.

I am not saying people provide false information but the beginning of the transaction is done at a distance. When you run down the FB page looking at a huge number of different cat breeds and photos it is like choosing a new product.

I could be old fashioned but if a person is stuck on the idea of buying a pedigree cat the only way to do it is to find a good breeder as local to you as possible, telephone them and visit. Inspect the place and meet the cats. Take your time and reflect on things such as lifelong commitment, the overall cost, the suitability of one’s lifestyle and whether a rescue cat is a better idea.

The old-fashioned way of meeting people and cats in person is the best. At a distance things become depersonalised. You don’t know what the breeder is thinking or what her facilities are like. Is she treating her cats well or simply as money making machines in dirty cages?

I don’t think FB is the right place to sell living creatures of any sort. FB was designed to be a meeting place for people.

The opening line of Facebook Principles is:

We are building Facebook to make the world more open and transparent, which we believe will create greater understanding and connection.

I don’t think the breeders marketing cats on FB need to be open and transparent. It could encourage the opposite. All you are seeing is the “product”. A buyer needs to see what is happening behind the product. Facebook is allowing breeders to present this face or front, only.

Facebook’s mission is:

to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

I don’t think allowing cat breeders to sell their cats is in unison with that stated goal.

A lot of the breeders are Russian or from old Soviet satellite states (as far as I can tell – this is a guess). A lot of the cats look fine but there are some overbred freaky felines as I state in the title. Here are some examples:

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Cornish Rex

Persian kitten

Persian with indented face.

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Another Persian. Bulging eyes and flat face. I added the circular format.

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Freaky Facebook Felines — 12 Comments

  1. Michael, I am in total agreement with you as far as selling cats on Facebook. It’s impossible to know to whom a kitty would be sold- for what purpose- When I was breeding cats way back in the olden times, I would never sell a kitten to anyone that I had not interviewed in person, and carefully watch the interaction between a potential buyer and a kitten.

    I have refused to sell kittens to certain people who were in the market for them. That is a whole ‘nuther story for the future. You cannot believe some of the idiots I encountered, especially at cat shows.

    Facebook is becoming MORE and MORE commercial. It bombards viewers with tons of products- and advertisements for products that are unacceptable to many users. At least they now have an option to turn off ads that are unacceptable- but on the other hand, immediately after requesting that ad to be hidden- the user is immediately invited to request things that are of interest to them… sigh..

    Then again, I would not have found PoC if I was not using Facebook extensively. I guess it’s a mixed bag. But selling pets on Facebook to me is very dangerous and unacceptable.

    • Jo, there was an interesting news item on TV this evening. There has been an 80% increase in seniors using FB while there has been a 25% drop on younger people using it. Someone stated that FB would lose 80% of its users in 3 years. Although that sounds extreme and impossible to predict. FB has adapted to survive and perhaps this is why it lets people use it inappropriately (as far as I am concerned).

  2. Hi Jo.
    Ref your comment ” You cannot believe some of the idiots I encountered, especially at cat shows.”
    I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!

  3. Very sad and very dangerous for the cats I would think as any Tom Dick or Harry can go on to Facebook and say whatever he or she pleases that suits the occasion just to get their hands on a cat, be it a pedigree or a moggy or one of those poor mangled things in the pictures, to the people who are selling them they are just stock to make money from and to the people who are buying what are they? Just a picture and a price. I hate Facebook for making it so easy to buy, sell, “get rid” and acquire animals there are some purebred idiots on there who haven’t the sense to see that putting their cat/dog on FB as free to a good home is the same as signing it’s death warrant.

    • I agree. What concerns me is that FB appears to be becoming a market place for any tom dick or harry to sell whatever they want including animals. To me, it is setting a poor standard. My guess is that FB just want to open the doors to anyone and almost anything to retain their position on the internet – to keep the users coming.

      • I agree as well Face Book should have some Morals I literally stumbled on someone’s profile once it was completely public and it was a photo of someone having intercourse with his dog. It was graphic I reported it as abuse a young child could have seen it. Face Book is often like a damn freak show. The person who owns it should shoulder some of the responsibility and set some parameters.

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