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Are Cat Breeds Less Healthy than Random-bred Cats? — 6 Comments

  1. I have not read the posting here, Michael, but it seems to me that this is a no-brainer: Most of the time –the exception, again, being inbreeding–the moggies have a much better chance of survival. The dilemma as I see ti is that the purebreds stand a much better chance of inbreeding.

  2. If we are aware of the prevalence of these conditions, why are we still breeding? To sustain heart disease, hepatic amyloidosis, renal falure for cats?

    • Dee, I think are two main reasons (a) buyers are not really aware and (b) breeders do it for their own satisfaction really as a hobby. Often they are not aware of what they are doing regarding health or they don’t mind. As Ruth so rightly says, it is about education and treating cats decently.

  3. I think this goes without saying, but it needs to be said! (sic) Are we breeding out the sustainability of these breeds? I think it would be wise to add some new DNA into the mix every few generations. Or stop breeding them all together. Just allow them to breed back into the natural population and see what happens. What do you think we should? I love pure bred Maine Coons, but I loved my street bred Maine Coon just as much (well, I was his, so more.) Do we love and appreciate the animal or are they just a status symbol?

    • I think like you Dan. If the West was like Turkey in respect of cat breeds it would be better. In other words no formal cat breeds registered with an association but, for instance, the Maine Coon in Maine on farms being a so called random-bred cat and magnificent. And more healthy having mixed with other cats as you suggest. I don’t believe the world needs cat breeds. We need great cat companions. Breeding cats is for the few who like to mess around with cats creatively. The cat fancy is like a club. They breed for themselves basically. I’d turn the clock back to 1850! šŸ˜‰ LOL.

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