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  1. Michael, having attended cat shows in Mumbai where the weather is humid and warm through most months of the year i was surprised to see the popularity of “Ultra Face Persian” cats in Mumbai city.Wealthy cat owners in Mumbai mostly keep these cats under artificial air-condition climate controlled conditions and hence they are maintained in condition and beautiful.In fact i was surprised that “Ultra Face Persian” cats could be bred with beautiful coats in Mumbai.Most of the cats at the shows were the traditional Persian cats which do get acclimatized to Mumbai weather without a A/c as are my two cats.Surprisingly long haired cats are more in numbers at the Cat shows in India rather than the smooth coated breeds.

    • Hi Rudolph. Great to hear from you. I think the popularity of the Persian in India is because the cat fancy in India is in its infancy and the Persian is perhaps the best know purebred cat after the Siamese. Therefore the Persian was chosen as a cat to breed for people desiring a purebred cat. As you imply, in India, a short-haired cat would be more suitable.

  2. I like cats
    I like them a lot
    I do not want cats to suffer because of their breed
    Cats are super cute and they all deserve to live happy long lives
    This has been a message from a warrior cats fan

  3. Rex fur is a natural mutation and one which would have quickly died out long before a breed was established if the cats were unable to cope with the British climate.

    My friend has a 10 year old Devon Rex. He’s allowed to go outside a couple of times a day if he wants to during warmer weather. He’s an ex-stud cat and she did initially keep him indoors, but one day he sneaked out and was gone for a week. He turned up on her doorstep one morning, hungry, but none the worse for wear. He started showing an interest in going out, so she decided to let him. He’s never out for long and stays close to home, so the arrangement works well for both of them. He’s happy being able to do natural cat things and is totally unaware that humans have decided his looks and heritage make him rare and expensive (lol).

    • I am not sure what you say in the first para is correct. I don’t know how long the Devon Rex existed for as a random bred free-roaming cat before it was picked up by breeders and turned into a breed. Perhaps it was a short time. Also perhaps the original Devon Rex (as discovered) did not have the quite sort of coat we see on purebred cats. It may have been denser. I don’t know. Just speculating. Breeders do accentuate anomalies in breeds.

  4. I’m pretty much in agreement with your entire list Michael. Many of those breeds suffer terrible congential health problems. Although reputable breeders health screen their cats where tests are available, not everyone does. Nor is it possible to test for everything.

    Siamese, Persian and Exotics often require caesarean sections. The wide head of their kittens means giving birth naturally can be difficult or even dangerous.

    I recently learned that PetPlan insurance withdraw cover for ‘Death from Illness’ for certain breeds of cat after their 5th birthday. (Moggies are covered till their 10th birthday) Unfortunately I don’t know which breeds, but I find that clause rather worrying. PetPlan have access to vast amounts of data regarding the health of our pets, so for them to put in such a clause means some breeds are dying much younger than one might expect.

    • Agreed, that breeders do their best to avoid these defects (or most of them do) with careful breeding but that doesn’t change the principle of the argument that an anomaly that is unhelpful or detrimental to survival and natural behavior forms the basis of the breed. This concept is a mistake. It is born out of a reckless desire to create a new breed at any cost.

  5. The point of this post is well-taken, but none of my cats can expect to ever go out of the house. I don’t have the stress level necessary to endure worrying about what they might catch, what might catch them or if they will come home. I have great issues with breeders as my rescued Sphynx would have been killed by the breeder for having a congenital eye fault. Sure she requires a lot of human intervention, but having had her for 5 years she would have never seen without rescue by the vet who delivered her, I have to say I sort of enjoy her “true to breed” personal traits.

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