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Why should I buy a pedigree cat? — 8 Comments

  1. I bought 2 pedigree Birman cats, I did my research, I liked how they looked and I liked the breed temperament, I like to know in advance what I am letting myself in for as much as possible, I never regretted it for 1 second, they grew up as expected and had wonderful temperaments as expected, I don’t mind paying for that sort of quality, that is why people buy pedigree cats.

    • Alan you are a good example of sensible pedigree cat buying. There are advantages but then again there are also advantages in buying/adopting a random bred. It is swings and roundabouts.

    • Alan, thanks for your response. I’m curious about your Birmans health, and if they had any issues. It
      seems that so many pedigree cats and dogs have more inherited health problems.

      They are beautiful cats. People who buy certain breeds for temperament, as I did with my dog, still have genetic issues that crop up. As with the German Shepherd hip problems.

      Persians have great temperaments, but many have breathing problems, like the pug dogs and others.

      There was a Savanna (not spelled right)that used to come begging for food, and the meow was horrible! A beautiful pedigree cat, with a disturbing sound.

      There are many pedigree shelters in the US to consider if someone insists on that. But I understand the desire to raise from a kitten, so you know the background.

      • No health problems at all, they are pretty big and strong cats. They were house cats and so kept out of danger pretty much and didn’t have the opportunities to catch any illnesses from outside. Their incredible friendliness made me realize I was a closet cat lover all these years and didn’t know it. When you look at this picture you see a pretty cat, I see 10 years of happiness memories and friendship.

  2. I think that pedigree cats tend to have more health problems, just like pedigree dogs.

    I also think that sometimes choosing a pedigree animal may have to do with ego or status. Money can be made from breeding and showing.

    I remember before I selected a dog, I read about various breeds, although having “papers” wasn’t important, it was more the temperment I was looking at. I had two small children, and wanted a gentle, protective, medium size dog. I didn’t want a high strung dog around my kids.

    I was a bit afraid to adopt a shelter dog, not knowing enough about their past. A cat would be a different thing, and over the years I got cats from shelters, or they found me.

    I decided on the German Shepherd, and we found a nearby breeder, and selected the “runt”. This dog proved to be gentle and loyal. She never snapped at or bit any of the visiting children or anyone.
    But she seemed more attentive if there was a strange man in the house, which I appreciated.

    We had a large yard, and spent time with her. She slept in the kitchen, and didn’t come into the rest of the house unless invited. I had seen my share of dogs ruling the house, and I didn’t want that.

    We tried to mate her with a German Shepherd, but she only had eyes for the mixed breed that roamed the neighborhood. He may have been part shepherd, and was a sweet, handsome, medium size dog.

    She had 4 pups, and the “father” came to visit. She was fine with this, and seemed to trust him.
    The pups looked like German Shepherds, and they all went to good homes.

    I look forward to the answers from people who buy
    pedigree cats, and their reasons, if they can be honest with themselves and us.

    • Nice comment Sandra. It is nice to read about dogs to be honest ;). Makes a change. I don’t think we will get many comments because most PoC regulars (that are still around) don’t really like the idea of purchasing a pedigree cat or dog. They see it as unethical. I can understand that but there is a place for pedigree cats provided breeding is carried out ethically and provided that efforts are made to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the world. This is happening in the USA but very slowly. There is still too much killing going on at shelters.

  3. After Sophie died I hoped to find a similar moggie in terms of build and coat length. I like large, longhaired cats and did consider re-homing an adult Ragdoll. However, most Ragdolls seem to be re-homed as pairs or need to be the only cat in the home. As I already have two cats I had to dismiss that idea.

    I could have bought a Ragdoll kitten, but my conscience wouldn’t let me. I kept thinking of all the abandoned adult cats in need of homes. I’ve ended up adopting a petite 3 year old, longhaired, ginger female from a rescue.

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