HOW MUCH FOR A KITTEN?
Written in part by : Sr. Eduardo Loredo Muller
Let me say a few words to you, yes to you, the person
writing an email, just to ask for the price. The person who calls and after
hearing a price surprisingly says: "I can buy a cheaper kitten
elsewhere". I speak to you too; the person who doesn't care about papers
because I want "just a pet".
No cat is “just a pet”.
Behind every purebred kitten there is a BREEDER. I use
capital letters to differentiate a breeder from a pet factory or mill. A
reputable breeder will not breed undocumented cats, which does not protect the
integrity of the breed. Registration (papers) are lineage records that document
the bloodline and enable one to investigate possible health problems in the
lineage. When you tell a breeder that you don't care about papers, you are
really telling them that you care no less about the kitten's health, just the
cheapest thing you can find!
When you buy a kitten from a reputable and high-quality
breeder, that breeder is responsible for the health of every kitten; this
breeder is skipping the holidays, missing out on sleeping and most of her/his
personal home space has been converted into space for his cats. The truly
passionate breeder who loves what he breeds puts all her/his heart and soul
into it. Not only with kittens that are sold, but also with every customer who
has a piece of his heart and is now a member of his extended family.
Breeders worry about their babies after they leave and take
them back without question.
A breeder will "get their hands dirty", often
burdened with everything that comes with giving birth. Because that's what life
is about ... within the midst of birth and death is life. The wheel that keeps
turning. A breeder carries out tests, x-rays, analyzes, emergency operations,
vaccinations, litter, family trees, deworming and microchips for his kittens
and has them assessed by specialists.
Last but not least, a breeder chooses the family lucky
enough to have one of their kittens. Yes, you read that right. A real breeder
chooses who to sell to because she/he doesn't make any money selling it. There
is no compensation that can offset the investments made by a breeder. Hence,
they need to be sure that they fit properly. Often saying no more than yes ...
A good breeder has different criteria for those who want to continue their
bloodline. Why? Since breeding is not a responsibility to ever be taken
lightly, it is a lifestyle choice reserved ONLY for the devoted few who are
willing to sacrifice.
Because a cat is never "just a pet" it is the
breeder's legacy, a little boy's best friend, a protector for little girls,
therapy for the elderly, a family member, someone's whole world!!!