|Purred: Sun Mar 15, '09 6:27pm PST |
|In Japan, breeders sell their kittens in their intact state. But when you are registered with the CFA (and TICA is probably the same), you can specify whether the cat is allowed to be bred or not. Yes, irresponsible people will breed the cats anyway, but that's how it's done here. But cats that are bred without CFA permission cannot get pedigrees. Backyard breeders can get away with this (not all people demand pedigrees), but people in the cat world can't--which is one reason to seek a cat from a breeder who shows. Human psychology is strange--if you charge $300 more for a cat that has been spayed, people may or may not be less willing to buy it--but then will spend the same $300 to have the cat spayed themselves. On the other hand, once my own breeder upped his prices (no, he doesn't alter the cats he sells, but does charge for breeding rights), his cats sold FAST. Some people think that more expensive cats are better than cheap ones, and some people appreciate getting bargains. Also, as I've written before, I'd love to have a breeder buy one of my kittens, because then my cattery name would become part of that cattery's line. So, that's another reason for not selling desexed kittens. It's not a simple issue.
As for retired show cats/breeding cats--they are customarily desexed before being sold. One reason is that cats can only compete in shows for a fairly limited time; if you want to make Grand Champion--the intact class--the window of opportunity is about two years. For Premiers (the desexed class) the age limit is a bit longer, but cats seven years or older are considered "veterans." Breeding cats usually are retired at about age five.
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