Cat Breeders Pay with their Hearts
I Love My Little Kitty……
I love my little kitty, she makes my house a home.
She always is my best friend, I never feel alone.
She makes me smile, she makes me laugh,
She fills my heart with love …
Did some breeder breed her, or did she fall down from above?
I’ve never been a breeder, seen life through their eyes,
I hold my little kitty and just sit and criticize.
I’ve never known their anguish, I’ve never felt their pain,
The caring of their charges, through snow or wind and rain.
I’ve never sat the whole night through, waiting for babies to be born,
The stress and trepidation when they’re still not there by dawn.
I’ve never felt the heartache, of a little life in my hands,
This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams.
Should you do that instead of this ….or this instead of that,
Alone you fight, and hope one day, he’ll grow to be a cat,
And bring joy to another being, and make a house a home,
You know it’s all just up to you, you’ll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you’ve got to get this right,
Two hourly feeds for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night.
In your heart you know, you’re almost sure to lose the fight,
To save this little baby, but God willing … You just MIGHT.
Day one he’s in there fighting, you say a silent prayer,
Day two & three, he’s doing well, with lots of love and care.
Day four & five … he’s still alive, your hopes soar to the heavens,
Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone,
With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan,
You ask yourself “Why do this? … Why suffer all this pain?”
But see the joy your kittens bring… It really self-explains.
So, when you think of breeders and label them with “greed”,
Think about what they endure to fill another’s need.
When you buy a kitten and with your precious dollars part,
You only pay with money … We pay with our heart.
Not only does breeding purebred kittens take a toll on the cat breeder’ s emotions, but also physically, especially those who have remained “in the business” for 5+ years.
After years and years of losing sleep (waiting for the kittens to arrive throughout the night time hours), to being hunched over kittening boxes off & on for a number of years assisting the mother cat in delivery, to helping the newborns in nourishing themselves. It all takes a toll on a cat breeder’s personal health, usually in the form of back issues as well as stress-induced ailments that are often triggered by matters of heart when things don’t go as hoped.
Keep in mind when contacting a cat breeder that much of their life is given up for their passion for felines and serving as a surrogate kitty mother for those of you searching for a high-quality feline family members, especially those who have been in business for a large number of years.
I know we refuse to breed “our babies” unless they can live a high-quality life, as close to a “pet life” as humanly possible.
We want our breeders to have:
- Significant lounging room which equals costly heating and cooling bills.
- Outstanding vet care.
- Kitty towers, scratching posts, and jungle gyms which are in abundance and SAFE which we replaced every six to eight months due to daily activity and wear.
- Top quality diets detailed with extreme cleanliness in which food and water dishes that are dumped, bleached and heat sanitized daily.
- Boiled chicken breasts are served up to all of our expecting and new mothers and her kitties.
- Litter pans are also dumped, bleached and refilled every single day of the year.
- We do not even own a litter scooper!
- Fresh clean bedding is supplied daily to keep all the kitties comfortable, warm, & cozy.
- Caring and compassion are free, exceptional quality care is not!
Always remember when contacting a cat breeder…You come to them with a desire to own one of “their babies” & most likely a large piece of their heart, offending them with low ball offers will mostly guarantee they will NOT sell to you.
Cat breeders are not garage sales or auction houses.
Even Humane societies and animal shelters charge $150- $250 for a cat or kitten to ensure they are entering a forever home that is suitable.