⚠️Pop-Up Cat Breeders
Pop-Up Cat Breeders
What are Pop Up Cat Breeders?
What you need to know before you buy a kitten in 2023
New page for 2023!
I know, I know! This website is already big enough as it is! LOL, But we wouldn’t add another page unless it was important.
In 2021 online pet scammers were the primary concern consumers had to watch out for when trying to purchase a kitten online. Now here in 2023, a frightening new hurdle has emerged. They are known as “Pop-Up Cat Breeders”, meaning a person who has obtained a male and female cat that are not spayed and neutered, perhaps even a few. They then create a Facebook page or small website and state they have been in business for 10 years or more. They know nothing about the cats they are breeding, nor do they care. They are in it for some quick money and will be gone in a year or two, sometimes less. These cats are often kept in basements or garages. No testing is ever done on them, nor are vaccinations administered. A veterinarian never examines them unless they require a c-section.
They are fed the lowest quality food money can buy. What does this all mean for the kittens? A very poor start in life. Unknowingly, someone comes along and falls in love with a picture of a kitten, not knowing that the website has only been up for a year or so, after all, it says 10+ years. How are you to know the “cat breeder” knows nothing about the lines she’s breeding?
Facebook and Google have become entirely saturated with these pop-up cat breeders, here today, gone tomorrow. You will also see pop-up breeders sponsoring their websites in Google which will position them at the very top. However, Facebook is where these pop-up breeders thrive most. You will just drop from one rabbit hole to the next until you are sending one money and hoping for the best.
Now we veteran breeders are getting inundated with calls & questions about whether or not we have ever heard of such~n~such cattery or a breeder that was only around for a couple of litters. This is a real problem since the pandemic, and getting worse. Pop-up breeders leave behind a string of unanswered puzzles that only veterinarians can figure out.
As a result of these events, we have been contacted repeatedly about a horrific outbreak of feline leukemia in one of these so-called catteries, selling kittens to other new breeders and the public as pets alike. The story has even gone to the news. While many of these new pop-up breeders had been battling other diseases, resulting from jumping in too fast and not knowing your lines, feline leukemia will be the death of your entire breeding program and leave broken hearts in its wake. This leukemia outbreak is spreading like wildfire among breeders because she not only sold her kittens very cheap ($2500-$3000) to other breeders, but she also allowed her male cats to be used for stud breeding, claiming they came from champion lines. These kittens were sold for breeding purposes and shipped all over the United States to multiple batteries. Please, please, please be careful!!
We kindly ask if you have purchased a kitten from any breeder off the internet and it has died from ANYTHING, please be honest and tell us prior to proceeding. We take our customer’s investment seriously and want to protect our animals.