the right kind of breeding queen is crucial
in your first
experience of breeding. For the average person getting
kittens isn’t a
problem. Many people are content with just a pet and that’s great but
if you’re looking for a pet that can also produce good show kittens
then you need something a little different!
- Choose your breed
carefully, research the traits common to the breed and the
- While most people are honest there are some who
would be happy to take
the money of a new person under dishonest intentions.
- Knowing what you
are looking for as to a standard helps tremendously.
- Have a reputable
cat breeder evaluate a prospect for you but also keep in mind we all
have opinions! Balance it with what the standard says.
- The other
question after passing this marker is how well you like the individual.
Is she friendly enough?
For many smaller breeders the queen is
not only a breeding investment but a personal one. She will be in the
home and cared for as a productive pet on a daily basis. Remember to
keep both of those terms in mind. While you are selecting a pet she
also is an investment both financially and emotionally.
Don’t let one
outweigh the other.
This can be a fine line – people breed cats
because we love cats. However at what point do you say the
investment in an individual is enough?
The perfect cat has not yet been born – most
have some faults and
unless you can recognize her imperfections and select a male to offset
it then it’s too easy to produce more with the same weaknesses.
- Perhaps she didn’t produce quite
as expected or perhaps she’s not what we imagined.
- Don’t discard her as
a pet simply because she didn’t work as a breeding queen.
- At the same
time don’t get so emotionally involved that you don’t see her
worth doing is worth doing right and that goes for breeding cats. While
your breeding queen doesn’t need fancy beds and expensive collars she
should be provided good food and get the things she needs physically to
produce top quality kittens.
- Sometimes your best show queen prospect
isn’t in someone’s show list.
- Sometimes that sister that is almost good
enough save for one little thing – especially a non-genetic little
thing! – is one that will produce outstanding kittens.
- Being able to
spot these ‘bargains’ means having experience and if you lack that it’s
even more important to
have a mentor to help with decisions and
learning to do things right.
At the same time there are some
who are too critical of their own stock, imagining all the flaws in
comparison to others and not seeing the strong points. Seeing the
strengths and the weaknesses both and learning to compensate by finding
a good male to breed to is important. This is what takes it from
producing kittens to being a breeder – a breeder evaluates and makes
decisions. There is a goal and each queen (whether 1 or
10) has a place
in that goal. Be a breeder and an asset to your chosen breed!
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