June 2008 Issue

The Responsible Breeder

If you're interested in breeding cats ó or are in the market for a purebred kitten ó here's what you should consider first.

If you think itís just a matter of introducing two cats, letting nature take its course and then playing with their cute kittens, cat breeding isnít for you. So says Alice Ferris, a 15-year veteran breeder of Persian and Himalayan cats and owner of Lilac Farms Custom Cattery in Hartford, Connecticut. "Being a responsible breeder has many facets," says Ferris. "It takes a lot of dedication, research, time and money to raise healthy kittens. A breeder must desire to learn the medical side of felines, because 80 percent of breeding cats involves feline health care."

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