There is a common misconception that you can’t make money out of cat breeding. I hear all the time breeders saying quite sternly to people who happen to inquire about the topic: ‘I only just break even when I breed my cats;’ ‘good luck making any money breeding felines’ and my personal favorite – the ever so condescending: ‘why do you want to breed cats anyway?’ The bottom line is whether a person classes themselves as a professional cat breeder or a ‘hobby breeder’ they DO make money.
It is rather disingenuous to suggest otherwise and there are a number of reasons that can be deduced quite easily as to why breeders seem to be untruthful. I will explain in a later article how much cat breeding actually costs and how much money you can make by doing it but for now let’s get into the reasons cat breeders claim they do not make money.
Firstly there is the matter of ethics. We’ve all heard of the dreaded backyard breeders and these people have given the whole concept of breeding a bad name. Of course most breeders have a sense of ethics but people fear that they will be amalgamated into the same category as the backyard breeders. They feel they would be tarnished with the same brush to coin a phrase.
There is also the matter of the Cat Fancy association with which the breeder could be a member of. Most breeders register their cats with a Cat Fancy such as the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. These associations state that the individual should not breed for monetary gain so breeders are forced to keep up the pretense that they make no money out of the endeavor and claim the price they sell (or adopt – a more ethical word they tend to use) the kitten for only covers the expenses they have accumulated by the breeding process itself. Strange in that case why the rarer the breed the higher the price. To give an example –a Persian kitten carries the same expenses as a Ragdoll yet the Persian will be sold for more. If the breeder truly did not want to make any money they would sell the Persian for the same price as the Ragdoll. Same goes for color – a colorpoint kitten will fetch more than a bi-color kitten, breeders charge more for colorpoints even though a colorpoint is no more expensive to keep than a bicolor.
Another point links in with the aforementioned Cat Fancy associations. When a kitten is registered with such an association they fetch for on average $300 more than if a kitten was sold and not registered. Therefore breeders want their cats registered with a Cat Fancy association and since these organisations do not want to be associated with breeding for profit the breeder cannot risk being ostracized and struck off the association so must claim they ‘break even’ with their breeding program.
For any breeders who are offended by this article I would say first and foremost you can be a breeder whilst simultaneously loving and nurturing your pets but we should not delude ourselves or others that at least SOME money is made in the process. If this were not the case we would not see the varying fluctuation in prices kittens are sold for. If you truly believe you are not making money then start selling your beloved colorpoints for the same price as solids or bi-colors. Happy ethical breeding to all.