Sometimes it can be hard to have a site that supports purebred cats. I receive nasty emails from people who do not support breeding – and there are strong reasons why they don’t. Sometimes, I struggle with supporting breeding because of the emails I receive about irresponsible breeders.
Even breeders who think they are responsible end up causing irresponsible breeding.
How does this happen? They release a kitten that has not been altered to a pet owner who signs a contract that they will spay or neuter the kitten. However, something comes up – financial strain or the pet owner changing their mind and wanting to breed the cat.
Even if they sign a contract, it doesn’t stop them. Some people don’t care about contracts; the original breeder only has a little control once the kitten is released. Sure, they can sue, etc. But once the damage has been done, it’s been done.
No court of law can remove the fact that the cat has irresponsibly produced a new litter of kittens.
However, I support responsible breeders who do not release their kittens without early-age spay and neutering. Floppycats is nearly 15+ years old and in the process of receiving e-mails and comments from readers and visitors over the years,
I have come to the conclusion that it is CRUCIAL for breeders to responsibly spay and neuter kittens BEFORE they go to their forever homes. I get weekly emails from people who decided to breed their pet quality kitten “because she’s so cute” with their neighbor’s Siamese cat – and the kittens are so cute can I list them on my site.
Or people that couldn’t afford to neuter them now need to get rid of the cat because he’s spraying all over the place. It is heartbreaking for me, for all parties included, to think that it could be avoided if breeders just spayed and neutered their cats early.
Yes, many breeders have kitten adopters sign contracts saying they will spay and neuter the kitten they are adopting, but it doesn’t always happen. And if it doesn’t happen 100%, then it needs to improve. There are too many dangers involved in NOT spaying and neutering early on.
When my parents got Rags and Cosby in 1989, they signed a contract to neuter the two kittens, which they did when they were 6 months old. It’s just that only some people do this. Caymus and Murphy came neutered from their breeder, Bluegrass Rags. Charlie and Trigg came neutered from their breeder, Soulmate Ragdolls.
Some special vets know how to do this procedure, and responsible breeders will find them. Do you know a responsible breeder that does early spay and neuter? Please feel free to list them in the comments section below. Here are additional resources where you can learn more about it.
Further Reading on Early Spay and Neuter in Cats
- The Cat Fancier’s Association – Winn Foundation EARLY SPAY/NEUTER IN THE CAT
- Feline spaying pros and cons – the reasons for and against spaying cats
- THE ANTI-NEUTERING LOBBY – A STEP BACKWARDS FOR FELINE WELFARE
- Early-age neutering of dogs and cats in the United States (a review)
- AAFP Position Statement: Early spay and castration
There are always two sides to every argument. Be sure to do your own research and make an educated decision.
Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,