There are many, many reasons why someone becomes a breeder. It is not a decision to be taken lightly and it is not easy to start a good breeding program and become a ethical and responsible breeder. At the same token, quitting everything you have worked so hard for is equally as hard and is also a decision that cannot be taken lightly. Many factors come into play when a breeder decides to end their breeding program.
Our family has decided to slowly start phasing out of breeding, with as our goal to end our breeding program after our daughter graduates Winter 2018.
Many factors played a role in this decision...
The siberian breed is magnificent, however it is a breed that deals with quite a few health problems, HCM being one of them. For years we have seen cats drop dead left and right, and breeders with risky lines breeding their cats into just about every pedigree out there with all the disastrous consequences that comes with that. I had a spiel about it a few posts ago, but if you didn’t read it, you can read it here on my blog
Lots of great breeders deeply care about the breed, but the majority does not. They simply want to make money. They don’t screen, they don’t test and they are dishonest when it comes to the health of their cats. They simply do not care enough to do the right thing and is has enormous consequences for the breed. We have a completely inactive breed committee that could do so much good for the breed but has proven to be quite useless in the past years. That is not an attack on the people on the committee, but simply a fact.
In my humble opinion, the siberian breed as a whole is in bad shape and it’s not going to get any better unless people are willing to tell the truth about their cats and start rigorously screening and testing. It’s not going to happen, so seeing this breed moving backwards instead of forward is one big reason to jump ship.
Another huge consideration is simply the fact that being a breeder is an insane amount of work. It’s a full time job, you can never go on vacation unless you can find someone so crazy to take care of all of your cats, and it is very restrictive in life. A spontaneous weekend out of town has not happened here in 10 years. We’re both worn out and are looking forward to other things in our life.
Winter 2018 our daughter will be graduating from college. When she moves out and goes her own way, we plan on doing the same. That will be the time when we are going to start phasing out, have our last litters and find home for most of our cats. We plan on moving and pretty much start a new chapter in our lives. We plan on fixing up and selling our house and downsize significantly because we don’t need a 3500 square foot house for just the two of us.
Joey’s passing was really the trigger to make some decisions we have been talking about for almost 2 years now. We both agree this is what we want, we’re both sure this is what we are going to do.
In about 2 years we hope to have completely phased out from breeding. We may still have a cat or two as pets, or even maybe a show alter but other than that, it will be the end of our breeding program. We may move closer to my husband’s work, and I will be working from home building and growing my natural health solutions business (www.facebook.com/OilPixie).
It is hard to decide to let go of something we spent years building up, but we all get to a point in our lives when it’s time to move on to the next thing, and once our daughter graduates and lives on her own, it’s time for us to move forward to other things.
This means that some of our current breeding cats will soon be available to new homes and some of them have already found their new forever homes and will be going there very soon.
The end of the road is coming in the near future, but is not here yet. Don’t worry, about 2 more years of adorable kittens and cats with cute pictures to come!