For All You "wanna Be" Breeders Out There
Posted 01 November 2008 - 12:43 PM
Posted 01 November 2008 - 12:54 PM
Please let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help you out. I'm not that far away.
It's so much harder to cope with things when you're in pain (I had enough trouble looking after my two human children when my ear drum burst a few weeks back and they don't need feeds all night as well ).
I could never be a breeder, I know I wouldn't cope well enough with the heartbreaks. I cry whenever one of you posts about your losses and I've never even met most of the breeders.
Those of us that have the pleasure of owning one of your babies will always be grateful to you for the love and effort that you put into them. I will forever be thankful that you allowed me to be Fleetwoods person.
The breeders on CW are VERY special people
Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:27 PM
I think you left out a lot of things you do, like the time, help and then the moderating of CW and all the show preparation. We've bathed Simmie once and done a rear end on him once. Suffice it to say I am no hurry to repeat the performance.
I surely hope the right people read this. It might be an idea to have realistic "weeks" in breeders lives, made into one post and pinned for the wanna-be's to read.
That way they can see it is not all Hallmark kittens playing with balls of wool in the breeding world.
I am also grateful you do what you do, because I have the wonderful and amazing Simeon!
In fact I am grateful to all the breeders for what they do and the websites they keep updated so I can go and drool. ** Thanks **
Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:42 PM
I know it was my wedding anniversary one year and we where going out for dinner. A girl had her kittens and thought all was okay and could go out for dinner.
On her final check she had prolapsed and I had to take her to the emergency vet and get her fixed up and everyone else went out for dinner and I sat at the vets.
I can fully relate to everything you said in the email.
Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:11 PM
Like many of the cat lovers here I can't begin to express how grateful I am that there are such wonderful people who dedicate themselves to breeding our precious fur babies. Breeding is no doubt a labour of love and an all consuming passion with many heart breaks and set backs as well as the beautiful moments and the celebrations when all goes well.
I do hope you find the time you need to have your surgery soon. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
all the best and please know that you are appreciated, respected and revered by the cat lovers of the world.
Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:32 PM
I hope that your health gets resolved very soon and that these little ones and their mum grow on to reward you for all your hard work....((hugs))
Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:37 PM
Meg says it all.
I too could never be a cat or dog breeder.. I just don't have what it take & I admire you all for your strength at times like this. I would also get too attached to the babies & I'd be a sobing mess EVERY time a bub left the property..
Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:47 PM
Its all so easy for us to call and organise our latest addition to the family.
I've always said it takes a very special individual to be a breeder. You need to be strong enough to cope with the heartbreak along with the success.
I for one could not do it. You are all very special.
Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:54 PM
er, dare i ask how many 'children' of the furry whiskery type you have to look after in your cattery (sum total of all animals)
AM glad Blackberry (is that her name??) is recovering and fortunately her babies are close to being weaned off onto solid food so your labour of love will ease soon. Do we get baby pics of you asleep in a chair coverd by your kitty bubs
Take care of yourself cos if you get sick who will love and look after your feline family as wellas you do!!! while you recover.
Chin up ... we are all flying the flags for you in here ... sheesh and I thought MY five were a load of labour ......
Posted 01 November 2008 - 03:38 PM
Thanks for posting this, I think it should be pinned.
Posted 01 November 2008 - 03:40 PM
So I can relate to what you are saying, and yes, good for you for giving a realistic picture into the downs of breeding. I've thought about breeding cats but IF I ever do would wait until I am no longer working, I reckon it is a full time job in itself, even without a stud cat.
Posted 01 November 2008 - 03:48 PM
I have endless amount of respect for cat breeders in particular. As a perspective kitten slave, I'm just about a neurotic mess thinking about ONE kitten, who is partially grown up! The hard stuff is already done!
Posted 01 November 2008 - 06:24 PM
So pleased to hear that Blackberry is doing a little better. Hope you manage to get some sleep soon and whilst I know you are not going to put yourself before your cats take care of yourself too or who will look after the kitties.
Posted 01 November 2008 - 06:55 PM
So yes aspiring breeders... COUNT THE COST! Breeding is not a fun hobby at all! However it is a passion... and once that passion is in your blood it is very hard to walk away from it despite the seemingly insane costs. I often wonder where this journey will take me, and will I look back in my dotage and think it was worth it all. I am a fairly rational and logical person normally. I should walk away, but I can't - there is something, somewhere that I just adore about breeding my chosen cats. <BIG SIGH>
Posted 01 November 2008 - 08:06 PM