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I want to begin breeding Devon cats.

Hi there,

I have been looking for someone who can help me become a Devon Rex breeder and found this site. Thankyou for providing somewhere I can explore my dream.

I got my first devon (Digby) from the lost dogs home 5 years ago. He is a beautiful adult male who had been relinquished because his owner was terminally ill and could no longer look after him. He is a beautiful strong boy who runs the house, that is until I found a little girl Devon (Miloh) in Harvey Bay a 2 years ago, and flew her down to live with us too. She was rejected by her mother and raised on the bottle so she is very attached to humans and is totally besotted with me. Now she runs the house.

The thing is that Miloh is not desexed, and at christmas a stray cat got into the house and she became pregnant. I was so worried about her because she is a tiny little girl. But she was fine. She had 4 beautiful kittens and was the best mother.  I found the kittens good homes with people I know well who will really look after them.

Now I have decided I would like to breed with Miloh and mate her with a 

Devon male. I don't know the first thing about how to set this up but I have a beautiful girl who is a wonderful mother.

I hope someone can help.

Cheers Judi 

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  • Hi Judi,

    Is Miloh Registered with an approved Cat Council? Does she have pedigree papers?

    If not it is best to desex her.

    If you are not Registered yourself then you would need to become a member of a Cat Association and get a Breeders Prefix.

    Read up about genetics, husbandry and other important facts. Study and educate yourself about the breed.

    Have plenty of money. Breeding can be very costly, especially in the beginning. First, you pay to purchase your cats, then veterinarian bills, registration fees, food and supplies and the list goes on.

    All these expenses occur before you have ever produce a litter!

    Different states and counties have different laws about breeding cats. Some areas may require a special permit or license and others may restrict it altogether, especially the number of cats you can keep.

    Attend cat shows and speak to other breeders for ideas and tips.  Find another breeder and ask him/ her to mentor you.

     

    These are only a few basic points on getting started with Breeding but I hope it is of some help.

  • Thankyou so much for your advice. It looks like I have some serious research to do.

     

    I will keep you informed about what i have found.

     

    Thank you again.

    Judi

     

  • OK I have thought long and hard about your advice and i have Milo booked into the vet tomorrow to be de-sexed. I am going to slowly build up all of the things I need to start to breed then I hope you will be able to advise me on where to get my breeding cats. I figure it may take me a couple of years but the result will be worth it. Hopefully I will be semi retired by then which will give me more time to devote to my cats. 

    thankyou for your advice I really appreciate your knowledge and support.

    cheers Judi

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    Judi Bilkey said:

    OK I have thought long and hard about your advice and i have Milo booked into the vet tomorrow to be de-sexed. I am going to slowly build up all of the things I need to start to breed then I hope you will be able to advise me on where to get my breeding cats. I figure it may take me a couple of years but the result will be worth it. Hopefully I will be semi retired by then which will give me more time to devote to my cats. 

    thankyou for your advice I really appreciate your knowledge and support.

    cheers Judi

  • That is good news Judi. Hopefully this site is of some help to you.  Smile.gif
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