I’ve been trying to get my mind around this post for several weeks and finally gave up. I’m going to dive in and start rambling and see what develops. As many (or most) of you already know, I’ve announced that I will no longer be breeding. I’m going to call it a hiatus (a term I saw a friend use) which leaves the back door open should I find the will and a way to start up again. I made the ‘official’ announcement last week via Facebook and on my website around the day I took Simba Kahn in for his neutering; however it’s a decision I’ve been struggling with for several years and more so these past few months. Any breeder who wants to continue breeding simply MUST re-home their retired breeders, and must do so on a continuing basis while bringing in new breeders.
In many ways I’ve been lucky beyond my wildest dreams. Had I known the pitfalls and tragedies possible in this endeavor, it’s likely I would never have begun. From the very first year I was forced into a crash course in breeding, feline husbandry, nutrition, and health. I was not atypical in my hazy newby plans with the idea of how much fun it would be to have kittens every year to play with. Cute! Fun! Yes and yes!! To my credit, I did want legitimate breeding rights and CFA registered cats and a CFA registered cattery and I did NOT view this as a money-making home business, as is often the greatest newby pitfall.
The first year both kittens became ill before they were even a year old. Tiny Bear recovered from what they called a ‘fever of unknown origin’ after $1100 of testing and a week in and out of the clinic. Nugget was not so lucky. She had a congenital eye condition in both eyes and it was necessary to remove one of them. She became my first retired breeding cat. Tiny Bear went on to be a first time breeder’s dream queen. Initially finding homes for the kittens was a huge concern for me. As it turns out that was the least of my problems. From the onset quality kitty parents found me and over the years Mythicbells kittens became in demand.
I could go into any and all of my adventures and quite possibly might at some point, but overall, though I’ve had some problems and tragedies, they have been minimal compared to what I know other breeders have faced. The positive side of the ledger far outweighs the negative. Breeding these wonderful kittens has brought fabulous people into my life from all over the world and has created a unique “family” who have my very special kittens as well as an extended family who love and follow my cats and kittens. I look back over the eight years since I began this endeavor and I’m astonished at all that has happened and all that Mythicbells has become. The past few months have been a joy to me due to the very special “K” kittens and the wonderful people who were waiting impatiently to bring them into their hearts and their homes. It’s also been a rough time for me in other ways. THE DECSION! I so do NOT want to lose all of this – and I don’t just mean the wonderful WONDERFUL experience of raising the kittens, but the whole package that is Mythicbells.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely!! For your interest in me and my kitties; for your support of me and Mythicbells. I hope to maintain contact with you all. I would like input on KittyCam, the newsletter, the BLOG, etc. I plan to leave KittyCam up for the foreseeable future. It doesn’t cost me anything, and I see that people do enjoy the chat room at certain times of the day. Of course we know that even that can’t go on forever, but for now it stays. The newsletter does cost me a fee and I’m thinking that with Facebook now so prevalent that I will likely phase out the newsletter. Many of the Mythicbells alumni are now connecting via Facebook and sharing photos etc. A Facebook group started up just this week for Mythicbells alumni and anyone who enjoys sharing cats. If you are interested in this group, let me know if you don’t already know about it. I believe that you need to be “a friend” of either me or someone already in the group, at which time one of us can simply add you. I intend to keep the BLOG up and hopefully active so that I can bore you with “All Things Molly and All Things Kitty.” My website will also remain up as a source of information for cat care. JAFO is still making the Granny Bells Stud Pants and Princess Panties that she and I developed. How long that continues will be entirely up to JAFO. Thank you JAFO!!
Sahara is scheduled to be spayed next week then I guess that will be it!! I ask myself why this is so depressing since it’s really no different than any post-kitten adoption blues which I suffer each and every time – lol. I had hoped (half-hoped?) that Sahara would go back into heat before I neutered Simba Kahn for one more litter this year. I knew that I could manage that stress until the end of the year, but could not go into next year … waiting. The headaches have been rough the past couple of months as well as mounting behavioral issues with the rest of the gang. SO, if Sahara goes into heat between now and next week, I’ll shoot her myself! (Just kidding, of course!) If this were Tiny Bear we’d have the “L” litter on the ground by now. I fear I had to disappoint a number of my favorite people who asked to be put on the waiting list at the last minute when they saw the K litter. Well, they WERE pretty darn cute!!
I think that’s end of ramble. Oh, yes, the videos will continue ad nauseum per usual and if you’ve been keeping up with the latest you will see that I am very much enjoying reconnecting with all of the resident kitties, playing with them, fussing over them, attempting to make them feel like the center of my universe (which of course they are).
I love you all!
Signed: Molly, Nugget, Tiny Bear, Gypsy Rose, Simba Kahn, Sahara, Sirocco, Kalahari Falcon, & Sequoia