Dear Catster reader,
Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Catster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.
Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Catster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.
Catster magazine, www.catster.com and the associated social media sites are NOT shutting down. We encourage you to continue reading the content found in the pages of the magazine and the web sites, commenting through the mechanisms provided and sharing your ideas and comments with us and your fellow readers.
Instructions for accessing pet profiles were shared with everyone in 2017. The instructions can be found elsewhere within the forum. AFTER JULY 20TH, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CONTENT. And, effective immediately, we are no longer able to answer questions about the community.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.
I forgot to add this to my previous comment. There must be some money to be made by kitty mills, but my guess is that it's not much. It's usually the pet shop that makes the money. I'm in Japan, so the situation might be different from that in the States, but my local pet shop (part of a big chain; the animals look healthy and well-treated) charges over $2000 per purebred kitten (with pedigree). Your average household breeder, in Japan, will charge anywhere from $600 to $1000 (I'm talking about Maine Coons here), and if it's a good breeder, the kittens will be of much better quality than what you can get from a pet shop. Less expensive cats are not necessarily of a lower quality than more expensive cats, but human psychology is strange--some people are convinced that the more expensive a cat is, the better it must be. Cats are not cars.