Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Yeah our oriental while not cheap was BYB even though his owner did some showing.
He has bad gingervitis, severe asthma, is severely OCD in his behaviour, has ruined our house with his incessant spraying, has excess cartilage on his stomach and in his throat (only found that out when the vet tubed him) and odd dislocated looking front legs.
He had racked up thousands of dollars worth of medical bills in only two years of life.
So just be careful if you go with a purebred that it is from a reputable breeder (not sure if health checks are required on cats) out of proven and healthy stock.
Our moggies have been a lot hardier in terms of health, but one of our pound cats was purchased as a 18 month old and has to live outside as he is very violent towards the other cats. If you go the pound route, you may want to go for a younger cat as you are less likely to have to deal with behavioural issues.