I got 3 kittens 16 years ago. I used the "Want Advertiser" which was a paper classifieds magazine for the local area (Massachusetts). There were tons of ads for free kittens, so I picked one and ended up taking all three that the family had, which were 3 all-black male American shorthairs.
Fast forward 16 years. One of my cats has died and the other 2 are getting older, so I am looking to get a new cat. I want to get the same type, which is an all-black American shorthair. Unfortunately, this seems impossible to do.
The Want Advertiser went out of business, so that is no longer an option. I have been checking Craigslist for 3 months and have found only 3 female black kittens, and none of the sellers returned my phone calls. Not only that there are literally 10 ISO (in search of) ads WANTING kittens for every kitten being offered. I tried going to a "shelter" named "Buddy Dog" but that was useless because they had no black kittens and all their kittens were sexually mutilated, which I do not want.
I am willing to pay any amount of money to get a local all-black kitten, but apparently that does not matter because noone breeds them. They only breed "exotic" cats like Bombays and Persians, so I can't buy one from a breeder.
My question is: Has something changed in the last 16 years that is making cats harder to find and obtain? If so, what changed?