I guess I just needed the reassurance that there are breeders who will be responsive and excited about it with me
You'll certainly get that from our member breeders. Many breeders have outside jobs, kids, and many other things happening in their lives and that does serve as a reason for short replies and not being prompt in responses. It doesn't engender confidence in buyers though. We want to know that we matter more than just our money and that the breeder really cares about placing kittens in good homes.
Then there are the breeders who have outside jobs, kids, and many other things happening in their lives and they are prompt and detailed in responses, send pictures and give prospective buyers the information they need to feel confident that the breeder is going to be supportive throughout the life of the cat. That is the type of breeder I want to buy from. If you want that type of breeder, you're best bet is to buy from one of our members. There are other good ones out there, but ours are already vetted. And if you buy from Paige, oy, will you get response. She'll require a criminal background check, full psych evaluation and periodic inspections of your home. LOL.