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Author Topic: What's the best age to breed a female cat?  (Read 4300 times)
Miss_Marple

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« on: January 22, 2008, 02:32:23 PM »

I got into an argument with a friend of mine. She has a 8.5 month old British Shorthair female cat and she says her vet told her that that age would be fine for breeding. That can't be right, can it? From what I know, a cat should be at least 1 year old to have a safe pregnancy and healthy kittens. I searched the Net for information (so I could show it to her!) but didn't find much :roll:

PS This was just a silly argument..she has had the cat spayed....but even theoretically I'd like to know if I was right!
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Lauradam Persians

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2008, 03:21:02 PM »

Yes you were right, a female cat should be at least 1 year old before breeding her.  Smiley
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LynMarie

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2008, 11:03:55 PM »

I agree you were right and if the queen isn't going crazy with strong heats it is good to wait till a year and a half.

LynMarie
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BellaKatz

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2008, 01:59:19 AM »

My vet has recommended not to let a queen call more than 3 times without breeding her. She feels that the risk of pyo and other reproductive problems is too great to let a queen cycle and cycle. That being said, I like the queens to be about a year to a year and a half for their first litter. I did have a Persian queen that started calling at 6 months, took a break until she was 8 months, and did not start her third cycle until she was almost two. So I guess that recommendation has worked out pretty well for me.  Smiley
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Whispurrpaws

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2008, 05:53:44 AM »

BonBon, my tortie point chocolate carrier, turned one year old back on September 3, 2007 and has yet to be bred... she's only had one heat cycle so far.  I agree as long as a female is not having strong and frequent heat cycles, it's best to wait until at least one year of age before allowing her to be bred for the first time.

Tracy J. Hopkins
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Tracy J. Hopkins
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dlucy44
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2008, 06:07:22 AM »

Quote from: "Whispurrpaws"
I agree as long as a female is not having strong and frequent heat cycles, it's best to wait until at least one year of age before allowing her to be bred for the first time.

Tracy J. Hopkins
Whispurrpaws Himalayans & Persians
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A DNA PKD Negative Tested Cattery
http://www.whispurrpawscattery.info/


Hi Tracy!  Cheesy..... Just a question, so what does a breeder do if a female is having strong and frequent heat cycles and is not a year old of age? :?  :roll:  :flower:  :paw:  :apple:
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Lucy and Coco
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Bluepoem

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2008, 06:19:34 AM »

In my opinion a Persian with frequent heats don't must be used for breeding. The frequent heats isn't specific for this race and because the problems that can be generated (cysts, pyometra etc.) a Persian with very much heat periods by year must be spayed, not used to produce another girls with this tendency. The cats from my breeding program are in heat approximately 2 time by one year.
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Whispurrpaws

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2008, 06:28:01 AM »

Hi Lucy, Smiley

The breeder would have to choose to either have the female spayed or breed her and hope all goes well.  My females have generally been around one year of age or so when they've had their first heat cycle, so this is not an issue I have had to deal with, yet.  However, if this were to happen to me, I would choose to have her spayed if she was very young and having strong and frequent heat cycles.  Just my personal opinion, of course.

Tracy J. Hopkins
Whispurrpaws Himalayans & Persians
Beauty, Health & Purrsonality Plus!!
A DNA PKD Negative Tested Cattery
http://www.whispurrpawscattery.info/
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Tracy J. Hopkins
Whispurrpaws Persians & Himalayans
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dlucy44
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2008, 06:30:50 AM »

Thank you Camelia and Tracy for the information........ Cheesy   You both gave the same response.  Smiley .......great minds think alike!  Cheesy  :flower:  :paw:  :apple:
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Lucy and Coco
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Miss_Marple

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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2008, 07:29:01 AM »

Thanks everyone. My own female had gone into heat for the first time at 7 months old! Her second heat (and when we did breed her) was a month after she turned one year old.
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