Thinking about breeding cats? Here are our top tips…
When most people first think of cat breeding, they think of the obvious positives: the pitter-patter of little kittens running around, the potential profit from selling a sought-after breed, and perhaps even a new member of the family if there’s a kitten (or two) you just can’t part with…
However, it’s not as easy as that. There’s a lot to consider when breeding cats, so we recommend visiting us with your potential queen at Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic in Northampton. We’ll make sure your cat is healthy enough for breeding and also give you advice on what you need to know before you start.
Before you go in search of your queen’s stud, make sure you understand the reality of breeding with our key info and tips…
Are you ready for kittens?
Before you even explore the ins and outs of cat breeding, are you ready for it? Breeding your cat will, without doubt, give you more to do on top of your everyday lifestyle.
For example, you may have to:
- Find the perfect stud for your queen (which may involve travel).
- Spend a lot more time going to/from the vets – both before and after birth.
- Endure many a sleepless night of meowing.
- Do everything you’d normally do for your cats X by how many kittens they have.
Are they ready for kittens?
It’s crucial that your cat is ready to give birth to kittens of her own. There are a few things to consider for your cat’s sake before you bring her into motherhood:
- Is she old enough to safely have kittens? The recommended age is between 18-24 months, once they’re fully grown, although this can vary depending on the breed.
- Does she have any underlying health conditions that may make pregnancy or birth difficult, or even something that she may even pass onto her litter?
- Is she a sociable cat? Such characteristics can be inherited and if she doesn’t like people or other cats, you may end up with a litter of the same.
- If you’re looking for a litter of pedigree kittens, do you have all the paperwork needed to prove their desirable bloodline?
Laws around breeding cats
When looking to officially breed your queen, you’ll need to get the appropriate confirmation to do so. This falls under the Pet Animals Act of 1951 and requires you to have a license when selling pets through a pet shop or from your home. There’s also potential for this to become stricter in coming years as Cat Protection and UK MPs are looking to adapt breeding laws to the changing breeding marketplace of the 21st century.
Costs of breeding
It’s easy to think about the money you might make if you’re selling a desirable breed of kittens, but have you thought about all the costs that come with having them in the first place?
These could include:
- Initial health-checks for your queen.
- Ongoing health checks for your queen and kittens.
- Vaccinations and micro-chips for your kittens.
- Extra food, water, and bedding while the kittens are with you.
- Extra treats (because who can say no to kittens?).
What if your kittens don’t find new homes?
One last thing that many people never even consider is that their kittens may not all find new homes. In that case, are you prepared to welcome another cat into your forever home? If not, it may be worth rethinking whether you really want to breed at all.
As you can see, there are quite a few things to think about when it comes to breeding cats. If you’ve read through all of this and you’re still thinking you might be ready for cat breeding, bring your queen in for her pre-pregnancy health check.