How Often Should A Cat Be Bred?
by MUNIRA MURREY
Missionhill Silvers Persians & Exotics
Spanish Translation / Traducción Español

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"How often do you breed your your female cats?"

This must be one of the questions I am asked most frequently.

My answer is . . . I breed each girl as often as I think it is healthy FOR THAT PARTICULAR FEMALE.

Consider Condition

If a queen loses a lot of weight when she finishes raising her litter and then goes back into heat, I would definitely not breed her again until she was back in condition.

On the other hand if a female is in good condition after raising her litter and then goes into heat every few weeks and starts losing condition because she is cycling, I would re-breed her right away.

So I may have 1 litter a year with one female and 3 litters a year with another.

Singleton Litters

Then there is the female who delivers one kitten and comes back into heat when the kitten is about a month old - and then every two weeks after that. By the time this female has had 3 heats, I will breed her again.

If a female delivers one kitten and loses it, and comes back into heat within a few weeks, I will re-breed her if she has not lost any condition during her pregnancy.

Common Sense

I think cat breeders have to use their common sense when making a decision about when to breed their females. There is no black and white answer. No cat breeder should pass judgment on another breeder without knowing the full facts.

I don't know who is qualified or justified to discipline a breeder for breeding a particular cat too frequently, or how "too frequently" could be defined. If more than once a year is defined as "too frequently" then I would be guilty of this with most of my females!

The answer to how often to breed your cat is...

... it all depends on the individual cat

The Stud Cat

While we most often focus on how often to breed a female cat I think we should also consider the health and feelings of a breeding male.

If a male is given only one or two breedings a year I think this would be very depressing for him. It might be fine for humans who have taken a vow of celibacy, but not for an unneutered cat!

When I have a female in season and I carry her into the area where my boys have their accommodation they all prick their ears and get very excited. "Me, me, me - is she for me?" they seem to say. It really bothers me when I have to disappoint them. I think a male should be given a certain number of wives a year to keep him happy.

Final Thoughts

Since only I know what is best for my cats I would not take kindly to somebody criticizing me for my breeding practices. This is definitely a decision best left to me and my veterinarian.

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