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Breeding from your cat Owner Factsheet

A female cat (queen) is capable of producing several litters of kittens every year throughout her life. If you don’t want to take on a litter of kittens, or the responsibility of finding good homes for them, you should have your queen neutered. Keeping an un-neutered queen indoors is not always a practical solution: a calling queen may keep you and your neighbours awake and will do her best to escape at every opportunity. There is also a risk of infection developing in your cat's uterus (called a pyometra) if she is neither neutered or bred from and cancer of the mammary gland (breast cancer) is more common in un-neutered cats. If you do decide to breed from your cat, this can be a very rewarding process, but there are various things to consider to ensure that both mother and kittens are strong and healthy. 

How do I go about choosing a mate?

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When is the right time to breed from my cat?

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How often will my cat come into season?

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When should my cat mate?

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How long does the pregnancy last?

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How do I prepare for the birth?

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Is kittening likely to be dangerous for my cat?

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When should I call my vet?

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What if the mother is exhausted?

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What are the risks after the kittens are born?

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