Originally Posted by Jen
I believe Persians are late bloomers but I am not sure. That is an awful lot of breeding females to have at once isn't it? Plus it takes until about 2 years I would think to have all the testing and health certifications to be complete. Have you done all of that already?
Where did you get the cats from? Are any of them related? If you are new to this then I don't really think you are ready to begin breeding yet, especially so many at once. How are you seperating the intact males when you aren't breeding them?
Five females is a normal number for a small cattery.
I have only two at this time, but that's because my life circumstances forced me to scale down a bit.
I would put the non cycling females in with one of your males, the male you wish to breed them to. IMO if a queen needs hormone therapy, etc. or has problems conceiving then she isn't a good candidate to breed from, just because she could pass these health problems on to her progeny. A good breeding queen should be able to conceive, birth and raise the kittens with minimal help. However, Persians are very slow bloomers. It could just be that your females are taking their time getting started. I would give them more time, especially don't make any decisions right now because December can be a slow month for cats to cycle. Try and see if they go into heat beginning in January...which is just around the corner! ^_^