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Can anyone tell what colours the babies will be?

post #1 of 12
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Haven't had cats before this and I'm really curious about what her babies will be like. I had dwarf hamsters and you could sort of tell what colour the babies will be ..for example, normal + argente = 75% normal, 25% argente. Since Argente is recessive, mating it with another Argente would produce 100% Argente babies.. well you get the point!

Our cat is black and the cat she mated with is also black. She had 4 black kittens in her first litter (this will be her 2nd if she gets pregnant again). Will this combination always result in black kittens? We don't mind obviously but it would be funny if a different-coloured one was to pop out!

Thanks
post #2 of 12
If you dont mind me asking, why are you allowing her to get pregnant again? You dont sound like a responsible breeder, or you would know the colours you would get, and there are just so many cats in the world needing homes that it is unfair to bring any more into the world. If you have homes lined up for potential kittens, you could always ask them to go to your local shelter instead. If you dont know for certain she is pregnant, my best advice is to get her spayed now. But, if you only want an answer to your question, I am not a breeder, but I would imagine that 2 pure blacks would only produce pure blacks, but it does depend on what colours both cats parents were and how much white the blacks have on them.
post #3 of 12
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We breed them only if we already have owners (good ones, i may add) lined up. we don't leave them in boxes and she will get spayed after this litter.
post #4 of 12
Do you not have a lot of cats in shelters in your area?
post #5 of 12
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I know of one cat shelter (a cat boat actually!) in Amsterdam but I don't think there's a big problem with stray cats here . I've never ever seen one, at least! In fact, I think the cat boat has quite a long waiting list. Having kittens is a lot of work and expensive but we charged (from her last litter) 20euros per kitten (dewormed) . Doesn't cover the costs but we had fun playing with the furballs (at somewhere over 8 weeks, one caught SEVEN mice in one day at his new home!. said apartment is completely mice free now haha) .

Owners here are generally responsible and although this is my first cat(or rather my boyfriend's cat), that doesn't mean we mistreat her! She gets the best food and plenty of affection.
post #6 of 12
I would be most likely all black - however, if you know what the sire and dam's parents colours are it would make prediction a tiny bit easier. Black is a dominant gene but I've have browns and chocolates appearing out of "nowhere" before!
post #7 of 12
Well if you control who she's mated to, you can get different colors. Black is dominate. She could be carrying blue as recessive - only way to tell that is to breed her to a blue cat or a cream (which is dilute).

Mated to a red or cream, you'd get a tortie or blue cream female.

Is this a purebred cat or mixed? If mixed, she really should be spayed before she gets pregnant again.

BTW I do know some breeders of purebreds that don't know color genetics - they go by type and quality of their breeds. IMO you should know basic genetics for those that ask "what colors will you have?"....IMO if you don't know that, you're not a breeder I want to buy from!
post #8 of 12
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I am not a breeder- just someone who has a cat. i have no plans to be a breeder. my cat is just a normal, pariah cat She's black, breed unknown (we got her from someone who breeds cats for a living) but very affectionate and sweet. When she was giving birth, she wanted us to be there and we had to stay by her side during the whole labour! she also allowed us to touch and carry her babies from the first day (wasn't stressed). her babies from the earlier litter were also very affectionate.

i'm not going to lie. we are not having babies because we think flabbletje wants them (i mean of course she does but she probably doesn't know better) but because we think they're fun (and finding good homes won't be too difficult here in Holland). This will probably be her last litter (if she has them, we're not sure if she's pregnant yet) and we will get her neutered.
post #9 of 12
Good

But the breeder comment was for the one that posted about "if you were a good breeder you would know genetics and colors" - not really directed to you in your case
post #10 of 12
Sorry, bad choice of words on my part. I was just trying to find out more background on why the cat was being allowed to have a second litter, as it didn't sound like a pedigree. But, if they are your reasons for letting her have a litter, please get her spayed regardless of whether she is pregnant or not - it doesn't sound like you have the same issues with homeless cats that some of us have, but if every kitten born in situations like yours truly went to good homes, there wouldn't be so many adults in rescues all over the world.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by yunnermeier View Post
I know of one cat shelter (a cat boat actually!) in Amsterdam but I don't think there's a big problem with stray cats here . I've never ever seen one, at least! In fact, I think the cat boat has quite a long waiting list. Having kittens is a lot of work and expensive but we charged (from her last litter) 20euros per kitten (dewormed) . Doesn't cover the costs but we had fun playing with the furballs (at somewhere over 8 weeks, one caught SEVEN mice in one day at his new home!. said apartment is completely mice free now haha) .

Owners here are generally responsible and although this is my first cat(or rather my boyfriend's cat), that doesn't mean we mistreat her! She gets the best food and plenty of affection.
Yunnermeier....here on TCS...we only advocate breeding of cats that are part of a registered breeding program. As such, we do recommend that you have your female fixed after this litter. Even if there is a waiting list for kittens, doesn't mean that older cats aren't having issues with finding homes. TCS wants all cats (young and old) to have a chance. I would hope that you would follow up to ensure that any kitten you place is also spayed/neutered.

Since you enjoy the experience so much, check with your local humane society or shelter to see if you could foster pregnant cats in the future after your female has been spayed.

Katie
post #12 of 12
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This will probably be her last litter (if she has them, we're not sure if she's pregnant yet) and we will get her neutered.
I would seriously hope (if she is pregnant) that this is her last litter as I recall your cat had a litter back in August of last year. Until she is spayed, she should remain indoors only.

Katie
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