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post #1 of 28
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Hi,
I just found your site and wanted to ask you all a question about my cat that had kittens last night. do i have to do anything for her?her kittens? i am a first time breeder of a ragdoll named molly. if you have any advise please help.

thanks
post #2 of 28
if you have a mentore he/she should have gone through everything you need to know.you dont need to do anything , but keep a watch, a good idea is to weigh the kittens everyday at the same time so that you can make sure they are putting on weight and not lossing any. make sure mum is cleaning them and stimulating them. is mum on a good kitten food wet and dry.
and welcome to the site.
post #3 of 28
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thank you, and yes she is on a good kitten food. how can i weigh the kittens?
post #4 of 28
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I got a little ragdoll boy from where i got my 1 and a half year old girl molly. i got him fixted. he is about 5 months old is it ok to let him sleep on me at night? Molly had 4 kittens and when i went to bed (i thought she was finished she had another) What weeks do i have to worry about something happening to them. is it only the first week? i do not want something to happen to them.
post #5 of 28
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should i let my 5 month dog around the kittens or the mother? he is a rottwiler.
post #6 of 28
i wouldnt let him near them just yet, he may get a bit to rough when trying to play , especially since he will be quite big. leave it untill the kittens are a bit older then slowly introduce him to them but never unsupervised.

normally once the kittens turn 4 weeks old you can worry less about something going wrong, and i dont understand your question about the little 5 month old boy, do you mean is it ok to sleep with you in your bed? if so then yes it is ok, cats tend to move pretty quickly if you was to roll on them and they will deffently let you know about it. i would say his old enough, mine have slept with me from 12 weeks old.
post #7 of 28
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ok thanks for the advise. i will keep that in mind, but how do i weigh the kittens can i do it with any scale
post #8 of 28
a normal kitchen food scales will do the job,
post #9 of 28
yes kitchen scales are fine, thats what I'm using. Also if you click onto welcome - important kitten care advice, you can download a useful kitten calender and use it to chart your kittens progress.
post #10 of 28
The kittens and Mom need to be keep seperate from the the other pets. Mom can get aggressive if she thinks the kittens are in danger. As the immunities from the Colostrum (Mom's first milk) begin to wear off the kittens become at risk for getting sick until they are vaccinated. So they really aren't out of the woods until they pass that time period.
post #11 of 28
So you have two litters of kittens now right?
post #12 of 28
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yes,
but katie was not suposed to get pregnant. I thought i mentioned that i had a cat that was going to have babies. well sorry i didn't. I just didn't know if i had to do something different for full blooded cats.
post #13 of 28
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sorry if i didn't
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
I got a little ragdoll boy from where i got my 1 and a half year old girl molly. i got him fixted. he is about 5 months old is it ok to let him sleep on me at night?
So you have a five month old ragdoll male that is fixed. I assume this is the cat that got declawed?

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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool
Molly had 4 kittens and when i went to bed (i thought she was finished she had another) What weeks do i have to worry about something happening to them. is it only the first week? i do not want something to happen to them
You also have a ragdoll female named Molly that just had kittens but you breed her. Who did you breed her with?

It is interesting that Katie and Molly both had four kittens but later both had five kittens.

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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
yes, but katie was not suposed to get pregnant. I thought i mentioned that i had a cat that was going to have babies. well sorry i didn't. I just didn't know if i had to do something different for full blooded cats.
I thought you said Katie was an outside cat that you got from a prison and this is her fourth litter. How was she not suppose to get pregnant if she was not fixed. Who did she breed with?

Are both mom and litters in the basement? If so I would keep an eye on them. Mother cats can get territorial and they may end up fighting if they don't feel their kittens are safe from other cats.

I would keep the boy kitty and the dog away from both of them at this point.
post #15 of 28
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i breed her with another male ragdoll. that my friend has. well i don't know who katie breed with there is woods in our back yard. they are not in the basement katie is but molly is inside in my sisters room. she went away to collage and we put her in here.
post #16 of 28
Can my signature be my reply? I have nothing to say that would not have been said over and over. Mentor, please keep your cats indoors, and I think many of us know why declawing is wrong, if you have questions regarding the inhumane, cruel act of declawing, I believe this site has a link, if you would want, I am sure there is someone who would kindly give a link regarding the negatives on declawing as well as the MANY safe alternatives.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of spaying and neutering, or pediatric spay and neuter, please ask. I and others are very much advocates of pediatric spay and neuter, with accredited studies disproving many of the myths surrounding it, proving its beneficial factors.
post #17 of 28
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thank you but i know how bad it is i looked last night and i am going to try the soft paws for my next cat
post #18 of 28
Please don't allow the dog to be around at this time or any other cats, she needs to be left with the babies, until the kittens have had first vaccinations. Speak to your vet about a good worming schedule for Mom and babies, please don't use over-the-counter wormers, they can be dangerous. Weighing the kittens on a daily basis is important, I go off grams for the first few weeks, making sure they gain at least 10 grams a day or more, but if you are using ounces, then know 16 ounces are in a lb, to help keep an idea of weight gain or loss. Keep Mom and babies warm and comfortable inside a room such as your bedroom or bathroom.
It is my opinion Ragdolls should have only certain vaccines, but this is something you should speak with your vet about, however, I would recommend NOT giving FIP or Felv. Also, I wouldn't give rabies until at least the kittens are 4 months of age. We stick with a killed FVRCP only, but some vets do use the ML.
You may decide you want to contact CFA for a mentor, if you have decided to become a Ragdoll breeder, I believe they have a mentorship, or ask someone with years of experience to be your mentor in your area. Many of us began with a mentor, the learning doesn't seem to end, it just keeps going and going, and there may be new information about the Ragdoll breed, that you are not aware of, that becoming more informed with the cat registries and breed clubs and health lists may help you stay more aware of standard revises or health news.
post #19 of 28
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oh is it true that there is a shot that the vet can give to your pet that it will fix them?
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
oh is it true that there is a shot that the vet can give to your pet that it will fix them?

I apologize, I am not understanding the question. What shot or vaccine do you refer to and what are you fixing? I have been busy with things, and may have misread something, could you help me in understanding the question.
Thank you.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
thank you but i know how bad it is i looked last night and i am going to try the soft paws for my next cat

I have many families who use soft paws or soft claws on their kitty and really enjoy them. Keeping a cats nails trimmed on a regular basis and training to a scratching post is usually easy. We keep our kittens around 13 weeks, to help with socialization, scratching training, they are spayed or neutered, and are vaccinated 2 times prior to going to the adoptive family. It is crucial to keep babies to 10 weeks at least, preferrably 12 weeks.
post #22 of 28
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like a shot that you could spaying and neuter your cat with.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
like a shot that you could spaying and neuter your cat with.
No, there is not a way to spay or neuter a cat with a vaccine or shot. With females they make a small incision in the abdomen to remove the uterus and ovaries. Spaying in females prevents uterine cancer or infection such as pyometra, and reduces mammary cancer greatly. In males, they only make a small incision to remove the testicles, this also prevents testicular cancer or infection in males, if done in an proper time frame will prevent a male from spraying or marking his territory with urine. There are many other benefits to having your cat spayed or neutered, but this is to name a few.
Spaying and neutering is done with most pet families, it isn't thought of as cruel, if you would like more feed back to help understand the benefits, I believe most on this site, hundreds could or would give positive feedback.
post #24 of 28
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oh, oh thanks. i thought i heard that....
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
oh, oh thanks. i thought i heard that....
It may be something such as a shot to prevent a female from going into heat, but I have asked about this drug from several vets, and all agree there are too many risks associated with this drug, if one is not a registered breeder with the background knowledge needed to breed, there is a lot of knowledge involved. Have you thought about spay or neutering your current Ragdoll(s), showing them in alter class, to get familiar with the breed and find a mentor to help you begin with quality cats to have a better foundation to begin with. There is always learning to continue, but this would give you time to find out a bit about the basic genetics and scans and tests that one will do on their breeding cats, prior to beginning breeding, as well as becoming involved in the breed clubs, to keep up to date on the information regarding the Ragdoll breed. If this is the breed you choose to breed.
post #26 of 28
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oh ok thanks for all the information. I think after this litter i will read up more before breeding her again.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by bobcat4is_cool View Post
oh ok thanks for all the information. I think after this litter i will read up more before breeding her again.
Also, if you get into showing her you will learn tons about the breed and get to meet fellow breeders.

* Provided she is registered and show quality.
post #28 of 28
So you are raising two cats that both have kittens right now? How far apart were the two litters?

How old are you? It isn't easy breeding cats. Most of the time when someone buys a full-bred cat they expect for them to be show quality.

You can't keep allowing your cats to get pregnant. Can you and your family afford to spay/neuter all the kittens and get them their shots? You have 10 kittens in your house right now, right? That is going to be expensive. Are you prepared for the responsibility involved with raising kittens?
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