|Originally posted by Dixie
?? 12 Weeks? That is way too long... My mom used to breed persians and we always gave them away at 6to8 weeks... Yes, I'm going to get her spayed.... I hate to do that - it seems like I am taking away her right to be a mother but I'm going to do it anyway... Thanks for replying...
12 weeks is a minimum for me, 16 weeks is really best. The longer the babies are with their mom, the better socialized the kittens are. Six to eight weeks will result in behavioral problems, I cringe when I see people getting rid of kittens that young. If *you* allow her to get pregnant, *you* need to keep those kittens till a minimum of 12 weeks of age. Before then it is totally irresponsible.
Your mom may have given kittens away that young but it is not healthy for them. Any good breeder will not sell a kitten until it is atleast 12 weeks of age, many wait until 16 weeks. The Cat Fanciers Association states it against the rules to sell kittens under 4 months of age.
Spaying her is for her own good. It is not healthy for a cat to be bred, even to let them have their first heat cycle will skyrocket her chances of getting mammary cancer. That is why it is important to spay females before their first heat cycle. There are also chances of disease like pyometria, an infection of the uturus, which reqires an emergency spay, if it is not caught early enough it can lead to renal failure. A friend of mine who breeds orientals had a female get pyo on her first heat cycle, they spayed her asap and she still came down with renal failure. By the time the cat was 18 months old she was dead. It was very sad, the only thing that could have prevented it was to spay her, and the cat was a very good example of her breed. Breeders take this risk and know that they could end up loosing their cat and all her kittens. They know the ins and outs of pregnancy and delivery and know what could go wrong, if it does, they know what to do. They also are prepared to shell out 1,000's of dollars for their cats, even if the cat might not make it. They do that, they are ready for it when it happens. Thats the difference between responsible breeders and back yard breeders.