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post #1 of 18
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Hello
A question forall you wondeful people. How young is to young to breed a queen. Also should you breed her on her first heat ?

Thank you everyone
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by hollyronne
Hello
A question forall you wondeful people. How young is to young to breed a queen. Also should you breed her on her first heat ?

Thank you everyone
The rule is thumb is at least one year old. Since most females will come into heat way earlier than one year, the answer to the second question would be no, you shouldn't breed her on her first heat.

You are welcome!

~gf~
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by gayef
The rule is thumb is at least one year old. Since most females will come into heat way earlier than one year, the answer to the second question would be no, you shouldn't breed her on her first heat.

You are welcome!

~gf~
Yeah she is only about 9 months old. I thought about 1 year to but was just making sure
post #4 of 18
Generally you want to give her a chance to finish growing before breeding her.

She will reach sexual maturity before she will reach physical maturity.

Give her some time, and make sure she has a clean bill of health before letting her breed.

Spotz
post #5 of 18
We breed our females from anything over nine months because in our fancy that is when they turn into adult cats.
post #6 of 18
What breed is your queen? Just curious.
post #7 of 18
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she is a persian a very loud persian.
I had a male set up but I have since lost contact with them when they moved
post #8 of 18
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She is 9 months old yesterday. She just finished her first heat. I do have a question tho. I have read that they will come into heat every 2-3 weeks but how long do each heat last ?
post #9 of 18
Is she large? If she's large for her age, I would breed her - don't want her getting sick.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by hollyronne
She is 9 months old yesterday. She just finished her first heat. I do have a question tho. I have read that they will come into heat every 2-3 weeks but how long do each heat last ?
It definitly depends on the queen, but it can last anywhere between a day and two weeks. Haven't had any call longer then that. For her next call I would mate her.
post #11 of 18
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Shes about 8.5lbs

I did have a male set up but the breeder up and left leaving me with no way of contacting her
post #12 of 18
Actually, it can be dangerous not to breed her. In cats there is a problem with frequent unmated heats. Every unmated heat cycle increases the chances of cystic endometrial hyperplasia, pyometra and future breeding problems. There is a really good reproduction CD available here
It is well worth the money and a breeder should not be without it. It explains the above problem. And many other problems you may encounter, as well as what is normal and when to become concerned.
Becky
post #13 of 18
hollyronne..have you contacted the breeder who sold your kitten to you?? She may have suggestions as far as the time to start.

Katie
post #14 of 18
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oh ... thank you for that info ...Ill look into the cd
post #15 of 18
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I tried but she moved and didnt give me her new number. We planed on breeding her with a black male she had
post #16 of 18
Would you be able to find her a suitable male before her next call? You don't want her getting sick.
post #17 of 18
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Im not sure yet.. there are a few places I could post stuff around town but it is to cold to go out today
post #18 of 18
Did your breeder have a web site? Does she show? Do you know where she works? Do you know the name of her vet? You may be able to leave a message through these locations. Many breeders will not allow their males to breed outside their cattery. I wish you luck in getting a male for your girl. I don't have my girls calling more than twice a year, so you will have time to look. Be very careful in selecting a male as you can end up with all sorts of problems if you don't research a bit. Make sure the male has been scanned for PKD. This is an inheirited kidney malfunction. Has your girl been scanned? PKD means the kittens are born with cysts on their kidneys and they grow causing the kidneys to shut down as they age. If your girl is positive, she should be spayed. There is a DNA test that should become available in Jan or Feb that you can mail in to UC Davis in California.
Please make sure to scan your kitty as they show no signs at all.
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