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post #1 of 14
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How long does it take for a female to get used to a new male? I'm guessing in March my girl will be ready. I have no idea how long I'm looking at losing her while shes being bred.
post #2 of 14
Depends on a lot of things.
If this is her first breeding, she's likely to be scared and certainly won't know what to do. Having a seasoned stud that is patient and gentle will go a long way to making your new queen comfortable.
A new anxious stud could cause problems, or not. It really depends on the disposition of the 2 cats being put together. The best thing is always to put a "seasoned pro" together with a newbie.
If she remains calm and in heat after being introduced to the stud, she could be bred the first day. It could also take much longer, once again it depends on how they react to each other.
All of our studs and queens know each other, so I can tell you when we have a queen in heat, if I put her in with any of our studs, they will breed the first day without fail.
post #3 of 14
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Thanks Kai. I imagine this will be very stressfull for her. Not being in familiar surroundings, lots of new cat smells, none of her friends from home....

She came out of heat Thanksgiving morning. So it lasted 5 days. I'm guessing that pretty normal... Of course this was her first heat too. My other 2 cats were SO confused! Autumn actually got hissy at everything, its like Meeka was a disruption in her routine. Hope kept trying to pounce on her saying "lets play!" And then Meeka would flirt back confusing Hope to no end. Hope seems to be so happy having her play buddy back.
post #4 of 14
It depends on the individual cat.

I've just send our girl Muffin off to our stud Danlara (who is currently living at my Nanas) and she's already been mated to him once before and she's going nuts at him attacking him and biting him.

So you can never tell.
post #5 of 14
I've sent my females out several times. They usually stayed about 2 months as if they are in heat when first going out, they may stop when getting to the stud's house and you have to wait on them to come back in.

If you use locally, then you can shorten the time, as you have a better chance of catching them in heat and staying in heat.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
I've sent my females out several times. They usually stayed about 2 months as if they are in heat when first going out, they may stop when getting to the stud's house and you have to wait on them to come back in.

If you use locally, then you can shorten the time, as you have a better chance of catching them in heat and staying in heat.
Oh boy 2 months without Meeka... Actually this is why I asked because a friend said they had to send theirs out for 2-3 months once before and another time they bred right off. I didn't know if that was the norm or not. It is local, about 3 hours away from me so thats not to bad. I could probably get her out on her first day of heat but I just dont' know how easily she would come around to another cat...
post #7 of 14
If she's used to other cats, its not as "scary". I had to send out some first time moms who were not used to other cats. But I was also friends with the breeders and they treated her just fine (even spoiled her a bit).
post #8 of 14
Woohoo! Only two days at the studs and my gal is coming home!
post #9 of 14
Keeping my own male has certainly not been without issues, but luckily this is not one of them for me. 8-) Tonka and Lexus bonded closely from Day One and I don't have a problem with either of them when "that time" comes around.

However, I have recently begun to consider outside stud service (for an outcross) and of course will have to think long and hard about how this is will for us. My husband and I both simply adore Lex and I know this house will be sad and lonely without her, even for a short time.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by gayef
My husband and I both simply adore Lex and I know this house will be sad and lonely without her, even for a short time.
Thats how I feel. Though my fiance won't miss the heat. Hope will be devastated to lose her play buddy.... Oooh boy I just thought of another thing. When she is pregnant will she slow down?? I mean she is still young and though she will be older when I breed her...well she'll still be young and playful. I wouldn't want her to be playing to rough now.
post #11 of 14
Well since Meeka is a bengal, she may not drop out of heat, or she might go out for a week and be right back in. You never know with this breed, I've had queens drop out of heat for 2 or 3 days and go right back in. It can drive you crazy, if you're trying for a specific match-up or time frame.
Was there a specific reason you wanted to wait for the 3rd heat?
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals
Well since Meeka is a bengal, she may not drop out of heat, or she might go out for a week and be right back in. You never know with this breed, I've had queens drop out of heat for 2 or 3 days and go right back in. It can drive you crazy, if you're trying for a specific match-up or time frame.
Was there a specific reason you wanted to wait for the 3rd heat?
I've been told all along that that is what I should do. But my breeder is thinking her second might be better (don't want to wait too long either because of infertility issues with the EG's). But I don't think she is physically near where I want her yet. I'm hoping by her 2nd heat she will be bigger but its possible she will just be a small cat. Unfortunately I can't even weigh her because my scale is all messed up. I can't imagine shes any more than 6 pounds though (hehe 6 pounds of pure muscle!). Heres the best picture I have of her in relation to me for sizing:

Well she actually looks really big in that picture...

I'm sure she'll wait until February for her next heat, or at least when it gets lighter out. I just don't want her to be to young....
post #13 of 14
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Ok maybe this bathroom sink will show the size better. I think with her all stretched out she looks bigger than seh really is:


Maybe she'll be ready by the second heat?
post #14 of 14
Maybe...lol.. you know I am not a breeder... she is a doll
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