Originally Posted by dadada
to answer your question... well, I feel all living things have the right to reproduce since that is one of the reasons they are living, to pass on their genetic material, not just so that they can be cute little pets. So it is important to me, to "respect this right", after all they never asked to be shielded from a more "natural life" by being domesticated and being placed as pets in a house. THe female cat, who is called lemur by the way, has had anticonceptives shots, I just wasn't ready to take care of her and any kittens if she did have them, I think I will let her get pregnant now. The male, barely goes out, I'm really not sure why, he just likes being inside, so I'll give him probably 1 or 2 months before I actually neuter him. Also I think it is a terrible, although necessary thing, to have the cats desexed... I mean, much of their drive to live, and behavior comes form all the hormones associated with the reproductive organs. So, I know every body is really pro spaying the cats, because of overpopulation and stray cats suffering, in a way I am too, but in another way, I just feel its so mean to do this, that is why I decided to allow them some time as normal cats...
Thank you for explaining your position on this. It is true that animals, if left surgically unaltered, do possess the instinct to reproduce for the purpose of continuing their line. However, what they do not possess is the ability to make a reasonable choice - as the primary caregivers of our companions, it is up to ~us~ to make those choices for them based on intelligence, compassion, maturity and responsibility.
As a breeder, I understand the mating process with cats a little better than most. It can be very violent and even injurious to the cats. Females have been known to become abscessed from the bite wounds inflicted by the male during the process. Males have been seriously wounded from the scratches and bites from the female as she is writhing in agony during the "afterglow". Unless the cats are confirmed free of the normal feline health issues, these wounds may even spread infectious diseases, many of them life-threatening to both adults and potentially produced kittens. Even the gestation period can be uncomfortable ... females can and do experience the nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness during the first few weeks of pregnancy. They sacrifice valuable physical resources by diverting them to the kittens in utero. Delivery also isn't without problems; sometimes, kittens are born needing immediate assistance or intervention. Unless you are a seasoned, very experienced and knowledgable person when it comes to reproductive issues in felines, you may not be adequately prepared to deal appropriately with the possible eventualities.
Are you able to address the question of genetics within your cats' lines? Do you know what, if any, hereditary health issues you might be reproducing? What is the genetic relationship between your cats? Are they related and if so, how closely?
My point here is that most pet owners do not possess the experience, knowledge and yes, even financial resources to be sufficiently prepared to breed. There is much, much more to it than simply allowing two cats with functioning reproductive systems to mate. People can acquire the knowledge required easily enough, but then one would have to decide how best to use (or not to use) that knowledge. Is it for the betterment of your cats, their quality of life, their health or is it not for the best for them? And if you can somehow persuade yourself into believing it is for the best for them to reproduce, then you must come up with a ~valid~ reason how it is for the best. With all due respect to you, the reasons you gave are not ones I see as being valid ones. As valanhb has already accurately commented, the idea that cats must have one litter before sexually altering them has been debunked in just about all corners of the veterinary community. Vets don't believe this anymore, why should you?