I have a dilemma that I have been discussing with my mentors, and I would like to ask your opinion. One of my mentors is the breeder I bought my two Siamese from. She has seven years experience with a large cattery. The other wto have smaller, home based catteries like my own, but likewise have many (over 10 each) years experience. We have been discussing what the ideal age to begin breeding a queen is; myself and two of the breeders feel that 12 months is ideal, definitely not under. However the other breeder raised the question of heat; if a queen is coming into heat more than four times before she reaches 12 months, she thinks that will inhibit her chances of having trouble-free pregnancies and healthy litters because of the higher chance of ovarian cysts. This raises the question that, if a female is coming into heat early, would she be at greater risk of ovarian cysts? I have read up on ovarian cysts, and find that it is one reason ethicists give for early desexing of females (as if unwanted litters were'nt enough reason) but is this really a huge risk for the early caller, or is it just a 'maybe' risk that can happen but usually doesnt'?
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2/23/06 at 5:28pm