Originally Posted by sunshine77
I feel the need to verify a little here. First off, Snuggles was a small baby when we got her. She was checked by a vet then so that we know she is in good health. Second, I'm not wanting her to have kittens so I can "experience" the birthing process or whatever. I grew up on a farm and have been there to help deliver many different types of animals. She is a part of our family and we would like to have her babies around as well. I am not in a big hurry for this, I was just wanting an idea as to when she would be considered old enough. I do understand about shelters and the animals there, that is where we got our dog, but here we pay the adoption fee and have to pay for the spaying and neutering, so either way it comes out of my pocket. I appreciate everyone's input and advice. Thanks.
I guess I am just not understanding why you insist on having Snuggles get pregnant if you want to raise a litter of kittens and are in the position to do so? You could just as easily rescue a pregnant stray and then raise them. Why add to the population when you can save some of the animals that are an inevitable addition to the population?
Are you thinking that you will get a bunch of 'mini' Snuggles or something? I can assure you, that is not how it works. And if you have been around litters of animals growing up, you should know that. Our Shenzi had 8 kittens and they all have different personalities, they are now 7 months old. We kept 4 of the kittens and keep close tabs on the other 4. As a matter of fact I am 'kittysitting' 2 of them in our home now for a week while their owner is on vacation. I can say only one of them acts anything like the mother. And she is the only one Shenzi even pays much attention to. She gets along with all of them, but no more or less than she does with our other cat who is no relation at all.
If you love Snuggles so much, why purposely risk her health by making her go through pregnancy and delivery?
If you have the means to care for a pregnant mother cat and her litter, I am here to plead that you spread the love by taking in an already pregnant cat who needs a safe, forever home for herself and her unborn kittens.
I am sure you will do whatever you want, I hope that you think about it long and hard first.