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Just what I need, another kitten

post #1 of 16
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I found a lady who has Ragdoll mix kittens, they are adorable. For Mothers Day I thought I would get myself one My fosters will be gone in a little over a month and I figure I can handle it. The thing is when I was talking with the lady she told me that the mom and dad are siblings from different litters. They have the same mom and dad born a year apart. Isn't that really wrong ?
post #2 of 16
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How can I resist these faces

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post #3 of 16
Yes - its a direct inbreeding and could cause problems. But if they are Ragdoll mixed kittens and litter mates (same parents) how can they be mixed? Was one parent a Ragdoll and the other a non-Ragdoll?
post #4 of 16
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The lady has a Ragdoll (mom) and a Siamese mix (dad). I only have a picture of the dad, he is pretty, the mom is lighter in color with more white on her face. She looks a lot like the kitten in the first picture.
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post #5 of 16
I am beginning t think that your username is accurate. Have fun with the tiny cutie.
post #6 of 16
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I am quickly becoming a crazy cat lady I figure if I don't keep any of the foster kittens I will be fine. 4 cats...hmmmm, is that too many?
post #7 of 16
Not at all. It'll sure seem super-calm when your herd of young'uns leave the house.
post #8 of 16
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I'm just worried that the kitten will have health problems because of inbreeding
post #9 of 16
They are so precious!! I wonder if the in breeding will affect them any? Oh and 4 cats, thats not too many I have 12(including my 5 kittys)
post #10 of 16
I have four cats and I think that's enough for me. How many kittys depends on how much time you want to spending scooping litter and how many kitties you feel you can care for financially and have room for. My main reason with four is b/c the litter scooping time is at it's max for me. Vet bills and kitty litter are going to be your two biggest expenses, followed by food. You also can't forget that you kitties are going to be a lifetime committment. you seem to be a very responsible person with all those kits, so I think you know what you can handle.
post #11 of 16
Breeders will sometimes ~selectively~ inbreed for characteristics they want to enhance so it is not highly likely your kitten will suffer any ill-effects.

That now being said, not knowing the background of the parents makes it difficult to say with any degree of accuracy whether or not your kitten will be adversely effected by the inbreeding, but with selective inbreeding, it isn't common.
post #12 of 16
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Welcome back Gayef! I hope you and your family are getting along as well as possible.

I don't know how selective they are, just irresponsible for not having them fixed I think The kittens are adorable and appear to be fine. I am going to think this through. Nina is giving me some grief as she has started to potty (#1 and #2) on the carpet and she DOES NOT have a UTI
post #13 of 16
Nina's the mom, right? Is her box close enough? After Elsa had part of her intestines removed last year, I had to put a box on every floor b/c she was going #2 on the carpet, but always the same place. I placed a litter box about 20 feet (not on the carpet) from where she kept going, and it worked!!
post #14 of 16
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No, Adina is the mom, Nina is my Snowshoe Siamese. She has been going in about 5 different places, one place right next to the litterbox. I scoop morning and night. I adopted her from a rescue and just found out last month that she wasn't spayed. This could be the issue, too many females with hormones in one house She is almost two years old and this was her first cycle, that is how I found out she wasn't spayed. I thought she was in pain at first then I figured out she was just hurting for a man She will be spayed during this next month.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY
No, Adina is the mom, Nina is my Snowshoe Siamese. She has been going in about 5 different places, one place right next to the litterbox. I scoop morning and night. I adopted her from a rescue and just found out last month that she wasn't spayed. This could be the issue, too many females with hormones in one house She is almost two years old and this was her first cycle, that is how I found out she wasn't spayed. I thought she was in pain at first then I figured out she was just hurting for a man She will be spayed during this next month.
Oh. Sorry. You can't blame me, you have like 13 cats! LOL. You know the other thing with Elsa was that she had cysts on her ovaries and she was going into heat like every couple of weeks. Getting her fixed helped in that way too!
post #16 of 16
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They told me she was spayed when I adopted her and she has been with us for over a year. Since she has only been in heat once, maybe she does have female problems. It is very frustrating because she is a good girl otherwise.

Yikes, you are right- I do have 13 cats!
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