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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
hello,

my quistion is if i had a female cat in heat would it be better to let her outside
to find a mate or adopt a male cat? I am not going to do this now. If i did this now i would fix my cat aflter she is done nursing her kittens.
thanks.
post #2 of 23
It would be much, much better if you simply had your cat spayed now and didn't allow her to have kittens at all. If you would like to experience the miracle of birth, why not consider fostering a needy pregnant cat, care for her during her pregnancy and delivery and then assist with placing the kittens?? It is just as rewarding and you aren't purposely contributing to the pet overpopulation crisis.
post #3 of 23
It will be best if you spay your cat. With the huge population of kittens, there is not enough homes for all the cats and kittens in the world. I know they are cute, but your cat is in danger of dieases and death if you allow her outside to mate with an unknown male. He might have worms and deadly illness that can be passed to the mom, to the kittens. Get her spayed as soon as you can.
post #4 of 23
Foster, foster, foster
post #5 of 23
Please fixed her, it is better off for your cat health wise.
post #6 of 23
Is the male cat in your other thread neutered?
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by KittyLova
hello,

my quistion is if i had a female cat in heat would it be better to let her outside
to find a mate or adopt a male cat? I am not going to do this now. If i did this now i would fix my cat aflter she is done nursing her kittens.
thanks.
I vote that if you would like to take care of kittens or have that experience, you can get that from a very needy mother cat whose kittens may depend on you generousity (sp??).

It would be irresponsible for you to let your cat breed unless you are a registered breeder. Please, please do the right thing by your loved cat to have her altered before she does end up becoming pregnant.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by IloveSiamese
I vote that if you would like to take care of kittens or have that experience, you can get that from a very needy mother cat whose kittens may depend on you generousity (sp??).

It would be irresponsible for you to let your cat breed unless you are a registered breeder. Please, please do the right thing by your loved cat to have her altered before she does end up becoming pregnant.
My real cat is fixed.Thank god. I am not going to do that. i was just asking. So i know now if i wanted a pregnant cat i will foster.

Thanks guys!!!!!
post #9 of 23
Good I am glad you will do that!! This is a really great thing to do and believe me, shelters will LOVE you for helping them out. You could call them now and say you are interested in fostering pregnant cats in the future and would like to know if they do it and what you need to know first.

BTW, if you were to just let the cat outside to find a mate, you have to think about the consiquences. Cats are not people, they cannot tell who is a good or bad mate and the male cats do not take no for an answer. You female could get very hurt in the process especially since females CAN get pregnant as young as 4-5 months (which would be like a young child having a baby!) but it doesn't mean that they are ready or mature enough to handle it. Males can mature later and you do not want your baby hurt by a rough, agressive male tom cat. Plus you never know what diseases he may have. He could have FIV or FeLV or a number of other diseases. You also do not know what diseases and problems run in the genetic history of the particular cats, yours or the male. The cats may appear healthy and be deemed healthy by a vet, but unless you know the genetic history, you are taking a great risk allowing them to breed without knowing.

Just something to think about, we don't just telll you not to let your cats out because of the overpopulation or because we are some crazy cat people There are a lot of health reasons that many people do not even realize. This is part of the reason why BYB is such a bad thing too.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Jen
Good I am glad you will do that!! This is a really great thing to do and believe me, shelters will LOVE you for helping them out. You could call them now and say you are interested in fostering pregnant cats in the future and would like to know if they do it and what you need to know first.

BTW, if you were to just let the cat outside to find a mate, you have to think about the consiquences. Cats are not people, they cannot tell who is a good or bad mate and the male cats do not take no for an answer. You female could get very hurt in the process especially since females CAN get pregnant as young as 4-5 months (which would be like a young child having a baby!) but it doesn't mean that they are ready or mature enough to handle it. Males can mature later and you do not want your baby hurt by a rough, agressive male tom cat. Plus you never know what diseases he may have. He could have FIV or FeLV or a number of other diseases. You also do not know what diseases and problems run in the genetic history of the particular cats, yours or the male. The cats may appear healthy and be deemed healthy by a vet, but unless you know the genetic history, you are taking a great risk allowing them to breed without knowing.

Just something to think about, we don't just telll you not to let your cats out because of the overpopulation or because we are some crazy cat people There are a lot of health reasons that many people do not even realize. This is part of the reason why BYB is such a bad thing too.
I was going to say that! I don't let my cats outside at all (they are all fixed anyway). There are so many dangers on the streets. Just the other night I saw a coyote running on my street as I drove home. My friends cat (who is declawed and neutered) was hanging out in the backyard with his "dad" and got attacked by a stray who just wandered in. Luckily he is fine, but that stray could've had any kind of disease. And, let me tell you how I came to find my little Ashton...he was a stray who had been either hit by a car or abused. The vet said he had some forceful trama to him that caused his stomach to tear his diaphram and send the stomach and liver into his chest cavity and crush his lungs. I also know of a friend who's neighbor poisoned her cat because it pooped in his yard continually. Take the advice of everyone here. Spay your cat, help out a shelter if you want to experience kittens, and keep the pets you love protected and safe in your home if you can.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
If I take my cats out. I all ways watch them.ALWAYS!!!!!!
post #12 of 23
I think I am a little lost on this thread.. Puzzled all the way around....
post #13 of 23
What are you puzzled about?
post #14 of 23
Where would you find a pregnant cat in need of fostering? Most shelters I have been to will not let you take a cat home if it isn't spayed.
post #15 of 23
If you are a fosterer for a shelter, it is quite easy, as you look after cats for them, so you may get pregnant/nursing mums - and you could also request that is what you want. The rescue makes sure the mums (and kittens if they do early spay/neuter) are neutered before they are then placed for adoption
post #16 of 23
My shelter aborts all pregnant cats....I begged them to let me take the next pregnant momma who came in and they allowed me to take a calico whos owner still wanted to keep her, but couldnt handle having kittens...this is not a usual procedure and I probably wont be able to do it again, but I explained to them that we wanted to have the experience of birth and kittens, but didnt want to get a kitty pregnant. I will probably do "bottle babies" next. This is where you hand raise kittens who have been abandoned or orphaned.
A very big job. Good luck in the future on your quest for kittens. It is an amzing experience!
post #17 of 23
That is so sad - the rescue I foster for dont do that - but I dont know if vets abort pregnant cats in the UK. I suppose if there are already so many cats needing homes you ahve to think of space and resources to deal with it.
post #18 of 23
I wish more shelters would abort pregnant cats. I do not understand why they do not. It would save so much time and money and trouble. I mean, most shelters do what they can and are struggling so it would make way more sense to and lead to a lot less cats needing homes.
post #19 of 23
Well baby kittens are very adoptable anyway but I do agree. I felt guitly about not adopting but I am tired of getting mixed breed cats with bad teperments.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by booktigger
That is so sad - the rescue I foster for dont do that - but I dont know if vets abort pregnant cats in the UK. I suppose if there are already so many cats needing homes you ahve to think of space and resources to deal with it.

It is sad but in the US shelters literally kill hundreds of thousands of cats each year. I don't like aborting cat pregnancies and I don't think I'll ever like it, but given the choice between aborting fetal kittens and killing cats who are 100% aware of what is happening to them, I have to choose the former. Of course, my goal is that one day it won't be necessary to make those choices.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Kinsey's Pet
I am tired of getting mixed breed cats with bad teperments.
I think there are many, many people who would strongly disagree with your assessment! A bad temperament is due to poor socialization, especially early in life. It has little if anything to do with breed.
post #22 of 23
I havent heard of that many kill shelters in the UK, I think most of ours are non-kill (although we have some that will kill certain kinds of cats - mainly FIV+ and oldies) - I agree with early spay/abort, as although I dont believe in abortion, bringing more kittens into the world isn't good, but not sure I could agree with it when they are really pregnant.
post #23 of 23
Sorry, I raised my cats very well and none were as well behaved as Kinsey. Its true, the breed has a lot to do with their disposition. My past cats werent mean they just had a bit of a "wild streak" due to their breed, or something mixed in there. They were very accepting of new people but they had a bit of a wild streak and just didnt know when to quit. The breed of your cat can tell you whether the cat will like children, if they will be very social, hyper, lazy, vocal, etc.

I'm not completey arguing with you. I know you can work with just about any breed of cat so they will like children, people, car rides etc. but some cats seem to be geneticlly predisposed to certain preferences and behaviors, more so than others.

I can only speak from my experience.
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