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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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a weird question about at what age cats can breed

I have 3 kittens who are 12 weeks old. 2 girls and 1 boy.

At what age do they start to mate ? do they even do that to each other (same family)

We are going to get these kitties fixed. We are just waiting to trap the parents first and get them fixed.


oh and can an adult cat have a second litter in the fall time? or does that only happen in the spring? She had this litter in june sometime. that's why we want to trap her before it happens again.

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From what I understand they can become sexually mature as young a 4 months, thiugh is not usual.

No, cats don't care about 'family ties'. When they mate, that is immaterial to them.

They can have kittens whenever... year round.... she could have gotten pregnant when she was still nursing... they can come into heat that fast.
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I was told by my vet that kittens should be altered by the age of 4 months to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Ive heard of a kitten at the young age of 7 months being pregnant which I though was horrible.
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At what age do they start to mate ? do they even do that to each other (same family)
As young as 6 months and yes they do mate with each other.

We are going to get these kitties fixed. We are just waiting to trap the parents first and get them fixed.
Don't wait too long. Schedule the surgery for the kittens for late next month.


oh and can an adult cat have a second litter in the fall time? or does that only happen in the spring? She had this litter in june sometime. that's why we want to trap her before it happens again.
She can go into heat almost immediately after the kittens are weaned and may already be pregnant....so YES a second letter in the fall or winter is possible.

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Thank you Marcia,

The cat trap will be set late tonight. We are hoping that the momma cat gets trapped first. mom made the appointment for tomorrow's visit to the tara van. if we don't trap anyone..then we will try again next week and so on...

We are going to get the kittens fixed soon.

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On one of my breeding lists, someone posted that a mom had only one kitten and within a couple days was already calling....so it can be very quick.

You may notice your male will soon practice mating with the girls. He will bite their necks and mount them; they will howl. He is not capable of fertilization at 12 weeks, but I have heard of some males who have been confirmed fathers as young as 4.5 months. There are ways of telling when a male is capable of fertilization, but this is a family-friendly-forum.

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I see year old females at the shelter. If they have a litter as soon as they're sexually mature they don't reach their full size. They're often the smallest adult cats you'll see at the shelter. They get adopted quickly too because they're so cute.
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I see year old females at the shelter. If they have a litter as soon as they're sexually mature they don't reach their full size. They're often the smallest adult cats you'll see at the shelter. They get adopted quickly too because they're so cute.
Really? I'd never heard that before..
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I can believe about the part of them remaining small...
After all...when every bit of nutrition, that SHOULD be going into their growth, is being siphoned off because of pregnancy...
How can it not affect their proper growth and health??
Which is very sad to me...

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I see year old females at the shelter. If they have a litter as soon as they're sexually mature they don't reach their full size. They're often the smallest adult cats you'll see at the shelter. They get adopted quickly too because they're so cute.
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I can believe about the part of them remaining small...
After all...when every bit of nutrition, that SHOULD be going into their growth, is being siphoned off because of pregnancy...
How can it not affect their proper growth and health??
Which is very sad to me...

It's true. both Midnight and Momo were pregnant we took them in (2005 and 2011, respectively). Midnight was 9 months old when she had 4 kittens (2 stillbirths and 2 survivors). We kept the survivors. Momo, on the other hand, was 6 months old and 7 weeks pregnant when we took her in. Because she was so young and tiny, I made the painful decision to spay her and abort her kittens. If she had had given birth, she may have had difficulties and possibly died. I don't think any of her kittens would have survived, either. When we picked her up after her spay, I asked the vet how many kittens she was carrying. He said she had six kittens in her. To this day, and even though I know I made the right decision, I still struggle with it sometimes.

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