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A Practical Guide to Successfully Breeding Cats - Facilities

Cat Breeding
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A Practical Guide to Breeding Cats

Use the time     

before your     

first breeding      

kittens arrive      

to prepare     

Accommodation & Facilities

The first thing you need to consider is where you are going to house your new breeding cats.  Of course, the very best place is in your home with you and this will work most of the time.

Stud Boys
Special accommodation may eventually be needed for mature stud boys who may decide to mark territory by spraying.  

Don’t put your boy in a tin shed at the bottom of the garden—he will cry his heart out and be depressed if he can’t at least see his people and hear their daily activities.

If a stud boy needs to go outside, make sure his house is fairly close to your house, that it is warm, dry, draught-free and cosy in winter and cool in summer.  An adjoining garden area for him would be ideal.

Check the web for ideas and designs for the perfect accommodation for your entire boy.

Most queens can live in your house without any problems, but even the queen can spray, especially when she is ‘on call’.

You need to think about how you are going to deal with this when or if it occurs.  

Sometimes, when entire girls live together, their hormonal changes cause them to become bad tempered towards each other.  Be aware of this and the need to be able to  separate girls on occasions.

Pregnant Queens
Generally, pregnant queens live quite happily with other queens.  Towards the birthing time, they will start to seek out a good place in which to have their kittens.
As cute as it may sound, it is not good breeding practice to have your girl give birth at the bottom of a cupboard or in the sock drawer.  

Make sure you have a pen set up for her and that it is in the same living space with which she is familiar but in a quiet corner.

Put a large cat bed in the pen with a blanket in it.  Also put another blanket over the top, tucking it underneath so you create a darkened cave.

Encourage her to go into the pen and the bed to get used to it and feel safe so that when the time comes, she will go to the bed to give birth.

Kittens and their mother need to be kept safe and untroubled by intruders, including other queens who may steal kittens if given half a chance.

I have experimented with various pens but eventually settled on a simple wire puppy-pen in the sitting room.  I put a large piece of vinyl flooring under the pen to facilitate cleaning and if the queen needs more privacy, a blanket over the top of the pen.

Once the kittens are toddling and exploring, they may be allowed out of the pen under supervision, but then back to the pen to sleep and eat.

Quarantine Area
At some stage you will need to isolate a cat from the rest.  

Plan ahead for this quarantine area because when you need it, it will probably be an emergency and you won’t have time to procrastinate.

Contact Nola at Oz Catz
Phone: 03 5997 6414  ..   Mobile: 0418 549 987  ..  Email: nolakim1@outlook.com

Contact Nola at Oz Catz
Phone: 03 5997 6414  ..   Mobile: 0418 549 987
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