flowericongrey Cat Breeding Questions & Answers - Free Advice - Welcome to Ask the Experts from Pet Peoples Place.  Every week they publish the answers to 3 or 4 of  readers' pet queries, on any topic relating to pets.

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    flowericongrey The decision to breed - Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc

    Breeding a cat should not be undertaken without a thorough understanding of what is involved. Many people get into cat breeding thinking it would be fun to have a litter of kittens to play with. Often, consideration is not given to the need to have healthy kittens that will need to be placed in good homes.

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    flowericongrey Guide to Coat Colors & Patterns - Some breeds are based on their colors or patterns e.g Siamese while others exclude certain colors. Some colors occur through careful selection, others appear out of the blue e.g. Lilac (Lavender) appeared in normally blue (gray) Korats due to mutation or recessive (hidden) genes. There are hundreds of possible color permutations; some are not allowed in pedigree cats but you may well see them in random-bred (moggy) cats. Some colors are rarely found in the moggy population as they only show up in selectively bred cats

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    White Cats and Deafness - There is an established link between the white coat color blue eyes and deafness. The deafness is linked to the gene for blue-eye(s) and not to odd-eyed cats. Not all blue-eyed whites will be deaf since there are several different genes causing the same physical attributes (whiteness, blue-eyedness) so it all depends on the cat's genotype (its genetic make-up) not its phenotype (its physical appearance).

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    flowericongrey Longhair Cat Varieties - Lots of Questions and Answers regarding long haired cats.

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    flowericongrey Pros and Cons of Inbreeding

    Inbreeding is the mating together of closely related cats, for example mother/son, father/daughter, sibling/sibling matings and half-sibling/half-sibling. It is the pairing of animals which are more closely related than the average population. For breeders, it is a useful way of fixing traits in a breed - the pedigrees of some exhibition cats show that many of their forebears are closely related

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    flowericongrey Breeding Cats and Raising Kitten

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    flowericongrey Before You Breed: Inside the Breeding Business - by Barbara French

    flowericongrey Cat In Heat - All female cats (or queens) that have not been spayed will come in heat (or estrus) at stages in their lives. This may happen from as young as the age of 4 months and recur seasonally (usually summer seasons with more daylight). The cat stays in heat for normally 4-6 days and during the summer season will come in heat again every 2-3 weeks.

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    single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.

    The largest known litter (with all surviving) was that of a Persian in South Africa named Bluebell. Bluebell gave birth to 14 kittens in one litter!

    In 1952, a Texas Tabby named Dusty set the record by having more than 420 kittens before having her last litter at age 18.

    During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens

    An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter, and 2-3 litters per year.

    More than 35,000 kittens are born in the US. each year. Spay or neuter your cat.

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