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Breeding queen

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by catgirlforever, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. catgirlforever

    catgirlforever PetForums Newbie

    Jan 12, 2018
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    hi all

    I’ve just joined this forum. Although I’ve bred cats in the past I’ve been out of the scene for a good few years.

    I’m about to embark once again and have a pressing question. Is it possible to allow a breeding queen to go out whilst she isn’t ‘calling’. Naturally I understand the risks etc but given it’s going to be at least a year before I’m ready to breed from her I’d really like her to be able to explore outdoors if possible. I live in a rural area & have a large garden. It seems such a shame to have to keep her confined.

    I just wondered if any other breeders adopt this view or does it make it all the more difficult to keep them in when necessary once they’ve become used to the freedom.
  2. lymorelynn

    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    Oct 4, 2008
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    It would be far too risky imo to let a breeding queen out at any time. She could easily come into call without you being aware of it. She would be at risk of picking up all manner of things from other cats she might encounter - from fleas to viral infections.
    You could cat proof your garden or build a run if you wanted her to go out but free roaming? No.
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  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Hello @catgirlforever and welcome. :)

    I agree with Lynn, far too risky to allow a breeding queen outdoors to roam, at any time. Oestrus can be triggered by mating, so if an opportunistic passing tom cat manages to seduce her, she will likely become pregnant, even if she was 'between calls' at the time you let her out. That's aside from the fact that some queens are 'silent callers' anyway.
  4. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

    Jul 24, 2012
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    Why would it be a shame to keep her confined? I’ve never had a free roaming cat and never would. Enclosure or harness & lead is the only way a cat should be outdoors.

    Cats are induced ovulators, it’s the act of mating that releases the eggs, they don’t need to be in heat that’s just the time they’re more receptive to the male.
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  5. QOTN

    QOTN PetForums VIP

    Jan 3, 2014
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    To be frank, if I still had a stud boy and somebody asked to use him with a girl who was allowed to roam free, I would refuse.
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  6. Rufus15

    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

    Dec 4, 2015
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    Why would you want her to roam? As Spotty says she can be successfully mating without a heat cycle so would be massively at risk of FeLV, FIV, and a moggy pregnancy. A more sensible option would be to provide an enclosed run or fully cat proof your garden, if you are set on her going outdoors.
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  7. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave PetForums VIP

    Jan 26, 2012
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    She will get pregnant. Mine can not be in call in the morning and clearly in call in the evening
  8. Starlite

    Starlite PetForums VIP

    Sep 9, 2009
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    No she will get caught by a random male
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