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For breeders - Where do your keep your girls?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Milly22, Jul 10, 2009.


  1. Milly22

    Milly22 PetForums VIP

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    I have been wondering about this for a wee while now. I visit some sites and they have 5 or 6 females, I understand the studs are in their heated runs but where on earth do you keep all the females?

    I only have 2 female cats at present, none for breeding, well one was but no again but I will be buying a new girl soon and I am wondering, for thye future if I get another where to put them all.

    At the moment my 2 girls don't get on, so they have seperate rooms but what if the next one doesn't get on with any of the other 2 ?

    I suspect it may be because my out-door cats has a small attitude problem and the new kitten will be fine with Misty after a few weeks but just wondered how your girl all get along.
     
  2. Elmstar

    Elmstar PetForums VIP

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    When ours are heavily pregnant or nursing they're in one of the upstairs bedrooms, we have some large cages that were custom built.

    Normally the Bengal girls grudgingly get on and they're fairly evenly matched if there is a dispute but a couple of them having taken a dislike to our ginger moggie so we have to make sure they stay away from him.

    Fortunately we have an integral garage and two spare rooms so it's not too bad.
     
  3. Saikou

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    Mine live in the house, with my neuters. They all get on, there is an occasional hormonal outburst, but nothing more than a quick tantrum and thats it.
     
  4. kozykatz

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    My 5 girls all live in the house with my 6 neuters, one stud boy (although he is soon going to live with another breeder) and one stud-to-be :D

    I don't have any of them penned or separated, fortunately they all get on fine the vast majority of the time.
     
  5. Ammy

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    I have often wondered this :eek:ut: not so much where the girls are kept but with having so many cats, how breeders cope with them getting on????

    We had 2 NIGHTMARE weeks at the beginning of June when we bought home our little Meg and introduced her to our moody cat Evie (to be fair, she wasn't moody till we got Meg!!!)- Evie constantly attacked Meg- pinning her down and biting her neck- it was absolutely terrifying and scared me to death, I am new to cats and had never seen anything quite like it. Comments from friends about them 'just playing' were no help at all- not when you can see your kittens eyes bulging out of its head cos its neck is being bitten :(

    Anyway, we got some wicked advice from a guy we know who has 12 dogs- he said although cats are different to dogs, some of the same principles will apply and he gave us a big pen to put Meg in so Evie could see her and spend time with her and smell her but not hurt her. 2 weeks of that and they are now best of friends. Thank god.

    I digress.....

    How do breeders with loads of cats of all different ages and types cope with them getting on? Do you have fights and fisticuffs? Do you use any techniques to introduce cats to eachother or do you just let them get on with it? And what happens to new kittens? Do other cats attack them? I'm really interested in asking this as it seems to me that there are hierarchies in cat groups but they are far more complex than with dogs and i just wonder how it works in large groups with kittens being introduced on a regular basis.

    Hope no-one minds me asking. :eek:
     
  6. Taylorbaby

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    All in their house... with me tagging along :D
     
  7. kozykatz

    kozykatz PetForums VIP

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    As I've said, all of mine get on fine most of the time. In the past I've had a few instances where there were fights because certain cats fell out with certain others - I have had to rehome occasionally because of this, and that has always solved the problem.

    Temperament is inherited and I seem to have been very lucky in that my cats are very laid-back and tolerant of others. Even when I've brought in new kittens, there have not been any problems and I've never bothered to keep the newcomer separated. The last new kitten I bought, was last September - she integrated virtually straight away with my other cats, I don't recall that there was even a hiss from anyone!







     
  8. Saikou

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    New kittens born in the house aren't an issue, they are readily accepted by everyone. Some aren't overly keen on small things, but then they give them a wide berth. Any new kittens introduced from outside are more readily accepted in a reasonable size group as each has their place in that group and an addition of another doesn't make a lot of difference. I keep them separate for a day or so then attempt to gradually introduce them, although they have their own mind, and just get straight in and become part of the group, a few spits here and there for a day then nothing.

    I think often what looks like fighting isn't, its play and although some of it can look rough, its not but is a necessary part of their interaction as it establishes a pecking order. Genuine attack is completely different.
     
  9. kozykatz

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    I think that if a breeder obtains a new kitten from another breeder who has a multi-cat household where all the cats live together happily, integration is very easy. If a new kitten isn't very well socialised and isn't used to a lot of other cats, things can be much more difficult.
     
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