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Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by catzz, May 2, 2011.


  1. catzz

    catzz PetForums Senior

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    What sort of ages do cats have kitten up to? Do they have menopauses like people? I know it's hard to say because ferals generally don't live a hugely long time and pedigree queens get retired but I was just wondering...
     
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    Gratch PetForums VIP

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    They can have kittens at any time in their life but it gets riskier the older they are. I personally know of a 13 year old cat that had kittens when I lived in Shetland
     
  3. Poor cat :(
     
  4. Amethyst

    Amethyst PetForums VIP

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    I once took in a ten year old cat that had never been spayed ... what a mess she was poor girl :(

    Idiot owners.
     
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    Marley boy PetForums VIP

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    I don't think there is, in the wild cats would probably breed them selves to death, not a nice thought. But that's how feral cats thrive they have 100s of kittens but shorten their own lives dramatically.:(
     
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    Yes, poor creatures. Thankfully responsible owners can save their cats the risks and stress of having kittens :) ANY kittens :thumbsup:
     
  7. Cerridwen

    Cerridwen PetForums Member

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    There's no such thing as definitive menopaus in cats, but their reproduction ability do decrease with age. A female over 10 years of age usually won't have large litters. She might have 1 or 2 kittens. Just like in humans, a cats body ages. A female cat don't produce new eggs so the eggs grow old which causes genetic damage in them. This makes it harder to fertilize them and the risk for non-viable fetuses increases as the risk for birth defects. The mothers organs (especially the kidneys) age and don't cope as well with a pregnancy as it did in young age.

    At some point a female won't have enough viable eggs in order to produce any offspring. She might get pregnant but she'll abort the fetuses. I guess when/if this happens you could say she's reached menopause. Most don't though. They die from other causes (or are PTS).
     
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