The first mating of a cat for its owner is very exciting – you want to prepare correctly so that everything goes smoothly. If you know what preparation involves and how to act correctly, you will not have to worry, and the result of the meeting between the cat and the cat will certainly not disappoint.
How to know that the cat is ready for mating
The owner of the cat will definitely not miss the onset of puberty of the pet. This is eloquently indicated by the following signs:
- displays of aggression instead of playfulness;
- annoying meows and calls;
- unpleasant smell from the cat’s “marks”.
All these signs will begin to appear when the cat reaches the age of 8-10 months. Mating is allowed only when sexual maturity is fully reached, and this is the age of 1.3-1.5 years. And it is not necessary to wait for spring-cats, unlike cats, are ready to mate in any season, just in the spring this desire is most strong. Early mating is harmful by depletion of the animal’s immature body. Such a cat will quickly become “unfit” to reproduce kittens.
Selecting a partner
You can find a partner for a cat either by placing an ad – previously they were served in Newspapers, now they flash in social networks and on Bulletin boards on the Internet. If the cat is a club cat, then the solution to the problem is a visit to the club, where they will help you choose the right cat for mating. Remember that you need to start looking for a partner in advance. Naturally, she must have all the vaccinations.
Felinologists recommend knitting a cat with an experienced cat for the first time. But if a suitable “bride” was not found, then you can take an inexperienced one, relying on a strong instinct for procreation.
Features of breeding purebred cats
Owners of purebred cats should approach the choice of a partner for mating responsibly-it depends on what the offspring will be. To prevent kittens from inheriting breed defects, you need to choose the perfect mother for them. “Clean” pedigree of the cat will guarantee the absence of physical and genetic abnormalities in the offspring. For successful mating, it is good if both parents have outstanding producers in the family. Specific rules for mating animals are set by the clubs themselves.
When mating purebred animals, you need to take into account their blood groups, so that kittens do not have hemolysis – a deadly disease. Therefore, carefully study the compatibility of animals for this factor. For example, if a cat has group B, then it can be knitted with any cat, and if A, then knitting with a cat with group B is excluded, and so on. Don’t know your blood type? Then it is necessary to pass the appropriate analysis from a veterinarian in advance.
If your cat participates in exhibitions, then consider their schedule. It is better to knit an animal after the exhibition, so that the appearance of the pet does not disappoint, since knitting directly affects the exterior (the quality of wool, etc.).
What should I do the day before?
About a month before the date of mating, the cat needs to be shown to the veterinarian, and the cat owner will do the same. All existing infectious diseases must be cured, all vaccinations are made (at least two weeks before mating!), deworming is performed. They knit completely healthy animals, and this inspection is especially important if you are mating a pet for the first time. And on the eve of mating, trim the cat’s claws to avoid injury to the partner.
Mating takes place on the territory of the cat owner – the cat will be brought with things (a tray, bowls for water and food, a carrier) to quickly adapt to an unfamiliar place. Therefore, you will need to prepare a room in advance where the animals can get acquainted and eventually do their job. Be patient – mating may take several days, during which the cat owner is responsible for the safety of the “bride” and takes care of her. During mating, you will need to control the process.
Liability of the parties
Mating mongrel animals does not involve payment, while pedigreed cats and cats for the purpose of obtaining offspring are brought together only after clear agreements. Before binding, the owners of the “groom” and “bride” can draw up a contract that describes the characteristics of the animals, prescribe the conditions for the cat’s stay on the cat’s territory, and determine the amount and method of payment. A standard binding contract can be provided at the felinological club. It is accepted that the owner of the cat must pay – the owner of the cat receives either the agreed amount or part of the kittens. All the nuances, for example, if the pregnancy did not occur or the mating was unsuccessful, are discussed in advance.
Our recommendations will help you keep the mating process under control at the preparation stage. Well, if nothing came out of the meeting of two cats, then you should arrange a mating with another cat.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.