Breeding cats – information & advice from Cat & Rabbit Care Clinic
If you are thinking about breeding your cat, there are many things you should consider before deciding to go ahead. From the health of your cat and associated costs, to your responsibilities as a breeder, there is more to cat breeding than you might think. Cat & Rabbit Clinic's team has collated some helpful information for you below.
Rearing healthy kittens and finding suitable loving homes, should always be top priorities for cat breeders. If after reading our article you’re still unsure whether breeding is right for your cat.
Factors to consider before deciding to breed your cat:
1. New Cat Breeding Laws 2020/2021 UK
‘Lucy’s Law’ came into force last year in England, this February in Scotland, and is due to be enforced in Wales this September. This legislation makes it illegal for kittens and puppies to be commercially sold by a pet shop or commercial dealer. Instead, buyers must deal directly with a breeder or animal rehoming centre. Read more about Lucy’s Law here.
2. Governing Council of the Cat Fancy
This organisation plays a vital role in governing how cats are bred in the UK. The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy establishes breeding advisory councils that issue guidelines for each type of cat breed. Guidelines include the standard points, registration policy, and breeding policy. Learn more.
3. Minimum & maximum age for breeding female cats (queens)
Kittens can technically get pregnant at four months old, but they shouldn’t. Your queen should be fully-grown and healthy before breeding to avoid damaging her health. Waiting until she is 18-24 months old with a good body condition before breeding is much safer. When your cat reaches 5-6 years old, it’s a good idea to stop breeding and have her spayed to look after her health.
4. Check your cat’s health
You should book a Cat Health Check with one of our vets before considering breeding your cat. They can be tested for genetic disorders, illnesses, and whether they’re generally in good health. It’s important that your cat is free of fleas, mites, and ringworm too.
5. Responsibilities of a cat breeder
Ensuring the health of your cat and her kittens will be your responsibility as the breeder. Here's what you need to know:
- Kittens should stay with mum for at least 8 weeks; 12 weeks is optimal for their health and development.
- Talk to us about when is the right time for initial kitten vaccinations and worming treatments. At Cat & Rabbit Clinic,a health check will be carried out with the vaccinations to ensure your kittens are healthy.
- Kittens must be kept indoors until they have been collected by the buyer and neutered.
- You will need to buy pet insurance for your litter of kittens.
Later this year it will become compulsory to microchip all cats. This may need to be done by the breeder too, just like with puppies.
If you still have questions on breeding cats, don’t hesitate to email our expert team.