Why radiators may be bad for pregnant cats28 May, 2008
(I attended the annual seminar organised by the Novice Breeders Advice Club on 24th May 2008, and this post is one in a series of words of wisdom which I hope to share with you, gleaned from the experts at that seminar)
One of the discussions at the NBA Cat Club seminar was on feline fertility. The speaker was Dr Susan Little, a veterinarian and internationally-known lecturer on feline medicine. She mentioned a case in which a breeder had Sphynx queens who could never carry kittens to term. They did the usual casework to try to determine whether there were any physiological reasons for the infertility. In the end, it turned out that it was extreme heat and cold that was affecting the cats’ fertility. The Sphynx cats had a habit of going outside where they would get cold, and then come indoors and jump onto one of those cradles that hook over a radiator. The bed was of course extremely warm. Once they stopped the cats from using radiator beds, or indeed any heated beds, fertility returned.
The message is obvious: extremes of hot and cold could have a negative effect on a female cat’s fertility. And I would go even further and question whether heated beds should be used by pregnant cats.