Part 11 “So you want to be a cat breeder” – While waiting for the stork to arrive …

5 March, 2011

OK, now that you’ve forked out for the stud fees surely it’s plain sailing until Kitten Day?


A pregnant cat will eat a lot of food.  Loads more.  So count on at least double the usual food bills for your queen, especially in last few weeks of the nine-week gestation period.


All going well, there shouldn’t be a need to visit the vet for any reason.  However, this being cat breeding, you have to be prepared for every eventuality.  And vet eventualities, in my experience, cost money.

So what can go wrong? 

Your queen could develop an infection of the womb called pyometra.  This is one of the greatest fears of cat breeders.  If you catch it early then it’s curable, by using drugs.  If it isn’t treated, it can be fatal.

The problem is that pyometra can be hard to detect.  With an open pyo there may be a discharge.  But with a closed pyo there may not be any obvious signs.  A cat breeder I know only realised her queen had a pyo when she stopped eating.  Treatment for pyometra can be expensive.  And she may yet lose the kittens.

Your queen could also develop other infections that will involve veterinary intervention.  Sometimes, these infections can cause her to miscarry. 

Or your queen could absorb the kittens – this tends to happen early on during the gestation, but it is still a sad event and a disappointment.

I can’t place a figure on how much these bills are.  These are just expenses that cat breeders are prepared to accept.  So every time someone thinks that cat breeders are minting it, it’s good to bear in mind the fact that the money is there … for a rainy day.



  1. Your website is truly amazing and I love every post. So many of them had me laughing and I am always reading some of my favourites repeatedly to get a good chuckle.

    I will confess, I am a novice breeder, or at least I am waiting to be one (my cattery name has been registered with TICA, waiting for my boy to arrive from Australia and travelling across the globe in August to collect my girls in France). Always doing copious research but I don’t think it will ever be sufficient. There’s always so much to learn which I must admit is an arduous but enriching journey

    Thank you for your invaluable insights into breeding and I eagerly await your updates.

    • Hello Jemy

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed the blog. It’s really nice to know that what I write is funny too – sometimes, when I’m doing litter trays my sense of humour suffers a massive system crash … .

      I’m so excited that you’re going to be a cat breeder. What breed of cats will you have?

      Best wishes,

  2. Hello Thecatswhiskers!

    Haha, same here… sometimes I see the “mistakes” my cats make around the tray (and not in the tray), my face goes 😦

    I suspect I’ll be even more so when I start cleaning up the spraying of “my boy and girls” lol

    I hope to breed scottish folds, specialising in lilac & coloupt. My boy is a british and the girl(s) will be scottish folds.

    I’ve started my own blog at http://foldsofjem.wordpress.com and hope you don’t mind I’ve linked yours as I think it’s one of the best blogs on cats I’ve seen 🙂

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