Any Milwaukeean thinking of becoming a cat breeder must be committed to the feline of choice and the responsibility it entails. Breeding is for pedigreed cats only to improve and develop a particular breed. Cat Fancy Association (CFA) has a recommended procedure for those interested in becoming breeders.
The first step is to choose a breed. Be sure that the it is the right one for your lifestyle, personality and home. If you want a quiet breed than a Siamese is not the one for you. Once you have decided on the breed. Bring home a neutered or spayed feline and get to know each other. Then compete in the show ring. This will expose you to other breeders and give you a good education, such as, breed standards and lineages, while having fun with your cat.
Once you feel ready, purchase a CFA registered female of your desired breed from a well-established breeder. Get to know your cat’s habits and her personality. Be sure she is mature enough to breed. It is advisable to work with your veterinarian or you can contact the Cat Doctor.
Before your female is in estrogen it is time to look for a stud. The breeder that sold you your female would be the place to go. Once arrangements have been made for mating watch when your female is ready to mate, it is advised to have your breeder take charge of the first breeding.
About fifteen days after mating the female should begin showing signs of pregnancy like pink nipples. Later an X-ray and ultrasound would be positive confirmation. Cats have a gestation period of about 65 days.
Once the litter is born, they must be kept warm, well fed and clean. It is usually not a problem with mature cats that have had previous litters, but a young female having her first may need help. Then there is the litter registration, inoculations and choosing the right family for each kitten.
Becoming a breeder of CFA registered cats is big responsibility and commitment. Be ready to devote your time, energy and money to breed quality felines.