to let my cat have a litter of kittens?

(167 Posts)
StartRight Tue 12-Feb-13 13:43:49

I am hoping for lots of YABU.

We have a 6 month old cat we bought from the local rescue centre. My children (and dh bizarrely) all want to let her have one litter of kittens before we get her neutered.
Even my mum when I ran it past her said it would be a 'wonderful experience' for the children.
We would give the kittens away to friends or the local pet shop.

I don't think it is a good idea. Aside from the obvious problem of too many unwanted cats in the world, I don't want the house overrun with cats and cat litter etc.

I feel like I am being mean, so am wavering hence this thread.

catsrus Tue 12-Feb-13 14:52:12

if you want to know what female cats have to put up with - have a look at this national geographic youtube video

shock

and no - please do not have a litter of kittens and it probably is against the documents you signed when you rescued yours. IIRC the RSPCA gave us a voucher to use at our vets which covered the cost and the vet sent back to them to prove we'd done it.

fuzzypicklehead Tue 12-Feb-13 14:52:13

OMG, yes the Tom cat can sense it. From a huge distance! Even before all the issues around pregnancy/kittenhood, a female in season is no treat to be dealing with.

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 14:52:20

Yes, if Tiptoes is spayed she won't go into heat and tom cats won't be remotely interested in her.

BonaDea Tue 12-Feb-13 14:52:52

Do NOT do this. 'Wonderful experience' for the kids my ass. They'll grow to love these little creatures then they will all disappear.

More importantly, what about your poor cat. Look after her, love her, don't let her get up the duff only to take her litter from her.

URGH.

NatashaBee Tue 12-Feb-13 14:52:53

Good for you OP. I volunteer at an animal shelter, we get cats and kittens dumped on the doorstep in boxes each week). Celia Hammond's facebook page is really good reading - they are currently posting a lot of information on why cats should be neutered.

Latara Tue 12-Feb-13 14:53:37

StartRight - i'm not sure tbh as there is only 1 unneutered tom cat locally who did try to attack my neutered cat - she fought him off but got a badly scratched eye (all fine now & he hasn't made that mistake again).

The other local boy cats are all neutered but they still follow my female cat just to stare at her - they know they like her but don't seem to know why! They are just curious about everything she does bless them.

Trazzletoes Tue 12-Feb-13 14:59:57

So pleased you are getting her done, OP.

You are absolutely doing the right thing.

Midori1999 Tue 12-Feb-13 15:27:32

jenai all rescues charge an 'adoption fee' or ask for a donation of a specific amount to adopt the pet. This is in part to cover their costs, but also because research shows that people who pay a decent amount for their pets are more likely in general to hold the animal in higher regard. It doesn't mean you have 'bought' the cat and a good rescue will ensure you sign something that says ownership remains with them.

EuroShagmore Tue 12-Feb-13 15:32:09

Good decision.

I suspect your children would be less keen on this idea when you have to give them away. Protect them from that heartache.

FrankSpenser Tue 12-Feb-13 15:44:25

I'm echoing everything mentioned on here already, and good for you in booking Tiptoes (great name!) for the vets.

I visited a cat rescue home only last week to view two young kittens as potential adoptees. The lady running the joint was rushed off her feet, her home absolutly full with stray, unwanted, and some feral cats. She "begs, steals and borrows" to fund the keep of animals in her care (she's a registered charity so money comes from donations, other times from her own pocket). For her the work is just relentless.

Its people like her who really do alot for unwanted animals. People really need to be educated when deciding to let their moggies breed, and your DM and DH should've known the wider implications, but at least you had the sense to know better.

Smellslikecatspee Tue 12-Feb-13 15:50:26

Good Woman!

My two were at the vets at 08:30 of the first day that the vet would spay them. Which is when we found out we didn't have 2 girls we had one of each. grin
Lucky he had a unisex name.

cantspel Tue 12-Feb-13 15:53:57

Glad you are not going to listen to your stupid oh.

Get her done asap and take your children and husband to your local rescue centre to hear to see what these good people are already trying to cope with.
To see these loving animals unwanted and waiting for some kindly soul to fall in love with them and give them a home.

skyblue11 Tue 12-Feb-13 15:55:03

Please,please do not do this. Speaking as an ex cat fosterer for Cats Protection there are too many cats that desperately need homes without adding any more.

andubelievedthat Tue 12-Feb-13 16:02:00

So, (just out of curiosity?) where you neutered ?at any time /point ? ever ? and if so, did you agree to that ,? did you have a say in that ? or, is it "feminism? we can not only decide for our own life/bodies , but that of other species?We have to decide when /if other species breed ! oh for fuck sake , if , you did not want a "breeder " u should have got a tom.(soz re crappo spelling , >off to reasure drama queen pussy )

lollilou Tue 12-Feb-13 16:05:28

andubelievedthat I don't understand a word of your post.

Smellslikecatspee Tue 12-Feb-13 16:07:07

What the actual fuck?

FrankSpenser Tue 12-Feb-13 16:07:35

Ooh - this might get interesting! grin

valiumredhead Tue 12-Feb-13 16:08:07

So if you have a cat you shouldn't have it spayed as you weren't spayed yourself? Are you serious? grin

VeryDullNameChange Tue 12-Feb-13 16:08:46

I do understand, but rather wish I didn't.

cantspel Tue 12-Feb-13 16:10:40

Hell and i thought i wrote some crap at times.

ProtegeMoi Tue 12-Feb-13 16:11:29

YABU I work in cat rescue and we very often phone local bets of people who have adopted cats from us, if we found out a rescue had been bred from (we neuter all over 6 months) then we would take the cat back. The contract clearly states this is not allowed and that the the cat remains property of the rescue. AFAIK all UK rescues work in the same way.

cantspel Tue 12-Feb-13 16:12:10

and no you shouldn't get a tom if you dont want kittens.

The owners of toms should also take responsibility and get their toms neutered

FrankSpenser Tue 12-Feb-13 16:12:58

" if , you did not want a "breeder " u should have got a tom."

^

Isn't that like putting your fingers in your ears/hands over your eyes and saying, "la la laaa, if I cant see the litters, they're not really there, la la laaa" confused

Female moggies don't become pregnant by themselves, don' cha ya'know.

valiumredhead Tue 12-Feb-13 16:14:30

andubelievedthat your cat might be a 'drama queen' because cats are miserable if the come into heat and can't mate, the wails are pitiful - much kinder all round to get them spayed or neutered.

ComposHat Tue 12-Feb-13 16:24:47

I am amazed she wasn't spayed when she left the rescue place or you were made to agree to have her spayed.

For all the reasons people have said above have her spayed.

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