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to let my cat have a litter of kittens?

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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.

Softlysoftly Tue 12-Feb-13 13:45:26

They ABU say no

Latara Tue 12-Feb-13 13:46:16

YABU as there are too many unwanted cats in animal shelters.

seeker Tue 12-Feb-13 13:46:50


Get her spayed now. You are absolutely right.

bonzo77 Tue 12-Feb-13 13:47:25

YABU. Ridiculous idea. You knew that. Our cats never had kittens when we were kids. Did not miss out at all. When I was a teenager a friend's cat had kittens. I remember thinking how irresponsible it was.

Marrow Tue 12-Feb-13 13:49:18

Yes, YABU or rather they ABU. You did a great thing getting a rescue cat but please don't add to the problem by breeding your cat. You normally have to sign an agreement with rescue centres that you will get the animal neutered and not breed from it.

Floralnomad Tue 12-Feb-13 13:49:39

YABU unless you personally are going to keep all the kittens for their entire lives . As you got her from a rescue I would imagine that you signed something to say you would have her neutered ASAP. There are just too many cats looking for homes without feckless people breeding more , just for the experience.

peeriebear Tue 12-Feb-13 13:52:36

Nononononooooooooo. So many cats and kittens in rescues precisely because of this sort of thinking (from your family). My cat was neutered as soon as she was old enough and the thought of letting her have a litter first is kerrazy. YANBU, your family is BVU.

Kewcumber Tue 12-Feb-13 13:52:38

So if one litter before being neutered then they (well DH I suppose) are proposing that a barely adolescent cat goes through a pregnancy just so your children can say "Awwww" then you're going to take people away from rescue centres in order to get rid of 2-6 kittens that you don;t actually want.

Your Dh is being outrageously unreasonable.

In fact I'm surprised the local rescue didn't insist you had them neutered as part of the deal. I'm sure they would be horrified.

TheCatIsEatingIt Tue 12-Feb-13 13:53:36

Do pet shops buy kittens from randoms ordinary people rather than breeders?

YABU. You already know why; all the reasons in your OP. Get her spayed.

StartRight Tue 12-Feb-13 13:53:49

Thank you, fantastic responses.

I am ringing the vet today to make an appointment.

I did fill in a form at the shelter asking my opinion on lots of aspects of owning a cat (before we could even view the cats) but don't remember signing anything official. That is beside the point now anyway.
My resolve has been hardened.

scrumpkin Tue 12-Feb-13 13:54:05

Pet shop shock

valiumredhead Tue 12-Feb-13 13:55:00

We did but only because we had owners lined up for each kitten.

Get her spayed, a house full of kittens can be really hard work.

StuntGirl Tue 12-Feb-13 13:55:22

They are being ridiculously unreasonable and irresponsible. You already got your cat from a rescue, why add 6 or so more to the numbers of animals they can barely look after as it is?

Get her neutered NOW. It's part of being a responsible pet owner, which is far more wonderful an experience than any litter of kittens.

Dancergirl Tue 12-Feb-13 13:55:31

Are most cats neutered as a matter of course? We have a CP cat who was of course neutered but I've never really thought about it before. How do they manage to maintain the population if most are neutered?

PurpleRayne Tue 12-Feb-13 13:55:51

You will probably find that the contract you signed with the rescue centre explicitly requires you to have the kitten neutered when old enough. So there's your get-out clause for the children.

I'm amazed that there are still any pet shops that take kittens (are you in the UK?)

You are not being mean to have your kitten neutered. It would however, be selfish, and cruel, to allow yourself to be pushed into an irresponsible decision not to have it neutered.

StartRight Tue 12-Feb-13 13:56:05

Why 'pet shop shock?

CelticPromise Tue 12-Feb-13 13:56:11

They ABU.

We've just adopted a stray cat about seven or eight months old, she's being spayed today. She had been out and about before we got her, but the vet's advice was that even if she was in early pregnancy they would go ahead and spay because being young and small it would be risky for her to have kittens, and they would add to the unwanted cat problem.

CartedOff Tue 12-Feb-13 13:56:18

It would be extremely unreasonable. Deciding that the cat has to get pregnant and have kittens just for your family's temporary amusement isn't fair on it or the kittens that may very well end up without a home, or homed and then kicked out at a later point when people get sick of them (kittens are stressful, destructive and a pain in the ass, despite how cute they appear).

lollilou Tue 12-Feb-13 13:57:11

They abu. My sisters young cat had a litter and she could not look after them at all, all I want to say is that they did not survive. Let alone the amount of cats and kittens in animal shelters already.

StuntGirl Tue 12-Feb-13 13:58:10

I'm actually astounded that the rescue centre didn't have her neutered anyway. We're looking into getting a rescue dog and every single one of them comes neutered, to stop precisely this situation.

If I were you I'd book the appointment and do it without even telling your family beforehand. Someone needs to put this animal first for once in it's life, let that person be you.

CelticPromise Tue 12-Feb-13 14:00:26

Dancer there are plenty of cats out there maintaining the population! My new one is one of three kittens born to a stray mum, thankfully mum has now been adopted and will hopefully be spayed but plenty aren't, and they have litter after litter.

Fairylea Tue 12-Feb-13 14:00:28

No no no. Sorry but no.

You are right.

There are too many unwanted cats in this world.

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 12-Feb-13 14:00:41

Please have her neutered.

If your family really don't understand why then try and explain the bigger picture to them.

You let your cat have, say, 5 kittens.

In 6 months time those 5 kittens are allowed to have 5 kittens each.

6 months later those 25 cats are allowed 5 kittens each.

6 months later those 125 cats have 5 kittens each.

That's 635 kittens in a year and a half.

And that's presuming each kitten gets a responsible (by your family's standards) owner who only breeds from each cat once.

You've been to a rescue centre. Why would you purposely add to it?

Theicingontop Tue 12-Feb-13 14:03:27

You could take the children to see a local cat shelter to help them understand where you're coming from, depending on how old they are.

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