Why kittens shouldn’t have kittens …
July 7, 2023
Did you know, female cats can have kittens from as young as 16 weeks? Whilst this is biologically possible, kittens this young are still growing (both emotionally and physically) and carrying, giving birth to and then feeding and caring for a litter of kittens can place a great strain on their young bodies. If cats are allowed out and about before neutering there is a good chance of pregnancy once they come in to heat, as they will keep calling until mated. Read on for further advice as to why kittens shouldn’t have kittens and the benefits of neutering.
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Three reasons why kittens shouldn’t have kittens:
1. Physical immaturity
Kittens are not physically mature enough to carry and give birth to healthy kittens. Their bodies are still developing, and pregnancy/birth can be physically demanding and dangerous for them. Kittens can experience complications during pregnancy or birth. These may include difficulties delivering, dangerous infections or even death. The best way to ensure your own kitten stays safe is to have them neutered.
2. Emotional immaturity
Kittens are still learning and adapting to their environment and having kittens can be too overwhelming for them. They need time to adjust and focus on their own growth and development before taking on the responsibility of kittens. They may not yet have the necessary maternal instincts to care for their offspring so may not know how to nurse their kittens or keep them warm, clean, and safe. This can lead to malnourishment, sickness and even death for the kittens. Neutering your kitten early on avoids unwanted pregnancies and allows your kitten to enjoy their young months, rather than risking their lives birthing offspring they may not know how to keep alive.
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3. Cat overpopulation
Allowing kittens to have kittens can contribute to overpopulation, which can lead to a number of issues such as overcrowded animal shelters, euthanasia of healthy cats and the spread of feline diseases.
In conclusion, it’s best to let kittens be kitten, and as a part of responsible cat ownership, to neuter your kittens to prevent early pregnancies and ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet. Although male cats do not face the challenges of early pregnancies, neutering at an early age is still advised, as it can reduce the chances of straying, being run-over and fighting complications such as abscesses and disease transmission. If you have any questions or concerns about neutering your cat, give us a call and we can talk you through the benefits, costs and care involved.