So you are of the belief of the 'old wifes tale' of letting your queen have one litter before desexing?
In my experience of a lifetime with animals and now, nine years as a responsible Ragdoll Cat Breeder,
I stress to you that entire cats do NOT make nearly as good a pet as a desexed cat.
There is no difference between a male and female "desexed" pet cat, except the male may grow bigger.
Neither will spray, (mostly), both will play the same amount, love you the same amount, etc. If they do spray, its usually a hormone problem, please see your vet to remedie the situation.
A queen (girl) will come into season anytime from 6 months, some queens are quiet callers and you will never know, but more often they are extremely loud, with a continous bawl for 3 weeks that will drive you nuts. During this time all they are interested in is getting a male. They will cry to attract him, they shed coat everywhere, they forget litter tray ettiquete, and they will spray everywhere, all to attract a male, any male, they will also 'back up' to anything, including you. This is a very frustrating time for them. Then just when you think it is all over.. they repeat the season, sometimes untill they get pregnant. A queen who comes in heat but is not bred is at risk from pyometra, which can be fatal. Then on the other hand, if you let your queen go out-of-doors, she will mate with anything and could contract feline aids, among other virale diseases, these will also make your queen very sick and could eventually kill her.
A Tom (boy) is much the same, he will be ready to mate anytime from 6 months. He will cry and call constantly. He will lose condition and coat, he will spray everywhere. And if you let him out to mate with anything he will contract feline aids among other virale diseases that he will then spread to other cats. If you don't believe me, come and visit, I have a male here that NEVER shuts up.
So.... I still havent convinced you to get your pet desexed? Because you want a litter of sweet little kittens or two..
So do the responsible thing and become a RESPONSIBLE CAT BREEDER!!
It is not difficult to do this.
FIRST - It is recommended you attend a few cat shows, and talk to other breeders. Look at all the breeds of cats and decide what breed of cat you would like to breed.
There are now four clubs in Brisbane, and they each hold a show once a month, sometimes twice.
These are the QFA (Queensland Cat Council) http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~qfeline/,
QICC (Queensland Independent Cat Council), http://www.qicc.org.au/index.htm
FCCQ (Feline Control Council of Queensland), http://www.fccq-inc.com/
and CFCCQ (Council of Federated Cat Clubs Queensland) http://www.cfccq.org/
SECOND - Become a registered cat breeder with the club of your choice, I am with QICC.
This costs for membership from $20.00 per year and a one of fee of $40.00 for a breeders prefix. for example XOXO Ragdolls.
THIRDLY - buy your show/breed quality queen. You cany purchase your queen either as a kitten or as an adult, this is up to you and what is available at the time. You will have some idea of confirmation and colour and cost of your chosen breed by now from attending cat shows and talking to other breeders. Remember you want to promote the breed so therefore you need the best quality you can get.
FOURTHLY - you can look at purchasing a stud male for yourself if you want to be a serious breeder. A stud male goes over everything so he has to be the best of the best. Think carefully before purchasing him. Also stud males are hard to look after, they must be kept in seperate pens outside, a lonely life for him, and they are very noisy and smelly.
If you just want to breed one or two queens I recommend you use someone elses stud male for a fee.
and last one FIFTHLY - Enjoy your babies.
Mum can have trouble during the pregnacy, she could miscarry if she gets a shock or is stressed.
She could have problems giving birth and need a caesarean section from your vet. (So make sure you know your vet)
and don't forget the average law of numbers, you could lose a kitten or two, cleft palets, fading kitten syndrome, to name a couple, or for no particular reason at all.
There is not much to do with your new born babies, other than keep their bedding clean, mum does all the work here. Some breeders weigh the babies everyday to ensure they are healthy and growing.
At about 3 to 4 weeks your work begins. The babies will be walking and looking for food. Their tummies are ready for solids at 4 weeks, but I find my Raggies are very advanced and therefor are looking for food at 3 weeks. This is a fun time (not). The babies are sooo cute at this age, but they are eating now and therefore it is coming back out the other end. This is litter training time and they do make quite a mess of themselves and the surrounds untill they get the message of using the litter trays. They usually pick it up in a week or two, with your help and mums.
Your babies need their first needle at 6 weeks, I cannot stress enough here to ensure the vet uses the 3-in-1 Fevac dead vaccine here, if not your babies could get very sick and even die. Give then a few days for the vaccine to set in and then the new prospective parents of your babies can come and meet them for the first time. If you have people handling your babies before this time they could get sick, and believe me when I say having sick babies with diarrhea is not fun.
Your babies get their second needle at 10 weeks and their third at 14 to 16 weeks, and then once per year.
They need to be wormed at 4 weeks, and every two weeks thereafter untill 16 weeks, then every month.
If all this has not scared you and you still want to give it a try,
then I welcome you to the wonderful world of breeding cats and having the little ones running up your legs.
I will try to help you along the way if I can.