When Can I Breed My Cat?

A good question to consider before breeding any pet is: Should my pet have offspring? Sadly, there are millions of cats put to sleep in the U.S. each year because there are not enough homes to go around.

When are cats old enough to breed?

Cats bred after 18 months of age tend to make better mothers and may have fewer pregnancy or kitten care problems. In addition to knowing the appropriate age to start breeding your cat, there are a number of other factors to consider before making this commitment.

Responsible cat breeding

Responsible breeders will allow their healthy cats to have offspring only to improve the breed, not as an educational experiment for the family or solely for monetary gain.

Good breeders also take the responsibility to provide good homes and quality medical care, including first vaccinations and deworming to all the offspring their pets produce. A commitment to breeding cats or any other pets takes a fair amount of hard work, time and money.

If you have decided that the work and responsibility of cat breeding is for you, be sure your pets are healthy and fully vaccinated. This allows the mothers to pass good protective immunity to their kittens. Your veterinarian may recommend additional preventive measures, but the following three vaccines are absolutely critical to your cat’s health, whether they are actively breeding or not.

  • Distemper/Upper Respiratory
  • Rabies
  • Feline Leukemia


Need more information?

If you have decided to take on the responsibility of breeding your cat, we highly encourage you to schedule a consultation with your veterinarian to discuss proper pre- and post-natal veterinary medical care required for breeding females and their kittens.