Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A-Z: Queen

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Females used for breeding in catteries are called queens. Queens should not be breed until they reach at least eighteen months of age. Giving birth is called queening.  Queens should have a thorough checkup before they are bred to make sure they are healthy. Estrus is when the queen is in heat. If the breeding is successful the kittens will be born approximately sixty-three days later.

Reasons to alter instead of breed:
Spaying decreases risk of mammary cancer.
Neutering reduces spraying and fighting.
Altering will prevent the euthanization of millions of cats.

Left unchecked two cats and their offspring can breed eighty million cats in a decade.
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I'm visiting with J.Q Rose today.
 

36 comments:

  1. Good to know - cats are definitely queens, that's a fact! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. I'd not heard about queens and queening. The concluding statistic is incredible.

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    1. It is stunning and it's why there are so many ferals running around unwanted. All it takes is one irresponsible owner and you've got a mess.

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  3. I'd not heard about queens and queening. The concluding statistic is incredible.

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  4. Haven't heard of all of that until now..getting educated.

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  5. I didn't know they were called queens. That term has a lot of meanings, doesn't it?

    We've always gotten our cats fixed when they turned 6 months old. Rocko and Spunky were dumped off in our neighborhood as the result of unwanted kittens. They were lucky. (They found suckers to take them in.) Most cats aren't that lucky.

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    1. Hi Diane,
      Thank goodness they found you. And you're right most cats aren't that lucky and live short lives fraught with danger and hunger. Kudos to you. And six months is the perfect age to get them fixed:)

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  6. Hi, dear Sandra!

    Thanks for educating me about queens and the process of queening. Those statistics about the potential consequences of unchecked breeding are staggering.

    Happy Wednesday to you, dear friend Sandra!

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    1. Staggering's a good word for it, Shady.
      Happy Wednesday to you too.

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  7. You learn something new every day

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  8. That picture is hilarious, but that statistic is frightening. I love cats, but whoa, eighty million is a lot of cats! My furry friends are altered.

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    1. Good for you, Tamara. No one can place the 80 million at your door:)

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  9. Most interesting to know Sandra. Thanks.
    Yvonne.

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  10. Good thing they are snip snip. 80 million descendants would be a ton

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    1. Indeed. I'd hate to buy catnip for all those birthdays.

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  11. What a fabulous photo! I think I have a little princess in Lizzie! She had her first litter at about 6 months before she came to me -- no more for her!

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    1. Lizzie is indeed a very pretty princess. Good job on getting her fixed.

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  12. Great photo. Yes, I knew that breeding females were called Queens. :)

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  13. we iz gonna print thiz off & putz it on de fridge coz SUM ONE round heer....dai$y....seems ta think her iz QUEEN oh trout towne.......obvee uz lee...herz kneadin ta go bak ta skewl & stuff & lurn.... werdz....☺☺☺☺♥♥♥♥ !!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Well of course, Daisy is the queen of Trout Towne:)

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  14. Never heard of the term before.

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    1. Hi Adam,
      It's mainly used by cat breeders.

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  15. It's a cat breeding term.
    Thanks for stopping by:)

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  16. Eighty MILLION? Now I know why there are so many stray cats in this world!

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  17. 80,000,000... Well, that's nothing compared to the 7.5 billion stray folks on this planet ;)

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  18. I somehow take great offense to that breeding practice. I'm SO glad both my "boys" are neutered, and I feel SO bad for the poor cats who have been chosen to be queens.

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  19. I missed pussy queen...um...well let's move on. Today is the Queen's birthday since I am reading this on Thirsday. I am shocked by how many cats can come from one pairing....wowzers!



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  20. I learn something new all the time from your blog! Thank you!

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