Are there any dangers in letting my cat have kittens?

I was thinking about letting my 1yr old ragdoll have kittens but I dont want anything bad to happen to her. Is there a big chance something could go wrong?

Answer by Kate
As long as your cat is healthy and is eating and active I cannot see why there would be any problems. In fact I have not heard of a domestic cat dying from pregnancy before, this is because if there were any complications (which is rare) the owner would be able to take them to the vet for treatment.

I really wouldn't worry too much. But I would say make sure that your reasons for wanting her to have kittens is for the right reasons. There are several myths going a round which says that cats should have a litter before being spayed. this is nonsense. Also you will have lots more vets bills when the kittens are born for vaccinations etc so be sure that you are able to look after them all.

It is likely also that you may not be able to keep all the kittens if she has a large litter as cats do not like to live in large groups. In the wild the mother cat will try to drive them away after three or four months to protect her own territory. So you will probably have to have the mother cat spayed then and reduce the size of the litter at home.

I have a web page about cat pregnancy here

and several pages about kittens here

Don't worry too much animals are good at doing what comes naturally.

P.S I love ragdolls, the kittens will be so cute.

best wishes Kate

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