Housing Cats For Breeding Purposes

Housing Cats For Breeding Purposes

If you intend to keep a male as a stud in the hope that it will win prizes at shows and become a valuable asset to you and the variety it represents, you should plan to keep it in an appropriately spacious home outside the house. It is purely a personal view, but I prefer to have a torn which is used to human company and enjoys being made a fuss of. These animals are far more tractable, especially when they are ill and in need of treatment, special diet and careful nursing. For this reason I believe that torn cats kept outside should be allowed into the house from time to time and should have supervised walks in the garden. This will result in a better relationship being developed and will also permit the cat to reaffirm its territorial claim by spraying its boundary posts.

Most professional breeders keeping male cats arrange for well-designed outside accommodation for them. This should consist of a carefully constructed weatherproof house, preferably double lined with insulating material between two layers ofwood. Refinements such as a piece of tree as a scratching post, shelves at various heights for the cat to sit on and cat-flap doors placed half way up the outer wall of the house, with a suitable plank with strips across it as a walkway to provide safe entry and exit, can be incorporated. Ideally, the house should be constructed so that it can also be used for mating, but it will then have to be bigger.

Some houses are designed to allow the owner to sit inside to watch the matings and ensure that they have taken place satisfactorily. These houses usually have separate accommodation for the male and female cats with wire-netting between them so that they can watch each other and flirt if they so desire. This introduction can then lead to them being allowed together for actual mating. The time involved may vary and the owner or supervisor may have to wait patiently while all the preliminary courting takes place. After the mating the male cat may come to appreciate particularly the higher shelves in his own part of the house, since, like the praying mantis, some queen cats turn on their suitor after mating and attack him savagely.

During the summer weather mating can take place outside and for this purpose, and in order to provide exercise for the torn, a sturdy outside run should be constructed with access through a suitable cat door in the house.

Ideally the door should be made of an intact concrete slab permitting regular washing down and avoiding cracks which can harbour dirt and disease. Open-link fencing is adequate, but the whole run should be covered over to prevent animals getting in or the stud cat getting out. The run can also include toys, shelves, a tree-trunk or two with branches, a large drainpipe or other distractions.

The stud torn should be allowed out of his house and run as frequently as possible, though it is unwise to give him complete freedom to move around since he might easily be injured or pick up an infection which would reduce his usefulness as a stud torn cat.