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How long is a female cat fertile? Do they go through a kitty menopause?

Feral female has been having kittens for 6 years, I think she is at least 7-8 years old. Don't cats, like humans, eventually age and outgrow fertility?


Asked by Member 628763 on Feb 6th 2009 in Pregnancy
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Izadore (Izzie)

Unlike human females, female cats do not go through menopause and can continue having kittens well into old age. Her litters may be smaller, and of course having kittens at an old age isn't healthy for both the mother cat and the kittens, but she can still mate and get pregnant.


Izadore (Izzie) answered on Feb 6th.

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Lola

Breeders usually breed their queens up to five years, after which they spay them. This is partly out of consideration of the cat's health, and partly because, as Izzie says, the litters get smaller, and the kittens less healthy.


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Sassy (2001-2012)

She won't go through menopause and is getting pretty old as a feral to keep having kittens. Are there rescue groups, ASPCA etc in your area doing low cost spay/neuter programs that you could use? If you can trap her in a humane trap and get her spayed you'll be doing her a big favour. Otherwise having and raising kittens is a big strain on an older cat and it'll kill her sooner or later.


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