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Kittens can be taken from their mother without physical risk to their health as soon as they are weaned, which should be at about six weeks of age. The advice to wait longer is based on the idea that staying with mom and their siblings longer helps them to be better socialized pets. It may reduce behavior problems like play aggression because they learn from ...


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I don’t see any red flags - in fact, some of the points in your first list are what I would consider pros not cons. Let’s go through them: They do not let you pick your own puppy. Instead, they will ask you questions, and try to choose a puppy that matches well. Puppies, like people, have different personalities, temperaments and traits, yes, even from the ...


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Any kind of "designer dog" cross with a high price tag is a huge red flag by itself. There are pretty much two types of "designer dog" crosses, the ones that breed two wildly different types of dogs together and the ones that breed two extremely similar types of dogs together. The type that breeds two very different type of dog together ...


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What area of the world are you in? Get in contact with a local trap-neuter-release (TNR) program. If nothing like that exists in your area, see if you can at least find a local vet who knows something about feral cats. They will have the right equipment to trap feral cats safely. The cats will still definitely make really awful noises to complain about being ...


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Please do not let your cat mate! It will not help with the disease! To treat pyometra you need the help of a vet. The usual way of treating a pyometra is to remove the uterus completely. This is done because the disease is life-threatening and must be treated as quickly as possible. There are other treatments if you really want to breed the cat in the ...


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Stephie's answer is spot-on in every regard. This seems like a trustworthy breeder who has the wellbeing of their puppies in mind. A small addition to the aspect that they chose your puppy for you: There are standardized character assessment tests that are backed by scientific studies. A good breeder will ask you questions to find out what you expect and ...


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Is there an alternative method beneath surgery? Yes. There are treatments for the female cat, to avoid her heat (weekly oral medication or monthly injection) and for the male cat, to decrease the production of sperm (implanted hormone chip for periods between 6 month and 3 years). Is this treatment practicable for not-breeders? Not really. It is stress to go ...


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Pyometra means the uterus is infected. More literally, it means pus in the uterus. Breeding her will not solve the problem, nevermind it being very unlikely there would be any surviving kittens. Pyometra can be very serious. I recently had a a patient who was a young unspayed female cat who first developed pyometra, then the infection spread systemically (...


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As I understand it, the queen (cat-mum) will help the kittens to defecate and care for the enclosure to stay clean. Toileting Kittens are unable to pass urine or faeces without assistance for the first few weeks of their lives so the ano-genital region – the area around the bottom and the urinary opening of the kitten being hand-reared – needs to be ...


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You say these kittens are in an "empty room in your house." How long have they been there? (How long have you been ignoring this room?) Is there a clear area where the mother can come and go that you have not blocked recently? It's possible the mother has been prevented from returning; these are very young kittens who would not yet be left by the ...


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The other answers are fantastic, but I wanted to add one more thing in regarding good signs/bad signs with breeders. Frequency of breeding. A given female should generally be bred no more than 3 times in her life, and not right away. This is to stop on female's genes being to prevalent in the breed as a whole (to prevent inbreeding and all the problems ...


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Just to add our experience with our breeder: Yes, they were expensive ($1500) with a significant deposit. Why? Because the mom got lots of prenatal/postnatal vet care and the puppies got a lot of vet care as well. The breeders were "show" breeders, more interested in agility and show quality. We did have an application and a questionnaire where we ...


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If the surviving offspring (technically it's too old to be called a "kitten") is female, I see no reason to separate them. Nursing can simply be comfortable and calming activity for cats - comparable to babies sucking on a pacifier or adults cuddling. If the offspring is male, you should either (permanently) separate them or neuter him before he ...


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Unless you want to have more kittens I would suggest spaying your cat. It is not about letting nature take its course, being pregnant and giving birth and even being in heat itself is very stressful for your cat. Also consider that many animals each year are euthanized in shelters because they are unable to find a home or are brought in by former owners. ...


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You can't force cats to do anything. Cats, unlike dogs, only do the things they like to do. Cats go through some changes in their character as they grow up. These changes occur when they go into puberty, when they are neutered or when they give birth. These changes are completely normal, humans go through such phases as well. So, do not expect your cat to ...


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Because you described the wrinkles, and the "empty" belly, I assume the vet gave you instructions how to notice hungry babies. It is common in rabbits that the mum feeds her babies only once, seldom up to three times per day. She stays away from the nest to not attract predators and secure the safety of the babies. SO you need not to worry, if you ...


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At this point in time the chicks (if there ever were some in the eggs) are certainly dead. Duck eggs need to be kept in a very narrow range of temperature to develop and the incubation time is 21 - 31 days. This period is very stressful for the mother, because she has to constantly turn and shift the eggs around to keep them at the same temperature, but she ...


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In this case you need to stop the older kittens. The best thing would be if the mother and the young kittens could have a room for themselves, while the older kittens can not enter. It is important the new kittens are getting enough milk and especially the early milk since it contains important antibodies and nutrients. Spay your cat now unless you really ...


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In any case where there's a registration ID system, there's a risk of fraud. If the breeder offers up the ID number to anyone who comes along and asks, it's child's play for a disreputable breeder to pose as an "interested buyer" who simply wants to check the IDs. Once they have the ID numbers in hand, they can then use that information to create ...


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This is a summary of information originally given in comments. If a cat keeps panting after giving birth, the most probable reason is that she has milk fever (a lack of calcium in the body). This condition weakens the mother and can be lethal to her, but it also keeps her from nursing her kittens. If possible, please have your cat treated by a vet as soon as ...


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I am not a expert at taking care of fish but I do have some advice that might help you. Unfortunately, shrimp are at the bottom of the food chain so it’s not a surprise they are getting eaten. I suggest having your tank with plenty of plants. Heavily planted tanks are also good. These plants will help protect the shrimp and will allow them to hide if they ...


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I'll preface with the fact that I have not kept shrimp for very long, and I've not bred them. But I have done a lot of research on the fact (as much as I could, there's not a lot of easily accessible, reliable resources out there), since keeping varying types of shrimp together runs a number of breeding risks. You really can't tell who bred with who at this ...


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In addition to the other answers, here are some other red flags per The Spruce Pets (https://www.thesprucepets.com/signs-of-a-bad-breeder-1117328). I've read similar advice on other sites. NOTE: I'm not endorsing the site one way or the other, but the advice here seems sound. Here are three items from that site (in my own words): They offer a large number ...


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So very specifically to farm cats, please consider these as wild animals in close proximity rather than pets. From this point of view, it seems unlikely that you will be overrun with cats. Based on discussions with my relatives there are a pretty small percentage of their cats that will make it to 5 years old. There are issues with predators, with disease ...


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One red flag for an unethical breeder is allowing separation at too young an age. Getting the puppies out the door fast is a bad sign. A puppy should be with its mother for absolute mininum of 8 weeks and even that's not really enough. 12 weeks would be better. Puppies separated from their mother/littermates too early have a harder time socialising. ...


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Here you can see 4 signs of guppies during pregnancy until birth (source). The gravid spot does not need to be completely black, in lighter colored fish it could also be a kind of gray. Fish in general do not get "fat bellies" like humans could. If they got lots of food, they will growth nearly equally on all ends. This said, a big belly is nearly ...


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Going along with what Elmy said in the comments: Mothers can detect birth defects as they can detect cancer in humans, You should get it checked out. It could be that the mother is protecting the one pup from the other pups for some reason although I have no idea why. If I could guess, it's because the pup doesn't need to drink that much so the mother would ...


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I recently heard of methods used by breeders as mentioned previously, but it doesn't seem practical at all. Expensive for the owners and continually stressful for the cats, since it's not a one time thing like being fixed. You may be able to see signs and keep them separate, but that's taking a big risk even still. If someone isn't with them 24/7 you could ...


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I've "reformed" over a dozen feral cats. If you like cats as pets, you could do this for the existing cats and/or the kittens after they're weaned. As Kai said, this can be around 6 weeks of age. Ideally you'd bring in the pregnant female before she gave birth but it seems like it is too late for that :) When a feral cat would show up, we'd trap it ...


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THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY! According to https://www.greencrossvets.com.au/pet-library/articles-of-interest/why-is-my-cat-panting/, The only reasons why cats would be breathing through their mouth period would be because they are Hot, Stressed, or have an underlying disease.


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