Question by  CaseyThomas (34)

What should I know about cats mating with siblings?

My grandparents have a lot of cats and it seems they mate with each other, is this okay?


Answer by  Melissa101010 (4405)

Just like humans, brothers and sisters, mating it is not ok. There can be many defects or disabilities with the cats if they are born.


Answer by  katharine (3981)

It can cause major problems in later generations because the gene pool gets so restricted. You should look into getting all your grandparents' cats fixed at low cost spay and neuter clinics. There are so many homeless cats and kittens in the world already you don't need to add to the population.


Answer by  scarter (6)

It happens but the same problems can occur with cats incest as with people. The kittens could have brain problems or physical mutations. Have them spayed/neutered to avoid this problem.


Answer by  lois47 (383)

No. Never. Inbreeding can result in severe genetic mutations at its worst and a less robust population at its best. Get them spayed/ neutered!


Answer by  iggylizard (352)

It is not generally a good idea for cats to be mating with their siblings. This can cause serious problems with the offspring as inbreeding among cats is just as bad as inbreeding among any other species within the animal kingdom. Genetic defects are not always apparent. They may be physical or personality based within the cat.


Answer by  WeepingAngel (74)

Just like people, it's not good for cats to mate with cats that re related to them. I will eventually acuse deformities and diseases in the kittens.

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