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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:57 pm 
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Our beautiful Bengal Mogwai (Bella on paper) has been in season on and off since she was 4 & a half months old she is now 8 months. We plan to breed her but would like to know what age is normal to breed Bengals. I am familiar which Burmese breeding but not Bengals. I want Mogwai to be as happy and content as she can be so really would like to know when i should take her to a stud.


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 Post subject: Re: Breeding
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:13 pm 
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tkscotland wrote:
Our beautiful Bengal Mogwai (Bella on paper) has been in season on and off since she was 4 & a half months old she is now 8 months. We plan to breed her but would like to know what age is normal to breed Bengals. I am familiar which Burmese breeding but not Bengals. I want Mogwai to be as happy and content as she can be so really would like to know when i should take her to a stud.


She needs a scan for HCM and her PK defic. status done before she is bred.
Best to breed her at over a year, if both these tests are normal. Make sure the stud you mate her too is also tested.
Testing the first time for HCM at a year, a year and a half is probably best, so delay your breeding until after that.

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 Post subject: Re: Breeding
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:03 pm 
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Hi Elaine,

I am sorry for slow response as I have only just spotted your message and Thank you for the veterinary advice I will surely get her checked out for both these conditions when the time for breeding comes. Thanks
Mogwai is now 11months and is coming to the end of her second strong heat. The reason I am worried about when to breed her is because i am worried that the whole business of being on heat time and time again might affect her mentally??? can you please shed any light on this.

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Annika


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 Post subject: Re: Breeding
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:36 pm 
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tkscotland wrote:
Hi Elaine,

I am sorry for slow response as I have only just spotted your message and Thank you for the veterinary advice I will surely get her checked out for both these conditions when the time for breeding comes. Thanks
Mogwai is now 11months and is coming to the end of her second strong heat. The reason I am worried about when to breed her is because i am worried that the whole business of being on heat time and time again might affect her mentally??? can you please shed any light on this.

Thanks
Annika


I wouldn't worry about her mental state, I think being pregnant too early may have more devastating consequences, as well as breeding blind without the necessary tests being done.
As she was sold to you as a breeding girl, do you know her Pk defic status? approx. 1 in 3 Bengals are PK defic. carriers and 1 in 50 are affected, so it is not an uncommon disease and the aim is to make sure no kittens born are affected. It is a simple DNA test and only needs done once.
Are her parents HCM screened?
Again HCM is too common in Bengals and the scan needs done yearly, as HCM is a progressive disease, a cat can be negative at one scan and a year later be positive.
The aim of the scan is not to establish negativity, as that is not possible, the aim of the scan is to remove positive cats from breeding.

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