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how old does a kitten have to be before it can become pregnant?
and if a kitten gets pregnant too young is it harmful?  

Hi, usually kittens can become pregnant as young as 6months old. It has been know for a few to become pregnant even younger. If you do want to breed from your cat then it is advisable to wait until they are at least 1 year old, mainly because your cat will be too young to know what to do with her kittens and teach them the very important early lessons only a mother cat can. If this is the case then you must make sure that she does not come into contact with male cats until then.

If you do not want her to breed then i would suggest that you have her spayed at 6mths but again keep her away from male cats until then.

I hope this has been helpful.

Kate and her partner co-write  a site full of further cat care and cat health topics. As well as being a feline friendly community site for happy cat and a happy owner.


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Kate Tilmouth


I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.


I run my own cat website at and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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Educated to High School level and have since worked for many years in a customer support based environment, gaining vocational qualifications.

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