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The Biggest Cat Litters

Most cats have litters of 2-5 kittens, although litters of 6-8 are not exactly unusual, especially in large breeds like Maine Coons, Ragdolls and Ragamuffins. In recent years, records have been kept detailing some of the more noteworthy reproductive  “accomplishments” made by female cats.

A Himalayan female was bred on two occasions a few days apart. She then gave birth to 12 kittens. Six of the kittens were one size and six slightly were smaller. All 12 survived.

A Persian in South Africa named Bluebell gave birth to 14 kittens in one litter and all survived! But even this was not the largest surviving litter of kittens ever born.

Largest Litter Born With Most Surviving Kittens:

Tarawood Antigone, a four year old brown Burmese owned by Valerie Gane of Oxfordshire, UK, holds the record for having the largest number of kittens in a litter. 19 kittens were born in one litter on August 7th, 1970. Four were stillborn. The surviving fifteen kittens consisted of 1 female & 14 males. 

Most Kittens In A Lifetime:

Dusty, a tabby mixed breed from Texas, delivered a total of 420 kittens in her lifetime. She gave birth to her last litter on June 12th, 1952. NOTE: This is NOT a record to be admired or to try to surpass.

The Oldest Mother:

Kitty, owned by George Johnstone of Staffordshire, England, gave birth for the last time at age 30. In her lifetime, she had 218 kittens.

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“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
*Mark Twain (author, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)

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