What Is the World Record for Number of Kittens Born in a Single Litter of Domestic Cats??

Those fluffy, cuddly, attitudinal creatures that we love so well are quite an astonishment, when you think about it. Most mama cats have up to 9 babies in a litter. You go, girls.

Because of this many owners will wait until the female is more physically mature before they begin the breading process. Was Valerie Gane surprised when her four-year-old Burmese mama cat gave birth?

Still, Gane couldnt have known that her mama cat was about to set the Guinness World Record for most kittens born in a single litter . In fact, she almost tripled the normal number of kittens born to a single litter. Clementine, Tikatoo, Kelly, Bluebell, Spur, Chan-Las, and Percy are some very distinguishable cat moms.

Clementine was a New Yorker, living with owners Marc & Natalie Albanese. So, what cat mom holds the record for the most kittens born during her life time? She lived in Staffordshire, UK with her owner, George Johnstone and she passed away two years after giving birth to her last litter.

Tikatoo the Siamese comes in at second place on the youngest mothers list. This also places Tikatoo in the top five of the giving birth to the largest litter club. Tikatoo lived in Ontario, Canada with her owner, Mr Laurie Roberts.

These fantastic creatures have been roaming the earth for an estimated 50 million years. Creme Puff, hailing from Austin Texas, is considered the worlds oldest cat . Sophie lives in Oceanside, California (her owners must have stock in the bissell company, can you imagine vacuuming that fur?)

Himmy, from Cairns, Queensland, holds the record for cat most needing a diet. The lightest cat in the world was a Blue Point Himalayan, weighing in at only 1 pound, 8 ounces. Towser killed a total of 28,899 mice during her life, as well as rats and rabbits.

What is the typical number of kittens born in a single litter?

While cats usually have an average of four kittens in each litter, this can range from one to 12 kittens. Larger litters are seen more frequently in pedigree breeds such as Oriental, Siamese and Burmese.

Can a cat have 14 kittens?

There is no well-defined rule regarding the size of your kitten’s litter. Most unspayed female cats (queens) give birth to three to five cute kittens. However, the size of a litter may vary from just one baby to more than ten.

How rare is a single kitten litter?

Although relatively rare, this is by no means abnormal. Cats can have anywhere between 1-12 kittens with an average of 4 in a litter.

What's the most cats a cat can have?

On average, a cat can have three litters of kittens per year with four kittens per litter. Female cats can reproduce basically throughout their entire life meaning they can have kittens for 12-15 years. That means one female cat could possibly have 180 kittens in a lifetime.

That domestic feline dozing on your windowsill without a care in the world has the potential to be a kitten factory, if left unspayed. While average litter size is three to five kittens, double-digit litters aren’t unheard of. Healthy females can have litters so large they cannot feed them all.

Cats have eight teats, and large litters can mean the weaker kittens are pushed aside unless the owner or a foster cat-mom helps.

The world‘s largest litter of domestic cats were born on the 7 August 1970 when a Burmese/Siamese cat belonging to V. Gane of Kingham, Oxfordshire, UK, gave birth to 19 kittens, four of which were stillborn.

And the World Record Is?

In order to understand the magnanimity of this number, remember: the normal number of kittens in one litter is generally around 5 and sometimes up to 9. Tarawood more than doubled the normal amount in a litter. In fact, she almost tripled the normal number of kittens born to a single litter.Our hats off to you, Tarawood. We salute you. In other words, you are a fantastic feline!What of those 19 precious fur balls? Sadly, 4 were stillborn. The remaining 15 kittens included 14 males. There was only one female kitten in the entire litter.This mama took care of 15 kittens. Kittens require their mother for the first couple of months to stay alive. That’s a lot of pressure for Tarawood!Kittens rely on their mother for warmth, milk, and safety. Mama is also in charge of setting the urination and defecation process in action. Without this care, the kittens would simply die.

Other Notable Breeding Records

Apparently the 70’s was a happening year for the cat population. Aside from Tarawood’s contribution, 7 of the largest single litters were born during the 70’s. Clementine, Tikatoo, Kelly, Bluebell, Spur, Chan-Las, and Percy are some very distinguishable cat moms.Between them all, they birthed 97 kittens. That’s right, 7 cats and 97 kittens for an average of 13.8 cats per cat mom, in a single litter. Whew!

Oldest Cat Mamas

Believe it or not, Dusty was not the oldest mama cat to still be producing babies. That award goes to one Kitty. Yes, that’s her name and wait till you here Kitty’s story.By this time, she was probably a great-great-great grandma (maybe throw a few more “greats” in there), but she was not done making babies herself! At the astounding age of 30 years old, Kitty had her last litter. We’ll hold here for applause.Kitty’s last litter consisted of 2 kittens. During her entire life, she produced a total of 218 babies. She lived in Staffordshire, UK with her owner, George Johnstone and she passed away two years after giving birth to her last litter.Not far behind Kitty’s record was Smutty’s, a tortie owned by Eileen Martin. Smutty produced a small, black and white kitten when she was 28 years-old. Just two years younger than Kitty.What about young kittens? Do we have any statistics for those? Who was the youngest mama cat to give birth?

Youngest Cat Mamas

Introducing Spur. This mama cat was from London, England and belonged to a Mrs. Grace Sutherland. Spur was only 9 months old when she gave birth to her first litter of kittens.Spur not only is the youngest known cat to have given birth to a litter of kittens, but she’s also included above in the list of cats that all had considerably large litters in the 70’s. Spur’s litter was born on April 30, 1971. Spur’s story is a sad one.Spur’s litter included 13 kittens. However, 11 of these babies were stillborn, leaving only 2 alive. Spur was permanently blind after she gave birth to this litter.Tikatoo the Siamese comes in at second place on the “youngest mothers” list. She was 26 months old when she gave birth to her first, and largest, litter. This litter had 15 kittens.This also places Tikatoo in the top five of the “giving birth to the largest litter” club. The date was April 25th, 1976. Tikatoo lived in Ontario, Canada with her owner, Mr Laurie Roberts.

Other World Records by Cats

Is it really that surprising that cat’s hold such incredible records? These fantastic creatures have been roaming the earth for an estimated 50 million years. Albeit, they looked much different 50 million years ago, but still.Cats are known for more than just their prolific breading abilities. Cats hold some of the most interesting (and bizarre) records in history. We’d like to give a few honorable mentions.

Oldest Cats

Creme Puff, hailing from Austin Texas, is considered the world’s oldest cat. He was born August 3, 1976 and passed away in August of 2005. He was 38 years-old.Other honorable mentions for age include Puss (1903-1939), 36th. As well as Granpa,a Sphynx adopted from the Humane Society in Texas. He lived to be 34.

Cat With the Longest Hair

Sophie receives the longest hair award. Her luxurious fur reaches an incredible 10.11 inches long. Sophie lives in Oceanside, California (her owners must have stock in the bissell company, can you imagine vacuuming that fur?)

Most Overweight (Big-Boned?) Cat

Himmy, from Cairns, Queensland, holds the record for cat most needing a diet. Well, heaviest cat, that is: he weighed a whopping 46.8 lbs. Himmy died at the age of 10 due to respiratory failure.

Skinniest Cat

The lightest cat in the world was a Blue Point Himalayan, weighing in at only 1 pound, 8 ounces. His name was Tinker Toy. He was 2 inches tall and 7 and a half inches long, making him about the size of a check book.

Cat With the Most Toes

Most cats have 18 toes. However, Jake from Ontario, Canada has 27 toes! He’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records.Cats hold records for more than just their appearance! Like Towser, for example. She had a job to do, and she was quite adept at it.Towser lived from April 21, 1963, to March 20, 1987. During her life she worked for the Glenturret Distillery. Yep, this fierce feline had a real job.

Cat With the Most Recorded Kills

Towser’s position: Mouser. And she is recorded as the best there has ever been. Towser killed a total of 28,899 mice during her life, as well as rats and rabbits.Has your appreciation and amazement for these creatures risen? It certainly has for us. Felines, you rock.

Kittens Galore

In 1970, a 4-year-old Burmese named Tarawood Antigone gave birth to 19 kittens, 15 of which survived. Oddly enough, 14 were males, with only one female! Clementine, a mixed domestic shorthair gave birth to 15 (11 survived) in New York in 1976, and that same year a Siamese named Tikatoo had a litter of 15 in Canada.

Prolific Breeds

Certain breeds, including the Burmese like record-holder Miss Antigone, have more kittens per litter on average. One study in Australia found that Burmese have the highest average, at five kittens per litter. Siamese are not far behind at 4.5.

Other Factors

Age, nutrition and health of the mother also influence litter size. Cats are most fertile between 2 and 8 years old. Younger and first-time moms tend to have smaller litters than a 4- or 5-year-old cat. If not in optimal health, spontaneous abortion may occur, leading to smaller litters. While extremely large litters are not desirable, small litters can endanger the mother, as the kittens tend to be larger at birth.