Researching about your potential breed is a big element, if your a new comer to the cat fancy you should go to cat shows first and study about the breed that you want to perpetuate. Talk to the breeders and be familiar with the standards of the breed and also keep a sharp eye for details on the physical characteristics of a winner. By befriending cat breeders you will be able to acquire valuable information like available litters, studs and queens that are forsale and most especially what to look for in the breed. If you are fortunate you can find a mentor that is interested in guiding you through the commitment of becoming a cat breeder or a cat show person.
On an average your Queen comes into heat in a 4 to 5 week cycle, 1 to 2 weeks is the heat itself and another two to three weeks after the heat the cycle will begin a new. This is good if you are now prepared to breed her with the right male. Choosing a good stud or male of the same breed is another steop, try to find show winners that exhibits complementing characteristics to your Queen. But remember its usually the Queen who carries the genes for conformity so she must be a perfect specimen herself. The male will mount her as soon as he smells her aromatic perfume, so better if you dont bathe your queen during her heat period to better stimulate the stud's interest.
They will assume the copulation position several times, and it would be better if the male can stay with you for three days so she can mate with him repeatedly. This will ensure that your cat has mated only with the selected male and will ensure uniform kittens. If you have a spare room in the house or if you have an attic or a basement this will be an ideal place for your cat's romance.