What age cats start mating
Female cats are at an advantage in mating before puberty. They can have sex with males of any age.
Female cats who are younger than 6 months can mate with any male. Sometimes they can mate with males as old as 8 years.
The opposite is true for male cats. They can only mate with females who are older than 6 months.
If a cat's first vaginal orgasm occurs before 6 months of age, and if the first mating in the same breeding season is with a male of the same age, then the cat's first conception is likely to be a litter of kittens.
From the age of 6 months to the age of 12 months, it is possible that a female cat may have multiple mating in a single season.
If a female cat is mated to a male of her own age, then her first conception is likely to be a litter of kittens.
A female cat who is not mated during the breeding season will be under a higher level of stress which can affect her health and ability to conceive.
What are the signs a cat is infertile?
A cat may show signs of being infertile or may be sterile.
The signs include:
A cat's lack of interest in mating with a male
A female cat may not allow a male to mount her
A female cat may not allow a male to mate with her
A female cat may not have a litter
A female cat may have an unweaned litter
A female cat may have a large litter
A female cat may show signs of stress during mating
The age of a cat at the time of conception is the only thing that can be relied upon to determine whether a female cat is fertile or infertile.
A cat is infertile if she has been mated to a male of her own age.
A cat is fertile if she is mated to a male of a younger or older age.
What causes a cat to be infertile?
There are a number of medical conditions that may affect a female cat's reproductive system and make her infertile. This can include:
Endocrine problems - endocrine disorders can affect a female cat's ability to produce eggs or sperm.
- endocrine disorders can affect a female cat's ability to produce eggs or sperm. Feline endometritis - a bacterial infection of the uterus of a female cat.
- a bacterial infection of the uterus of a female cat. Uterine neoplasms - tumors of the reproductive organs.
- tumors of the reproductive organs. Kidney diseases - kidney problems can affect a cat's ability to produce eggs or sperm.
- kidney problems can affect a cat's ability to produce eggs or sperm. Diabetes - diabetes can affect a female cat's ability to produce eggs or sperm.
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