Cat Mating: How many times? And how long does it last?


How is cat mating going? How many times? And how long does it last?

This is a disgrace to any self-respecting X Star;).

We come back, we come back…

But first, here are the facts you didn’t know… from before cat mating.

Cat Breeding: How to get the Strongest Kittens

Pussies reach sexual puberty from 6 to 9 months…. which corresponds to 80% of their adult weight. But, depending on the race, there are exceptions.

Some oriental breeds (Abyssinian, Somali…) are pubescent earlier, around 4 months.
Persian cats are late. Count at least 16 months!

It’s different for the male cat who starts making these first sperm around the age of 5 to 6 months.
However, it is advisable to wait until the age of one year for a service.

Persian tomcats have the same particularity as females. They will not be ready to mature until they are about 2 years old.

Cats breeders generally wait for the second or third heat of the cat before making her mate.

That corresponds to the age of at least ten or twelve months for a kitten.


Carefully evaluate the period when the kittens will be born. The gestation period of the cat lasts about 63 days.

Why? Why?

Well, kittens born in the spring are more advantaged and more robust.
The climate is milder.

And they are therefore less prone to disease and cold temperatures.

The Famous Chaleurs des Chattes

Cat heat usually occurs between mid-February and mid-September.

During this period, your cat will feel several cycles of heat in succession.

They come back about every 3 weeks, but it depends on the breed too.
Each heat cycle lasts an average of 10 to 15 days.

As a result, the cat can have two or three litters per year!

Something counter-intuitive:
Ovulation in cats is caused by mating, unlike many other mammals such as humans and dogs.

Indeed, mating stimulates the entry of the vagina and thus induces a peak of a hormone called LH (luteinizing hormone) within 2 hours.
It also triggers ovulation 24 to 30 hours after this peak.

And it’s not over yet!

The cat needs a certain number of matings (3 to 4) for the LH peak to trigger ovulation.
A single protrusion is not enough.

Experienced breeders leave the male and female together for 2 to 3 days.

How to recognize a cat in heat?

The cat expresses her heat by:

  • high-pitched meowing
  • rubbing against objects or your legs,
  • or a rather particular approach of the hind legs.
  • She urinates often (lots of sex pheromones are eliminated in this way) and looks for the male.

Thus, the male is attracted by the repetitive and loud meows of the pussy, as well as by the pheromones present in her urine.

The cat can accept…

Up to twenty copulations per day…

with more reasonable averages, but generally with more than one cat.
For his part, the tomcat is not satisfied with a female, he wanders here and there.

He’s a polygynist.

When the cat accepts the protrusion, she takes a particular position: front legs down, belly on the ground, hind legs stretched, tail up.

It then accepts the overlap.

During cat mating, the cat grabs the skin of the cat’s neck between his teeth, as if to immobilize it at the time of penetration.

Coupling consists of overlapping, accompanied by pelvic movements, followed or not by intromission with ejaculation.

The average duration of the complete sequence is…

2 minutes with interruption…..

and 1.40 minutes without interruption.

The active part with interruption-ejaculation-retraction lasts between 5 and 15 seconds.

After ejaculation, the pussy screams, and the cat withdraws, the cat’s attention is diverted from the pussy. He takes care of himself, from 5 to 15 minutes, licks his sex and body.

How do I know that the mating went well?

The sign that the vaginal coupling and stimulation has taken place is that the pussy is rolling on the floor.
This behaviour allows the ejaculate to penetrate deep into the genital tract.

So, after rolling on the ground,

the pussy licks her sex and perineum.

Its refractory period lasts between 11 minutes and 1 hour and a half.
Then the cat can show all the signs of court again and accept another candidate.

Interesting fact: After a cat mating, both sexual partners are indifferent to each other.
There is also no post-operative defence.

Neither cat pays attention to the other, nor seeks to defend access to a rival.

2 Notorious Facts and One Error to Avoid

1- The cat is called “Superfecund”.

Superfertilization is defined as the fertilization of several eggs by different males. This is due to the fact that at least 48 hours elapse between intercourse and ovulation.

2- It is also “Superfetate”.

Superfering is the introduction of new eggs into a uterus that already contains developing embryos.

Superfection exists in the pussy, unlike the bitch.

3- The error: Do not deworm the pussy during gestation!

It is important to treat your cat against different parasites.

A significant parasitism is dangerous for the cat and her kittens.

It is therefore necessary to deworm your pregnant cat two weeks before giving birth with an appropriate medication.

And above all, don’t forget to deworm it again two weeks after birth.


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