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Cat Reproduction. Estrus and Heat Period 1 st Heat - 5-12 months of age - Induced by lengthening daylight/rising temperatures - Heat period lasts 9-10.

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1 Cat Reproduction

2 Estrus and Heat Period 1 st Heat months of age - Induced by lengthening daylight/rising temperatures - Heat period lasts 9-10 days - If not bred, will come back into heat after days

3 Signs of estrus (heat) Restless, unusually friendly Rub up against other objects, owner’s leg, furniture Decreased appetite Urinates frequently Rolls on floor

4 Mating Female will howl and male will spray urine to respond After mating – female turns and attacks the male Ovulation occurs 24 hours after mating

5 Gestation Lasts 65 days –3 weeks – nipples are pink and hair recedes –6 weeks – abdomen is swollen –2 weeks before kittens are due, female becomes restless and searches for a quiet place to give birth

6 Queening Female’s breathing increases Licking signs of agitation minutes for each kitten to be born Female ruptures amniotic sack and cleans kitten by licking – starts breathing Mother eats afterbirth (source of nutrients) Colostrum produced by mother


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