Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
Estrus and Heat Period 1 st Heat - 5-12 months of age - Induced by lengthening daylight/rising temperatures - Heat period lasts 9-10 days - If not bred, will come back into heat after 15-21 days
Signs of estrus (heat) Restless, unusually friendly Rub up against other objects, owner’s leg, furniture Decreased appetite Urinates frequently Rolls on floor
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
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
Queening Female’s breathing increases Licking signs of agitation 15-30 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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