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How often and for how long is the cat in the litter?


Free-range cats get ruffled especially in spring - Image: Shutterstock / Ivan1981Roo

When the cat is ready to mate, how often and for how long, is not so easy to answer. As a domesticated tiger, it has a very different lifestyle than in nature and this also affects the organism.

On average, the first biting of the cat occurs when it is around six months old. Due to race, husbandry and development, it can also happen a few weeks earlier or later. If you are unsure, have an uncastrated second cat, or want to have your darling neutered in good time, it is best to ask your veterinarian for advice, because he can best estimate when the time is right.

It appears regularly in the cat from old age to old age. There is no counterpart to the menopause with our house tigers, so they remain ready to mate for their whole life. How often varies from animal to animal.

How often does the cat get in heat?

Nature provides for a cat to have young in about twice a year, so twice a year it would be in foal and covered by a cat. However, many cat owners - for good reason - do not plan any offspring for their cats, because given the overcrowded animal shelters, you should only breed if you have permanent buyers for your kittens.

If a cat is not mated, it is a bit more complicated and difficult to calculate how often it will happen with the distance between the cats. Not infrequently, you can see that it gets rolling again just three weeks after the last heat has passed.

Free-range cats get ruffled especially in spring - Image: Shutterstock / Ivan1981Roo

When and for how long is the cat in the nest?

It is difficult to estimate when the cat will be in the fur, especially with house cats. The time depends, among other things, on the length of the incidence of light, in nature, therefore, on the seasons, in the household on the light switch of humans. This means that the domesticated cat can get in heat all year round.

This condition then lasts for eight to ten days, of which the cat is fertile for four days. As described above, the distance to the next brawn can be shortened considerably if it is not covered, and it can even lead to uncomfortable bumps for cats and owners. If you have no breeding plans, you should have them neutered if possible. By the way: Only during castration is the production of the sex hormones interrupted permanently, so that your cat will no longer be in trouble. When she is sterilized, she no longer has babies, but still suffers from being in a hurry, since she continues to produce sex hormones.

However, if your house tiger is already expecting a baby, you can find tips in our "Buying original equipment for kittens" guide so that the little ones feel good. You can find out how to prepare a litter box for your expectant cat mom in the corresponding article.