If there is one thing I am familiar with, it’s cat breeding.
Cats need to procreate just like humans do.
Breeding is a requirement to continue the cat race.
If they didn’t, then that would be the end of their furry race of adorableness and cuteness.
In case you didn’t already know, I’m a cat lover and breeder.
I love it when they bring new kittens into the world who grow up to be fine cat parents like their own cat parents before them.
I don’t know about you, but seeing newborn kittens as a result of breeding just gets me every single time.
They warm my heart like no other.
If I could own every single breed of cat in the world, I would.
Of course, my veterinarian bill would be astronomically high as I would have to care for them one by one, but that’s a story for another day.
Today, I want to talk about cat breeding and all the joys and wonder it brings.
So without further ado, let’s get into how to breed your cat.
Read on below!
Four Steps to Breeding Your Cat
1. Identify when your cat will be fertile.
Cats are usually fertile only in the spring and summer although indoor cats exposed to artificial light may be fertile year-round. It just depends on your cat.
Ovulation is caused by the act of mating and if a cat doesn’t ovulate, the cycle of fertile stages may repeat several times. Some cats won’t display the signs of this cycle in front of their owner.
Pay attention to the tomcats when they come around. The stages of the estrous cycle are:
- Proestrus – this lasts usually one to two days, but could be as short as an hour. This isn’t seen in all cats. A female cat may call out to the tomcat, but won’t let him get near her.
- Estrus – this lasts about a week and is the ideal stage for mating. This is when you want to bring your cat to a tomcat. She will make a vocal call to a tomcat with a yowl. This shows when she would like to mate.
2. Know what mating entails.
A stud owner should take care of these arrangements and be open and transparent about what to do in the mating process.
- The tomcat needs to be taken to a safe place as the female tends to act viciously after mating.
- The female may shriek. Don’t panic as this is normal.
- The female may groom herself for an hour which means she most likely won’t let anyone near her.
- It is important that the female mates more than once during an estrous period because she won’t ovulate until after she has mated. Three matings a day for three days of the estrous cycle will produce a 90% chance that the queen will ovulate.
3. Plan for a second mating, if necessary.
If your cat does not become pregnant on her first visit to the stud, there are several possibilities:
- She didn’t ovulate. If this is the case, she will become fertile again in about a week.
- She ovulated but didn’t become pregnant. This is known as metestrus which can last 5-7 weeks and during this time she will not demonstrate any reproductive activity.
- She became pregnant, but the pregnancy was unsuccessful. If this is the case, she will become fertile again in 2-3 weeks after losing the kittens.
4. Make sure your cat doesn’t mate with any other toms.
When your cat is in heat, she will call out to any tomcat within earshot, but it’s a bad idea to let her choose her own mate as you don’t know where the tomcat she may end up choosing has been.
He may have some illnesses or genetic problems that could get passed down to the kittens. Avoid this and select a tomcat from an owner you can trust who knows everything that you would need to know.
3 Key Things To Remember When Breeding Your Cat
- Pay attention to your cat.
You need to be able to tell when your cat is in heat. Don’t just let your cat go. If you want your cat to produce offspring, this is the first step so that you will know what to do next.
- Be selective in the mating process for your cat.
Be mindful of which tomcat your cat wants to mate as it may choose one that may not be the best choice.
- Choose an owner that you can trust.
An owner of a tomcat that you can trust will maximize the chances of your cat producing the best offspring.
Video: How to Breed Cats – Breeding Your Cat
If you’re still completely lost on how to breed your cat, don’t worry! I got you covered. Just check out the video below and you should be good to go.
Final Thoughts On Breeding Your Cat
Breeding your cat is and should be a selective process. You don’t want your cat mating with just any tomcat she chooses.
You want your cat to choose the best mating partner possible and the way to do that is to take her to an owner of a tomcat that knows everything that you would need to know.
This will maximize the chances of your cat producing the best offspring possible.
Just follow the steps provided and let your cat do the rest.