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FAQs: Frequent Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Reproduction

Some of the most common questions I receive are "Is my cat in heat," "Is my cat old enough to give birth," or, "When will her babies be due?" Find answers to these and other questions about pregnancy, estrus, birth, and mating with these FAQs.

How soon can a cat go into heat after giving birth?
A reader still has one whole kitten left from a litter born five months ago, and wants to know if he can impregnate his mother.

How Many Times Could my Cat Become Pregnant in a Year?
A reader asked if her female cat was not spayed, and there was an unneutered male cat in the house, how many times could her cat become pregnant within a year. I took it a bit further in my reply.

Will a cat's heat cycle end after mating?
My cat seems to be in heat, she is doing the noises, rubbing up against things and being quite friendly. She went outside yesterday and was gone for about 6 hours - a record for her. When I found her she was under a car hanging out with another cat, I am not sure if that cat was male or female. Read my reply to this multi-part FAQ about mating and pregnancy in cats.

FAQ - Mother cat will not feed newborn kittens
HELP! My cat had a litter of six kittens, unfortunately 2 died shortly after they were born. It seems that the mother no longer wants to feed the other 4 babies. Do you have any suggestions? Read the answer and other FAQS on pregnancy and mating of cats at About.com Cats.

Can I spay my 10 month old kitten who is in heat ?
I have a 10 month old kitten that stays indoors. She has been in heat for the past few days, I think. I plan on having her spayed in the next few weeks but I wanted to know if she is experiencing any pain.

What should I feed my pregnant cat - Cats Pregnancy and Birth FAQ
My pregnant cat is awfully thin. What can I feed her to fatten her up and ensure that her kittens develop well? Pregnancy FAQ from my mailbox.

When will her kittens be born - Cats Pregnancy and Birth FAQ
My cat got out a few weeks ago and was gone overnight, and she's looking awfully fat now. Is it possible that she is pregnant? If so, when will the kittens be born? FAQ from the mailbox of the About Guide to Cats.

When does queen's milk supply dry up?
My question is this: how long does it take our rescued queen to dry up her milk supply? She is still engorged and its been six days. It looks uncomfortable. Thank you again for your reply.

Is visitor cat male and fat or female and pregnant?
Can a cat be "sexed" or diagnosed for pregnancy by email? The jury's still out on this one.

How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?
This is one of the most common questions asked about pregnancy in cats. Unfortunately, although many people are hoping for a negative reply, the answer is too often "yes."

HELP! She's in Heat!
I've never had a female cat who wasn't spayed, but Sugar is not and I think she's in heat. The constant meowing and obvious distress is taxing my sanity! Do you have any suggestions about how to quiet her down and make her more comfortable?

How can I tell the sex of a cat?
"I've just came across a big old tomcat or janecat can't tell the difference. How do I tell what sex the cat is before his vet visit on Thursday so I don't look like a complete ding-dong? Thanks."

Do cats still have sex after spay-neutering?
This is a fairly common question, which often arrive shortly after a male neuter, and much less frequently with a spayed female cat.

Is my cat pregnant?
My feline friend has just gone into heat. Well just the other day she escaped outside (she stays indoors). Before she got out she was meowing constantly which I know is expected but when she came back....there was no more meowing. Does this mean that she mated and has a high probability of being pregnant or does it occur that felines meow constantly and then just stop?

How Many Times Could my Cat Become Pregnant in a Year?
A reader asked if her female cat was not spayed, and there was an unneutered male cat in the house, how many times could her cat become pregnant within a year. I took it a bit further in my reply.

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