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Pregnancy - Mating - Reproduction in Cats

Although cat enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to spay and neuter their cats, sometimes accidents happen, or you'll find yourself "adopted" by a pregnant cat. These resources will help in those situations.
  1. Caring for NewBorn Kittens
  2. Rehoming Kittens (3)
  3. FAQs: Pregnancy and Birth (15)

Cat Sex
One of the most frequently asked questions is "How can I tell the sex of a cat?" The simplest way is a matter of "punctuation," as explained in this article. A bonus is a great video showing a veterinarian with two live cats demonstrating the difference.

Cat Sex 101
Cats' reproduction activities may seem simple to the casual observer: they mate loudly, frequently, and indiscriminately, then give birth to a bunch of kittens. The truth is not quite as clear-cut as that, however. For instance, did you know that cats do not ovulate until they mate? Or that a female cat may give birth to five kittens, each from a different father? That whole (un-neutered) male ca…

How soon can a cat go into heat after giving birth?
A reader with a whole queen and her five month old kitten wonders if they can mate. Read my reply to this FAQ on feline reproduction.

Telling the Sex of a Kitten Isn't Always Easy
Learn how to determine the sex of a kitten, but don't take unnecessary chances by failing to spay and neuter the kittens.

Cat Sex
This article explains cat sex, explains cats in heat and reproduction behavior, with tips how to solve cat behavior problems related to sex in this article by Amy Shojai, CABC, for Cats.About.com.

The Mating Game - Mating and Conception in Cats
While it is assumed that most people have good intentions about spay/neuter, sometimes females mature earlier than anticipated, and the unwary caregiver will find herself with a female in heat. Here are answers to some questions you may have on what happens during oestrus, or if she indeed finds a mate.

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Cats Estrus Cycles - Heat Cycles in Cats
Female cats can start heat cycles at a very early age, and, until spayed or they become pregnant, the cycles will occur with frequent regularity. Learn more about heat cycles, also called oestrus, or estrus cycles in cats.

Signs a Cat is Pregnant
If your cat was in heat and had access to a tom (unneutered male) cat, the likelihood that she is pregnant is very strong. Learn to recognize the physical and behavioral signs of a pregnant cat.

So Your Cat is Pregnant
Where do you go from here? Your first major decision is whether or not to allow the condition to continue. If the answer is "yes," here's help in knowing what to expect in the next two months.

Free Email Class: Care of a Pregnant Cat
The occasion arises sometimes when an unspayed kitten has gotten out, a pregnant cat arrives at your doorstop, or you volunteer to foster a pregnant cat. This course was designed to help ensure the best possible care for the pregnant cat and her kittens.

Cat Pregnancy Stages
This article is part of a tutorial on Cat Reproduction 101. Lesson five deals with the development of the kitten embryo, and care of the mother cat (queen) up until the date of birth.

Cat Gestation
Read this glossary definition on cat gestation. Learn more about pregnant cats, and how long it takes for kittens to be born.

How do I tell the sex of a kitten?
A reader asks how to determine the sex of a kitten. Learn all about how to tell the sex of a kitten from this article and a video.

Fostering Pregnant Cats - Share your pregnant cat fostering experien…
Fostering cats can be an extremely rewarding experience, with the sure knowledge that you are making a difference by offering the hope of life to unfortunate cats that would otherwise be euthanized in kill shelters. Have you ever fostered a pregnant queen? Share your experiences and advice with other readers.

Fostering Pregnant Cats
Fostering pregnant cats and the resultant litters is an extremely rewarding and worthwhile task, especially when you know the mother and kittens are likely to find forever homes through a rescue group.

Cats Quiz: Mating and Heat Cycles
How extensive is your knowledge about cats' mating habits? Do you know how cats' heat cycles work? Take this javascript-based quiz on cats' mating and estrus cycles to test your knowledge and learn more about your cat's sex life.

Glossary of Feline Terms - Calling
Glossary of Feline Terms - Calling

Should a Rescued Pregnant Cat be Spayed ?
One of the most controversial issues is whether or not to spay a rescued pregnant cat. While some people are repulsed at the thought of killing kittens, others believe the question begs a larger issue, that of the overpopulation problem.

Care and Feeding of a Pregnant Cat
Stray and feral cats often give their last ounces of energy to the developing kittens they bear, because of the lack of proper food, care, and veterinary attention. You'll want to provide all the things your pregnant cat needs, both for her health and for the health of the unborn kittens.

Care of a Pregnant Cat - Potential Problems During Pregnancy
Although many pregnant cats go through gestation trouble-free, there are potential problems for pregnant cats. Learn to spot the symptoms of trouble and what action to take to ensure the health of a pregnant cat and her fetuses.

Spay and Neuter Your Pet Cats
There are a number of reasons pet cats should be spayed and neutered, including the overpopulation problem in general, and some very serious health problems in cats left whole.

Care of a Pregnant Cat - Helping With Birth
The big day has arrived when your pregnant cat goes into labor. Chances are that you will not need to do anything to help with the birth process except to be with your cat to encourage her. However, you should know how to spot potential problems and what action to take, should she need assistance with the birth process.

Cats - Post-Natal Care for a Queen and her Kittens
The first two to three weeks are the most crucial for your mother cat and her newborn kittens. The kittens are developing rapidly, and the queen will usually show symptoms of any post-partum problems by this time. Learn more about the care needed by your queen and her kittens.

HELP! 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? Also...I've heard that there may be a lot of bleeding. Should I cover my furniture? Try to keep her confined to a particular area? She's an indoor cat.

Free Kittuns - an Essay by Jim Willis - from Pieces of my Heart
This sad story reminds us that "free to a good home" is unwise, at best, and that spaying and neutering can save lives as well as heartache.

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