Pregnancy - Mating - Reproduction in Cats
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.
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.
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.
Read this glossary definition on cat gestation. Learn more about pregnant cats, and how long it takes for kittens to be born.
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.
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…
Glossary of Feline Terms - Calling
Glossary of Feline Terms - Calling
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.
How to Tell if Your Female Cat is in Heat
Female cats that are not spayed will eventually come into heat (technically called oestrus), and the signs are unambiguous, once you know what to look for. Here are some behavioral symptoms to watch for if you suspect your diva is in heat.
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.
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.
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.
Cats Quiz: Mating and Heat Cycles
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.
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.
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.
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.