Every pet owner should be concerned about cat breeding behavior.
Puberty marks the beginning of sexual development in cats. Puberty onset age varies by sex, individual, and species.
Sex and sexual behaviors are critical for both male and female cat breeding.
It is critical to understand how these behaviors manifest in adult cats and to recognize that neutering or neutering does not always completely eliminate them.
It should also be noted that sexually dimorphic behavior (behavior considered typical of a specific gender) is not restricted to men or women.
Instead, these behaviors are more prevalent in either gender.
As a result of reading this article, you will have a better understanding of cat breeding and mating behavior. Let’s see what happens next!
Female Cat Reproductive Behavior
Females typically reach puberty between the ages of 3 and 9 months, though this can be delayed in the wild, and female cats are polygamous, which means they come into heat several times a year.
Under natural conditions, most females in the northern hemisphere cycle from January to March and then again from May to June.
Many people, however, have changed.
The length of the day influences breeding cycles, and indoor cats exposed to artificial light may be in heat all year if not breeding.
Females in estrus become especially affectionate and rub up against people and objects more frequently than usual.
Estrogen gradually accumulates in the blood during estrus.
The cat will tip its head to one side, push itself along the floor, roll and rub itself on the floor, tip its tail to one side, and perform backbends (head and rump lift mating position) with the back arched downward as the estrus progresses.
A variety of sounds accompany female sexuality, ranging from soft squeaks to deep-throat rattles.
Male cat reproduction habits
Males reach sexual maturity between the ages of 7 and 12 months.
Male feral cats may not mature until they are 15 to 18 months old.
Males who are still in the “zin” state go through a period of sexual arousal, or “estrus,” in the spring and a period of reduced sexual activity in the fall.
Males spray urine during estrus by leaning their backs against vertical objects, stepping on their hind legs, and wagging their tails.
During estrus, feral male cats fight more than at other times of the year.
Cat mating habits
When the female cat became pregnant, her odor and meowing sound spread throughout the neighborhood.
If the signal is received, the male cats will gather around the female cat and engage in loud, violent fights with their opponents.
Male and female courtship is ritualistic and can last several hours before mating.
Cats on the verge of mating will engage in both chasing and avoiding behaviors. When a female is ready to mate, she assumes the typical arched posture.
If a male is eager to mate with a mate, the female will react strongly.
When both parties are ready, the male will bite the female around the nape of the neck.
During ejaculation, the female aggressively screeches, hisses, and punches the male.
Because males have spines on their penises, female aggression is thought to be a response to withdrawal pain.
The spikes on the penis are also thought to stimulate ovulation, the biological peak of the mating order.
The female cat rolls on the ground in ecstasy after mating, while the male cat backs away and licks his body.
Mating occurs frequently, and a female can mate with multiple males in a single estrus.
The male will leave when the female no longer desires it. Male cats are rarely involved in the care of their offspring.
With the interesting information shared above, I hope you learned about cat breeding behavior; then, make the necessary cat breeding preparations!