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Breeding timing in cats refers to a specific period wherein a female cat achieves maximum fertility. This is when the cat’s chances of achieving pregnancy are at their highest. Some of the signs of breeding time include meowing constantly at higher volume and yowling. The female cat might also roll on the ground, rub against its owner’s legs or other items, and knead with her back feet etc.These are basically indicators of the female’s readiness to mate. She uses these signs to communicate the fact to male suitors. In scientific terms, this “breeding time” is referred to as “Estrus” and in common terms, as “heat”. Estrus first occurs in female cats older than 4 months. At this time, mating with a male cat will likely lead to a successful pregnancy. Many breeders and pet owners try to determine breeding time in order to initiate a successful pregnancy.How Is this Done?
To improve the chances of conception through the identification of breeding time, the day of ovulation is first pinpointed. As we mentioned already, the female cat displays certain signs that make the job of determining the day of ovulation relatively easy. Another sign would be the presence of male cats that show interest. But, timing isn’t the ultimate factor in successful breeding among cats. A lot depends on the luteinizing hormone, which is released through the stimulation of the female’s vagina and cervix. Progesterone testing is also done to determine the ovulation cycle and it is considered to be the most effective method present today. Apart from encouraging reproduction, breeding timing is practiced to help overcome a history of failed conceptionDiagnosing Breeding Time
Veterinarians are trained to determine breeding time in cats. This is usually done by conducting physical examinations, measuring body temperature, and observing the typical signs of Estrus. The veterinarian might also collect vaginal secretions for progesterone testing. Another method used is having an Ultrasound. Veterinarians will likely question you regarding the cat’s age, the onset of Estrus, and existing health issues to determine her viability for breeding. He/she will also look at the cat’s records to check for pre-existing conditions and vaccination history to make sure everything is fine.Even genetic testing might be carried to rule out the possibility of defects in her offspring. However, this is done only for specific breeds of cats that have been known to possess congenital problems. For owners who prefer not to have their cat bred, the option of an ovariohysterectomy may be suggested. Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying. It’s a simple procedure, done under general anesthesia that basically results in the removal of the female’s reproductive organs. On the whole, the procedure lasts no longer than 30 minutes and recovery normally occurs within a week or two.