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The zeal in the cats

Cats are mammals with a very strong and accentuated sexuality.
| 28 August, 2019 |

Cats are mammals with a very strong and accentuated sexuality. The frequency of periods of heat in females is very high and their behavior at this time changes radically.

The cats reach sexual maturity at approximately 10 months, although their first zeal can come when they are only 5 months old. However, the timing of the cat’s first zeal is not the same in all cases, as it depends on several factors: the weight (the female must reach a minimum weight to have the zeal), the breed (Siamese short-haired breeds are earlier and reach sexual maturity before the breeds of long hair like Persian), and the environment (external factors such as the presence of a male in the surroundings or the climate are decisive).

Theseason of zealof the cat is made up of a series ofnumerous short periodswhich, in the wild, begins in spring with the prolongation of the daytime hours, and ends in autumn, with the reduction of the same.

In the case of domestic cats, who live in continuous light and temperature conditions inside the houses, the period of heat extends throughout the year, and can happen even in the middle ofwinter. Thus, it can be said that cats have periods of heat almost continuously and intermittently, every 2 to 3 weeks.

Behavior of cats in heat


During heat, the cat behaves in a special way. She becomes much more affectionate, trying to attract attention at all times. Shemews more often and intensively, she rubs against your legs asking you to caress her, she wallows everywhere…

One of the greatest signs of zeal is the strong smell that hisurinereleases during those days, similar to the smell of ammonia, used as a weapon to attract males and reproduce.

Tips on zeal in cats

Although the female is fertile from the first heat,it is not recommended to reproduce before reaching maturity. The same goes for the male, who will not be sexually mature until after a year.

On the other hand, if you do not intend for your cat to breed, the best option for her and for you is sterilization, a measure that does not carry side effects in cats and that has many advantages in their health and well-being.


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