Thursday, December 26, The shocking truth about cats and sex. Kittens are the best.
The sex life of cats
But they're also victims of our ignorance. The shocking truth about cats and sex is this: how little we that is humans know about cats and their dating and mating habits. My friend Steve told me about a consult he had with some cat owners who presented their cat with a distended abdomen.
This particular cat, an undesexed entire female, had indoor and outdoor access. When Steve suggested the cat was pregnant, one of the owners emphatically shook his head. Were they referring to a particular episode of South Park?
But seriously, moralising and being in denial about feline sexuality is dangerous. A recent survey published in the Veterinary Record found that poor owner knowledge about the sex lives of cats contributes to a huge of accidental litters. studies have shown that unwanted or unplanned litters contribute to 4.
Cat mating. cat having sex. cat making love. two cats making love.
Aside from this disturbing trend, being born as part of an accidental litter is a health risk in itself. Prenatal preventative care such as worming, vaccination and proper nutrition of the queen is usually not undertaken; owners may not be on the lookout for s of difficult labour in pregnant queens if they're not sure they're pregnant in the first place; and inbreeding increases the risks of congenital abnormalities.
The survey reported here found that cats produced litters, a shocking 80 per cent 4 out of 5!!!
It was a phone survey so only included people with a landline an ever-shrinking population these days? So what were the misconceptions of UK cat owners about feline reproduction, and how common were they? This old chestnut.
No, no, no. Cats can be safely desexed from 8 weeks of age, they recover beautifully from the surgery.
Lust or frustration?
Problem solved. Queens are unable to conceive until 12 months of age — believed by Though it is uncommon, cats can get pregnant as young as four months of age, which means that the following is. The youngest a cat can get pregnant is five months old — believed by I should add that a young cat that gets pregnant is not a bad cat.
But desexing that animal before it can get pregnant reduces the of unwanted cats surrendered to shelters. Related cats will not mate — Yes they will. The incest taboo does not apply.
Okay, so I admit when I was twelve I believed that related mice would not mate. Three weeks later, both had litters. The mothers, Boyd and Floyd, tended their litters happily.
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Needless to say, my parents whom I'd lobbied with an eleven letter to let me have mice were not thrilled. I rehomed all but one of each litter.
Boyd kept her son Douglas, Floyd kept Merv. Well, I learned a lot about biology that year — and the ability of pet shops to sex rodents accurately. For me, the MOST worrying thing in the study was not the misconceptions — we all have some sort of misconceptions about something or other, and the antidote is education. Its that knowledge didn't always lead to appropriate action. Said cat has an unplanned litter.
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The school of hard knocks has taught us that in fact this cat is capable of full-scale reproduction. Something is seriously wrong here. One could argue that such litters are hardly accidental or unplanned. As the authors so beautifully put it:.
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If they ACT on that knowledge. And if you know someone who has an on-heat moggy terrorising the neighbourhood, a quiet word in their ear is a good start. She doesn't need to have a litter to make her life complete. Labels: animal welfare.
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Newer Post Older Post Home. A cat presides over the bar. Unlike people cats don't tend to meet in bars - they can find a mate just about anywhere, if they have the motivation. And if they're not desexed, they have the motivation.