We may have noticed cats behave strangely when they are in heat. Yes, we usually notice them crying loudly, rolling on the ground, being so affectionate to us and would walk with their tails switched to one side. When we are unaware of this phenomenon, we are often distracted with this behavior or even worry if something is wrong with them.
Cats go in heat when they are of the appropriate age, usually between sixth and eighth month of their life. When they are ready to breed, they are called as “queen” and their heat cycle is called the estrus cycle. How long do cats stay in heat? The duration they are in heat depends upon various factors such as their location and the environment of their location. Cats give birth during warmer seasons that is why we usually notice them being in heat during these times. Their age and overall health condition also matters as well as their genetic background. That is why we must thoroughly check whether our cats are ready to breed or not yet to avoid complications later on.
When cats are in the estrus cycle, they are usually in heat for a couple of days and this may reach up to 2-3 weeks. Others behave differently as queens that are fully grown and have mature reproductive system will heat over a long time until they are bred with a full male cat or if they are spayed. Some would also enter the estrus cycle many times within the breeding season, from December to August, and are in heat every other week.
As mentioned earlier, queens must come to their full growth before they are bred to assure they are fully prepared to become a mother. Some breeders would recommend having their queens bred after a year or after surpassing two estrus cycles. However, some queens would wait a little longer before they are bred when they are going through some medical complications.
After successful breeding, we would then expect their pregnancy. They would go through physical changes such as nipple enlargement as well as increasing size of their abdomen. They would also undergo vomiting and experience increased appetite. Their gestation period would last for 60 to 69 days that is why we should mark our calendar for their expected date of delivery for us to make the necessary preparations as well.
Queens really do behave like humans when they are pregnant. Through their gestation period, we must offer them the best care we can provide as a way of delivering the message we are in total support with their experience.