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When Is a Cat Ready to Mate?

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A female cat is ready to mate when she reaches puberty, which is at about 6 months old. Puberty in female cats is called estrus, which is when she goes into heat and begins her fertility cycles.

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When Is a Cat Ready to Mate?
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Once the first estrus has begun, the cat continues going through a cycle every three to four weeks. During these cycles, the cat is able to mate. Cats that are in heat have a tendency to wander when they are outdoors, as they are looking for a male cat to mate with. A female cat shows signs of her mating stage by sending out loud and high-pitched calls. Cats are also more friendly and affectionate during this time.

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