Cats Vs. Cats: The Estrus Cycle Or Heat

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The estrus cycle or “heat” occurs in queens when they enter into puberty. It is common for queens to enter puberty at the age of 6 months although this can vary by the time of year. Cats can have numerous estrus cycles throughout the breeding season and this is known as being “seasonally polyestrus”. Though these breeding seasons will differ in accordance to geographic and environmental elements that include the temperature and the number of daylight hours. Female cats generally cycle from January to late in the fall in the Northern Hemisphere whereas cats that live in more tropic areas or cats that primarily live inside can cycle all year round. Typically the estrus cycle for the queen will go on for several days. It can be a short one

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