Ask Dr. Richards

February 2007 Issue

Ask Dr. Richards: 02/07

Domestic cats are seasonally polyestrous, meaning their reproductive cycles occur multiple times during certain seasons of the year. The timing of the cycles is largely dependent on the amount of daylight. As the hours of daylight begin to lengthen in temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, the breeding season of outdoor cats starts in January or February about 20-60 days after the winter solstice and extends through September or early October.

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