How will I know if my cat is in season (Oestrus)?
Cats reach puberty at 5 to 9 months. Oestrus starts suddenly. If the cat is mated her oestrus will stop abruptly after several matings a day. If there is no mating, the oestrus lasts 5 to 10 days and recurs after 5 to 12 days. Signs of oestrus are often alarming for owners who often think their cat is in excruciating pain (and consequently call their vet). She cries and yowls (especially loud in oriental breeds), waves her tail around and puts her back end up and crouches down on the front legs. It is generally thought that most cats will come into season 3-4 weeks after giving birth. However, there has been evidence of cats getting pregnant whilst still feeding their kittens post birth!