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Why do cats make loud noises when they’re together?

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Ever heard cats “doing the deed”? It sure doesn’t sound like a romantic rendezvous, right? Those loud yowls and screeches can be startling. But there’s no need to freak out—even if the female cat might seem like she’s got a lot to vocalize about! 

We sought answers from a cat expert and a vet to get the scoop on these noisy divas.

Why Do Girl Cats Yell When They’re Ready to Mate?

Occasionally, girl cats can start yelling even before any action happens. It’s a bit like talking about how birds and bees come together, but for cats. 

The big vet book, Merck Veterinary Manual, says girl cats (they’re called queens) might want to mate when they’re just 4 months old. They might feel this way several times in a year, especially from February to October if they live indoors. And guess what? That’s almost all year! 

When they feel this way, the vet book tells us, they do stuff like roll around, push against things, wiggle their back feet, and, yell really loudly. It’s like they’re saying, “Hey boys, come over here!” in cat language. 

Why Do Girl Cats Yell When They’re with Boy Cats?

Besides their special times called “heat cycles,” a cat expert named Pam Johnson-Bennett tells us that girl cats need a little push to release eggs.  

And, it’s a bit ouchy because boy cats have pointy parts that can hurt the girl cat when they’re together. That’s why she might yell. She might also try to get away or scratch the boy cat, who’s holding her tight.

When Your Girl Cat Might Need a Doctor After Being with a Boy Cat

While cats usually know what they’re doing, sometimes things can go wrong. 

Dr. Laura Moon says, “As always, any abnormal discharge or lethargy would warrant a vet visit.” In rare cases, a girl cat might hurt inside, and something might stick out where it shouldn’t. That’s super urgent, and you need to help her right away. 

What’s normal though? Your girl cat might want to be alone. She’ll roll around and clean herself.

How to Tell if Your Cat’s Gonna Be a Mom

The big vet book, Merck, tells us she might eat more, have a round belly, and her milk areas might get big. But sometimes, it can fake you out and she’s not really going to have kittens. 

To confirm, Dr. Moon suggests checking for a growing litter around 30 days post-breeding. “At this point, we can perform an ultrasound to determine pregnancy. And at approximately 60 days post-breeding, we can perform an x-ray to determine how many kittens there are”. Usually, two months post-breeding is when you can anticipate the litter size. Most female cats can deliver without human intervention. 

Fun fact: A girl cat can have lots of kittens in a year! If she’s not fixed, she can have 12 kittens or more. And in just 6 years, two cats can have so many grandkittens it’s like filling a big stadium! So, talk to your vet about fixing your cat early on. 

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