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Why Do Cats Make Noise when Mating? The Answer

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: May 25, 2020
Why Do Cats Make Noise when Mating? The Answer

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If you have witnessed two cats mating you will know that they make a lot of noise. The truth is that meowing begins when the cats go into heat, to attract the attention of males. They also respond with meowing and this is how the procession begins.

But it is during copulation that the screams and meows are most evident and scandalous. Many people wonder: why do cats make noise when mating? In AnimalWised we will answer your question, you will be surprised by the answer.

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  1. Sexual maturity and heat
  2. Courtship and copulation of cats
  3. Is cat mating painful?

Sexual maturity and heat

Females reach sexual maturity between 5 and 9 months of age. The males, on the other hand, do so a little later, between 9 and 12 months. It's pretty obvious when cats are in heat. Apart from the characteristic meowing, there are many other signs that a cat is in heat, such as licking, raising her tail, etc..

Cats have an average of 5 to 7 days of heat and repeat it once a month. This interval will depend on whether or not the cat has mated with a male during the heat. Other factors that can intervene are the season of the year and breed. If you have a cat in heat and don't want her to have kittens, find out how to help a cat in heat.

A small distraction will be enough for the male or female cat to run out the window in search of sexual intercourse. Hence the importance of cat castration, especially if we want to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. We must also be responsible if we do not want to contribute to the abandonment of stray cats.

The increase in the number of cat colonies continues to exist and we must be very aware of this in order to prevent this serious problem. We must not increase the number of cats in the world without securing a home for the little ones, as a homeless cat is exposed to countless dangers such as hunger, accidents and abuse.

Why Do Cats Make Noise when Mating? The Answer - Sexual maturity and heat

Courtship and copulation of cats

When the female enters heat (the phase where she is most receptive to attract males) she radically changes her behavior and does not reject male mount attempts.

They put themselves in the lordosis position, i. e. touching the floor with their belly and raising the perineum. This position is necessary for the male to penetrate. He will perform copulatory movements and meanwhile, the female slowly adjusts to the male through pelvic movements to make copulation easier.

The behavior of cats during mating is very similar to the behavior of cats during aggressiveness. Copulation usually lasts about 19 minutes, but can vary, being the same between 11 and 95 minutes. The most experienced cats can mate up to 10 times in an hour. During heat, cats can mate up to 50 times!

Females can also mate with different males. The fertilization of the egg is carried out by a single sperm, but if the female is matched with more than one male, different sperm can fertilize different eggs. For that reason, in a single litter, the female can have kittens of different males.

Why Do Cats Make Noise when Mating? The Answer - Courtship and copulation of cats

Is cat mating painful?

A cats' penis is thorny. Yes, you read it right! Cats' genitalia are covered with small keratinized spines (as you can see in the picture) that serve the purpose of stimulating ovulation of females. These penile spicules induce ovulation. In addition, spines allow the penis to not slip during intercourse.

Contrary to what some people think, spines do not harm the female or cause bleeding. They simply trigger a neuroendocrine stimulus that triggers a hormonal shock (LH). This hormone will start to work between 24 and 36 hours after intercourse.

After intercourse, the female's behavior is very dramatic. Once the male begins to remove the penis, the pupils dilate and 50% of females cry or meow, in a sort of loud tone. Most cats attack the male after mating, very aggressively, and then rotate and lick their genital area for 1 to 7 minutes.

Now you know why cats make so much noise when mating!

Why Do Cats Make Noise when Mating? The Answer - Is cat mating painful?

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If female cats aren’t harmed and enjoy it why attack the male after? Maybe they don’t actually want it and are slaves to their hormones. Perhaps it’s not that enjoyable for them as we’d like to make out.
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