Cats are what is called induced-ovulators, meaning that the act of copulation causes ovulation. Unlike humans, cats typically release many eggs per ovulation and these eggs have been released between after she’s mated. All of the female cat eggs are released at exactly the exact same time and survive for 24 hours. Therefore if she mates with several men, each egg has the potential to be fertilized by some of the sperm. This is called superfecundation. A number of kittens delivered is normally the same as a number of eggs that the female cat releases (though in some cases an unborn kitty could be re-absorbed).
Can cat siblings breed?
Yes, this is totally possible for feline siblings to partner, as is dad and daughter, mom and son. Cats do not discriminate when it comes to who they partner with. This is the reason it’s essential to get all cats in your household desexed before they reach sexual maturity at about six months old.
Is this why kittens in a litter look so different from one another?
It may be, yes. However, Although it’s possible for kittens to have different dads, kittens in the litter may look completely different to one another, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate they have different dads. So, by way of instance, the gene for blue eyes is recessive, meaning that a male and female cat who both have blue eyes may only generate a blue-eyed kitten. But a cat with brown or green eyes (both of which are dominant to blue) may also carry the recessive gene for blue. So male or female brown or green eyed cat can create a blue-eyed kitten. This is the exact same for longhaired cats, which can be recessive. One or both parents may be short-haired but create long haired kittens if they carry the recessive gene for long hair.