Last Updated on October 2, 2021 by Fumipets
When a female cat is pregnant with a litter of kittens, it’s difficult to know exactly how many her body is carrying. Single births, unlike in humans, are not the norm in the feline world, but they are conceivable. Twin kitten litters are also a possibility.
Kittens As Twins
Twin kittens are a possibility. Twin-sized litters are very frequent in certain cat breeds. The Singapura breed is one such example. This breed’s delicate felines usually have two to three kittens each litter, which is lower than the average litter size for cats of all kinds and types. Although twins are more frequent in some cat types, they may occur in any breed, including domestic short-haired and long-haired variations.
Average Litter Size
Cats may have twins, although they are uncommon. According to the Utah Humane Society, most kitten litters include five kittens, which is three more than is required to be called twins.
Age Of The Mother Cat
Younger mother cats that have never reproduced before are more likely to have smaller feline litters of one, two, or three kittens. When a queen has her first litter, the chances of twins are greater. However, when a mother cat gets older, her litter numbers tend to shrink again, typically around the age of six.
Time Of The Year
The time of year may also influence the size of the litter. Cats can reproduce all year, whether it’s chilly, warm, or scorching outdoors, but the spring and summer seasons are unquestionably the most productive. Because summer litters are larger, the chances of a queen producing twins are greater during other times of the year.
Kittens may be “twins” because they were born at the same time in their mother cats’ wombs, but they can also be identical twins, meaning they were born from the same sperm and egg. According to feline breeder Jessica Sylvester of CatChannel.com, if two feline siblings share something in common, they are officially twins rather than litter-mate siblings.