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  1. Female humans are born with a finite number of eggs, one of which is released during the menstrual cycle. If fertilisation takes place, the female will become pregnant. At some stage later in the female’s life the supply of eggs will end and the female will enter menopause.

    Cats continue producing eggs during their entire life span and cats as old as 19 have produced kittens. They are induced-ovulators, which means that during their heat cycle, the physical act of mating is enough to stimulate the release of an egg ready for fertilisation. If a female mates with several different males during her heat cycle, she will release an egg during each mating. I think I read somewhere that estimates suggest around 70% of litters of kittens, have at least 3 different fathers.

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