How many descendants can a cat have in 18 months


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Is it realistic that one female cat would produce 2000 descendants in 18 months? You are given some facts about cats and kittens that will help you decide. What is your answer? How can you explain your thinking (or show how you got it)?

Variables:
Length of pregnancy: About 2 months
Age when a female can first get pregnant: About 4 months
Number of kittens in a litter: Usually 4-6
Average number of litters a female cat can have in one year: 3
Age when a female cat can no longer have kittens: About 10 years

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Answer:

This is not a realistic idea

Step-by-step explanation:

The most a cat can have in 2 months is typically 6 kittens.

18months / 2 months is 9

So she can have 9 litters in a year, if she's absolutely pumping them out; however, the average number of litters a female can have is 3 litters.

So, let's try 3 x 6 = 18 kittens in a year. Okay, that's much less than 2000.

Let's try the other one then, the 9 time litter.

9 x 6 = 54 Still a lot less than 2000.

If only that one female cat was breeding, there is no way she could make 2000 descendants oh her own within 18 months. If her kittens were added into the equation, it'd be possible, but otherwise, absolutely not.


Do you know the better answer?

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