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I Think My Cat is In Heat, What Do I Do?
Cat's Heat Cycle
If you have an un-spayed cat, whether because you haven't gotten around to having her spayed or because you don't believe it spaying female animals or whatever the reason, you should be prepared for the cat to go into heat.
Usually a cat will come into her first season between 4 and 10 months old. That is a pretty lengthy time span, which is why if you don't want to deal with the cat going into heat, you should consider spaying the cat as soon as your vet recommends.
A cat's normal heat cycle lasts between 7 to 10 days, and occurs every 2 to 3 weeks.
If you do not spay your cat and you do not breed her, there is a high risk that the female cat will develop cancer in her reproductive organs or she can develop pyometra, which is a fatal infection in the uterus. So, needless to say if you do not want to breed your cat, then it's highly suggested that you spay the cat by at least 6 months old.
Signs of a Cat in Heat
Any or all of the below signs may indicate that your cat is in heat.
- More affectionate.
- Rolls around on the floor more than usual.
- Carries tail to one side.
- Very vocal, meowing a lot, with a more piercing tone.
- Points bum in the air with head and front half of the body on the ground.
- Licking vulva area.
- Rubs face against you or furniture more than usual.
- If an inside cat, she may try desperately to escape and run outside.
Precautions to Consider When Your Cat is In Heat
If your cat is in heat, you want to keep her away from doors, windows, and any un-neutered male cats.
It may be a good idea to leave the cat in a room towards the middle of the home, such as a bathroom or bedroom. You should also consider a tiled room for easy cleanup for messes.
You want to be careful of letting your cat escape to mate with a male. Aggressive males, diseases, and unwanted litters are potential problems that you may encounter if you do not spay your cat.
Reasons to Spay Your Cat
- Prevent unwanted pregnancy- 1 cat can have 3 litters a year with at least 6 kittens in each litter.
- Prevent death by complications of pregnancy.
- Prevent wound and infections caused by wounds from aggressive males.
- Avoid repeated heat cycles.
- Keep your cat calmer.
- Statistically fewer health problems, to include ovarian cysts, uterine infections, and cancer.
- Avoid your cat trying to escape, which can potentially prevent your cat from getting hit by traffic or harmed by another animal while outside.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed veterinarian. If you have any concerns, you should consult a veterinarian.