What to expect when your cat is in the heat

Like most mammals, cats go through physical cycles that prepare their bodies for fertilization and birth. In humans, this cycle is called a “cycle”. In cats it is called “hysteros”. When female cats experience maturation, they are said to be “in the heat” and receive hormones both for sex and reproduction. Cats can get into heat at the end of the kittens’ age, which necessitates spaying them in case of pregnancy, and the responsibility of raising and finding good homes for kittens is undesirable.

Heat cycles in cats

Cats are polyesterous, which means that heat cycles occur from time to time during their fertile years.These cycles may begin as early as four months of age and continue until the cat grows or is spayed. Heat cycles in cats can last for several days, up to two weeks, and recur every two to three weeks. It is easy to see, then, how a female cat almost always looks hot. Many veterinarians practice early sterilization and neutering for this reason.

When your cat is in the heat, it’s a noticeable event. And while it’s hard to prove heat cycles are not painful, the reading (or loud howls) she exhibits make her look uncomfortable. However, a cat’s howl has a purpose – to attract the attention of a potential suitor. Acknowledging this fact eases your concern that something is wrong, or “off,” with your pet.

Timing is everything

With the arrival of spring, a female cat at its sexual peak will begin a heat cycle. The longer days, filled with heat and sunlight, cause your queen’s body to enter the season. This heat cycle usually lasts between a week and ten days. Then, if no pregnancy is achieved, she may return to fever after a few weeks and continue this pattern until she becomes pregnant. If she mates during this period and becomes pregnant, she will return to the fever about eight weeks after the puppies are born, or immediately after weaning.But if your cat mates and does not get pregnant, a false pregnancy may occur in which she shows the signs of pregnancy for a short time, before returning to mating four to six weeks later.

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What is “heat” for cats?

Although it makes sense to assume that a cat in heat will have the same physical symptoms as a woman with menstruation, the reality is very different. First, cats do not shed their uterine lining. So contrary to popular belief, fever should not include vaginal bleeding. If your cat bleeds, contact your veterinarian. Because human females shed their uterine lining monthly, cramps, swelling and related symptoms may be present. Cats do not experience cramps or other physical symptoms, despite their howls and the need for attention during this period. Instead, a wave of hormones will make your cat eager to mate unusually. She may rub against you, step back and forth, and take on the mating position whether you caress or caress her.You may notice that your cat loses its appetite during this time as well, or it may lick its genitals frequently and mark its territory by spraying. She may also try to run out the door, run away to find a mate. All this is normal behavior during a fever.

How to manage a cat in the heat

A cat in the heat is incredibly difficult to live with. And since your cat’s behavior is completely normal, do not try to look for a “cure”. Yes, you can use synthetic progesterone injections to ward off heat and save your cat and yourself from its symptoms. But in truth, sterilization is a better choice and a more permanent option.

If you plan to raise her and just need to go through these cycles, provide your cat with toys or pillows that she can shred when she’s hot, and play with her often. Prepare a nest for her with a warm heating pad for privacy and offer her a cat to soothe her. If things seem to be deteriorating and it becomes problematic, stress-relieving herbs, made especially for pets and found in your local health food store, may work as a last resort.

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If you suspect your pet is sick, call your veterinarian immediately. For health related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as he has examined your pet, knows the pet’s health history and can give the best recommendations for your pet.

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What to expect when your cat is in the heat
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