If you have a cat that is not spayed, you’re going to need to know the signs of a cat in heat. Be prepared, it is not a whole ‘lotta fun. Maybe you haven’t had the time to take your cat to the vet or you don’t believe in having your cat spayed; Again, be prepared. Here is why…
It will become evident once your cat goes in to heat. Their personality will change, they will act a bit erratic,and oh-the howling, screeching sound that is a clear indicator of a cat in heat. Any or all of the below signs may indicate that your cat is in heat.
- Your cat will become VERY affectionate
- There will be an usual attraction to the floor. Your cat may roll around on the floor more often..
- Meow! Meow! Meow! Alot of meowing and at times, can be a piercing screech.
- Your cat will walk around with her bottom sticking up in the air-the tail shifted to one side
- Excessive licking in the vaginal area
- Rubs face against you or furniture more than usual
- If an inside cat, she may try desperately to escape to run outdoors
If you have recently adopted a kitty (or added one to the family through other means), it’s best to spay your cat as soon as possible. Usually, a cat will come into her first season between 4 and 10 months old. Typically, a cat’s normal heat cycle lasts between 7 to 10 days, and occurs every 2 to 3 weeks. Unless you want your cat to have babies, it is highly suggested to have your cat spayed before six months of age. For females spaying is a benefit as it reduces the risk cancer in her reproductive organs. There is also a risk of “pyometra“, a potentially fatal infection in the uterus.