Signs of a Cat in Heat

cat hugging a couch

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
Still not sure? Click HERE to watch a video of  what appears to be a cat in heat.
If your cat is in heat, you want to keep her away from doors, windows, and male cats (specifically males that are not fixed). You may want to consider make a comfortable space for your cat in an area that has tile or flooring that allows easy clean-ups; With heat comes a bit of a mess.

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.

cat wearing a cone

None of us enjoy watching our kitties go in to surgery for any reason. Though getting your cat spayed may hurt your feelings (because they have to get surgery), the benefits are worth it. Though we are not licensed veterinarians, these are opinions based on experience, but it’s common sense. Right? Your cat will avoid going crazy when she goes in to heat, cats do not look very comfy when they are in heat, and you will avoid having to clean up the mess. If getting your cat spayed is not in your budget, do a search for low cost veterinarian care and spaying. Some counties offer discounts on the service, and if you adopt a cat from a shelter, your cat will, and should be spayed by the shelter.

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