You can expect your female cat to go in heat at least three times a year. We won’t mince words: it’s not going to be very fun for you, or even your neighbors. Your female cat will be yowling loudly, in an attempt to attract a mate. And during the whole process, she will be restless , agitated and even clingy.
This can be a challenging experience for even the most devoted pet owner. Here are simple tips on how to deal with a cat in heat.
How do I know my cat is in heat?
Many cats will loudly announce that they are in heat with piercing yowls. Aside from this, you may notice some vaginal discharge or swelling. Some cats will also adapt a peculiar position of holding their tail to one side, and lifting their hind area.
It is also common for cats in heat to be unusually active. They will jump in your lap and ‘tread’ it, or run around and scramble across the floor. They look very agitated and may try to escape—driven by the instinct to go off and look for a mate.
What can I do?
Your cat will be in heat for about three weeks. In that period, you may try to calm her down by giving her an outlet for that energy. Cat furniture helps (this article will tell you how to make cat furniture instead of buying it—you’ll save a lot of money!). You can also give your cat new toys that will hold her attention and distract her. Your cat may also be calmed down by brushing, petting and of course lots of cuddling!
It’s also important to be extra vigilant about keeping doors, windows and other exit routes closed. A cat in heat will roam, which can be dangerous if you live in an area where she could get hurt, stolen or run over by passing vehicles. And of course, you want to avoid the problem of an unexpected pet pregnancy!
Can my veterinarian help?
Absolutely! You may want to consider spaying your cat, which will also lower your cat’s risk for getting certain cancers. But if you’d rather not take that route, your vet can give medication or injections that will prevent a cycle. This may be the best option if you still want to breed your cat in the future.
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