Have you ever noticed your cat acting a little… differently? You may notice her rolling on the carpet, yowling at night, and even starting to fight with other cats over nothing.
If this is the first time your cat is in heat, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Don’t worry, we are here to help you! In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know to help your cat during this time. We will talk about the signs that your cat is in heat, what you can do to make her feel more comfortable, and when you should do after her heat.
What does heat mean
Heat is the time when your cat is most likely to get pregnant. This is because your cat is fertile and has reached sexual maturity. During this time, make sure your cat does not mate with another animal, as female cats in heat are likely to become pregnant.
The duration of heat is usually 2 to 7 days. However, in extreme cases, heat can last up to an astonishing 12 days.
You know your cat is ready when she starts acting strange. This is a difficult time for you and your cat, but it is important that you know how to handle it.
How to tell if your cat is in heat
1. Your cat makes a lot of noises
You may hear your cat making strange noises more often than usual. These noises can range from strange to funny to alarming. You will most likely notice that your cat is howling much more often for no particular reason.
2. Your cat becomes more restless
The heat period and restlessness go hand in hand! Your cat tends to wander from one area to another during the heat period. She often does not stay in one particular place. The restlessness can be attributed to your cat’s urge to find a partner to mate with.
3. Your cat is more affectionate towards you, other animals and her toys
Your cat becomes significantly more sensitive during heat. The increased sensitivity may increase your cat’s affection for you. It is not uncommon for your cat to linger near you, jump on you, and rub her head against you. Also, your cat may tend to pay more attention to her toys. She will be more playful and keep her toys close to her.
4. She may change their walking style to take the mating position
Your furry friend is most eager to reproduce during the breeding season. From time to time, they may change their gait to assume the mating position. When they do this, they extend their rump into the air and move their tail to the side. This may be a signal to a male counterpart that they are ready to mate.
5. She is grooming her abdomen more frequently
Frequently observe your cat and what she is doing. She may be in heat if you see her constantly “grooming” herself by rubbing or scratching her abdomen.
6. Your cat’s appetite may decrease
Being in heat can be a little stressful for your cat. The increased stress can disrupt her feeding behavior and even decrease her appetite for food.
How to help your cat in heat
1. Separate your cat from cats of the opposite sex
The sight and smell of a male cat can arouse your cat when she is in heat. Your female cat may smell her male mates and become very agitated and unable to calm down. Their urge to mate is then greater than ever! Keep your cat indoors. Do not let her run around when you want her to be quiet.
2. Be more affectionate with your cat and play with her
Your furry friend tends to become more sensitive and “emotional” and needs more attention when in heat. It would be helpful if you spent time with her during this time. Pet her, rub her back, and hold her. Do whatever you can to make them feel comfortable.
3. Make sure the litter box is kept clean
You do not want to add to the restlessness your furry friend may already be feeling at this point. A dirty litter box full of urine or cat poop can be very uncomfortable for her.
4. Use pheromone diffusers to calm her down
There are effective pheromone diffusers like Feliway that can help you calm your cat when she is in heat. They are useful in reducing her sex drive.
5. Spaying your cat
Spaying your cat will help reduce her symptoms during heat. Spaying also reduces the risk of your cat becoming pregnant unintentionally. If you notice signs that your cat is in heat, contact your veterinarian to have her neutered.
How to prevent unwanted pregnancy in cats.
There are two things you can do to prevent your cat from getting pregnant.
You can have your male cats neutered so they can not impregnate the female cats. Alternatively, you can have your female cats spayed after their heat to prevent them from getting pregnant unintentionally.
As a cat owner, it is important to recognize the signs that your cat is in heat. By being alert and taking the necessary precautions, you can help keep your cat calm and comfortable during this time. If you do not intend to have more kittens, it is important to have your cats neutered when they are around 5 months old.
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