Cats that are not spayed naturally go through the heat cycle. The heat cycle is also known as estrous and it is an indicator that your female cat is capable of breeding.
During the heat cycle, an egg is released from the cat’s ovaries. Cats are induced ovulators hence they do not release an egg till they breed. During this period their behavior may change.
Usually, a cat is on heat for about a week. If she does not breed, she will go out of heat then come back into heat again after about a week later. Cats go into heat on a seasonal schedule since they are seasonally polyestrous. They can go through the heat cycle throughout the breeding season
Symptoms that your cat is on heat
Your cat may meow, cry and yowl loudly when on heat. Usually, the vocalization is to get attention from the male cats so that they know that she is in heat.
2. Attention-seeking behavior.
While your cat is on heat, she may seek more attention from you. Usually, she will want you to stroke and pet her. In most instances, she will want you to stroke her back and hind end. Othe behaviors may include rolling on the floor and raising their hind end into the air.
3. Begging to go outdoors.
Some cats may show increased interest to go outdoors while on heat. This is to get a chance to meet males to mate. However, some cats may run away at the first chance they get in the search for male cats. Therefore, ensure windows and doors are closed to prevent your cat from running away.
4. Rubbing their face against objects.
Your female cat on heat will rub against you and objects in the house to spread her scent.
5. Urine spraying.
A female cat in heat will back up to a wall or other vertical object, wiggle its hind end, and spray urine. Cats do this in an attempt to let other cats know it is in heat.
6. Stress and anxiety.
A cat in heat may experience stress and anxiety. Therefore, it is important to keep your cat comfortable during this time to minimize stress.
How often do female cats go into heat?
Female cats become sexually active at the age of 6 months. However, this may vary from one cat to another depending on the cat breed and other external factors.
A cat’s heat cycle can last between 10 and 14 days. During this period, your female cat may appear more affectionate, restless, and have an increase in appetite. They may also howl to get the attention of the male cats.
If your cat is not spayed and she mates, chances are high that she will get pregnant. Cats cat give birth to up to two times per year and each litter has an average of 3 kittens. A pregnant cat will have darker and enlarged nipples and her belly size will increase.
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Are female cats spayed or neutered?
Neutering is a small procedure done to male cats to remove their testicles. A small incision is done on his scrotum and does not necessarily need stitching. On the other hand, spaying is the surgical removal of the female cat’s uterus and ovaries. These procedures are safe and healthy and the recovery time is also short.
Spaying prevents your female cat from going into heat. Therefore, it is important to get your female cat spayed before they reach maturity. Usually, around 5 months. However, if you did not get your cat spayed while still young, you can still get the procedure for your adult cat. Consult your vet on the best time to spay her.
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Benefits of spaying
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), spaying has many benefits to your furry baby.
1. It stops the heat cycles
Once you spay your cat, she will not go through the heat cycles. The heat cycles are not only frustrating to your cat but also you. Your kitty will be struggling to get a mate since her biology is pushing her too hence yowl and may try to escape from the house. Also, female cats on heat urine mark which could be annoying and smelly.
2. Your cat will live a long healthy life
Spaying procedure helps in lowering risks of uterine infections and breast tumors. In most cases, these tumors and malignant and could be life-threatening.
3. It saves you money
Spaying prevents your cat from siring kittens. Therefore, it will save you the cost of taking care of a pregnant cat and her kittens.
4. Helps in controlling homeless and stray cat problems
In the US, many healthy cats do not have a home. Unfortunately, most of them are euthanized. Therefore, spaying your cat will help in minimizing the problem of homeless cats.
Millions of unwanted cats and dogs end up in shelters or as strays on the streets every year. Only a few get adopted. Therefore, the rest are either euthanized or die from trauma, exposure, starvation or disease.
Before spaying your cat, the veterinarian will carry out a complete physical exam of your cat. Also, they with anesthesia your cat to minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure. Most cats are back to their normal selves within a few days. Additionally, the surgery site will heal within two weeks.
Spaying or neutering your cat will prevent unwanted births. Therefore, it will play a part in reducing overpopulation in shelters. Spay your cat to prevent this tragedy from furry babies.