|Purred: Tue Jun 1, '10 3:31pm PST |
|you need to get kitty to the vet as soon as you can, but most likely you've just got a small cat (i only weigh six pounds) who's had a litter in the past. i'd be more worried that she might be contagious for something than i would fret over the heat, though-heats aren't dangerous, just annoying.
a previous poster said that female cats were in constant heat unless pregnant or spayed? that is not true! i'm a little over a year old and not yet spayed-i go for the operation tomorrow, mom is trying to be brave-and i was not in constant heat, and have never been pregnant. mom has had other female kitties that it took her awhile to get spayed-money, transportation, health of the cat-and it is NOT TRUE that a female cat stays in heat unless pregnant or spayed. it is also not particularly a health benefit to spay a cat, though it of course eliminates the risks of pregnancy, pyometria, and reproductive cancers, those aren't exactly big killers of kitties.
the benefit is that it is terribly frustrating to be on a hormonal roller coaster with no relief, for both human and kitty-and it prevents the birth of kittens for whom there is no dedicated home waiting. i wish there were a monthly birth control pill or something similar for cats, but until there is spaying and neutering are the best options.
but cats with intact reproductive systems do NOT have shorter life spans if they're given good care. and they do NOT stay in heat unless they're pregnant or spayed, they go into and out of PERIODS of heat, or estrus, until they get pregnant or are spayed. the arguments for spaying and neutering are compelling enough without us making up strange things...i don't know where the previous poster got their misinformation, but my paws are crossed that it wasn't their vet.
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