Ask a Cat Lady with Sarah Donner: Help, My Cat's in Heat!

Aug 2nd 2012  |   0 Contributions

Ruthie asks, “When my Gracie goes into heat (which she already has), how long will it last and how often?"

Well, of course, my natural reaction is always GAHHH FIX THE CAT! Thankfully Ruthie has already expressed her interest in getting Gracie fixed, and I even recommended some low cost spay/neuter clinics in her area, so I can carry on with this article with dignity and grace.

I suspect most people are familiar with the loud cries of a cat in heat. It’s a long-winded whining yowl that’s hard to miss. Having that sound inside your house should be enough to persuade you to get Gracie the ol’ snip-and-scoop. The estrus cycle lasts seven to ten days and will repeat itself every two to three weeks until that kitty gets her male cat to impregnate her (at least during the fall and spring mating seasons). Usually vets won’t spay a cat while she is in heat because of the added surgical risks when the lady bits are engorged with blood, so you may have to wait it out. 

I can’t stress the importance of keeping that cat indoors as well. Aside from becoming pregnant, she is very likely to be exposed to diseases carried by the feral population. Other things you can  expect are urine marking, excessive affection, restlessness, and discharge from the vulva! Ah, the delights of owning a cat! 

"Get That Kitty Spayed" by Sarah Donner

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You can hear them calling in the streets, when it’s time to get it on they meow and scream
Lady cats like to announce when they’re ready to procreate and pounce
'Cause they’re looking for loving in the streets, you got to keep 'em inside under lock and key
They are going to try to escape, don’t let them lose their virginity to a stray!

When the mating game gets played, there are kittens on their way
A mother cat can contain many babes from many strays
It’s unhealthy to sustain, so get that kitty spayed!

There other things that you will see when lady cat is hoping for pregnancy
Territory marking and restlessness, loss of appetite and licking of her privates

When the mating game gets played, there are kittens on their way
A mother cat can contain many babes from many strays
It’s unhealthy to sustain, so get that kitty spayed!

There’s a season for everything
Sexy time comes in the fall and spring
It lasts seven to ten days
It will try your patience

SOURCES: Catster, Cat World, Vet Medicine, Cats of Australia

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