What To Do When Your Cat Goes Into Heat

If you have a female kitten or cat, and she is not yet spayed, you may wonder what to expect if she goes into heat before you have the procedure done. Getting a female cat spayed will ensure she does not have a litter of kittens, and it is also beneficial to her overall health. Here are some signs that your cat is in heat, how to handle it, and what to expect when you have your cat spayed.

Is My Cat In Heat?

Female cats will start “going into heat” anywhere from six to twelve months of age. This is the fertile time in a cat’s cycle. The first time your cat goes into heat, you may be worried something is wrong with her medically. She will walk around yowling loudly, possibly at all hours of the night. She will seem restless, walking from room to room as if she is looking for something. If she is an outdoor cat, she may try to get outside any time the door opens. She will crouch down on her front legs and walk around commando-style with her rump up in the air. These are all signals that your cat is in heat.

How Can I Deal With This?

If you do not get your cat spayed, you will need to deal with her going into heat approximately every three weeks. It can be difficult if you have other cats, as the cat in heat will be bothering them quite a bit, trying to entice them to have sexual intercourse with her. If you have un-neutered male cats, they will need to be separated from your female cat for a week to help keep the risk of pregnancy down. It is not a good idea to take the risk at all if you do not want kittens.

Neutered male cats will not cause your female cat to get pregnant, but they may still try to have sexual intercourse with her. Spraying your female cat with some water can help keep her distracted, as she will spend her time grooming herself, making her forget she is trying to find a partner.

What Can I Expect When Getting My Cat Spayed?

If you do not want your cat having kittens, you must get her spayed as soon as she starts displaying the signals that she is old enough to get pregnant. Make an appointment with a veterinarian. They will most likely have you bring in your cat for a few appointments to get shots and make sure she is healthy enough for the operation.

The day of the operation, your cat will not be able to drink or eat for several hours beforehand. Your cat will have a general anesthesia while the procedure is performed. Afterwards, your cat will need to stay at the animal hospital for several hours for observation. When you bring your pet home, she will need to be kept away from any other pets for a few days as her incision heals. She may not be very hungry at first and will most likely want to rest. After a day or so, she will bounce back and start gaining energy.