How To Calm A Cat In Heat
This video shows a vet from Cats Protection providing information about how to tell if your intact female cat is in heat and what you can do about it. The vet goes into great detail describing the signs and behaviors of the cat in heat, including calling, affection, and a lordosis pose, as well as how your cat can attract male toms from far away.
Hi, my name is Karen. I'm one of the vets at Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, and I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of pet care. I'm going to talk to you today about how to calm a cat that's in heat.
First of all, what do we mean by saying a cat that's in heat? Well, we're talking about a female cat or a queen who's in heat or ready for mating. Sometimes it's called “in season.” If you have an intact female, one that's not been spayed, she will come into heat periodically throughout the year, even if there aren't any male cats around.
How do you know that she's in heat? Well, the kind of signs you might be looking for are if she's calling. And, what we mean by calling is that she'll be meowing an awful lot. She will sometimes make different meows than what she normally does, and I have had people bring their pet cats to me thinking that they're in extreme pain or they've had an injury, thinking that crying out in pain when in fact, they're just in heat.
Other things to look for is that they may look around their backend a bit more than normal, they may be very affectionate to you, very smooching. They may do what's called a lordosis pose, which is where they get into a mating position, where they go down on their front legs and put their bottom up into the air, sometimes waving their tail a little bit as well. Sometimes, they may even back up against vertical surfaces and spray small amounts of a strong smelling liquid.
All of these signs can point to the fact that your cat's in heat. When your cat is calling and making these meowing noises, male cats will come from far around, so you may see intact male toms hanging around your home, or you may just smell the urine spraying from around your home as well. So, how do you calm your cat when she's in heat? Well, the short answer is that you can't.
It's a natural behavior of unsprayed or intact female cats and they will come into heat periodically. The first thing to do is to contact your vet about getting your cat neutered. It's the only sure-fire way of stopping them from coming into heat and from getting pregnant as well.
Cats can come into heat from their first season, any time from about 4 months of age and they can produce litters anytime after this. It's important to remember that family-member cats can breed with each other and produce litters as well. So, if you have, let's say a brother and a sister, they certainly can breed with each other.
Cats Protection would recommend neutering anytime from 4 months of age, and they can actually give you financial assistance for this if you're on limited incomes within the UK for getting your cat neutered. If you want any more information on this subject, log onto www.cats.