However, in cats, that doesnt necessarily mean ovulation occurs. Cats are induced ovulators, meaning, ovulation happens during the heat only if a female cat has mated the act of breeding stimulates the release of eggs.
Your kitty will meow or yowl very loudly, sometimes referred to as caterwauling. Affectionate or clingy behavior (although some cats will be standoffish). Many of these behaviors, including the yowling, meowing, urinating, and attempts to escape the home, are your kittys efforts to find or attract a mate.
An average cat’s heat cycle can last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Once estrous cycles begin, cats may go into heat as often as every 2-3 weeks . Breeding season would normally be during warmer weather and longer daylight hours.
To prevent pregnancy, separate your female kitty from any male cats in the household (including blood relatives). This will prevent your kitty from escaping to look for a mate, which will avoid not only pregnancy, but also the risks of getting lost or injured while outside. Its hard for us to know everything that goes on in a cats mind and body, especially since kitties hide their pain well.
A common and serious health risk is called a pyometra, which is an infection that causes the uterus to fill with pus and bacteria, and can lead to a ruptured uterus, shock, and death. Pyometras generally occur after several heat cycles with no mating (due to repeated thickening of the uterine lining), and they require an emergency spay surgery. Fever Vomiting Inappetence Lethargy Pus or other drainage from the vulva
If you notice any of these symptoms (even just one or two of them) within a few weeks after a heat, your kitty needs an immediate veterinary visit. If your cat is showing signs of heat, follow her cues. Remember, her behavior is due to strong hormonal influences that she cant control.
A spay surgery will provide long-term heat and pregnancy prevention, and help your kitty avoid some of the behaviors and health risks that come from hormonal influences.
What are the signs of cats going into heat?
She is more vocal than normal. Also known as “calling,” your cat may wail, moan or meow more than usual while she is in heat. ….She’s restless. ….A low crawl. ….Extra affection. ….Excessive grooming. ….Your indoor cat wants to be outside. ….Her tail tells a tale.
How long does a cat stay in heat the first time?
On average, a female cat is in heat for four to seven days. However, her heat may last as little as one day or as long as three weeks.
What happens when cats go into heat for the first time?
She will roll over while crying and may posture with her rear end raised while treading with her hind paws. Cats do not show the bloody discharge associated with dogs in heat, so the behavior changes may be the first tip off that your kitten has hit puberty.
What time of year do cats go into heat?
The average female cat will first go into heat (or cycle) between 6-9 months of age, but heat cycles can start as early as 4 months of age and as late as 12 months.
All female cats will naturally go through a heat cycle if they have not been spayed. This heat cycle is referred to as estrous and it indicates that a cat is capable of breeding. There are a few key indications that a cat may be in heat and it is useful for cat owners who may be otherwise wondering why their cat’s behavior has changed to recognize these things.
But since cats are induced ovulators they don’t release eggs during estrous until they breed. They do, however, still have hormonal fluctuations, along with some blood vessel engorgement, during a heat cycle that means their body is telling them it’s time to breed.
Unlike a dog, cats do not show very obvious physical signs when they are in heat. Vocalizing Urine spraying Attention-seeking behavior Demanding or pushy behavior Rolling on the floor Raising hind end into the air Wiggling hind end when the back spine is stroked Begging to go outside Rubbing its face on things In addition to the noises, a cat in heat will also seek out attention and affection from its owner and other people. They love to be pet and stroked, especially down their backs and hindquarters.
When pet, a cat in heat will often wiggle its hind end, its legs may tap dance, and its tail will be held high into the air.
Most female cats will go into heat by 6 months of age. But certain environmental factors can cause it to happen more quickly. And certain breedslike Siamesemay go into heat as early as 4 months, while for other breeds 10 months old is a more typical age for going into heat.
A cats first heat happens when she hits puberty at six to 10 months old. Her oestrus cycle will usually last four to five days and, unless she becomes pregnant, she will be in heat again in roughly two to three weeks.
Her inability to relax or get comfortable could be a sign that shes in heat especially if this behaviour is coupled with calling. She may rub up against furniture, doorways and especially your ankles to spread her scent which has changed subtly during this cycle.
Your cat may stick her buttocks in the air and move her tail to one side, which is the mating position. If you dont want to breed your cat, you should have her spayed by your vet to avoid this cycle and the risk of an unwanted or unexpected litter.
When Do Cats Go Into Heat?
Female cats naturally go into their first heat cycle at about six months of age, but it may occur anywhere between four and 12 months of age depending on a cat’s breed, health, and the time of year. This first heat cycle is associated with puberty and a cat can get pregnant during any of its heat cycles, including the first one. Cats are seasonally polyestrous which means they go into heat on a seasonal schedule, typically February through October in the Northern Hemisphere.
Cat Heat Cycle Symptoms
Unlike a dog, cats do not show very obvious physical signs when they are in heat. Behavioral signs are more the norm for a cat.
When a cat goes into heat, her meow will sound more like a howl and she will be more affectionate toward you, other cats and even the dining room chairs, rubbing against nearly anything and purring loudly. She’ll hold her tail straight up and raise her rear in response to the slightest provocation. She may also spray urine and make a run for the outdoors—in an effort to find a mate—any chance she gets.
Signs your cat is in heat
If your cat has not been spayed (neutered/desexed), she will behave differently when she is in heat. Keep an eye out for these behaviours:
1. She is more vocal than normal
Also known as “calling,” your cat may wail, moan or meow more than usual while she is in heat. Her cries may sound distressed – and may even keep you up at night.
2. She’s restless
Her inability to relax or get comfortable could be a sign that she’s in heat – especially if this behaviour is coupled with calling.
3. A low crawl
Your cat may low crawl and moan at the same time if she is in heat. This is normal oestrus behaviour and not a sign that your cat is in pain.
4. Extra affection
She may rub up against furniture, doorways and especially your ankles to spread her scent – which has changed subtly during this cycle.
5. Excessive grooming
During this time, your cat’s genital area will likely become swollen and uncomfortable, which means she might spend more time grooming this area.