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How To Tell If Your Cat Is In Heat?

Is Your Cat In Heat?
Once you’ve lived through it, you won’t forget it. Your female cat begins meowing and yowling louder than you’ve ever heard and she just won’t stop. It can drive you mad and keep you up at night. If she isn’t spayed, this behavior probably means your cat is in heat.

What is Heat?
The incessant, loud vocalizations aren’t a behavioral problem, and scolding or punishing your cat won’t help. Rather, they are a biological part of heat. A female cat can hit puberty as young as 4 months of age, though it typically occurs two or more months later. Once a cat reaches sexual maturity, she cyclically enters heat, or estrus, about once every three weeks.

Heat, brought on by elevated levels of estrogen, lasts anywhere from four to ten days at a time. Heat is a state of sexual readiness for mating, and the yowling and other behaviors are hormone-driven attempts to attract a mate.

How Do You Know It’s Heat?

The wailing vocalizations during heat are unmistakable. They are loud, persistent, and sound like your cat is suffering. While a cat in heat isn’t exactly in pain, she is frustrated and can experience a considerable amount of discomfort. She may try to escape the house in search of a mate.

A cat in heat is more affectionate, rubbing against you, your furniture, or other pets more often than usual. You may notice small amounts of discharge, possibly containing trace amounts of blood. And, although it is more common in sexually excited males, some female cats in heat spray urine on furniture or walls. The urine has high estrogen content, and its scent is meant to attract a mate.

What Can You Do for a Cat in Heat?


What Can You Do for a Cat in Heat?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any effective way to soothe, calm, or quiet a cat in heat. Squirting her with water or other measures might get her to scamper off for a few minutes, but it does nothing to ease her discomfort or stop her vocalizations. Heat continues until the current cycle ends or until the cat mates. The only way to prevent a cat from entering heat is to have her spayed.

What is Spaying?
Spaying is the surgical removal of a female cat’s ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. It is a basic procedure any veterinarian can perform. Removal of a female’s reproductive organs effectively prevents her from going into heat again, which in turn prevents her from reproducing.


Spaying is a highly recommended procedure, typically performed between 8 weeks and 6 months of age. Spaying plays an important role in keeping down unwanted pet populations. It also helps prevent sexually excited pets from escaping the home in search of a mate, and evidence shows it protects your pet from certain types of cancer

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