Cats in heat: What precautions should I take?

Cats in heat: What precautions should I take?

21 April, 2017

Although it’s not possible to determine the exact time of year when cats go into heat, the truth is that there are factors which can have an influence, such as the weather, temperature, heat usually occurs during the warmer months, and your cat’s breed and weight.

The first thing we should bear in mind are the symptoms of the female cats, as they usually have their first heat cycle earlier than males, at around 6-9 months of age and experience more marked symptoms. Male cats are in heat year round or rather always react whenever there is a female in heat nearby.

More than physical symptoms, as the symptoms may not be very noticeable to the eye, the main thing is for you to pay attention to your female cat’s behavior. She can be expected to start rubbing up against everything to mark her territory and to mark the path for the male to find her.  Her yowling is for the same purpose of drawing attention, and she may show herself to be particularly affectionate.

Males, on the other hand, although not displaying such obvious symptoms, may possibly start urinating rather repeatedly in certain places to mark their territory and may be more aggressive with other male cats who may pose a threat to their dominance.

How to take care of your cat in heat

The main danger for your male or female cat during heat is for it to try to run away from home to mate and then get lost. In this case, my recommendation would be to keep close watch over your pet throughout those days and make certain that the doors and windows stay closed.

On the other hand, if you want to prevent your cat not only from running away from home but from having a little, the best thing to do is to opt for spaying or castration. A cat in heat who cannot mate is not a happy cat, and besides avoiding unwanted pregnancies, you’ll be investing in your cat’s health, as this will help to prevent diseases such as leukemia, improve your cat’s behavior and lengthen his/her life. Please tell us, what precautions you take during the time your pet is in heat?

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