6 Signs That Your Female Cat Is Pregnant

How to Tell if Your Female Cat is in Heat

Female cats that have not been spayed will ultimately reach a fertile time in their lives, known as "being in heat," which can last far into old age. Estrus or oestrus, the hormonal changes that prepare cats for mating, occurs approximately six to ten months of age.

Because cats are effective breeders, their estrus, or heat cycle, can last anywhere from 14 to 21 days, during which time she can mate with one or more healthy suitors. Because it's difficult to detect a cat's hormone levels at home, changes in her behavior might be an indicator that she's in heat.

What Does It Mean When a Cat Is in Heat?

A cat is in heat when the cat is fertile and ready to mate.

Display of Affection

It's possible that your female cat will become too loving. She could rub her hindquarters against furniture, plush animals, other cats, or even you. The way she lifts her tail or even takes the mating posture distinguishes this behavior from sheer restlessness (a indication she may be in discomfort and needs to visit the doctor).

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Excessive Grooming 

Even if there is no blood visible, she may spend an excessive amount of time licking her vaginal region. A cat in heat, contrary to common perception, should not bleed. Unlike humans, cats do not lose their uterine lining throughout their monthly cycle. Genital licking, on the other hand, can be a sign of a urinary tract infection, which can be dangerous if not treated swiftly. A trip to the clinic is in necessary if your cat solely shows this behavior and no other indications of heat.

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Mating Call and Position

Your queen will scream a lot. Unless she mates, this "calling" might last many days. The is head down, forelegs bent, rear quarters elevated to expose the perineum, and tail raised and held to the side of the body. The term for this position is lordosis. When she does, her back legs will tread regularly, as if she were walking in place.

Marking Her Territory

A cat in heat, like a male cat, may pee on vertical surfaces. She'll back up to her preferred surface, lift her quivering tail, and maybe do the rhythmic treading mentioned above. This appears to be a sign of concern to the inexperienced eye. This is normal behavior for a cat in heat, so don't be frightened (although a nuisance to you if you value your furniture).

Loss of Appetite

Your cat's appetite may have decreased noticeably. Her thoughts are elsewhere, to be honest. Her physiological demand moves away from feeding herself and towards reproduction. However, keep an eye on her hunger because this should only last two weeks. If she doesn't return to her regular feeding habit after that period, something else might be wrong.

Need to Escape

As your cat is in heat, instinct leads him to pounce when the door opens. Outside, she sees possible suitors and realizes she needs to entice and mate with them. It is fairly uncommon for an indoor cat to escape for more than one day and up to a week or more during this period. Make sure to close all escape routes and keep a close eye on her. You may even use play to divert her attention away from the activity at hand.

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Pregnancy Prevention

You should avoid allowing your cat to mate unless you are a professional breeder of pedigreed cats. Because our country has a significant pet population problem, is strongly advised for the ordinary cat owner. Most veterinarians recommend spaying your female cat by the age of six months. Even though there is a slight cost increase, a cat that is already in heat can still be spayed. Furthermore, spaying your cat will not only end the unpleasant heat cycles, but it will also help to avoid future medical issues with the reproductive organs.

If spaying your cat seems too costly, some veterinarians offer low-cost spay choices that are supported by community organizations. Alternatively, contact your local animal welfare organization to see if they offer vouchers for low-cost spays at local veterinarians. Your veterinarian can recommend the most cost-effective solutions in your region, including those that are less expensive than your monthly cat food allowance.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

CITATION

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