There are several symptoms that a cat is in heat that every owner of an unspayed cat should be aware of. If they haven't been spayed, all female cats will go through a natural heat cycle. Estrous is the name for this heat cycle, which signifies that a cat is ready to reproduce. There are a few clear signs that a cat is in heat. Knowing what behaviors to expect when a cat is in heat might help you determine whether behavior is more odd and not linked to the at all.
What Is a Heat Cycle for a Cat?
A queen is an unspayed female cat with reproductive organs such as a uterus and ovaries. These reproductive organs go through a natural cycle called estrous, or more often known as the heat cycle, which allows for reproduction. Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovaries before to breeding in most animals during a heat cycle. However, because cats are induced ovulators, they do not release eggs until they breed. During a heat cycle, they do have hormonal swings and some blood vessel enlargement, which suggests their body is signaling them it's time to procreate.
5 Key Signs Your Cat Is in Heat
When Do Cats Go Into Heat?
Female cats enter their first heat cycle at the age of six months, although it can happen anywhere between four and twelve months depending on the breed, health, and time of year. This first heat cycle is linked to puberty, and a cat can get pregnant at any time throughout this cycle, including the first. Seasonally polyestrous cats go into heat on a set timetable, which in the Northern Hemisphere is usually from February to October.
How Long Does a Cat Stay In Heat?
A cat is normally in heat for approximately a week before going out of heat and then coming back into heat a week or so later if it does not mate. This might happen at any time throughout the breeding season.
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.
The amount of vocalization a cat in heat makes is the first thing most people notice. Crying, meowing, and yowling are common sounds made by a cat in heat. These vocalizations are used to attract attention and alert other cats that they are pregnant.
A cat in heat will want attention and affection from its owner and other humans, in addition to the sounds. Petting and massaging their backs and hindquarters is a favorite pastime. When petted, a cat in heat will wag its hind end, tap dance its legs, and hold its tail high in the air. It may also brush its face excessively over its owner and objects to disperse its aroma.
Other indicators that a cat is in heat include rolling about on the floor, clawing at the door (even if it is an indoor-only cat), and even spraying urine. Against let other cats know it is in heat, a cat may back up to a wall or other vertical object, wriggle its rear end, and spray pee. During the heat cycle, a cat's hormones surge, causing all of these heightened behaviors, which fade once the cat is no longer in heat.
What To Do When a Cat Is in Heat
The attention-seeking behavior of a cat in heat may be both aggravating and relentless. Of course, breeding a cat in heat will break the cycle, but will almost certainly follow, potentially leaving you with even more cats in heat. Spaying or neutering a cat is the most effective strategy to avoid or eradicate these undesirable habits. Of course, this will assure that the cat never goes into heat again, as well as the unpleasant behaviors that come with it. Due to the increased risk of surgical hemorrhage, some vets may wait until the current heat cycle has ended before spaying a cat, while others will spay a cat while it is currently in heat.