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Cat in heat and not sure what else to do

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by ElliotRiot, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. ElliotRiot

    ElliotRiot PetForums Newbie

    Sep 25, 2020
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    We need a bit of help/suggestions. Our cat has gone into heat during her acclimatisation to our home and it's very extreme. We've tried everything sites suggest but nothing has helped so far. We're really not sure what to do about it as this is the first time we've had a non-spayed cat.

    We've been giving her lots of pets and snuggles but she gets fed up after a while and same with the toys.. We've even tried giving her catnip (which only worked once). We're getting her spayed but vets can't do it till the end of next month.
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

    May 31, 2010
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    There is very little you can do other than be super careful about keeping her from escaping as calling cats will try everything possible to find a mate .
    Personally I would want her spayed as soon as she stops calling ( I think 4/5 days is normal but I havnt had an unneutered female so not sure ) she will however possibly be back calling again in 3/4 weeks which could mean getting her spayed at the end of next month might coincide with her being back " in call" again.
    If your own vet cant fit her in sooner I would be phoning round other vets to find one who can.
    It is possible to spay a calling female but most vets are not happy to do it.
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  3. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

    Jan 26, 2012
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    Keep her in and ring our vet for an appointment to spay her in a week.
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  4. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

    Sep 6, 2009
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    There isn't anything you can do for her now but keep her inside. If she gets out you may never see her again since she's new to the area.

    Have her spayed. Not next month. Next week. Your vet claims they "can't" then find someone else.

    If you wait until the end of next month you are likely to end up going through this at least once more, possibly twice. If she does come back she'll be pregnant. A pregnant spay costs more. Do it now.
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  5. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Helo @ElliotRiot and welcome :)

    I think your cat is probably suffering from anxiety due to adjusting to the new environment she is in, and coming into call as she has, may have exacerbated the situation for her. So there may be two things going on.

    While - as others have said - there is nothing you can do to make her more comfortable with her raging hormones (other than get her spayed) there is something you can do to reduce her anxiety levels due to the move. You can give her a course of Zylkene, a calming supplement. It is not addictive and not a drug and is good at calming anxious cats.


    Give the contents of one capsule a day, mixing the powder with food.

    Keep using Zylkene until your cat is comfortable in her new home. For some cats this may be days, for others it might take months.

    Make the new home smell familiar. Tale a clean cloth and rub the sides of her face to scent it with her pheromones. Then rub the cloth at cat height in each room on doors, walls and furniture. Do this daily to build up a nice familiar smell.

    Feed small and frequent meals to ensure the new home is regularly associated with positive events.

    If you leave her to be spayed until the end of October that's 5 weeks away and within that time she may come into call again once, or possibly even twice (it depends on the individual cat) The more she comes into call without being mated the greater the risk of a nasty disease of the womb, called Pyometra.

    I'd phone around and find another vet who will agree to spay her in a week or 10 day's time, so you get a slot booked between her current call ending and her next call starting. .You can always go back to your usual vet for future vet treatments as they arise.
  6. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

    Jul 24, 2012
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    Agree, she needs to be spayed asap. Some girls only stay off call for a few days, and the time gets shorter each call.

    Keeping her in a cool, dark room can help instead of roaming the house yowling and possibly spraying.
    Get some ear plugs for sleeping.

    Stressed or anxious cats are far more likely to suppress calling.
    #6 spotty cats, Sep 25, 2020
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2020
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