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Every Cat PetParent knows how difficult it can be to live with a cat that is in heat! The orchestra of sounds, the incessant scratching and wailing are enough to make any cat lover question the lengths he is willing to go for his beloved pet. As annoying as these tendencies can be it is important to remember that your cat is also going through a very stressful and difficult time. Here are a few tips on how to handle the situation to make both your lives easier:
If your cat is a male, they tend to make a lot of noise if they sense a female in the area who is in heat. Some males can also lose their appetite, mark territory by peeing around the house or fight with other rivals to show dominance.
Try giving him catnip to distract him and lavish him with lots of love and attention. You can find these toys HERE
You can also try Pet Kiss No Worries that helps take the edge off pets during stressful situations. You can view the product HERE
If these methods do not work, the only alternative is having him spayed or ‘fixed’ by the vet. That may not be an option if you would like him to father kittens but it will put a stop to his rowdy behaviour permanently. The choice is yours.
Here’s what to do if your cat is a female and you suspect she’s in heat:
- Check for signs of heat to help rule out other possible ailments. Cats in heat vocalize excessively, become restless, rub against people and objects and roll around on the floor. Plus, if you stroke your cat’s lower back, she’ll respond by raising her pelvis and shifting her tail to one side.Some cats might lose their appetite and others may urinate around the house to lure in a mate. If they keep moving their hind legs back and forth its also a sign they’re in heat.
- Offer your kitty lots of extra petting and attention. Not only will your physical contact calm and reassure her but by stroking and petting her you can ease her restlessness and excessive activity.
- Distract your fussy feline with new toys and stimulating play. This may help keep her mind off of her mental discomfort and her desire to mate. It’ll also give her a positive outlet for her pent-up energy. You can find these items HERE
- Secure doors and windows at all times to protect your cat from male cats in the neighbourhood. If possible, cover windows to prevent your cat from looking outside and becoming agitated.
- Consult your vet for medical intervention. If you are unable to tolerate your kitty’s heat-cycle behaviour, your veterinarian may be able to give your kitty a hormone inhibitor or other medication to ease her symptoms and calm her down. Some such products are available at pet stores but these should only be used after consulting with your vet.
- Spay your cat to eliminate heat symptoms within a few days after the procedure. Spaying involves removing your cat’s ovaries and uterus to prevent future estrus and pregnancy. While spaying is not always recommended during heat due to an increased risk of excessive bleeding, your vet may be willing to perform the procedure. This is a permanent method of calming your cat in heat.
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