How to recognize that the cat is in heat

There are some cat behaviors that are abnormal. In some seasons, both female and male cats go in love. Recognizing the warmth of a domestic feline is quite simple based on the type of cat’s meow. Through this type of vocal expression, the animal always communicates something and the meow could take on different meanings: a discomfort, a pain a malaise.

How to recognize the heat of the cat

In general, the cat’s first heat occurs just before a year. In a period ranging from 6 to 8 months, in which the cat’s puberty begins. It may happen that some specimens go into heat at 4 months or later at 18 months. There are different ways to recognize it and different behaviors between a male cat and a female cat.

Cats go into heat at certain times of the year starting in spring or when the days start to get longer. In fact, heat and sunlight are essential for cats. By instinct, spring or summer are times of plenty of food. This element, linked to survival, provokes the reproductive instinct in the animal.

In the winter, on the other hand, the cat’s heat cycle is interrupted.

The warmth of the male cat

The male cat in love emits typical vocalizations and has a restless behavior. By instinct, the male cat goes in search of a female and marks her territory with “spray” urine. He rubs himself on the surfaces and then releases his signal, raising his tail. The male cat can smell a female even when closed in the house and will come to court her even for days or weeks. It is easy to find a male cat who serenades the cat.

Male cats usually become more irritable and easily impatient. Male cats in heat tend to run away. If the animal has limited space it could also prove unmanageable. The male cat in heat can also get violent with other males and is ready to fight to get to the female.

As a rule, the male cat should be neutered before the heat, around six months.

The heat of the cat

In the case of a cat’s heat, heat is called the estrus cycle. The cat does not lose blood unlike the bitch. The cat could go into heat early if prompted by the presence of a male: that is, in the cat, ovulation is induced.

It is easy to recognize the warmth of a cat from its behavior: the cat will seek cuddles and caresses. She makes particular meows and will roll on the ground. To understand if the cat is in heat, by stroking it on the back, the cat will raise the buttocks and tend to spread the hind legs.The cat should be spayed after the first heat. Normally, veterinarians do not operate the animal if it is in heat, to avoid some risks related to the dilation of the blood vessels of the reproductive organs and the animal could run the risk of bleeding during the surgery.Any time is good for spaying cats and the cat does not need to have a litter first. With sterilization, the risk of breast tumors is reduced.

How long does the cat’s heat last?

The cat goes into heat when the season begins when the days get longer and it is warmer. Heat can occur every two to three weeks.

In the cat, the heat can last from three to ten days. In this period the cat is fertile when the uterus regenerates and can stop and start again after three days. The cat has a pregnancy that lasts for two months. Only after childbirth, the heat stops for a month, during the period of breastfeeding.

Remedies for cats in heat

A cat in heat tends to be more restless. There are some small tricks that can calm the animal and reassure it from a physical and psychological point of view. For example, keeping the cat warm, perhaps with hot water bottles, helps to reduce her suffering from non-mating. Cat grass also helps calm the animal: it has a calming effect.

You can also use a synthetic pheromone diffuser which has a calming and restful action. Clean the litter box daily, bring the cat to use it and not mark the territory.

Give the animal more attention by playing with it, massaging it, stroking it or even brushing it.

Obviously, the smells of the male cat in heat are not very pleasant for people and are somewhat annoying and cloying. There are some remedies to get rid of cat odors. Absolutely, white vinegar helps to clean, disinfect and remove bad odors. You will also be able to make a small homemade detergent, expressly designed for cat odors, based on white vinegar, water, detergent, baking soda and dish detergent.

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