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cat in heat...a few questions

July 19th, 2008, 08:49 AM
i have a 7 year old female cat, who is almost always in heat. i've had full intention of getting her fixed for awhile now, but every time i have the extra money something else comes up so i'm not able to get it done.

lately, the cat has been in heat for 2-3 weeks at a time, & it's been driving me crazy. she's also been peeing on everything, & i don't know if getting her fixed will help that. are the two related at all?

also, i did something stupid & let the cat out a few days ago. it was a dumb thing to do, i know, especially since she's an indoor cat, but after not sleeping for a few weeks, my nerves were gone & i couldn't handle it anymore. it's been almost two days & she hasn't come back. she has been outside before, but never for more than a few days. i've heard that cats in heat can be outside for a week, even. but i'm just worried that something will happen to her. does anyone have any experience with a cat being in heat getting outside? how long are they usually gone?

July 19th, 2008, 08:55 AM
Well, I can guarantee you that she is pregnate now. And if she comes back, I would have her in the vets office right away for a spay.

I hope nothing bad has happened to her because of this, that would be horrible.
A cat in heat is absolutely annoying, but think of how she feels? I'm sure shes not happy feeling that way all the time either.

Poor thing.:cry:

July 19th, 2008, 08:59 AM
yeah, i pretty much know that she will be pregnant if she comes back. that's fine, i might even keep one of the kittens. & i will get her fixed, no doubt about that. i'm just wondering how long it will be until she comes back...i know it won't be the same for every cat, but from what i've heard they're usually gone for a long time.

i'm just worried sick now. it was stupid of me to let her out, but it was one of those things where i was just going nuts & wasn't thinking straight.

July 19th, 2008, 09:17 AM
You do realize she's unlikely to stroll home when the party's over? You need to get out there and look actively for her (particularly after dark), put up posters, talk to people, go to (not phone) your local shelter. Post her picture on lost and found websites, or in your local paper. The fact that she's an indoor cat is in her favour, she may have stayed nearby. If she's friendly, someone may have taken her in. But I would assume she's lost, and waiting for you to find her, as quickly as possible.
The inevitable has happened. With hard work and some luck, it can be made right. Please don't give up on her until all avenues have been exhausted.

July 19th, 2008, 10:07 AM
yeah, i pretty much know that she will be pregnant if she comes back. that's fine, i might even keep one of the kittens.

And the other kittens? What happens to them? Do you realize that millions of animals are euthanized every year because there aren't enough homes? I strongly suggest getting her spayed immediately when (and if) you find her and aborting the kittens she may be carrying. It's the kindest, most responsible thing to do.

Dr Lee
July 19th, 2008, 03:36 PM
does anyone have any experience with a cat being in heat getting outside? how long are they usually gone?

Cats are induced ovulators meaning that they can go into heat as often as they 'want to'. Exposure to male cats will induce a female into heat. So there are some female cats that once outside may be repetitively in heat until they get pregnant. Cats are amazing at multiplying.

Also intact (non spayed or neutered) cats are at higher risk for transmissible diseases and trauma (hit by car, etc...) due to the higher risk behavior brought about by the hormones.

In the US, for every human born there are approximately 45 cats born. So for all of these reasons, spaying becomes a very attractive option.

Good luck and I hope that she is alright. :cat:

July 19th, 2008, 04:45 PM
*bangs head on table* It's really not that costly to get them fixed damnit.

Firstly, she might not come back since this isn't her first heat cycle, her hormones are really crazy and might find it more enjoyable to stay outside and continue reproducing and making more unwanted kittens born to be killed in various ways.

She might come back though. I had a stray cat that was at my house when I moved in, and I let her in the house but before I could get an appointment to have her fixed she ran off one day, but came back about 3 days later. Gave me some kittens about 2 months after that. All 8 of my cats are fixed, as well as all but 2 of my outside cats (they are going to the clinic this week).

Seriously.. come on now it doesn't cost a fortune to get the cat fixed.

And if you can't afford to get your cat fixed, how can you afford another kitten? How would you now afford to be able to now fix her and keep one of her kittens and get that one fixed? The cycle will never end. To me, seems like you would just end up putting off fixing the kitten you would end up keeping and then the same thing would happen.

I hate to sound rude, but seriously. I volunteer at a shelter and all that stuff and see so many kittens coming in all the time. Atleast where I live we are lucky enough to be generally no kill.

I guess I'll just end with this

Listen to Bob Barker... Spay or Neuter!

July 19th, 2008, 08:34 PM
hi all.

just wanted to add prayer and support on this topic. spaying/neutering is soooo important - we all agree. cherry_darling, i truly hope you have become more educated about this topic as a result of this episode - believe us, there are far too many kittens being born out there. many of them end up hungry, sick and homeless. you are lucky to have received the advice of dr. lee, badger and sugarcatmom - they are all very knowledgeable, compassionate posters on this board!!

what is your kitty's name? do you have a picture to show us?

tracy :pray: (mom)
plus: jimmy (dad) cline :cat: patsy :cat: and punkin :cat:

July 19th, 2008, 08:49 PM
You have been given the very best advice possible from very knowledgable people. Please go out and start looking for her. Put up posters, go to shelters, do what you can to find her. Get her to the vet asap and get her spayed. She does not need kittens, especially at 7 years old.
As for the peeing everywhere - was she peeing or spraying? Spraying is completely different and goes along with being in heat, but it's only a small amount of urine at a time - marking her territory. If she was peeing all over then along with a vet visit to get her spayed, hopefully, she will need to get checked for a uninary tract infection. That might be the easiest test the poor thing will have to go through. If that proves negative there will be more tests.
Please, for her sake, find her, get her to a vet and get her looked after. :fingerscr she comes home soon.

July 20th, 2008, 12:59 AM
Get her to the vet asap and get her spayed. She does not need kittens, especially at 7 years old.

Exactly, 7 years old for a cat is the beginning of their "senior" years. If you were to allow her to have kittens at this age you are putting her & them at risk for even more costly medical issues.

I do hope you find her/she comes back soon :fingerscr please bring her in immediately for a spay.

July 22nd, 2008, 11:50 AM
thanks everyone, especially not for being judgemental of the thoughtlessness on my behalf. i know i haven't been the most responsible pet owner, but i really really love my cat & would do anything to have her home safe & sounds.

i know my cat needs to be fixed, & i there's no excuse for me not having it done already. the day she went missing i had called the vet a few hours before, but of course i had to cancel the appointment when she got out. if she comes home, i still have the money set aside so she will have a vet visit as early as i can get one.

it's been 5 days now, & i haven't seen a sign of her. i've put up signs around town, called the SPCA & a local pet finding group so hopefully someone will be able to help. i'm scared & going crazy with guilt because it was my own fault that she got out. i honestly don't know how i'll cope if she doesn't come home. i don't think i'll ever forgive myself.

this is cobi:

July 22nd, 2008, 05:48 PM
hi cherry.

cobi is absolutely precious! i'll pray for her safe return. i'm sure you are doing all you can to find her. lesson learned on your end, i'm sure. it sounds like you love her a lot. here's hoping for a happy ending. please update us if you find her!!


tracy, jimmy, patsy, cline and punkin

July 23rd, 2008, 06:48 AM
Your kitty is beautiful, I hope you find her and get her spayed as soon as she comes home. :fingerscr