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Cat in heat. Do What to soothe her? Answered by Dr. Guindon

petdr
May 4th, 2001, 08:06 PM
Question:

Hi my cat is in heat. I have 2 weeks before she gets fixed. My question is she is noisy and I feel sorry for her. How can I quiet her down or do something to help her.

THANK YOU

Answer:

The period of heat will last only 3 to 4 days on average.
So the owner, if he is patient, can wait for the end of the problem,
or he can see his veterinarian who may propose a mild vaginal
implant that could stop the reaction right away.

Paul Guindon dmv
Clinique veterinaire Salaberry
Medecine conventionnelle et holystique
1895 Salaberry, Montreal, QC
514-334-7280

VeryPrettyKitty
May 23rd, 2002, 01:05 PM
"The period of heat will last only 3 to 4 days.
So the master, if he is patient, can wait for the end of the problem,
or he can see his veterinarian who will propose a mild vaginal
implant that could stop the reaction right away."

I have a cat and her heat period usually lasts more than 3 to 4 days. It is usually a week long. [Getting her spayed on WED! :D ]Also, on avg, I think the heat period is more 7-10 days than 3-4 (I wish!). A lot of people have reported their cats being in heat for more than 6 days. JMHO

mona_b
December 2nd, 2003, 09:35 PM
When my cat came into heat she would also spray.Oh man it was just as bad as a male cat spraying.She was fixed though.But with her she came into heat every 3 weeks.It was crazy.No one got any sleep.But yes she did get fixed.She was just coming out of heat when she was to get fixed.They did it anyway surgery took a bit longer and an extra $25.

herbal fan
June 4th, 2008, 04:37 AM
My young cat is in her second heat, was yowling her head off, and presenting me with her rear in a manner I found unsettling.

I gave her some catnip, and it calmed her right down! I highly recomend trying this.

Love4himies
June 4th, 2008, 06:17 AM
I highly recommend spaying :thumbs up Will clear up any issues with heat cycles.

Yes, I know this is an old post but couldn't resist replying.

Frenchy
June 4th, 2008, 11:17 AM
I highly recommend spaying :thumbs up Will clear up any issues with heat cycles.

Yes, I know this is an old post but couldn't resist replying.

Yep , everyone , skip the cat nip and get your cats spayed !!!

Dr Lee
June 4th, 2008, 07:01 PM
... may propose a mild vaginal
implant that could stop the reaction right away.


Out of curiosity, how well do these work and stay in? What are they called?

SusanInFL
July 19th, 2009, 07:49 AM
I too am interested in this. I'm not a vet but I have a whole team of stumped vets. My cat is 14 yrs old, spayed when she was 6 months old. No tumors, no masses, perfect blood work, perfect urinalysis, and has had urine culture, xrays, ultrasound. She's fine except she is suddenly in heat. She's more than likely responding to my BHRT but since that isn't going to stop, we need to find an answer here. Vets feel if it were a bit of ovary left from her spay, it would've shown up earlier than 13 1/2 yrs later.

ANYTHING will help! We haven't slept in a week, and neither has she, because of the howling. It's awful! Rescue Remedy helps for 30 minutes maybe. I've put Feliway electric atomizers throughout the house but it could take a week to a month to see if it has any sort of calming effect.

She's miserable, we're miserable, the other cat is miserable - no sleep for any of us. So this implant sounds interesting to me.

14+kitties
July 19th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Have you ruled out any other reason why kitty could be acting like she is in heat? Has she had an ultrasound or xray of her reproductive area to see if the doctor can find a partial ovary? It's possible if it doesn't show on those and the behaviour continues she may need exploratory surgery to find it.
The only thing I found when googling was...

http://www.catloversvet.com/breeding%20problems.htm

And it certainly does not sound like something I would ever consider using on one of my cats.

Regulation of 'heat' in female cats

Suprelorin (containing Deslorelin 4.7mg) is a slow release gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogue that can suppress fertility in male and female cats by reducing the production of male (testosterone) and female (oestrogen) hormones. The implant works by blocking the pituitary (a gland within the brain) production of GnRH. Thus, the reproductive glands are not primed to produce the hormones responsible for 'heat' in females and sexual activity in males.

Suprelorin is not registered for use in cats, only dogs, in Australia but the manufacturer has trialled this drug in thousands of cats and it has been shown to be safe in all ages and breeds. Suprelorin has an average duration of action of 8 months but in many cases, will suppress sexual activity for approximately 12 months. Suprelorin uses a polymer base which dissolves over a 12 month period and by the end of this period, cats normally resume sexual activity, with fertility returning to normal at this time.

No side effects have been reported to date using this product and it is superior to using oestrogen/testosterone based drugs for sexual suppression such as Ovarid, which has many reported side effects such as diabetes, pyometron and mammary hypertrophy.

Rottielover
July 19th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Actually I am going through this right now, seems to be really bad at night. My first and only unspayed female( never again) counting down until spay date :) Aug 7th.
I do not know how people can not spay, I need sleep.
Other than the plugs, is there anything else I can do?

Bina
July 19th, 2009, 10:37 AM
Oh boy, I need my sleep too....have you got ear plugs?

Rottielover
July 19th, 2009, 11:04 AM
ear plugs not possible, need to hear my alarm for work :(

Tundra_Queen
July 22nd, 2009, 09:20 AM
I too am interested in this. I'm not a vet but I have a whole team of stumped vets. My cat is 14 yrs old, spayed when she was 6 months old. No tumors, no masses, perfect blood work, perfect urinalysis, and has had urine culture, xrays, ultrasound. She's fine except she is suddenly in heat. She's more than likely responding to my BHRT but since that isn't going to stop, we need to find an answer here. Vets feel if it were a bit of ovary left from her spay, it would've shown up earlier than 13 1/2 yrs later.

ANYTHING will help! We haven't slept in a week, and neither has she, because of the howling. It's awful! Rescue Remedy helps for 30 minutes maybe. I've put Feliway electric atomizers throughout the house but it could take a week to a month to see if it has any sort of calming effect.

She's miserable, we're miserable, the other cat is miserable - no sleep for any of us. So this implant sounds interesting to me.

What is BHRT?

Debbie

Rottielover
August 2nd, 2009, 07:46 AM
She is in heat again, working on no sleep, howling is horrendous. Aug 7th can not come fast enough.... Arghhhhhhh

14+kitties
August 2nd, 2009, 09:57 AM
Hang in there RottieLover. You're on the backslide now. Only a few more days.

Jim Hall
August 2nd, 2009, 11:00 AM
lol well sois the cat :clown::D:laughing::evil:

cat hater
February 16th, 2010, 12:54 AM
Put it in a crate! Mine shuts right up even in the middle of horny howling heat! Why do you all mention being "up all night" and "not getting any sleep". Why do you all let your cats run your life? Just crate your dang cats when you go to bed. Same as you would a crate trained dog. Our cat is 9 months old and has been crated at night EVERY night. I don't care if it stays up all night staring at the wall. The important thing is that my wife and I get to sleep. She willingly goes into the crate too, I don't have to force her. When she's in heat she won't run around the house at night, howl and knock crap over. And guess what else? When she's not in heat she won't run around the house at night and knock crap over.

...... at least shut your bedroom doors and turn on a box fan. Or just shut the cat in a far off room at night with the litter box inside. :cat:

POST edited by ADMIN - Please tone the rudeness way down.

mummummum
February 16th, 2010, 04:06 AM
Put it in a crate! Mine shuts right up even in the middle of horny howling heat! ...Why do you all let your cats run your life? ... Our cat is 9 months old and has been crated at night EVERY night...when she's in heat she won't run around the house at night, howl and knock crap over...Geez people get a clue!...:cat:

Welcome to pets.ca. I think if you read this thread, and others like it, carefully you will find that most of the members are referring to cats who go into heat while waiting to get spayed. Given that your cat is 9 months she can safely be spayed. That should get rid of that pesky "horny howling" not to mention the possibility of an unwanted litter of kittens and many potential health problems related to being intact.

Being responsible pet owners/ guardians and animal lovers in general, we are a very strong spay and neuter forum. :thumbs up

quincymycat
February 16th, 2010, 05:58 AM
Put it in a crate! Mine shuts right up even in the middle of horny howling heat! Why do you all mention being "up all night" and "not getting any sleep". Why do you all let your cats run your life? Just crate your dang cats when you go to bed. Same as you would a crate trained dog. Our cat is 9 months old and has been crated at night EVERY night. I don't care if it stays up all night staring at the wall. The important thing is that my wife and I get to sleep. She willingly goes into the crate too, I don't have to force her. When she's in heat she won't run around the house at night, howl and knock crap over. And guess what else? When she's not in heat she won't run around the house at night and knock crap over. Geez people get a clue!

If you're too much of a wuss to crate your cat/cats then at least shut your bedroom doors and turn on a box fan. Or just shut the cat in a far off room at night with the litter box inside. :cat:

I AM SORRY.....BUT IS THIS GUY FOR REAL???/ Why do I get the feeling he has nothing better to do at 2 in the morning but troll bulletin boards and prove how obnoxious he can be. There is simple lack of knowledge and just plain mean. CAT HATER definately falls into the latter category in my honest opinion. I think his name says it all. :loser:
I feel sorry for his pets and hope in time he "gets a clue". :wall:

Melinda
February 16th, 2010, 07:53 AM
maybe his cat was keeping him awake? (tongue in cheek)

14+kitties
February 17th, 2010, 01:31 PM
cat hater - if you ever show up again, which you won't because trolls hit and run, let me know where you live. If you are close enough I will come pick up your cat from you. No animal deserves to live with someone who hates them. :(

marko
February 17th, 2010, 02:22 PM
CH's post edited...(Not the best choice of language but to me this is more tongue and cheek than flat out rude)

Let's move on please and keep this thread on track

Thx - Marko

Benznet
May 13th, 2010, 12:17 AM
My young cat is in her second heat, was yowling her head off, and presenting me with her rear in a manner I found unsettling.

I gave her some catnip, and it calmed her right down! I highly recomend trying this.

You know I tried this because Mr. Bill kept mowling. He did in fact stop and was distracted by the Cat Nip. THX:o

heythurr
August 18th, 2010, 04:16 PM
My cat started going into heat around 6 months of age (January).. Her first couple heat cycles were horendous, kept everyone up all night long.. But as time has gone on, her "help" and "whyyyyyy" sounds are not as intense and abnoxious. :sleepy:

anyways, i haven't really done anything to shut her up, when she starts getting loud, i hold her at the scruff and push down on her with my thumb and index finger on each side where her tail meets with her body. She starts making funny noises, and growls sometimes, but my vet assured me that it wasn't hurting her. (She doesnt like anyone touching her lower back/tailbone, or her tail to begin with) But I try to do this for about 2 minutes (if possible) and once i let go, she just lays down on her side super relaxed and seems like she's out of pain.. It's only temporary though, 2-3 hours she shuts up for.. if she's really being a grouchy pants, she will shut up for about an hour or two.


good luck!

sugarcatmom
August 18th, 2010, 08:53 PM
It's only temporary though, 2-3 hours she shuts up for..

There is a longer-lasting solution you know. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-think004.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Goldfields
August 18th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Yes, why would you bother? Our Persian came in just once and was spayed, and we all lived happily ever after. :)

mrsdexter2010
March 11th, 2011, 01:20 AM
OK, so I've had cats my entire life and my current kitty has me a bit confused. She's the first unspayed adult I've ever had and goes into heat typically in June and December and I've been reading they are only in heat 3-4 days. Mine stays in heat up to 2 weeks. Cat nip does not affect her. Whatsoever. I even took a fresh catnip toy and sprayed it with catnip spray and she walks away from it. I have roommates and this is the first time they will have to deal with her going into heat (she's in heat early, I don't know why) and I don't want them to have to deal with it. I need tips because we wont even have the extra money to spay her until April.

Please help!!!

Love4himies
March 11th, 2011, 07:06 AM
Indoor cats don't have cycles like feral cats, however, even feral cats will go into constantly from spring until fall. It is thought that this is due to the artificial light indoors. Your only option to stop the heat cycle is to spay her.

kathryn
March 11th, 2011, 04:05 PM
Sounds normal to me. Cat heats can be pretty unpredictable.

You need to have her spayed ASAP because the more times she goes into heat the better her chances are of dying from a pyometra, breast cancer or other HORRIBLE reproductive diseases. I've seen many cats die or become severely ill first hand. It's not pretty.

annmarieC
March 13th, 2011, 10:10 AM
well...ya...i was avoiding the cost of getting my Raven kitty spayed. and yep, she went into heat right on schedule. so shame on me. doh!
so will be calling the vet monday morning to figure out when it will be safe for her to get the surgery done. getting the surgery done during the heat time...ooooo, that makes me nervous. :/

so we are going to have some time to put up with this loud meowing too.
these tips are working so far on my little girl: yes, catnip helps alittle, we have two levels so she goes downstairs to do her mating skreech (luck!), she hits on the dog...distraction if nothing else :? ;), and simply spending time with her. get really comfortable with the idea of sexual impulses (get some maturity) and rub your cat down. give her the feel of at least alittle satisfaction. and im not trying to be offensive here. but it works. i gave Raven a good rub down and gave the normal amount of kisses..and now she is back to sleeping quietly on the kitchen chair.

I would also, try hard to were the cat down before bed. play with toys, chase her around the house, more rub downs...lots of rub downs!...lol. whatever will make her so tired she doesn't want to stay up all night looking to get laid.

good luck all :)

ancientgirl
March 13th, 2011, 12:36 PM
Put it in a crate! Mine shuts right up even in the middle of horny howling heat! Why do you all mention being "up all night" and "not getting any sleep". Why do you all let your cats run your life? Just crate your dang cats when you go to bed. Same as you would a crate trained dog. Our cat is 9 months old and has been crated at night EVERY night. I don't care if it stays up all night staring at the wall. The important thing is that my wife and I get to sleep. She willingly goes into the crate too, I don't have to force her. When she's in heat she won't run around the house at night, howl and knock crap over. And guess what else? When she's not in heat she won't run around the house at night and knock crap over.

...... at least shut your bedroom doors and turn on a box fan. Or just shut the cat in a far off room at night with the litter box inside. :cat:

POST edited by ADMIN - Please tone the rudeness way down.

Maybe you need a different hobby. You sound like a real prize.

kathryn
March 13th, 2011, 06:17 PM
well...ya...i was avoiding the cost of getting my Raven kitty spayed. and yep, she went into heat right on schedule. so shame on me. doh!
so will be calling the vet monday morning to figure out when it will be safe for her to get the surgery done. getting the surgery done during the heat time...ooooo, that makes me nervous. :/

so we are going to have some time to put up with this loud meowing too.
these tips are working so far on my little girl: yes, catnip helps alittle, we have two levels so she goes downstairs to do her mating skreech (luck!), she hits on the dog...distraction if nothing else :? ;), and simply spending time with her. get really comfortable with the idea of sexual impulses (get some maturity) and rub your cat down. give her the feel of at least alittle satisfaction. and im not trying to be offensive here. but it works. i gave Raven a good rub down and gave the normal amount of kisses..and now she is back to sleeping quietly on the kitchen chair.

I would also, try hard to were the cat down before bed. play with toys, chase her around the house, more rub downs...lots of rub downs!...lol. whatever will make her so tired she doesn't want to stay up all night looking to get laid.

good luck all :)


All you do by putting the cost off in the beginning is cost yourself more in the long run.. greater chances of cancer and other diseases cost MUCH more down the road then the cost of a spay ;)

I'm not sure where you are located, but in the US you can go to www.spayusa.org if you need financial assistance.

Cynthiakj
May 9th, 2011, 04:12 PM
My kitty (izabella ) is about 6 months old and is in heat... i have an appointment at the vet to get her spayed on monday the 26th at 730 am but in the mean time is there anything i can do to make her stop howling and rubbing against everything lol

PoliteNewYorker
June 29th, 2011, 02:45 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting your tip to give cats in heat a bit of a "rub-down". Mojo was very uncomfortable so I got online to look for tips on what to do. Your post was the first that made sense to me and so I gave it a go. I basically just rubbed her belly between the back legs for about 3 minutes or so while she stood on her back legs. I spoke gently to her and let her rest her forelegs on my forearm. She is conked out on the carpet now - resting sound asleep. No more howling or crying. I feel so much better now that she's more comfortable. Great tip!:lightbulb:

MissManda
August 17th, 2011, 09:22 AM
I've been reading this thread trying to find some answers for my cat. She's been in heat since JANUARY. Every night it's the same howling right outside my bedroom door. :( I can't take it anymore. We took her to the vet to get her spayed, but he said she's too old for such an operation. She's 18 or 19 years old, I think. This is ridiculous. :( I love my cat and feel sorry for her because she can't help it, but jeeeez, I want to punt her out the window too!

sugarcatmom
August 17th, 2011, 11:03 AM
I've been reading this thread trying to find some answers for my cat. She's been in heat since JANUARY. Every night it's the same howling right outside my bedroom door. :( I can't take it anymore. We took her to the vet to get her spayed, but he said she's too old for such an operation. She's 18 or 19 years old, I think. This is ridiculous. :( I love my cat and feel sorry for her because she can't help it, but jeeeez, I want to punt her out the window too!

Are you sure she's truly in heat and isn't actually suffering from a health issue like hyperthyroidism? HyperT can cause cats to yowl at night. Did the vet do any blood work? If not, take her back and ask for a full senior blood panel and urinalysis.

Dementia can also result in restless, yowling cats. Leaving a night-light on helps some cats. What happens if you let her in your bedroom at night?

Zebrica
September 19th, 2011, 10:06 AM
My young cat is in her second heat, was yowling her head off, and presenting me with her rear in a manner I found unsettling.

I gave her some catnip, and it calmed her right down! I highly recomend trying this.


I tried this and she just ended up covered in catnip, she rolled in it and now acting stupid and still in heat. Didn't help one bit lol

BenMax
September 19th, 2011, 06:58 PM
This is an old thread. Why are people just not getting their cats spayed and end this question?:confused:

Love4himies
September 20th, 2011, 06:42 AM
This is an old thread. Why are people just not getting their cats spayed and end this question?:confused:

I know, easy fix, isn't it!!

menagerie
October 11th, 2011, 03:38 AM
You know, people who are treating others like they are dumb....duh just get your cat spayed, you are not being productive. I have had my cat spayed TWICE first at 6 months, which was botched and again at a year (at which point they removed the uterus and the ovary they though was causing her cycle to return...new vet!) And yet my cat is in heat tonight, as she is every 6 months, so I do what any of us forum users would do and I google it. What comes up? A TEN year old thread that JUST MIGHT offer me some help and support, from CAT PEOPLE which I am not, I tend to prefer dogs and horses but I love my little Skittle. I do appreciate the comments about the pressure points and will try that after I finish here. I rarely sign up and post on random forums but this one ticked me off.

If you are so pro-spay and pro-neuter (as I am) a more effective approach may be to kindly educate people, not treat them like they are stupid, you don't know who is looking for HELP nor do you understand every situation.

14+kitties
October 11th, 2011, 07:00 AM
I rarely sign onto this site either any more but for different reasons. :( However, in MOST cases getting your cat spayed does indeed stop the behaviour. If your cat is once more in heat then may I suggest another trip to the vet to figure out why? If she is only acting this way every six months I would hesitate to say she is "in heat". Cats in heat normally cycle every few weeks if relief, mating, is not achieved or spaying not done. Spaying, as stated by my long time friends, will end that. I don't believe they intended to make people feel stupid on purpose. Maybe their intent was interpreted wrongly? Spaying is a simple fix.
I too have a couple of girls who "act" as if they are in heat at certain times of the year. They aren't. They are just overly affectionate in the spring and again in the fall. Weather fluctuations seem to affect their behaviour at those times.

Bina
October 11th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Agreeing with 14+Kitties....
Our Miss Mitten was dumped on our farm as a 6 month old and fortunately we were able to catch her and have her spayed so that she could be adopted into our household.

During the heat of summer and the very cold months of winter she will sleep indoors, but in spring and fall she is better off spending her nights in the sun room where she can yell and carry on while watching stray cats and raccoons out of the big windows. She just tends to be a bit nutty in spring and fall, what can I say...;) She will even try to scratch on the window glass. I think she is yelling at the coons to get their fat butts off of her property. LOL

KarenS
November 3rd, 2011, 06:39 AM
My female was a stray. I was feeding her on the porch with the intention of bringing her in. I knew she had one litter which she abandoned or they died after a couple weeks. I never could find them.

My plan was to crate her, take her to the vet, have her spayed, shots, treated for fleas and worms and then bring her in because I have a dog and another cat (neutered tom).

Then one day I noticed her bleeding. My neighbor informed me she "left a mess" in his yard. I looked and it was fetus. I immediately took her inside and put her in my bedroom because my tom wanted to attack her and called the vet. She had another miscarriage on my bed.

Long story short. I did take her to the vet. $400 later it was determined she had no more kittens and they could not give her shots or spay her at that time. They did treat for fleas and worms.

Well, it was fall so I figured she wouldn't come back into heat any time soon. Since I work, it's hard to get to the vet. I did not know about the artificial light disrupting heat cycles.

She's in heat. What I do to minimize the yowling is just keep her in the bedroom all the time. The confinement seems to tone it down a lot. I'm in there at night and since I am now the object of her total devotion, she only has sporadic yowling sessions and I am able to get some sleep.

She hates my other cat and the feeling is mutual so no help there. Plus I neutered him very young and I don't think he has a clue what to do. Too bad. :)

My advice is never put off tomorrow what you can do today. A cat in heat is really no fun for you or her.

catsnkisses
December 22nd, 2011, 11:18 PM
Hi,

My young cat just came into heat, and it's holiday time and most places will be closed, so we can't spay her. On top of that it is apparently dangerous to do so during heat?.. I heard there is some hormone-type medication for this to at leat wait till it's over and spay her. Has anyone heard about it?
p.s what are 'artificial light disrupting heat cycles'? google doesn't help.

yeaa..
January 22nd, 2012, 02:33 AM
my cats are both in heat at the same time all the time and putting butter on them helps...because they have to clean themselfs you should try it b4 you go to bed you will get a good nights rest trust me:lightbulb:

glowa
February 16th, 2012, 01:28 PM
Hello.

I've got an eight month old cat, John (yes, she's a girl) who can't be spayed because of a heart murmur - the vet says she can't have an anaesthetic.

Anyway, just now she's showing signs of her first heat cycle - the rolling around and mewling and I'm looking everywhere for tips on how to make it easier for her - while she's in pretty good general health I don't want to add to her stress levels with her condition.

Any tips?

Thanks!

sugarcatmom
February 16th, 2012, 04:21 PM
Hello.

I've got an eight month old cat, John (yes, she's a girl) who can't be spayed because of a heart murmur - the vet says she can't have an anaesthetic.

Hi glowa. Love John's name, that's hilarious!

Do you know the nature of the heart murmur? Has an echocardiogram ever been done? I think whether a cat can undergo general anesthesia has more to do with the type and severity of the heart condition (which is best diagnosed with an echo) rather then just the mere presence of a murmur (which some cats eventually outgrow anyway). It's great that your vet is cautious, but maybe he can also help you get to the bottom of the murmur. My almost 19 yr old cat has cardiomyopathy and he had a full dental done at 15 with no problems.

glowa
February 17th, 2012, 11:25 AM
Thanks for the reply - glad you like her name, people seem to be divided into thinking it's great or thinking it's grade one animal abuse!

Anyway, her murmur is a grade 4. When I got her (and her sister, Bob) I was all responsible, waiting until they were 12 weeks old, and booking them in for their shots and to be spayed and then found out about John's murmur. At the time they said grade 5, but it looks like one 'grade's worth' might have been the sort that they grow out of as very young kittens (when something hasn't fused or whatever). But she's left with quite a severe one, and while she hasn't had the full scans - they're just prohibitively expensive, and not covered by pet insurance - she's had a good external work up by the cardiologist and they're not happy to operate on her as she is.

So, for the moment I'm stuck with a sexually frustrated teenage cat - not to mention Bob, who has been spayed and has no idea what's going on with her sister!

sugarcatmom
February 17th, 2012, 01:28 PM
But she's left with quite a severe one, and while she hasn't had the full scans - they're just prohibitively expensive,

I know, it's crazy!! I've had 3 echos done on my guy (Aztec), and it just about killed me. The good thing was that it helped the vets figure out what meds would be most useful (he's on Atenolol) and at his last echo, there was noticeable improvement in blood flow through his heart. Which was why he got the go-ahead to have the dental done. So maybe in the future it can be an option for John? I think it's stupid that it's not covered by insurance.

So, for the moment I'm stuck with a sexually frustrated teenage cat

Oh how I feel your pain! One of my other cats went into heat 3 times after she had her kittens (trapped her as a pregnant feral). It was a nightmare for everyone in the house (most especially Aztec, who was the very perplexed target of her "affections").

Good luck with John!

sandyrivers
February 20th, 2012, 03:35 AM
hi

my cat Tonali has a heart valve defect/murmur and cannot be spayed... she had an echo to confirm it... no meds needed so far, but visits to the vet every 6 months to monitor the condition.

The vet told me that her chances would 50-50...she may not wake up.
So four times a year, i must put up with it...
Her heat periods last 7 to 10 days...
The noise of her meowing doesn't really bother me, but sometimes i am concerned the neighbors can hear her, so i keep the radio on, day and night...

All my other cats are spayed/neutered, but when ever Tonali gets in heat, I just make sure she gets a lot of food... sleeps better on a full tummy!

I also play with her and entertain her the best i can...
She likes the laser pointer toy i get at the dollar store!

sandyrivers

jgrciv
February 20th, 2012, 08:27 PM
I tried earplugs, but it made my cat's ears sore.

sandyrivers
March 1st, 2012, 08:46 AM
Hi,

My cat Tonali is the only cat I have that is not sterelised, she has a heart murmur, had an echo done, and according to the vet, putting her under to operate her would be a 50-50 chance...
So I have to put up with her being in heat 4 times per year...
Her heat periods last between 10 to 15 days...
Yes it can be annoying, but when it happens, i try to play with her more than usual, but she is not that interested. I find that brushing her helps a bit; she is long haired and enjoys it. She also calms down when i sit with her and lay guitar and sing softly to her, if you are not a musician, perhaps some soft soothing classical music could help?
Since your cat will be sterelised soon, it is only a matter of time.

sandyrivers

Risky1
March 20th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Ok...sorry but whoever says that a cats heat cycle is 3-4 days needs to put down the crack pipe.
But I have a solution.....
Step 1) Soften some margarine or butter in a dish.
Step 2) Put butter between every toe you can find on your cat....
Step 3) Go jump into bed and enjoy a good night's sleep.

Your cat will spend the rest of the night licking the butter from between it's toes and after the job will be exhausted from the task. Don't be surprised if she is snoring before you get into bed.

After I came up with this solution.... Shelly said...."Ya know... you're not as dumb as you look":lightbulb:

cpietra16
March 20th, 2012, 04:27 PM
Just so you know...this is an old post and as much as some posters tick you off...it's not worth responding to Cat hater....they haven't been back since 2010...

misspurdy06
April 28th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Theta waves are very effective for this. Here is a youtube link for theta waves in nature sounds.

http://youtu.be/TC717_0di8g

I play this when my cats are being especially annoying.

CatMummy
September 8th, 2012, 11:42 PM
MissManda - re your 19 year old cat - it may not be in heat - my 19 year old gets very stressed as is starting to go deaf and NEEDS to be bale to find me and be reassured with loads of gently pats and soothing voice as she simply can no longer hear me as well, so she looses me. If i am outside she cant recognise which direction i am calling to her from due to one ear being not working as well - she simply calls for reassurance to KNOW where you are if she cannot see or hear you properly, so she doesnt feel so lost. I now have a box with soft pillow and blanket for the old girl to sleep on in my room and give her gentle pat each time i go past it so she is reassured and as SOON as I hear her call for me I stand where she can see where i am and be reassured she hasnt been abandoned. Very important at this age to pander to them a bit and reassure them that all is well. Esp as she is calling at your bedroom door and NOT rushing out of the house calling would suggest she feels she's lost you somehow and cant find you... rather than being on heat

interestingly she never used to speak at all until a year ago - now then neighbours think i have two boys in the house - with her calling for me from time to time if she cant see me, and the young one having just come into season.... lol

CatMummy
September 8th, 2012, 11:58 PM
my young one is my first experience of cat in heat!!! boy oh boy!!! should have named her Helen (after Helen of Troy) with all the boys in the neighbourhood suddenly visiting!!!!! Is driving me a bit nuts BUT BUT BUT I have found this helpful.... she does go outside - but with me as a permanent chaperone - and any WIFF of a boy being there, or her calling them and they turn up, then she gets carted back inside and popped into the garage straight away with lots of windows and light and food and cat litter tray and a car to sit on... and the door closed firmly behind me - so she can still have chit chats to the ones outside but not get to them - after a bit they loose interest and she calms down a bit - I also find if i give her gentle taps with my finger tips where her tail meets her back then she forgets about the toms en route to the garage so is quite happy once she gets there. Doing this has also given me some sanity back!!!! I confess I am LOVING when she is asleep!!!!!!:sleepy::angel::lovestruck: Having her away in the gge also means the old girl CAN be outside when she wants too.

She is only in there for short periods of time so i can have the outside door open for the old puss to be able to come in and out. I am having to save to get her speyed as it is not free here and confess the idea of having her operated on terrifies me.

Getting a bit had it with toms coming inside and spraying!:mad: suggestions here would be great - need to have a door open for the old girl to come in and out and as it is too hot over here to keep them closed - but THAT means i have to guard the door and that is stressful and doesnt get anything done that I need to. ALSO they are constantly spraying on the vege garden which is disgusing so ideas there would be great also thanksxx

CatMummy
September 9th, 2012, 12:14 AM
i like what you said also sugarcatmom about leaving a night light on - i do this for my elderly cat and has made a huge difference at night for her since i started a few year ago - i have one in the room with the litter tray and one in the bedroom - is still dark enough for me to sleep but light enough for her not to fall or mis calculate when she is jumping up to her bed. The food and water is where a street light gives enough light through the studio for her to negotiate that with no stress whatsoever - just has made things so much easier for her.

interested to see you also found it helpful for your old one

ang_dela56073
October 21st, 2012, 02:16 PM
Several state's also have low income spay and neuter clinic. For instance, my state (Minnesota) has MN Snap: http://www.mnsnap.org/

So, anyone will an unfixed animal should look into whether their state has a program like this :)

Barkingdog
October 21st, 2012, 06:41 PM
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html



This link has a list of organizations that help people get vet care for their pets
when they can't afford to pay for a visit to the vet. This has organizations in most of the states

jellyberry420
March 4th, 2013, 10:28 PM
i have two cats that came to me VERY young from outside, had a vet check them out and due to being poor have done very little other vet things...

i have a 4yr old that goes absolutely ape-snot when in heat, i've tried all the 'free' options, but i can NOT afford spaying, should i just give her away (she's very loving when not in heat) or try to do a spay-n-dash? any ideas? i've tried calling the local humane society but they want to tack on all these extra $20's and $50's to the bill because i haven't gotten them shots

any ideas?

growler~GateKeeper
March 4th, 2013, 11:29 PM
Have you checked with the office manager at the original vet you went to, to ask them if they will allow you to pay in installments?

Giving the cat away is not going to solve the issue, in that case she is better off being surrendered to the humane society so she will not be allowed to bring more unwanted kittens into the world.

A "spay & dash" as you put it also would not work as in most if not all clinics they will ask for payment before you get the cat so at that time they may also go over any instructions as to after surgery care with you, then they will retrieve the cat from the kennels.

sugarcatmom
March 5th, 2013, 07:30 AM
Where do you live? We might be able to find subsidized spay/neuter programs for you. We have one here in my city called SNAP that provides free speutering for those that can't afford it.

Scoutsmama
March 8th, 2013, 03:25 PM
I found your advice the most helpful. My neutered male has been trying to comfort my little girl, but she still has been making the most horrendous noise! So I tried what you suggested, lots of rubdowns and body scratching. It seems to help. We are living with friends right now, so I can't afford for Scout to be making alot of noise. I am grateful for this forum.

Lizziebob
April 6th, 2013, 05:02 AM
I know I'm coming in YEARS after the question was first posted, but I'm sort of surprised that no posts have addressed one particular way to bring a queen out of heat.

NOTE: I spent about 10 years as an animal foster parent and wound up with more than one queen in heat. I was Googling around tonight to find a better description for the process other foster parents and I used (didn't find one).

FURTHER NOTE: The following is not for the faint of heart.

Thank you to my husband, who always assisted me in these queen-in-heat endeavors. Based on recommendations from other foster parents, I would get a digital thermometer (with a disposable cover), coat the tip with some sort of lubricant, and...well...gently diddle the kitty. And when I say "diddle the kitty," I mean maybe a quarter to a half inch of penetration (and no thrusting!).

The queens always screamed like banshees during the process (like they hadn't already been wandering around the house screaming?); afterward, they rolled around on the floor (and I think they asked us, in cat language, for a cigarette).

The "lustiest" queen required three such treatments.

I'd feel dirty for sharing this with you, but I saw the queens' relief afterward.

justsomegirl
May 11th, 2013, 01:39 AM
You mention being surprised that you can't find your technique on google or other forums, and there's just one reason for that:
It's just something that virtually NO sane cat owner would consider doing.
(whether breeders and fosters do it themselves is irrelevant)
Just IMHO.




I know I'm coming in YEARS after the question was first posted, but I'm sort of surprised that no posts have addressed one particular way to bring a queen out of heat.

NOTE: I spent about 10 years as an animal foster parent and wound up with more than one queen in heat. I was Googling around tonight to find a better description for the process other foster parents and I used (didn't find one).

FURTHER NOTE: The following is not for the faint of heart.

Thank you to my husband, who always assisted me in these queen-in-heat endeavors. Based on recommendations from other foster parents, I would get a digital thermometer (with a disposable cover), coat the tip with some sort of lubricant, and...well...gently diddle the kitty. And when I say "diddle the kitty," I mean maybe a quarter to a half inch of penetration (and no thrusting!).



The queens always screamed like banshees during the process (like they hadn't already been wandering around the house screaming?); afterward, they rolled around on the floor (and I think they asked us, in cat language, for a cigarette).

The "lustiest" queen required three such treatments.

I'd feel dirty for sharing this with you, but I saw the queens' relief afterward.

justsomegirl
May 11th, 2013, 01:50 AM
I'd also like to add, that I don't suggest anyone EVER follow this advice regardless- You could seriously injure your cat digging around in there.
SUCH bad advice.

I know I'm coming in YEARS after the question was first posted, but I'm sort of surprised that no posts have addressed one particular way to bring a queen out of heat.

NOTE: I spent about 10 years as an animal foster parent and wound up with more than one queen in heat. I was Googling around tonight to find a better description for the process other foster parents and I used (didn't find one).

FURTHER NOTE: The following is not for the faint of heart.

Thank you to my husband, who always assisted me in these queen-in-heat endeavors. Based on recommendations from other foster parents, I would get a digital thermometer (with a disposable cover), coat the tip with some sort of lubricant, and...well...gently diddle the kitty. And when I say "diddle the kitty," I mean maybe a quarter to a half inch of penetration (and no thrusting!).

The queens always screamed like banshees during the process (like they hadn't already been wandering around the house screaming?); afterward, they rolled around on the floor (and I think they asked us, in cat language, for a cigarette).

The "lustiest" queen required three such treatments.

I'd feel dirty for sharing this with you, but I saw the queens' relief afterward.

pets <3
June 20th, 2013, 08:57 AM
now i know many of you may think that this is a little unorthodox but it does work. My cats go into heat the same time but a week apart usually, so what do I do? well the cat want to get layed and thats why she keeps moaning and being lovable so i give her what she wants. I usually do one of two things I either rub the under side of her thighs while holding her by the scruff (like a male would do) and the howling will get louder, but when she starts to squirm i let her lose and she will wriggle on the floor like a worm and then take off, in silence for an hour or so.

The other option i do if it gets really bad, is i take a qtip and same hold her scruff with one hand and rub her with the qtip around her v with the other, until she wants free and same takes off this time for about two hours in silence. It really does work, but not many people think its right. All i am doing is basically doing what she cant, unlike us humans ;). I would never insert anything into my cat though only external rubbing to make sure I dont harm her

pets <3
June 20th, 2013, 09:09 AM
i have two cats that came to me VERY young from outside, had a vet check them out and due to being poor have done very little other vet things...

i have a 4yr old that goes absolutely ape-snot when in heat, i've tried all the 'free' options, but i can NOT afford spaying, should i just give her away (she's very loving when not in heat) or try to do a spay-n-dash? any ideas? i've tried calling the local humane society but they want to tack on all these extra $20's and $50's to the bill because i haven't gotten them shots

any ideas?

you should take a look at my post, it works wonders for me, ive been doing it a long time and my vet told me its okay. I dont want to get my cats fixed because the seperation would cause them to not get along so, i found this alternative method

take a look at my post it really does help, my vet even says its okay

AutumnLibraAjR4
December 7th, 2013, 08:23 AM
Pixie is just beginning heat. Moses & Maverick were neutered right on time (here we have to wait till 6-mo.s.) but there was a terrible virus killing cats, & ours ended up in the hospital for a couple weeeds. Anyway, the thread ideas are helping, definitely trying the rub-downs, both husband & I are massage therapists, & he's worked professionally with pets, so stands to reason. Poor little Pixie. We called the agency & begged them to get her in soon, & possibly take even less to spay her.

jtrosin
April 6th, 2014, 02:50 AM
Put it in a crate! Mine shuts right up even in the middle of horny howling heat! Why do you all mention being "up all night" and "not getting any sleep". Why do you all let your cats run your life? Just crate your dang cats when you go to bed. Same as you would a crate trained dog. Our cat is 9 months old and has been crated at night EVERY night. I don't care if it stays up all night staring at the wall. The important thing is that my wife and I get to sleep. She willingly goes into the crate too, I don't have to force her. When she's in heat she won't run around the house at night, howl and knock crap over. And guess what else? When she's not in heat she won't run around the house at night and knock crap over.

...... at least shut your bedroom doors and turn on a box fan. Or just shut the cat in a far off room at night with the litter box inside. :cat:

POST edited by ADMIN - Please tone the rudeness way down.

I put mine in her carrier if she acts up. She seems to like the carrier. And its comfortable for her. Agree on this one.:fingerscr

Diva'sUnderling
April 6th, 2014, 12:48 PM
When our 2 year old female calico goes into heat we found that first off has to me to do the consoling, the wife just won't do.
What I do is i hold her against my chest, humming in low tones, but I hold her to allow her to let her stretch her body out so her feet are dangling, and i gently massage her belly while I'm humming. She gets extremely relaxed and doesn't meow so much after I do that for about 5-10 minutes a few times a day.

At night time she lays next to me and the wife, and we both keep a hand on her and she sleeps through the night with us also.

I don't know if it is just because we got lucky, but I think as long as you're not doing something to not bring harm to the cat, and it helps her through a tough time, then do it.

So if someone wants to flame this post, meh, you don't matter. I know my cat, and I know what soothes her so she's not being noisy, and annoying.

We pay attention to her, and do what we can because we love her very much.

Some cats love being i boxes, some love attention, some love jumping in water. No matter how strange the cure may seem, I think it you truly love your companion, and you try to find that thing that comforts them through their heat stage, do it. As long as it doesn't harm them, you're still paying attention to them and loving to them, I don't see any harm in thing.

I've had a few cats in my life and these tricks have worked for them all. But they were 2 calico, and 1 siamese. So it might work differently for other breeds of cats and different attitudes of cats.

Cats are individuals. Cats have their own personality. Just like people. Love them, and nurture them, and they'll adapt to you better in my opinion.