Is heat stressing my cat out?
So my kitten has been going in to heat every few weeks for a couple of months now and I don't want to get her spayed, but I wanted to make sure it's not harmful to her. I actually like when she goes in to heat. She gets really cute and really sweet and her mating noises are adorable, but sometimes the howling gets really loud and it worries me. I don't want her to be in pain or be really frustrated every time this happens and I'm female, I know human cycles aren't very fun (i.e extremely painful and stressful). Is there any reason to get her fixed, other than she might get impregnated?
[QUOTE=Garey;1065512]...my kitten has been going in to heat every few weeks for a couple of months now and I don't want to get her spayed, but I wanted to make sure it's not harmful to her....
Is there any reason to get her fixed, other than she might get impregnated?[/QUOTE]
Welcome to the forum, Garey !
Perhaps a read of the following will help you understand what will invariably occur.......should you NOT have your kitten spayed:[quote]
Pyometra is a disease which [B]occurs in intact (un-spayed) female dogs and cats[/B]. Pyometra means that the canine or feline reproductive tract, primarily the uterus, fills and distends with infection and pus. The presence of this infectious material makes the pateint very sick, and left untreated is imminently fatal.
[B]Treatment for pyometra is surgical, as the disease does not repond to antibiotics[/B]. Essentially, a spay has to be performed. However, [B][U]a pyometra spay is considerably more challenging than a routine spay[/U][/B].
The best way to deal with pyometra is prevention. [B]Spaying your dog or cat effectively eliminates the possibility of pyometra, while effectively [U]preventing mammary cancer, difficult pregnancy, and heat based aggression[/U][/B].
And, while you find her behaviour adorable as a kitten, I can assure you that this will be short-lived.
A couple of important add-ons for you.......[LIST][*]ensure that she receives pain medication for several days after surgery, and do NOT accept any form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - a "pain patch" is perfect[*]A Feline Nutrition 101 for you (+ additional "must-knows"): [B][URL="http://catinfo.org/"]Feeding Your Cat - Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition[/URL][/B][/LIST]
Hope that helps !
The cost of having repeated litters (food - vet bills for the mon and the litter) will be more expensive than the spay, so another reason to spay your cat will be to save money.
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