What Do Cats Feel When They’re in Heat?


Cats in heat can be painful, uncomfortable, and stressful—for both you and your cat. With so many hormonal changes happening in such a short period of time, it’s no wonder the term cat hormones brings to mind images of crazy cat ladies!

But what exactly is going on with your cat during this time? What do cats feel when they’re in heat? Is it really that bad? And how can you make things easier on both you and your cat?


Is she hurting?

If your cat is yowling, trying to escape, or just seems agitated, she may be in pain. However, it’s important to remember that cats are good at hiding their pain, so she may not be showing any obvious signs.

If you’re concerned that your cat is in pain, talk to your vet. The goal of treatment for feline heat cycles is to manage the symptoms, not cure the underlying problem. For example, if your cat is experiencing vaginal bleeding, your vet might prescribe a medication like progesterone tablets.

The most important thing you can do for your kitty during this time provides plenty of love and attention! It may also help to provide some extra treats, lots of scratching behind the ears, and belly rubs.

And don’t forget about her litter box–cats in heat will have an increased need to use the litter box. You’ll want to change the litter every day or two because it will get dirtier faster. 

You should also try to keep your cat indoors when possible. She won’t want to go outside while she’s in heat because there are more males out there looking for mates, and they’ll try even harder to find her when they know she’s fertile.


Why does my cat go into heat?

Cats go into heat because they need to mate in order to reproduce. The heat cycle is controlled by hormones and usually lasts between two and three weeks. Cats will usually go into heat multiple times per year.

If your cat goes into heat a lot, there might be an underlying medical issue that needs to be looked at. It’s important for you to keep track of when your cat is going into heat so you can take them to the vet if necessary.

One way to tell if your cat is in heat is through their behavior. Cats tend to rub up against objects or scratch furniture more often when they are in heat. You may also notice a discharge from your vagina or increased thirst.

Female cats have ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and vaginal canals. They also have a clitoris (where the male penis would go). The female cat does not experience orgasm during mating; it is only used as a means to get pregnant.

Some female cats will emit an odor during the mating season due to changes in the chemistry of their body; this happens mostly with females who aren’t spayed. Female cats cannot continue mating once they become pregnant – this includes after one day after giving birth.


How to ease your cat through her heat cycle

If you have an unspayed female cat, you’ll likely go through several heat cycles with her before she’s spayed. Here’s what you need to know to help your kitty through this time.

First of all, it may be a little difficult for her to get comfortable at first as the lining of the uterus is swelling and stretching – which can cause pain or discomfort. You may notice your pet staying close to home or hiding more than usual – a sign that they are uncomfortable or in pain.

Second, during these times, many cats will become more aggressive or territorial and may try attacking other animals or people. It is best to keep them inside and away from anyone who might hurt them.

Third, cats in heat may also start urinating outside of their litter box due to their hormones being out of whack (especially if there are male cats around).

Fourth, don’t worry about preventing pregnancy since this won’t happen until after she has been spayed – which will happen just once by removing her uterus and ovaries.


The Reproductive Cycle of the Female Cat

A cat’s heat cycle lasts anywhere from seven to ten days. During this time, she will be in heat or calling for roughly four to five days. The first stage of the cycle is called proestrus and lasts one to two days.

At this point, the cat’s estrogen levels are rising, but she is not yet receptive to mating. The second stage, estrus, is when the cat is most fertile and will allow mating. This stage lasts two to three days.

On the last day of estrus, her body prepares for pregnancy by stopping ovulation. If pregnancy does not occur, the third stage begins; otherwise known as diestrus. The diestrus stage lasts nine to eleven days.

It includes a period of bleeding that occurs if the female cat has not been bred, which typically happens about two weeks after the start of estrus. Finally, if the female has been pregnant during any part of her reproductive cycle, she enters a fourth stage called ileus, which can last up to six weeks after birth.


Preventative Steps for Reducing Heat Cycles

If you don’t want your female cat to go through the heat cycle, there are a few preventative steps you can take. Spaying your cat before its first heat cycle is the most effective way to prevent it from happening.

If your cat has already gone through one heat cycle, you can try giving them a monthly injection of luteinizing hormone to prevent another cycle from occurring. Finally, keeping your cat indoors can also help reduce the chances of them going into heat.

It’s important to note that these steps may not work for all cats and some cats may still go into heat despite these precautions. It’s important to be aware of any behavioral changes with your cat during this time because they may need additional care or attention.


Tips for Handling Kittens in Heat

If you have a female cat that hasn’t been spayed, you may be wondering what’s going on when she goes into heat. Here are a few things to keep in mind It is normal for cats to vocalize more than usual during the heat cycle; they may cry out and yowl as they go through their cycles.

Be aware of any changes in your pet’s moods and behaviors during this time! Cats will often become less social and it can be difficult to get them to eat or drink. You might also notice an increase in urination or unusual behavior like pawing at objects or rubbing up against people.

Female cats will also show sexual interest by arching their back and presenting their bottom to males. How do you know if your cat is in heat? Check out our video below!


Fighting Over Males & Territoriality

Cats in heat tend to fight more with other cats, both males, and females. They may also be more territorial, wanting to defend their territory from other cats. This is all due to the increase in hormones that they are experiencing.

So, if your cat is acting more aggressive than usual, it may be because they’re in heat. It can take up to 2 weeks for a female cat’s cycle to end after she has been spayed or had her eggs removed, so this will continue until then.

Male cats don’t experience these changes as much since they don’t have uteruses and ovaries as females do. However, when there are male cats around during a female cat’s time of heat, there can be many unwanted kittens which would make for overcrowding.

The best way to protect your pet is by having them spayed!


Neuter Benefits

As many pet parents know, cats can go into heat multiple times throughout the year. But what exactly is happening when they do? And are they in pain? If you want to keep your cat from going into heat every few months, talk to your veterinarian about neuter benefits.

Neutering a cat will lower its risk of certain diseases and make them less aggressive. It also offers an easier litter box experience for you as a pet parent! An intact female cat may come into heat once or twice a year.

The first phase starts with swelling around her vulva, called proestrus. The vulva remains swollen for three to four days before the onset of estrus. There is usually no discharge during this phase, but it can happen if there is trauma to the vulva (like if she had been bitten by another animal).

Next comes estrus which lasts anywhere from three days to two weeks, depending on how old she is. During this time, females become receptive to mating. In addition to vulvar swelling, the clitoris becomes enlarged and erect.

Estrous discharge increases in volume. Estrus ends with either successful mating or false pregnancy (pseudopregnancy), where symptoms mimic those of true pregnancy without actually being pregnant at all.

The final stage is menorrhagia or bleeding due to hormonal changes associated with reproduction. Bleeding can last from five to eight days and should be stopped by spaying your cat.

Cats who are spayed have a much lower risk of developing uterine cancer than unspayed cats, who can develop malignant tumors that eventually invade other organs in the body.

Females who aren’t spayed also have higher rates of mammary cancer, peritonitis (infection of the abdomen lining), pyometra (infection and pus buildup in the uterus), and complications during delivery.

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