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    Coping with a Cat in Heat | Kitten Ads

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
    A female cat can be in heat roughly three times a year, so any responsible cat owner nees to learn how to calm a cat in heat. At this time, the behaviour of a female cat can become increasingly difficult to predict, but there are steps you can take to cope with the situation. To learn more about this area of cat health, read the guide below.


    Essential Guide to Calming a Cat in Heat

    • It’s fairly easy to spot the warning signs of when a cat is coming into season, as the cat will begin to  become restless, may disappear for long periods at a time and may exhibit a change in appetite. Observe the cat from a distance – if it is standing with its hind end raised, this is a common sign of a cat in heat.

    • There is no one way of calming a cat in heat – some owners prefer to lavish their prized pet with plenty of her favourite treat, while others like to pat and stroke the cat until it begins to relax. At this time, the cat’s sensory stimulation will be extremely high, so it will positively crave the physical contact.

    • A cat in heat will be a bundle of energy. Try and find plenty of distractions in which to keep your cat occupied. Think back to when the cat was a kitten and the games it used to enjoy. Bring out all the old cat toys that the cat may disregard when out of season – at this time of the year, the cat will be more than willing to play with cat toys, socks and balls.

    • If this is your first experience of a cat in heat, it may be best to consult with a vet for further advice on how to cope with this unusual time. If you’re unsure about the cat’s behaviour, it’s always advisable to discuss things with an expert.

    • Finally, if the cat mates and falls pregnant, it’s worth remembering that the estrus cycle can begin in a female cat only 2-6 weeks after giving birth.

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