Female cats naturally go into their first heat cycle at about six months of age, but it may occur anywhere between four and 12 months of age depending on a cat’s breed, health, and the time of year.
A cat is usually in heat for about a week and if it doesn’t mate, it will go out of heat and then come back into heat again a week or so later. This can occur throughout the breeding season.
The following are telling signs that your cat is in heat:
- Urine spraying
- Attention-seeking behaviour
- Demanding or pushy behaviour
- Rolling on the floor
- Raising hind end into the air
- Wiggling hind end when the back spine is stroked
- Begging to go outside
- Rubbing its face on things
If you have a cat that is in heat, attention-seeking behaviour can be annoying and persistent. Breeding a cat in heat will, of course, stop the cycle but then pregnancy is likely to result which will potentially leave you with even more cats that will come into heat. Getting a cat spayed is the best way to prevent or eliminate these unwanted behaviours.
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