Most cat owners know that when their female kitty starts yowling and rocking her hindquarters back and forth, she has come into her heat cycle. The heat cycle, called estrus, begins around the time a kitten reaches six months of age, but it can begin earlier or later. The estrus cycle is normal and doesn't hurt your cat. You can calm her during this phase with a few different methods including extra love, attention, and exercise, and time for isolation. Stop future heat cycles with spaying.
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Give your cat extra attention
Calm your cat by giving her additional attention while she is in her heat cycle. Spend quality time with her. Allow her to sit in your lap. Brushing her gently is as good for her coat as it is for her demeanor. Make a spot for her near you on the couch or on the arm of your favorite chair.
Keep a soft towel or blanket in your beloved feline's favorite spot and on the furniture beside you, to comfort her and invite her to stay nearby as well as to keep your furniture free of discharge from her estrus cycle.
Soothe cats with extra exercise
A higher level of aggression and stress is natural for a cat experiencing her heat cycle. While you can't erase these symptoms, you can manage them with extra outlets for their aggression. Exercise and playtime are great distractions for your cat during her heat cycle. A cat who is tired from a romp with a laser dot will rest more soundly.
Interactive toys, such as a feather hung from a twig, can keep your cat active. A scratching post may also soothe your cat, who will be more antsy than normal during her heat cycle. Try a combination of playing with your cat while leaving out toys that they can play with on their own.
Allow cats isolation and solitude
Even if your cat is normally very active and she energetically approaches playtime, she may prefer solitude during her estrus cycle. Allow her to take root in a safe place, such as a towel-lined box in a closet, an elevated sleeping area on a high shelf, or in her cat tree.
Be certain to keep her inside and away from other cats. Make sure that any exit is secure, keeping doggie doors, windows, and screen doors closed. When you leave the house, check to make sure that your cat didn't escape. Neighborhood tom cats may line up to try to woo your cat during her estrus; if more than one shows up for courting, a fight may ensue, aggravating your kitty's already heightened state of discontent. Allowing your cat to stray during estrus can result in unwanted pregnancy or injury.
Keep cat areas clean
It's natural for a cat in heat to start urinating in her territory (your home) to attract male attention. The last thing you want to have a cat in heat do is mark your furniture, carpet, or other soft furnishings. Deter cats in heat from marking other areas of your home by keeping their litter box clean — more so than normal. If your cat can't smell themselves in their box, they will continue marking that same territory instead of finding new ones. Remember, your cat is just doing what comes naturally and isn't mad at you.
Schedule a veterinarian appointment
During estrus, your cat might not act like herself at all, and this might be disconcerting to you. Don't let it be. Approach your cat's changed behavior with calmness and patience; it will be beneficial to your cat. Go ahead and schedule a vet appointment to have your cat spayed; you'll prevent future heat cycles and unwanted pregnancy.