Cats usually go into heat for about seven days, but it can last for as long as two weeks. If your cat is rubbing against objects like furniture or walls, loudly vocalizing, and raising her hind end, she is probably in heat.
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Since cats seem uncomfortable during this time, you may want to provide your pet with some natural soothers. Spaying your cat is the best option for ending her distress, but other remedies may help keep her calm.
Homeopathic cat calming remedies
Rescue Remedy for pets is a blend of five flower essences that has been used since the 1930s. It is a glycerin-based, alcohol-free formula that is safe to use in cats. Many pet owners say that it can be used as a medicine for cats in heat to possibly ease your feline's stress. If your cat seems tense or stressed during her estrus, it's possible that Rescue Remedy might make her feel calmer.
This homeopathic treatment comes in a liquid that you can add to a few treats or her food and feed to your cat in heat. Or, place a few drops in her water so she can get the medicine that way.
Use a synthetic cat pheromone
Some of the best products for cats in heat are synthetic feline pheromone products. Synthetic cat pheromone products emit an odor that has a calming effect on cats, including those in heat. It not only helps to calm your cat, but if you have multiple cats in the home, it will help calm down all of them.
You can spray synthetic cat pheromone products around your home or buy them in diffuser form to plug in around your home. The pheromone scent also helps discourage any urine spraying when your cat is in heat too.
Distract your cat with play
Distract your cat by providing her with new toys and playing with her as much as possible. Give her plenty of puzzle toys to play with so she'll be distracted from the discomfort of being in heat. Extra attention of any kind can help take her mind off her distress, so pet her, cuddle with her, and spend extra time with her.
Interacting with your cat is quite calming for her because cats find social interactions with their owners very soothing. Use toys on a string to interact with your cat, which will tire her out and reduce her stress while she spends time with you. If you notice that your cat in heat is vocalizing and trying to escape, it's a good time to distract her with a play session.
Enrich your cat's environment
Give your cat plenty of spaces to hide, like a cat condo, cat tree, bookshelf, or box to sit in. One of the best natural calming remedies for cats is simply providing them with small spaces where they can feel safe. Think of them like little feline getaways.
In addition to cat condos, add some cat-specific wall shelves for your cat to climb up to while she's in heat. This way, when she's feeling stressed, she can have a safe spot away from people and other pets where she can spend time alone.
Play calming cat music
Play music, particularly music specifically composed to calm cats. Cats can be soothed by music and studies have shown that it can make them feel calmer during stressful situations. While this type of cat music is readily available online, you can also play classical music as well.
Set the music to play while you're not at home so that your cat in heat will continue to benefit from the calming effects. You can also play it in the background when you're together.
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- Drugs.com: Rescue Remedy Pet