A cat comes in heat when she sexually matures. Usually this happens between 4 and 10 months of age – normally around six months.
What are the signs my cat is in heat?
How long does a heat cycle last?
You can expect the above behavior for between 7 to 10 days.
How often will my cat be in heat?
Unless your get your cat fixed or she mates she will continue to come into heat every 2 to 3 weeks.
If a cat comes into heat many times without a pregnancy there are associated health risks. A intact female cat has a high risk of developing cancer of the reproductive organs or developing pyometra which is a life threatening infection of the uterus.
How can I prevent my cat going into heat?
This is EASY to prevent! Have your female cat spayed.
What do I do if my cat goes into heat
You must avoid unwanted pregnancies by keeping her inside away from male cats. You CAN have a cat fixed (spayed) even when they are in heat. Do not delay!
My cat should be able to celebrate the joys of motherhood.
Please re-consider this. First, cats do not romanticize motherhood the way humans do. Having kittens for a cat is a dangerous prospect and complications can and do happen. Plus, every year thousands of kittens and cats are killed in shelters because there isn’t enough homes to take them in. Even if you know people who will take a kitten once they’re born, you’re still taking a home from an already born, homeless kitten.