Cold cats require special attention and care. If your cat has already been in heat for some time, then you will certainly remember the characteristic sounds and constant demand for attention.
If your cat is unable to mate, it can be a frustrating and unpleasant time for both of you. If she is able to mate, you should take into account possibly 2 litters of kittens per year. If you do not intend to breed with your cat, then it is best to have her sterilized. That makes it easier for both you and your cat.
If your cat is in heat, she is in her fertile period and she is looking for a male to mate with. Normally a cat is in heat in the spring and autumn. The short period can vary from a few days to a few weeks. On average, a female cat has her first heat at the age of 6 months, but with some females it can occur around the age of 4 months.
What are the signals?
During the period of time your cat is more affectionate and rubs more against furniture, walls and her favorite people. She will most likely rub her buttocks and will regularly adopt a mating posture, i.e. with her abdomen and tail up.
The most troublesome characteristics of heat for an owner are the sounds that they make and the spraying. Krolse cats often ‘cry’ loudly and continuously to lure a male. Often they also spray walls and furniture with strong smelling urine to pass on their availability to hangovers.
If you have a cat that lives mainly indoors, she will try desperately to go outside.
Although your veterinarian can prescribe medication to reduce symptoms, the best prevention for heat is sterilization. After a sterilization, the cat is no longer in heat, she shows less terrritorial behavior and the chance of spraying and scratching is much less.
Some veterinarians prefer to sterilize only after a cat has gone through her first fertile cycle, other veterinary surgeons are becoming sterile early on. There are arguments both before and against to sterilize a kitten early or after its first cycle. Ask your veterinarian how he / she thinks about it.