Cats’ Fear – Symptoms and Care
Do you think your cat is in the heat period ? It is important that you know how to recognize when the animal is in the moment, to be able to understand your attitude and take care of it with the attention you need.
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Keep in mind that the heat of a cat is different from that of a cat , that is why we will show you the different characteristics according to the genre in order to understand your pet better.
In this article from YourCatCareguide we are going to explain to you all about the cio of the cats , the characteristics, the symptoms and the necessary cares.
Characteristics of cio in the cats
Let’s start by talking about the heat in the cats , since it is the most complex and the most obvious signs show when they are in this time. The first thing you should know is that periods of rutting happen at certain times of the year , times when the cat is predisposed to be fertilized by the male to procreate. But she will not allow the sexual encounter all year long, only when she’s in heat.
A cat starts having the first heat until 6 or 9 months . If your cat has short hair, it is likely that it will start early with cio, than cats that have a longer coat (these breeds of cats can delay heat until they are 15 months old).
The bitches have the heat more than once a year and with the cats happens exactly the same. The warmest months and those in which the days are longer, are the ones that give rise to the heat ( spring and summer ). During this time, the frequency of estrus can increase and appear every two or three weeks. However, there is no rule that can help us know the frequency of estrus in cats , because factors such as the following explain:
- We have already mentioned that the feline breed influences a lot, as well as factors such as weight and genetics .
- We have also already mentioned that in times of heat the cios are more frequent, this is because they interfere factors like the light and / or the climate .
- Cats can also have heat if they are in contact with others who have it, this is because they release pheromones that can cause the appearance of heat.
It is also important to know the stages in which the estrus is divided in the cats because, unlike the cats, the estrus of the cats is much more concrete preparing the cat to be fertilized. The 3 phases are as follows:
- Before the heat : the days before the appearance of heat, in which the reproductive organs begin to prepare to receive the male and to welcome the puppies in the belly. During these days you will notice how the cat is more nervous and affectionate.
- Cio : after 5 days, the heat begins, the moment in which the cat is already prepared to receive the male. And if you do not, you’ll spend the day crying, mewing and rubbing yourself on the floor to ease your instinct and also call the cat with your screams.
- Relaxation : If there is no meeting between the two, the cat will eventually relax and return to normalize your reproductive system.
Characteristics of heat in cats
The estrus in cats is different from that in females, because it starts later. It usually starts between 8 and 12 months and ends at around age 7. In addition, males do not show the cycle of estrus that we have just explained in the case of cats, since the cat is prepared to mate throughout the year . When they detect the odor that the females release with the heat or hear their cries, the cats are also in heat with the desire to meet with them.
Although we have mentioned that there are no cycles of heat in males, the truth is that during the winter and fall months the libido is less than when the good weather arrives. The environmental factor also has an influence on the cats, but this does not mean that outside these seasons it does not react if it catches the signal of a cat with the heat.
Symptoms of heat in cats
Now that you know some of the characteristics of cats, let’s talk about the signs that will help you know when your pet is in heat . These symptoms are also different depending on the gender, so we next classify depending on whether it is male or female.
Symptoms of heat in male cats
When you catch the smell or the screams of a female in heat, the cat will begin to have the signs of heat that are recognizable because you will notice your cat more nervous , starting to grow more insistent , may even tremble with the excitement .
You may also notice that you urinate in places you did not do it, this is because it is marking territory to make it clear that this female is yours. And it is precisely this attitude so territorial and to mark territory that can cause the animal to become a little more aggressive with other males .
Symptoms of heat in cats
Unlike bitches, cats do not bleed when they are ready to be fertilized. To know if a cat is with the heat should notice your attitude, which will be easily recognizable. A cat in heat will growl more than normal , sometimes it may sound like it’s screaming and the voice may be confused with that of a small child.
Besides, you will see that you begin to rub in everything and everyone, rubbing themselves on the furniture and showing a more caring attitude . It is also common that if you pet your pet in this period, you will see how you put your body in the way you would put it to receive the male.
Caring for cats during heat
When you see that your cat or cat is in heat you will have to pay more attention because you are more sensitive and in need of affection. Also, if you get distracted you are likely to run away from home to look for a companion, so do not lose your cat’s sight. You should play with your cat, give her more pampering and attention, to make her feel calmer.
To protect you from the males who will look for it, we recommend that you close the windows and doors to make sure the cat does not enter the house and the cat does not run away. To take care of your animal at this time and to make it stop suffering, a good way is sterilization or castration .
There are no serious side effects resulting from this operation and, although the heat continues to exist (since it is a natural instinct), the cat will not undergo these physical changes nor the need to be fertilized. If you operate, you may tend to gain weight, as well as being calmer, so take care of your food to ensure a healthy life.
In the case of males, castration is also favorable because they will not have the instinct to fight with other cats, in addition it will be preventing diseases like feline leukemia or the immunodeficiency syndrome. In this YourCatCareguide article you can learn more about the benefits of castrating a cat .
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