How Often Do Cats Go Into Heat?
Cats go into heat several times a year, usually during the warmer months of spring and summer. During this time, female cats may exhibit signs such as increased vocalization, restlessness, and an increase in affectionate behavior towards humans or other animals. While these behaviors can be endearing to some people, it’s important for cat owners to understand why their cat is exhibiting them so they can better manage their pet’s behavior during this period.
What Is The Feline Heat Cycle?
The feline heat cycle is the reproductive cycle of female cats that determines when they are in heat and ready to mate. It typically occurs multiple times per year in cats that have not been spayed or neutered – approximately every 21 days between the months of March and November depending on geographical location. Female cats will enter into estrus which is characterized by behavioral changes including restlessness, yowling (vocalizing), rolling around on the floor and spraying urine in areas where other cats may come across it. During estrus females become more affectionate with humans but also actively search for mates by attempting to attract any passing males through scent marking and “calling out” with loud meows or howls at night time hours when most males would be available for mating purposes only – otherwise known as “calling”.
Signs Of A Cat In Heat
There are certain behaviors that you may notice in your female cat if she enters into estrus:
1) Increased vocalization- Your cat may start yowling more than usual especially at night because she’s looking for potential mates nearby
2) Restlessness- She may seem agitated or anxious due to her desire to find a mate
3) Affectionate behavior- She might start acting more affectionately towards you than ever before as a way of seeking comfort while searching for mates
Treating And Managing Cats In Heat
If you don’t want your female cat getting pregnant then make sure you take necessary precautions such as having her spayed before entering her first heat cycle or keeping her indoors until after it has passed (usually 3 weeks). If possible try distracting her from male attention by providing plenty of stimulation inside like interactive toys or treats; playing games with her; allowing access outside (with proper supervision);or setting up an indoor litter box/potty area away from windowsills/doors where she won’t spot any potential suitors too quickly! If all else fails then consult your vet who might prescribe medication specifically designed to reduce sexual hormones levels during this period – just remember never give human medications without consulting first!