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Cat constantly in heat.

Species: Cat
Breed: persian
Age: 1-2 years
Hi, I have a cat, she is little less than 2 years old. She is always in heat like 1 week she is in heat, then 3 days normal then again the same cycle continues. She gave birth to a kitten 10 weeks ago. the kitten was less than a month and she was in heat again. and the same heat cycle above continues. Her cycle continues throughout the year. What should i do? ill be really thankful if you can help me with this.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Rawal. My answer is probably not what you want to hear, but unfortunately what you are describing can be normal for an unspayed female.

Where dogs go into heat approximately every 6 months, cats can go in and out of heat repeatedly and some of them will do this all year round. (Some are less frequent in the winter months, but not all.)

The only way to stop these heat cycles is to have Maggi spayed. It's definitely a good idea to do that!

Apparently it is possible to take a cat out of heat by "stimulating" her genital area with a q-tip. If she feels that she has been bred then she may go out of of heat for a bit longer. However, this is not an enjoyable thing for either you or Maggi to do and there's no telling how long it will take before she comes into heat again.

Hopefully you can have her spayed soon!

Dr. Marie.

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Customer reply:

if i have her spayed will it have any negative effect on her behavior? eg: like weight gain or sleeping all day long. Is there any safe medicine to stop the heat cycles, because my cat is not in USA right now.

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

There really isn't a medicine that will safely stop the heat cycles. I wish it were that easy! There are some hormones that a vet can prescribe that could possibly work but they carry a very high risk of causing ovarian, uterine or mammary cancers and other side effects.

Most cats, after they are spayed, have a lower calorie requirement. I usually recommend reducing a cat's food intake by 30% after they are spayed. Because most people don't reduce their cat's food intake, it is true that most cats do tend to gain weight after they are spayed.

I have not found that spaying a cat has any other effect on their behavior though.

Customer reply:

Thank you Dr.Marie. ohh there is one more problem. she have 3-4 small black moles on her tongue, and her mouth have bad smell and she snores sometime when she sleeps, is it normal? i was more worried about the moles on the tongue and the bad breath. Thank you.

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Usually black spots on an animal's tongue are pigment and nothing to worry about. If they are raised or ulcerated at all, then it's something I would have a vet look at. But, I can't say I can think of a common medical condition that would cause that.

I'm not too worried about the snoring.

Bad breath is a tough one to figure out over the internet. Does she have red gums? If so, she could have a condition called stomatitis or gingivitis and possibly need some dental work. It's also possible that she has a dental infection.

Most animals have slightly bad breath (as would we if we didn't brush our teeth). But if you think it's really bad then she may need to see a veterinarian.

Customer reply:

i just looked at her, the moles are not raised nor ulcerated, well her gums are not red, its more like light pink color. the bad breath is not always present. her nose is dry always, so i apply little vaseline on the nose. is there a way to clear up her nose? thank you so much Dr.Marie :)

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I wouldn't worry at all about a dry nose unless it was cracking, red and sore. It's probably best to do nothing at all!

Customer reply:

Thank you Dr.Marie so much. ill for sure bookmark your link for future problems lol. last question :) any precautions i should take or any specific thing i should add in diet to prevent fur ball formation in stomach? Have a nice evening.

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I normally only answer one question per thread here. The last one you've asked could potentially have a long answer, but the short answer is that there is not a lot you can do other than keeping her well brushed and on a good quality food.

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