I was led to write this article because I was silly enough to not get my cat spayed. She was rescued by my daughter’s fiancee’ at about one week old and was always an indoor cat. She got out once very young, and we didn’t realize until the next morning, and after that we had no problems keeping her in. Whatever happened that night scared her enough to stop trying to get out. Perhaps the nasty old raccoons had a few words with her.
A Cat In Heat
I was ready to get her spayed as she went into heat every two weeks and drove me crazy. I was worried about the cost though and put it off.
Some signs of a cat in heat:
“crying” or “calling out”
constantly rubbing up against stuff
more affectionate than usual
sticking her rear end in the air
Some cats “spray” during this time.
Believe me none of this is pleasant, especially every two weeks. I couldn’t wait to get her spayed. A good resource if you’re low on funds, but want to do the responsible thing and spay your cat the SPCA can help.
Signs that your cat is pregnant
I recently got some new roommates, and I believe this is how she got out. She was still afraid to go out, but when she was in heat she would cry at the back sliding glass door, and look for the cat that hangs out in the back. So I think someone felt bad, and thought she needed to go out. Well, it has been five weeks since that night and she has not gone into heat once, and I noticed she was getting even quirkier than she already was. This is what I found out about behavior in a cat that has become pregnant:
Preoccupation with food- She will be eating a lot more than usual.
Pinking-her nipple will become enlarged
Affectionate-Whether your cat is normally a cool cucumber, or a loving cat, she may start to show a lot more affection.
Vomiting-yes, cats can get morning sickness too.
Large belly-After about her fifth or sixth week, her belly will begin to swell with pregnancy.
Nesting-Late in pregnancy she will start looking for a nice private spot to have her babies.
A cat’s pregnancy lasts about nine weeks.
So is my cat pregnant? Besides all of the above behaviors I have noticed if anyone picks her up by her belly she will get very angry and bite you. I’m pretty sure she is, and we will have to pay a visit to the vet. Far more expensive than spaying her. So, learn from my lesson, and visit the SPCA or a spay/neuter clinic and have her spayed unless you plan on breeding her.