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How to recognize cat sounds in heat and what they mean

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How to recognize cat sounds in heat and what they mean

Sometimes cats become truly unbearable with continuous meows and night cries. In reality it is normal behavior because they are the classic sounds of the cat in heat. The solution? Sterilize them.

Two cats relaxing … when the heat? (Photo Pexels)

Cats of reproductive age that have not been sterilized enter heat – or flair – several times a year, and ovulate with each mating. These cats are called “queens” and their heat cycle usually lasts between seven and ten days, during which their behavior becomes anything but subtle. So how do we understand that a cat is in heat? What are the typical sounds of the cat in heat?

The sounds of the cat in heat: meows, whines and purrs

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A nervous cat (iStock photo)

Maybe we already know the sounds of stressed meowings of cats in heat when they call a mate. In addition to these vocalizations, other cat sounds in heat sometimes include sweet, melodious purrs. Cats in heat also exhibit more affectionate behavior than usual.

The plaintive sounds of the “queen” in heat are usually accompanied by body language, for example how to take the accompanying position. This is her way of warning males that she is ready to get pregnant.

How do male cats respond to the sounds of cats in heat?

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A very serious cat (Pixabay Photo)

Even if the males do not go into heat, the non-sterilized ones become excited when through the smell they detect the presence of a female in estrus. They can concentrate on locating a queen enough to venture far and wide to find one.

These unsterilized males urgently call in search of a female, and this behavior occurs frequently at night. For sure we will have heard a cat in the neighborhood looking for a partner, so we know what sounds we are talking about.

A male cat has a tendency to disappear from home, spray urine and become aggressive towards other cats (and even humans) when hunting for a partner.

To stop the sounds of heat, the only solution is sterilization

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Sterilize to avoid cat pregnancies (Photo iStock)

The only way to prevent a female from going into heat, and a male cat to look for a queen (and avoid the cat’s sounds in heat, of course), we must necessarily sterilize our cats. There are those who say that we should have at least one cycle or even have a litter before sterilization, but it is only a myth.

Cats of both sexes must be sterilized when they reach sexual maturity, which occurs between four and six months of life. Older cats, however, can be spayed at any age, but many veterinarians prefer not to perform such operations on a cat in heat, to avoid circulatory complications. Veterinarians also recommend waiting until two weeks after giving birth, before sterilizing a recently pregnant cat. We consult the vet in any case for more information.

What are the other benefits of sterilizing cats?

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A happy cat (Pixabay Photo)

In addition to avoiding pregnancies, this procedure has other benefits for both male and female cats. Dr. Marty Becker says that unsterilized male cats have greater risk of testicular cancer and prostate disease, while unsterilized females have a greater risk of breast and uterine cancer, as well as serious uterine infections.

Unsterilized females, if allowed to circulate freely, tend to struggle with other females, and therefore risk injuries and diseases such as males. Furthermore, a pregnancy for a female is risky, especially when she is no longer young.

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