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Causes of your screaming cat during the heat

Screaming cat during the heat?!

Screaming cat during the heat?! If you’ve chosen not to have your cat spayed or neutered, be ready for everything that comes with the period in their reproductive cycle known as “heat.” There will be yowling, pacing, and even something called spraying which is about as gross as it sounds screaming cat. Let’s take a deep-dive into what your cat’s yowling ( screaming cat) means during the heat, and what you can do about it.

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Cat Yowls (screaming cat) During Heat
Says kristina.karelina Although unneutered male cats can display obvious symptoms when their bodies are telling them to mate, it’s females who get the brunt of the heat. Heat (technically known as “estrus”) in female cats happens several times a year, and it’s basically just a cat’s body’s way of telling the world she’s ready to become pregnant.

The Basics Of Being In Heat
Although unneutered male cats can display obvious symptoms when their bodies are telling them to mate, it’s females who get the brunt of the heat. Heat (technically known as “estrus”) in female cats happens several times a year, and it’s basically just a cat’s body’s way of telling the world she’s ready to become pregnant. Cats can enter their first heat at as young as 4-6 months or as old as 10-12 months; vets recommend having your cat spayed before she ever enters heat for a variety of reasons.

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Symptoms Of Heat
When your female cat is in heat, you’ll know it. She’ll likely display a variety of common symptoms for days at a time, and up to two weeks; it’s nature’s way of alerting male cats to her fertile state. Signs include:

  • Excessive affection, rubbing, and desire to be petted
  • Restlessness, or even an attempt to escape home to find a mate
  • Spraying a fine ring of urine around your home to mark her territory
  • Assumption of the mating position when you pet her
  • Extremely loud and constant “yowling,” (screaming cat) and other unusual vocalizations

So, what can you do about the yowling (screaming cat)? Not much, unfortunately! Yowling (screaming cat) is your cat’s natural response to the changes going on inside her body, and there’s only one solution: getting her “fixed.” Spaying your cat will stop her from experiencing any heat-related symptoms including yowling (screaming cat), with the benefit of potentially keeping her healthier, too.

What about Dog heat cycles?
Non-spayed female dogs will go into “heat” or estrus usually twice a year. The age at which they start their cycles and the duration of the cycle varies greatly between the breeds of dogs and individual dogs. Learn more facts about canine estrus in this FAQ.

Non-spayed female dogs will go into “heat” or estrus usually twice a year. The age at which they start their cycles and the duration of the cycle varies greatly between the breeds of dogs and individual dogs. Learn more facts about canine estrus in this FAQ.

There are four stages to the canine estrus cycle:

  • Estrus: swollen vulva, yellowish vaginal discharge, mating occurs during this phase. Length: 5-13 days.
  • Proestrus: vaginal discharge, males attracted to females, females unwilling to mate. Length: 4-20 days.
  • Metestrus (or Diestrus): the period after estrus or mating. Length: 60-90 days. If pregnant, pregnancy lasts between 60-64 days in the dog.
  • Anestrus: a period of inactivity (sexual and hormonal) between estrus phases. Length: 2-3 months.

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