She can be easily distracted by play or treats but her hormones and natural instincts will soon have her back to you and seeking extra attention.
During this attention she may lift her bottom in the air. You may notice too that she holds her tail down to one side (which would be to give the male clear access).
Some females, advertising their scent to any local Tom cat will even spray mark on walls or furniture.
She will begin meow and roll around a lot. The meow is different to her normal talking. You will see her as you pet her sink into the "frog pose". Her hips are flattened out, her back legs wide apart and she crouches her body low to the ground, with her bottom raised. Touching her on the lower back or base of the tail area will be like a hairpin trigger to her and as she takes the frog position she will move her tail to one side.
A calling can last for around 7-10 days and it is repeated in cycles every 14-21 days. Because we have well lit and heated homes, there is no 'off season' and so this is repeated throughout the whole year.
How to stop a cat on heat
The drug is also used:
- To delay the onset of adulthood/sexual maturity providing more thinking time for an owner who is unsure if neutering is the right choice for their animal.
- To test whether lowering testosterone production permanently (by castration) will have a positive/desired outcome on the behaviour of their animal (usually dogs)
- To provide non surgical neutering (no need for castration)
- To treat certain other health issues arising in cats & dogs.
NeuteringIf you do not intend to breed from a cat (of any breed, male or female) you should have him or her neutered. In males, neutering is by Castration and in females it is done as Spaying.
An neutered cat of both sexes is much less likely to roam or wander because he/she is no longer driven to by hormones that make them go as far and wide as is necessary to seek out a mate. So a neutered cat becomes much more settled and is a healthy and happy pet.
A neutered cat will not need to spray to mark their territory or advertise their whereabouts. Though it is mainly Tomcats who spray, females in heat will also spray too.
PyometraIf a female cat is allowed to have repeated heat cycles (oestrus) without mating and experiencing pregnancy over a long period of time she is highly likely to develop a serious infection of the uterus called Pyometra which literally means pus in the womb.
Pyometra is considered serious and indeed in severe cases can be life-threatening. It eeds to be treated quickly and aggressively.
Pyometra is a secondary infection that occurs as a result of hormonal changes within the reproductive tract and presents with a range of signs/symptoms from the very obvious; a thick pus of creamy consistency discharging from the vulva, to the more subtle simple a loss of appetite.