How old do cats have to be to get into "heat"?

United States
December 1, 2007 12:54pm CST
Ok my cat has been acting weird and she is not even a year old. So could it be heat? she meow's loudly,raises her hind quaters up in the air,and is rubbing over the dogs and such for attention. I am at a loss? i thought they had to be older? Can anyone help me out on this?
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• United States
1 Dec 07
Yes, it's usually between 4-6 months, and some vets will do it as early as 4 months, especially if you're having her declawed at the same time. Then, the earlier, the better. But whether you had the money or not, you'll still have to wait until she completes her heat cycle now before any vet will spay her. As soon as it's over though (they don't last too long), you can take her in. Also you may want to try your local Humane Society or Anti-Cruelty Society. A lot of them will spay and neuter for as little as $25, and they do a very nice job from what I've seen at work!
• United States
1 Dec 07
Thanks I will be checking into that,because she is a great cat but she is trying to get out of the house,and I can't afford a litter of kitties right now.
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• United States
1 Dec 07
Oh, yeah, from that description, she is definately in heat. Cats can go into heat as early as 5 months, I believe. Call your local animal shelter or ASPCA for information about low-cost spay/neuter programs in your area. You'll have to wait until she isn't in heat (and she has to be 6 months old, usually) to get her fixed, but you can at least get the information now. Good Luck, and try to keep all your doors closed!
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• United States
1 Dec 07
Lol thanks I have been trying to make sure she doesn't sneak out when I let the dogs out. I will start calling on Monday.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
And they'll come back into heat every few days or so until they are spayed or mated. I had one go into heat 2 weeks before her spay appointment with the low cost spay program. She came into heat 4 times. She'd come into heat for about 3 days, go off one day, come back into heat another 2 or so days, then go off and continued until she was spayed.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
yes mine has been doing the same as well,lol I just thought mine was crazy :)
• United States
2 Dec 07
I thought I was going crazy. My cat is rubbing my legs and all under my arms like wow. I was wondering what that sound was he was meowing for it was not the normal sound. It is not funny for this to happen. It's a relief to know someone else is understanding. Now as for the boys what do they do for relief? Thanks for the great post.
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• United States
2 Dec 07
Glad to be of some help,be careful with the boy cats,I had one and he sprayed all over my house,get him fixed asap! unless you wnat to have pee everywhere!
• United States
28 Dec 07
The boys spray or fight. That is how they "relieve" themselves.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
1 Dec 07
My kitty went into heat at 4 months, most vets will have you wait until they are six months, however, before they "fix" them. And please whatever you do don't declaw your kitty, the procedure is like cutting off the last digit of your finger.
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• United States
1 Dec 07
thanks i am not to keen on declawing,my cats are pretty good at not tearing stuff up,ya know.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
1 Dec 07
Usually about six months, but some have been known to go into heat as young as 12 weeks, its sounds like she is in heat by what you are describing...
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• United States
1 Dec 07
Thanks,wow I need to get her fixed but I can't afford to right now,have to do some checking.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
1 Dec 07
Most vets will not do it unless they are at leat six months (I dont know how old yours is ),
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• United States
1 Dec 07
We got her the beingning of April and she was 6 weeks old then.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
28 Dec 07
I think its like 7 months or so.. That is probably her in heat. Becareful you dont end up with kittens unless you want them!
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• United States
29 Dec 07
Right,i have been making sure she doesn't get out ever! also I have an older cat but it is a girl and she has been fixed and I have two male dogs one fixed one not yet. So sofar so good.