Is My Cat in Heat for Too Long?

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, discusses cats' heat cycles and what to expect.

By Arnold Plotnick | Posted: August 20, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

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Q: My 1 year old Manx, Chuie, is currently in her fifth day of her third heat. She just had a heat three weeks ago. Is it normal for a female Manx to come into heat  again in such a short period of time? She is out of control! Help!

A: In the Northern Hemisphere, as the days get longer in late January and early February, queens begin to cycle, coming into heat approximately every two or three weeks. This usually continues until late September. In October, November and December, cats tend to stop cycling until the new season resumes again in late January. For housecats, the actual parameters of the reproductive season can vary due to the effects of artificial lighting on the reproductive cycle, although most housecats stop coming into heat during the winter months. Siamese cats are less affected by photoperiod than other breeds and often cycle all year round. Your Manx cat is behaving exactly as expected. You have three choices: spay her, breed her or get used to it. I strongly vote for the first  choice. 

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

8/22/2010 11:33:16 PM

That's interesting that artificial lighting will affect this.

It would be interesting if everyone neutered their cats. How to make a species go extinct very fast.

June    Beecher, IL

8/22/2010 6:18:12 PM

Spay-Spay-Spay-Spay-Spay-Spay. Its the right thing to do for love.

holly    Stouffville, ON

8/21/2010 9:15:20 PM

I agree. Unless the owner is planning on RESPONSIBLY breeding the cat, it should be spayed.

Anon    City, CA

8/21/2010 7:31:54 PM


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