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Our youngest cat comes on heat every month. She is generally on heat for AT LEAST A WEEK! A lot of info on the 'net says cats will "be in oestrus for three days or four days"....this is like telling a teenage girl who has just started her period that this will happen to her for "a few days" every month! Also, in my experience, not just with this cat but with other female cats I had in the past before they were spayed, it isn't just un-neutered male cats whom they attempt to get attention from....they will "approach" neutered male cats in the same household and present their little tush...and in fact, even though my male tabby is neutered he appears to have some semblance of an idea what he is supposed to do,as he will get on top of her back, bite her neck and make movements onto her rear end.
The other thing to note is that these two cats are the best of friends normally, they are virtually inseparable, sleeping together, grooming each other and playing for hours together, but not when the little one is on heat. Oh no! during this time, he becomes absolutely fed up with her unwanted attention. He will still happily sleep next to her but as soon as she starts that nasty yowling (which I imagine can be heard for miles!) and follows him about the house, he starts growling and hissing at her and as a last resort lashes out at her and has a huge hissy fit!
As for marking her territory, she doesn't ever "spray" but the first time she was on heat she did a poo near the front door (where you could smell tom-cat urine that a cat must have done on the doorstep outside during the night!) She also definitely does lose her appetite when she is on heat, often she doesn't really eat for a few days, she just licks the gravy and picks at a few chunks, but she does still enjoy her water from the drinks fountain - it is really important to make sure your cat has access to fresh water, especially if they are not eating much,
It can be amusing but really it is serious and we are getting her spayed ASAP! It can be irritating and annoying when your normally quiet little kitty spends several nights per month keeping you awake, but remember it isn't her fault. Often they will sleep literally from dawn to dusk as they are exhausted from pacing up an down the house and yowling all night, but if you can keep them awake through the day, play with them, cuddle them, let them be all affectionate with you, you just might get a couple of hours sleep at night....I said "you might.."!!
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