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post #1 of 14
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Tonight , Kenya has gone into heat.

She's only 4 months and 11 days old! Unreal and never happened to us before. Yesterday it was about 35 degrees here and today it's 65 degrees. I guess Kenya thinks spring is in the air.

What a pain!

This is the proof of why you need to get your girls spayed early.
post #2 of 14
ohh I feel for you and Terri cause I remember a kitty that young in heat
post #3 of 14
Oh no, she's still just a little baby! Nature isn't always fair is it? In most cases, it says 'reproduce quickly and often and die young and exhausted' I hope her heat is over soon.
post #4 of 14
All those new kittens, and now a little girl in heat...how chaotic is your house right now?
post #5 of 14
Awwww, poor baby girl and poor you! And yes, perfect example of why Early S/N is so important (are you listening, vets??)
post #6 of 14
Oh man! Charlie's mom was an "early" bloomer - that's why she was never shown and had to start being a mom sooner then expected.
post #7 of 14
Eeep - I feel for you Nial! Have you decided what you are going to do with her?

And we CHOSE to be breeders right?
post #8 of 14
Aww, bless her heart poor little girl - give her some special love - she must be sooo confused - this is when I wish they really understood every word we said to them - so you could explain to her why she's feeling like she is - she must be all confused!!

Gosh you're going to have your hands full with her AND the kits!!

Good luck!
post #9 of 14
o man do I feel for u, I kno all about going into heat early but it shouldnt last long although when stormie went into heat at 4 months it came back not even 2 weeks later let me tell u I was going nuts
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
Tonight , Kenya has gone into heat.

She's only 4 months and 11 days old! Unreal and never happened to us before. Yesterday it was about 35 degrees here and today it's 65 degrees. I guess Kenya thinks spring is in the air.

What a pain!

This is the proof of why you need to get your girls spayed early.
You guys are so lucky its more common in the States. Hopey is almost four months old while I hope that she doesn't go into heat yet, I am prepared for the possibility, but the average pet owner is not. I really wish early speutering is more common this is a clear example of why it should be.
post #11 of 14
My very first breeding female went into heat at 4 months, I felt educated about breeding, but when this occured, I was clueless. How could this young kitten go into heat, the vets even thought I was crazy. She went in and out of heat very frequently, and by the time she was "almost" 10 months old, I went back to our vet, explained the situation fully, and they said to go forth and breed her, as we didn't want to have problems with possible pyo. She had a healthy litter, nursed them all well, they went home at 12-13 weeks, and she again started cycling hard again. At that time, we decided accupressure was the best thing to do, if we wanted to keep her intact for very long. That helped, but she still cycled more frequently that many of our other cats. I started doing research about a pill, that helps to delay ovulation, but the vets were not too familiar with it, and said it would cause more problems. She was bred again 8 months later, again healthy babies, but by her second pregnancy, she was very thin and wore down. She didn't look like the same cat, even though she was on a premium diet. She did keep cycling, but now by age 19-20 months old, it had slowed down to what I felt was more normal. We waited a full year for her last litter, and again this beautiful large girl, was drained again of everything she had nursing the babies, so she was spayed after the 3rd litter. She was almost 3 years old. We had hoped for her to stay with us, after spaying, but she was a Momma who loved to have all the attention, so we made the decision to let her go retired spayed free with her little neutered baby boy. I know I had made the right decision, after I started receiving pictures of her and her baby, along with emails about how wonderful they had fit in the family.

Nial, I hope you have an easier time with your girl. I believe in most cases a female should be 12 months+, and wait almost a year before being bred again, however, in some cases, I think nature feels differently. Keep a close eye on her, and hopefully, she will wait awhile before going back into heat. Accupressure was the most helpful in this situation. Good luck!!
post #12 of 14
My Tilly went into heat when she was basically 4months old on the dot!! My parents and the vet didn't believe me at first, and then we had to wait for 24hours to take her in to be s/n. It meant 24hours of her and Archie sitting on opposite sides of a door wailing the entire time
When they had to be around each other, supervised of course, my darling clueless boy tried to mate her once or twice, but just as we rushed in to stop them, he bit her and trod on her stomach with all four paws. That was when she decided she'd had enough and spat at him, and growled whenever he came too near
post #13 of 14
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She simmering down a bit now. I had a little chat with her early this morning about how she was ruining my plans to show her and that we don't want babies having babies. She just trilled and raised her butt into the air.
But, she's much more calm today. I'm sure we're not out of the woods yet, but I can hope that this was all just a hormonal miistake.
post #14 of 14
My dad sang the Specials song 'much too much' to our kittens

You've done too much,
Much too young
Now you're married with a kid
When you could be having fun
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