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Female cat contraceptive pills

post #1 of 10
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Hi
Are there any pills that work as a contraceptive or reduce estrus time and discomfort in female cats?Where can I buy them?
Thanks
post #2 of 10
I think I have heard that there are. If you don't mind me asking, why can't she just be spayed? It would be much healthier in the long run and most more pleasant for her Plus cheaper too probably.
post #3 of 10
I've heard of shots they can give to dogs to take a female out of heat, but I'm not sure if they do it for cats too. But considering how often cats go into heat, it's a lot cheaper to just have her spayed.
post #4 of 10
I have heard of somthing like that, I have a friend whose cat was spayed, but they left behind a bit of ovary or something and she suddenly started going into heat again age seven or eight. They didn't want to operate for it as the cat was very vet phobic, so she was given some sort of contraceptive and it sorted it out. I have no idea if she's still on it or anything though...
post #5 of 10
There are breeders I know who use a drug to bring their females out of heat or lessen the symptons, also contraception pills and an implant. There are risks involved with using them.

*These are registered breeders, which unless you are one you should get your kitty spayed.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by missymotus View Post
There are breeders I know who use a drug to bring their females out of heat or lessen the symptons, also contraception pills and an implant. There are risks involved with using them.

*These are registered breeders, which unless you are one you should get your kitty spayed.
Even registered breeders are weary of using contraceptive pills - the risks outweigh the gains IMO....
post #7 of 10
Yes, I've heard of them, but right now there is a contraversy about them - if used too much, it can throw off the female later when you want to breed her and can cause problems. I would not use them.

Ling had to be "respayed" - because of a cyst that was causing the false heats. Just cause a cat is afraid of the vet, in your friend's case, the cat really should be respayed and cleaned out rather then be given drugs!
post #8 of 10
It could be that the cat's health wasn't good; general anesthesia has more risks in that case.
post #9 of 10
This is becoming a popular alternative to spaying here in Brazil, with spaying being so expensive and the contraceptive shot being so cheap. It's R$120 - 300 to spay (US$60 - 171...mind you the monthly income for minimum wage here is $300 reais), whereas the shot is merely R$7 (US$3.99). The thing is, if you give them the shot when they are in heat or close to it, they can get a deadly infection of the uterus. In the city that I live, there is a program where you can spay or castrate your cats for $30 reais, about $17 US. They only charge for the anesthesia. Still, for most people that is too expensive and they just let their cats run loose.

If it is at all possible, I would spay. I don't think that the shot is worth the risk.

~R
post #10 of 10
The 'pill' for female cats is really popular back home. The main problem with it is that it's easy to forget to give it to the cat and then boom! kittens.

Several of my friends have kept their inside/outdoor females on a contraceptive pill for years and kept them kitten and heat free. They've all ended up spayed eventually though and there are risks. Cancers and uterine infections etc. that can happen and the cat of one of my friends died because of that. They were really kicking themselves not having had her spayed because then she'd probably still be alive.
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