Originally Posted by gayef
This may or may not work, but you can try keeping her and her kittens in a cool, dimly-lit room. Cats experience estrus based upon temperature and hours of daylight, so if you can artificially reduce both of those things, the chances are that she may calm down somewhat.
Oh this is interesting. We started having a heat wave last week and on Friday she started the calling. I'll give your suggestion a try and see if it works. I wish I knew that before and maybe I could have prevented the heat cycle.
Funny thing is that she goes from room to room calling out....like a tomcat is going to pop out of one of our closets or something. She's even nuzzling up to the dog...
Estrus normally lasts between a week to ten days, given the individual.
Your vet has a good reason not to spay until the kittens are older. Most cats will nurse their kittens until 10 to 12 weeks. If she were spayed now, removing the ovaries, the mechanism for producing the hormone responsible for milk production is removed along with them. The milk dries up very soon thereafter (individual results may vary). The benefits of allowing kittens to nurse until Momma pushes them away are many and it pays in the long-term to allow it. You will have much better adjusted kittens and their Momma has the added benefit of not grieving them so badly if she is no longer nursing them.
Best of luck with your girl. I had two female Siamese cats in heat at the same time last year and thought I was going to go crazy(er). *smile*
Yep, this is exactly what my vet said. I hope I can get thru her cycle without losing my mind.