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Kitten query for a new kitten

post #1 of 6
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Hi everyone, I have quite a bit of experience with cats and male kittens, but I have to say when it comes to female kittens I am clueless.

My Grandmother just adopted a kitten, about 2 weeks ago. The kitten in the past 2 days has begun a behavior that I believe is a Heat cycle. The kitten is only 4-5 months old. She is raising her rear in the air and moaning pitifully when she sits on your lap she can't get comfortable and keeps moving her hind end, there is also some wet discharge that I noticed after having her on my lap, not blood just a fluid. She has also gone off her food. My questions are as follows:

Would the drastic change in living quarters trigger a heat cycle?

Is she too young for this?

How long does a "typical"(if there is such a thing) heat cycle last?

And lastly is there anything that can be done about the cater-whaling?

thanks all.
post #2 of 6
Sounds like a heat cycle to me. Your kitty is old enough to have her first heat cycle. I am not sure about why she has gone off her food, that's not related to the heat cycle, does she have any other symptoms? Any lethargy or anything like that? Is she drinking enough??
There is nothing you can really do about her calling, the best thing to do would be to get her spayed. IMO it's not healthy for her to be going on these heat cycles, it's frustrating and she could have complications and reproductive diseases. This is what vets recommend also.
post #3 of 6
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we are deffinately planning on having her fixed. How long after a heat cycle do you have to wait?
post #4 of 6
That is heat.
My Sasha was in kinda in heat when she got lapo spayed last monday.
I paid more for the lapo but it has less pain that way.
post #5 of 6
Kittens as young as 4 months old can and do breed and can come into heat. Yes its young, but the kittens should be neutered by 3-4 months old. So she should be schedulded to be spayed as soon as possible. Vets can spay when in heat cause the kitten could cycle a lot and its hard to predict when they will stop or start again.
post #6 of 6
well, i have 4 [5 if you count Mouse] & 2 were spayed while in heat, 2 were spayed when not in heat. other than extra cost [there's usually an extra charge for kitties in heat] i couldn't tell any difference - they all recovered the same way.
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