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Help! My cat is in heat and I can't sleep!

post #1 of 17
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Hi Everybody

My kitty Pixie has gone in heat, and we are getting her done ASAP, but until then...she's driving us CRAZY! She's constantly bawling...and anyone who's ever had a cat go into heat knows what I'm talking about!!! Those high pitched, long meow's (I'm surprised there aren't any tomcats outside our door ). So she's doing this almost ALL night long. For the past two nights my bf and I have gotten an average of 4 hours sleep and we can't take it anymore. Is there anything I can do to distract her from bawling?!? I know, I know it's sounds stupid, she's in heat, she can't help it and she's only doing what nature is telling her to do but WE NEED SLEEP! I don't know what to do???? I know every cat is different, when my other cat Pepper went in heat (we had her done right after as well) she made noise but not like this!

I don't know what to do with Pixie! Any and all suggestions welcomed!!

Oh, and how long does a cat go into heat for? I've always heard it was a week in heat a couple days off and back in heat again? I can't remember with Pepper it was so long ago.
post #2 of 17
You could try ear plugs until she comes off heat
post #3 of 17
I am in the same boat as you are. My Lilly is 8 1/2 months old. She has had a upper respitory thing going on so the vet recommended waiting on spaying her till we have that cleared up.Which it finally is. I went in Monday to have her checked and he gave the ok on spaying and shes going in Friday. Well Monday night she started her yowling and it hasn't let up.I run a small fan in my bedroom to drown out her meows. Now I'm worried about having her spayed as shes in heat. I have heard its ok to but there is more of a risk. I just wish I could of had her spayed before she went into heat. But due to the URI I couldn't. Hang in there its all you can do.
post #4 of 17
I have a foster kitty that I took in last week because it was thought she was already pregnant, well she's not, she went in to heat sunday morning, we spayed her today with no ill effects.
post #5 of 17
you can have her spayed while she is in heat
post #6 of 17
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Thanks you guys! And boy and I am tired today...I only averaged 3-4 hours sleep per night since Saturday night. I have an appointment to have Pixie spayed tomorrow but I was concerned about having her fixed while she was still in heat (it'll be her 5th day so she's over the worst of it) and I am extremely glad to hear that she can still be spayed!
post #7 of 17
Giving her a bath will shut her up for an hour or two, as she'll probably pout and spend awhile licking herself dry. That method saved my sleep back when I first found Tara, low cost spays were not so widespread back then.
post #8 of 17
I only had Bailey for 2 weeks before she went into heat. It was awful, I only slept 4 or 5 hours a night. I phoned the vet after the second night, and made the appointment for the following week. (I had planned to wait a couple of months to give her a chance to settle into her new home).

The worst of her wailing all night was over after about 4 nights, but it was pretty awful. I don't know how people can live with cats who aren't spayed.

My vet also said she could be spayed while she was in heat, they just have to be a bit more careful. And she also said, because they can go into heat frequently, it's often difficult to schedule the surgery for a time when they aren't in heat, so they just make the appointments, then deal with it when the time comes.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by td128
Giving her a bath will shut her up for an hour or two, as she'll probably pout and spend awhile licking herself dry. That method saved my sleep back when I first found Tara, low cost spays were not so widespread back then.

I swear if she's bawling tonight I just might do that. Thanks for the idea


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I don't know how people can live with cats who aren't spayed.

My bf was saying the same thing last night and I totally agree.
post #10 of 17
I stopped into my vets. And he did say its ok to have Lilly spayed when shes in heat.I wonder if letting her play with cat nip would make here quiet down? Usually I don't let them have cat nip often.But when I do I notice they play like crazy then zonk out and sleep ZZZZZZZZZZZ..I might let her have a cat nip toy tonight. It either will help or make it worse..Shes howled all day poor thing.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by gardenandcats
I stopped into my vets. And he did say its ok to have Lilly spayed when shes in heat.I wonder if letting her play with cat nip would make here quiet down? Usually I don't let them have cat nip often.But when I do I notice they play like crazy then zonk out and sleep ZZZZZZZZZZZ..I might let her have a cat nip toy tonight. It either will help or make it worse..Shes howled all day poor thing.

I was actually debating on trying to tire Pixie out too. She's still kinda playful even though she's in heat. If she gets too bad tonight then that's what I'll have to do, but I don't have the luxury of using cat nip it doesn't seem to affect her too much.

I'm actually surprised Pixie can still meow and yowl in heat...the way she's been going she should be hoarse and not have a "voice" left .
post #12 of 17
What fun when Bobber would come in heat!!! We would put her in the garage in the middle of the night so we could sleep!!!
post #13 of 17
My girl Lexus is in heat at the moment too, so I can completely relate to the sleepless nights. I was actually up this morning at oh-gosh-thirty posting here!

Sometimes, I can distract her with the feather wand toy, but not so much this time. She is well into this cycle and has only one thing on her mind, so she isn't much interested in playing.

Best of luck,

~gf~
post #14 of 17
Well I have to say that having a Siamese cat in heat is very vocal!!!!!!!This is the first time I have ever had a cat in heat. And Oh boy!! If someone walked by they'd think someone was killing her. What a howl its ear splitting at times.
post #15 of 17
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Thanks you guys. At least I know I'm not alone in this
post #16 of 17
Not much you can do other then get some earplugs. I hope you are in a single house and not apartment/townhouse

We were lucky and Ling was only in heat a few days (about 2 weeks before spaying).

When is she due for spaying?
post #17 of 17
I really don't envy you!! I haven't had a lot of unspayed cats, but I did have a female last year who couldn't be spayed, and then ended up fostering an unneutered male - that really wasn't fun (don't worry, they were in separate rooms). I do wish I had realised either one or the other wasn't done first!!
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