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Melody's in heat again!

post #1 of 13
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Hi!
I need some advice about Melody. I had been talking to some of you a month or so ago about spayed kitties going into heat. Melody was spayed as a very young kitten and about 2 yrs ago she went into heat. I took her to the vet and we did an exploratory surgery to find the ovarian remnant-to no such luck. After two weeks she had not seemed to recover from her surgery-so I took her back and told them that something was not right-they sent her home and a few days later I took her back with the same complaint-something is still not right, my gut kept telling me that ( I am a vet tech). After doing an ultrasound we found that during the surgery her ureter had been damaged and her kidneys were backing up with urine. The next day we removed her left kidney, since it was too badly damaged, and said never again would we do surgery! I had heard that you could "stimulate" them out of heat which we did-but it was traumatic to all 3 of us (Melody, the vet and myself). All has been well up till now, but over the last week or so I noticed her behaving as if she were in heat-I really don't mind too much but I am wondering if there are any concequences hormonally as well as physically that could be damaging. I certainly do not want to try the stimulation method again and she does not bleed, since there is no uterus but I am wondering how healthy it is for her? I would appreciate any thoughts or advice-I am just not sure what to do?
Thanks for your time-I know this is a long one!
post #2 of 13
I am so soryy to hear about yor baby - do you have a feline specialist in your area - if so I would take her there for thorought check up!
post #3 of 13
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We have MANY specialists in the area-we have 2 major hospitals as well as CSU-but all are very expensive even with my professional discount! I really cannot afford to take her there but I do want to insure that nothing bad will happen to her-I know I sound like a bad owner but I just got married and funds are limited. I will try and call a specialist but I am pretty sure that they will not be able to do anything over the phone. I really do not mind the more affectionate behavior but I worry about the hormonal influence. ????
post #4 of 13
Did the stimulation work? That would be the best bet. I'm facing that dilemma myself as we want to breed my girl but have to wait so her due-date won't be during our honeymoon. This vet your at sounds incompetant. Cats dont' bleed anyway so you wouldn't see blood. Its strange they didn't find anything...
post #5 of 13
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The vet I use is not incompetent it is just a case of bad luck I think-the surgery went bad because Melody's own scar tissue clamped off the ureter. I am now just stuck with the aftermath of her always in heat. The stimulation did help for a while, but I am hesitant to do that since it was very traumatic for both of us and the only way I would do it is if she is sedated and she is not a good canidate for sedation. I would also like to find a more permanent solution since she is only 3 1/2 yrs old. Stimulation visits could get pretty pricey! The reproduction specialist also informed us that it can take as little as 2 cells to make her go into heat, there is no way they would ever find 2 cells! Thanks for everyone's help and keep your ears open for any new ideas!
post #6 of 13
A call to a specialist could at least answer your question of health issues with repeated heat cycles even though she has no uterus.
Surely they'd at least answer that over the phone.

I'm so sorry you and she are going through all this
post #7 of 13
Sorry for asking but what happens when you "stimulate" her to go out of heat... i know stupid question but i an new to this i have always had male cats... now i have a female. she is getting spayed on friday so this is good info for me to know
post #8 of 13
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When I say stimulate her I mean that we simulate having intercourse with her-GROSS I know but it did seem to help. Cats are not like us, they only release an egg when stimulated and then being as fertile as they are-they usually end up pregnant. That is why stimulating her basically makes her hormones think that she should be pregnant. It is a tough thing to do but it may be my only choice. I am waiting for the vet to call now so we can discuss further care for her. I may also try calling CSU to talk to someone up there about her situation, but they are hard to get ahold of.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by kittycorner
When I say stimulate her I mean that we simulate having intercourse with her-GROSS I know but it did seem to help. Cats are not like us, they only release an egg when stimulated and then being as fertile as they are-they usually end up pregnant. That is why stimulating her basically makes her hormones think that she should be pregnant. It is a tough thing to do but it may be my only choice. I am waiting for the vet to call now so we can discuss further care for her. I may also try calling CSU to talk to someone up there about her situation, but they are hard to get ahold of.
There is a woman who owns a group called CATWELL on yahoogroups. She breeds Norweigian Forrest cats and knows all about stimulating cats out of heats.

Why not join and ask this woman for help? She is VERY knowledgeable!
post #10 of 13
not so sound gross. but it is basicly making the cat thing that she is Matting with a male but it is you or an object... is that correct. i dont want to get in to lost of details if there are young eyes around here.... and csu is a great place they have seen my reptiles before.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
There is a woman who owns a group called CATWELL on yahoogroups. She breeds Norweigian Forrest cats and knows all about stimulating cats out of heats.

Why not join and ask this woman for help? She is VERY knowledgeable!

Thank you I will try and get in touch with her since I have not yet heard from the vet. I appreciate all the help!
post #12 of 13
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Okay so I just got back from the vet with Melody and we once again had to stimulate her. I am not happy that that was our only choice, but her howling all night made me crazy! I made sure the vet anesthatized her first since I would/am traumatized by the whole issue-there are some things that you should just not have to do with your cat! Anyway the vet said she hoped that this would make her body think that she had been bred and she will not go into heat again for a while. We will keep our fingers crossed for now and I am planning on talking with a reproduction specialist soon. Thanks for everyone's help!
post #13 of 13
poor sweet melody - how awful for you both to have to go through this. I do hope the specialist can help... keep us updated on what they say.
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