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Silent heat cycle.....

post #1 of 13
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Is it normal for cats to have silent heat cycles? I have heard everyone say that they should go into heat around a week after the babies are born. Well the babies are almost 2 weeks old and she hasn't gone into heat. As a matter of fact I have never heard her go into heat. I have had her for almost a year. And she has never gone into heat. But, I wasn't watching for it either because I thought she was spade, which of course she wasn't. But, I think I would have noticed if she was in heat. So, I think my cat has silent heat cycles, is this normal???
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by pokey26_f
Is it normal for cats to have silent heat cycles? I have heard everyone say that they should go into heat around a week after the babies are born. Well the babies are almost 2 weeks old and she hasn't gone into heat. As a matter of fact I have never heard her go into heat. I have had her for almost a year. And she has never gone into heat. But, I wasn't watching for it either because I thought she was spade, which of course she wasn't. But, I think I would have noticed if she was in heat. So, I think my cat has silent heat cycles, is this normal???
Some cats do have silent heats.

Katie
post #3 of 13
no it's not the norm - but as you experienced it does exist.
post #4 of 13
Adina's babies just turned 10 wks old and she hasn't had a heat cycle yet. CeCe didn't go into heat until last week and her kittens are 11 wks old. I wouldn't worry to much unless you see the males sniffing around

I was in the same situation with Nina, not sign of heat but "Low and Behold"...kittens
post #5 of 13
*Usually*!!! a cat doesn't go back into heat until the kittens are weaned, or at least weaning. *However* there have been many exceptions to the rule, some cats do have silent heats, or show no signs of being in heat, but if you had their hormone levels tested you would know they are.
Some cats go back into heat almost immediately after having kittens, or within the first few weeks.
If you've had her a year, and never knew she was in heat, she most likely is one of those who has silent heats, as she obviously had a heat cycle in order to get pregnant.
post #6 of 13
Now I am confused. Cats are induced ovulators AND they have heats. It was my understanding that the heat only made them eager to get outside and restless to mate, but that they could become pregnant at any time (they just have to do the deed).

Ruby's babies are 1 week old, and since she was rescued 3.5 weeks ago as a pregnant cat, I have no idea what a heat for her is like. Although she stays with the kittens 95% of the time, when she does come out of their room she meows a lot. Is this heat?

I am 26 years old and have lived with cats for most of my life and I have never seen a cat in heat. My parents were very responsible about spay and neuter. Are there any other signs of heat?
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Originally Posted by AnnasMom
Now I am confused. Cats are induced ovulators AND they have heats. It was my understanding that the heat only made them eager to get outside and restless to mate, but that they could become pregnant at any time (they just have to do the deed).

Ruby's babies are 1 week old, and since she was rescued 3.5 weeks ago as a pregnant cat, I have no idea what a heat for her is like. Although she stays with the kittens 95% of the time, when she does come out of their room she meows a lot. Is this heat?

I am 26 years old and have lived with cats for most of my life and I have never seen a cat in heat. My parents were very responsible about spay and neuter. Are there any other signs of heat?
This page has good information on cats heat:

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/howto15.html

Katie
post #8 of 13
A cat may ovulate because it was mated (and I'm not even sure the cat would ovluate?? yes they ovulate when stimulated to do so by mating, but I'm pretty sure the estrus cycle would have to have hormone levels elevated to mature those eggs prior to ovulation?? can't remember)
, but first of all, most cats not in heat won't allow a male to mate, and secondly, a cat mated when not in heat will not have the elevated progesterone levels required to maintain a pregnancy, the uterus would not be ready.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by pokey26_f
Is it normal for cats to have silent heat cycles? I have heard everyone say that they should go into heat around a week after the babies are born. Well the babies are almost 2 weeks old and she hasn't gone into heat. As a matter of fact I have never heard her go into heat. I have had her for almost a year. And she has never gone into heat. But, I wasn't watching for it either because I thought she was spade, which of course she wasn't. But, I think I would have noticed if she was in heat. So, I think my cat has silent heat cycles, is this normal???
My cat Ashley had a "silent" heat cycle, that is how she got pregnant because we were not aware she was in heat.
post #10 of 13
Been almost 1 month since Skittles had her babies, but I never have seen her heat cycle.. I think she is silent also or maybe really quiet
post #11 of 13
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Thanks for the information everyone.....
post #12 of 13
This is yet another reason to be very vigilent and make sure to get mom to the vet for her spay once the kittens are weaned.

Katie
post #13 of 13
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As soon as babies are weaned she will be in to get spaded.
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