As spring and warmth approach, the unneutered female cat begins to heat, also known as the marsh cat. This causes the female to whine heavily in order to attract male cats to mate. This time can be demanding and frustrating for both the cat and its owner.
Signs of heat
- The female whines loudly in order to attract the male cat.
- The female develops a poor appetite, sometimes disappearing completely.
- Urinates indoors to show availability to the male.
- Brushes against walls, furniture and people. Usually with the help of the hindquarters.
- Female may get into fights. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the wounds to make sure they do not become infected.
How long does a cat heat?
The duration of a cat's high heat is usually between 7-9 days. The number of times a female runs in a year can vary. Some females run once a year and others run on and off throughout the year. Outdoor cats are affected by the seasons and it is common for them to take a break from running in October until February, when it is usually dark outside.
Neutering of female cats
As the running season is very stressful for the cat, it is best to neuter the cats that are not planned to be bred. The advantages of neutering a female cat are that she cannot then be exposed to uterine inflammation or ovarian tumours. In addition, many find that the cat feels calmer and any problems with the cat peeing outside the box may disappear. The main disadvantage of neutering, however, may be the risk of obesity in the cat, but this can be prevented with proper feeding and activation.
Requirements for neutering outdoor cats
According to the Swedish Board of Agriculture's new Animal Welfare Decree, cat owners are now required to ensure that the breeding of outdoor cats is not uncontrolled. The aim of the new rules is to clarify the animal's needs and to make the cat owner's responsibility and knowledge clearer. You must therefore ensure that your cat is kept indoors until it is neutered.