Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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What is Estrus Symptoms after Spaying?

Some owners assume the only telling sign of estrus in felines is, of course, vaginal bleeding. However, dramatic behavioral changes also inform owners of their pet’s status, such as continuous vocalization and elevated pelvic movements. Pet owners take their cats to be spayed in order to eliminate these behaviors, and they are surprised whenever the surgery does not prevent their female from going into heat.

The estrus heat cycle refers to the feline reproductive process that has four stages: anestrus, proestrus, estrus, and metestrus. Cats typically experience their first estrus cycle once they reach puberty, which is approximately six months of age. This period may last anywhere from one to seven days. Generally, cats are known as seasonally polyestrous, experiencing multiple cycles during the breeding season and potentially year-long if they are primarily indoor pets. It is normal for cats to become excessively affectionate during this time, rubbing against furniture and constantly demanding attention. 

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Symptoms of Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Despite owner expectations, some cats continue to display symptoms of estrus following a spay procedure, which is technically termed an ovariohysterectomy. These symptoms may manifest a few days or even a few weeks following a queen’s surgery. You may witness your pet demonstrating the following:

  • Incessant vocalization, howling
  • Head rubbing
  • Restlessness
  • Rolling over and twisting continuously
  • Curious tail movements
  • Rear quarters elevated
  • Marking to spread pheromones to attract males
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Causes of Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

There are several possible explanations for a female cat’s estrus symptoms after she has recovered from surgery. A spaying procedure involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries in a queen’s reproductive biology, but in some cases a vet has failed to remove both ovaries. This is the most common reasoning behind such behavior. 

Other causes may be traced to an abnormal ovarian tissue, which, if it remains functional, will secrete hormones that inspire the cat to demonstrate that she is in heat.

In rare cases, it is possible that the cat possesses a supernumerary ovary, or an excessive number of ovaries. If none of these suspicions are confirmed, adrenal conditions are the last found cause of a cat’s strange behavior.

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Diagnosis of Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Veterinary consultation is the only realistic option for diagnosis and treatment of estrus is cats that have already been spayed. Diagnosis at home is not recommended. When one pursues professional care as advised, it is always a good idea to provide the veterinarian one uses with a thorough medical history of the cat. 

The first step a veterinarian usually takes is a conducting a complete physical examination. Blood tests, biochemistry profiles, and urinary analyses are typical. These tests will usually point to the issue at hand.

A vaginal smear test is a procedure done by a veterinary practitioner specifically to detect estrus symptoms. This test is able to read estrogen and progesterone hormone levels, which will be higher than expected in a post-surgery cat. Ultrasounds may also be utilized to locate any ovarian tissue that may be present in the abdomen.

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Treatment of Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Professional veterinary care is also necessary in the treatment of this condition. If ovarian tissue is suspected to be present in the cat’s abdomen, exploratory surgery will be done. If a veterinarian does locate ovarian tissue, it can be removed at that time. In some cases, a second round of surgery may be necessary to remove any leftover ovarian follicles. 

Corticosteroid administration may follow, which is essentially a hormone treatment to help ameliorate the symptoms of estrus if an adrenal condition is a secondary or primary concern. Short-acting corticosteroids should result in the complete disappearance of these symptoms.

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Recovery of Estrus Symptoms after Spaying in Cats

Prognosis is overwhelmingly positive for cats who undergo surgery following the diagnosis of remnant ovarian tissue or follicles in the abdomen. Of course, anesthesia is a necessary component of this procedure, and cats that are sensitive or allergic to this may experience additional issues. This is why communication with one’s veterinarian is paramount; one should put forth as much information as possible as far as medical experiences and idiosyncrasies are concerned. 

Cat patients will be placed on a painkiller regimen for several days following exploratory surgery. Preventative antibiotics may also be prescribed in order to keep the cat safe from infection. Proper nutrition and rest are key here, and any additional medication or supplements should not be given to the cat without the veterinarian’s recommendation. 

In the instance of a rare adrenal problem, medication should be the only medical treatment the cat receives. 

In all cases, living and management following the diagnosis and treatment of estrus in cats should be relatively easy and involve a quick recovery. 

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my cat wasn’t loving at all before getting her spayed, she didn’t purr a lot, she’d attack us outta nowhere, bite when pet, but after spaying her she has become very clingy to the point that i can’t do anything because she wants me to hold her all the time.

July 31, 2020

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Dr. Sara O. DVM

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Hello, After some cats get spayed they will become more loving. This is normal behavior. They will also want to sleep more and even start to gain weight.

July 31, 2020

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Reaghan

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My little kitty was spayed when she was about 6 or7 months old, she had a liter of kittens too. I got her from a cat place where they had her spayed and shots. She is almost 10 months old now and she has went thru 3 cycle acting heats since I have had her, every symptom described of being in heat she has had. I say I won't put her thru another surgery but oh my she acts awful and I just hate she goes thru this and acts like this. Any options besides a surgery ? And how often will she go thru these "heat" like symptoms ? Any help would be appreciated !

Sept. 16, 2018

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Simha

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My cat is 3 and half years old. She got spayed when she was 6 months old and since then she has never ever gotten any symptoms that can relate to estrus. She is mostly an indoor cat but becoz we have a huge garden space we let her out too. But lately she has been meowing loudly and not eating anything. She just wants to remain outside. Vet gave a priscription of antibiotics citing a possible liver ailment but showed concern for the meowing. I am little worried because she had never meowed like this before.

Aug. 24, 2018

Simha's Owner

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Vocalisation may be associated with numerous conditions which may be associated with pain or other issues; without examining Simha I cannot say whether the cause is related to any estrus (unlikely) or another cause. If there is no improvement over the weekend, you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Aug. 24, 2018

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Mika

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Rubbing Body,
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Excessive Affection

My new cat was spayed a month and a half ago. She’s just about a year old. I have no information as to her temperament or history prior to my adoption of her. But she is showing symptoms of going into heat, despite her spaying 1.5 months ago. She is rubbing against everything, especially the floor, excessively kneading, raising her hind quarters, and meowing loudly, especially at night. Is 1.5 months too long to have her estrus hormones still in her system?

Aug. 15, 2018

Mika's Owner

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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1.5 months is quite a while for those hormones to still be in her system, yes. I would suspect either her behavior is unrelated, or she may have a retained ovarian remnant. These occur sometimes after a spay, and occur when a small piece of the ovary is inadvertently left inside the abdomen. While the cat would be spayed and unable to get pregnant, they will go through the signs of being in heat. Most commonly, we go back in while they are 'in heat' and find the remnant. That normally resolves the problem.

Aug. 15, 2018

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Our female cat was spayed this past winter. Yesterday she started doing all symptoms of being in heat. I have researched and realize I need to take her in to locate if tissue was left behind my question is this. I can't get her in until next week my schedule won't permit it but is the heat cycle the same in this situation? The yowling is extremely excessive. Suggestions ?

June 15, 2018

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If there is an ovarian remnant causing estrous symptoms, there is not really anything which can be done at home to reduce the behaviour or the vocalisation since the hormones are pumping through her system. You should visit your Veterinarian when you are able to have her checked and to determine if this is due to a remnant or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

June 16, 2018

Hi my cat was spayed december 2017 and now august 2018 it seems like she is in heat, she is meowing loudly, rolling on the floor, raising her butt and some white fluid in her vagina. What seems to be the problem? She had undergone spay and had her cesarean operation to also to remove unborn kittens in her tummy.

Aug. 27, 2018

Germie

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Luna

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Spotting

Hello. My young cat Luna was spayed back on January 12th.. completely normal and very energetic since, but I have been noticing spotting and I am pretty sure the blood is coming from her vaginal opening. I wondered if this is a side effect from the surgery or if it is something I should be concerned about.

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Rolling On Flo

My roommate adopted Maya about 5 months ago. She's always been very vocal and overly affectionate, to the point where we can leave the room she's in without her yowling. She also has been urinating around the apartment as well. We had her checked for bladder/urinary infections and she had none. She's also very overweight and we don't know much about her medical history prior to the adoption. We just need to figure out if this is behavioral or medical.

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STELLA

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Moans Very Low Tones

She was spayed 5 days ago and has become super clingy. It has become difficult to keep her from jumping and popping those stitches open. She is determined to stay in my lap like a baby,she actually goes to sleep and quietly snores and kneads me during that process. She doesn't appear to be in any pain and her stiches appear to be healing normally. The affection is great. Is this an experience that anyone else has had? Should I be concerned and will this change later. She is 3yrs old and has been a lap cat but not to this extent.

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Head Pressing

My female cat got spayed on 20th Apri 2019. for the past twodays, I feel it is passing through heat again. now that ten weeks passed after spaying will it be a false feeling of heat?

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Dobby

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Allowing Male To Mount

I had my cat spayed 3 months ago when she was 6 months old and unfortunately had gotten pregnant. She is still acting as if she is in heat. Constantly. I do have a male that is still not neutered and she allows him to mount. She seeks him out when they are seperated and yowls, meows and chirps for his "attention". My other spayed females do not act this way and definitely do not allow him to mount. He is scheduled to be neutered, though I fear her behavior will continue.

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