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What is Always in Heat?

When a cat seems to be always in estrus, or heat, it may be related to a few conditions. However, many cat owners believe their cat is always in heat even though that may not be the case. When a cat is in heat, it seems like a very long time. Around the month of January, a cat will continue to remain in heat for about one week, or up to 10 days, until she becomes pregnant. This cycle will repeat every 14 to 21 days. If the amount of light in the day begins to decrease in the fall, the cat typically will come out of heat. So, for the time period between January and October, the cat may regularly be in estrus. For cats that don’t seem to take a “break” after the heat period of 7 to 10 days, they may be experiencing what is known as persistent estrus. This could be a sign of a health condition and should be examined by a veterinarian. Reasons for persistent estrus could be two things, as follows:

  • Ovarian cysts
  • Ovarian cancer

Why Always in Heat Occurs in Cats

A continuous secretion of estrogen is what causes persistent estrus. This can be caused by two different conditions. Persistent estrus in cats occurs because of:

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are sacs of fluid or substance that can form within the ovary or on the ovary. There are several types of ovarian cysts, and most are benign. A cat with cysts that are causing issues will typically undergo surgery.

Ovarian Tumor

An ovarian tumor secretes more estrogen than normal.  A common tumor of the ovary is the granulosa cell tumor. Malignant tumors should be removed as there is risk of metastasis.

What to do if your Cat is Always in Heat

If your cat is in heat consistently, make an appointment with your veterinarian. He will perform a complete examination, including laboratory testing such as urinalysis, blood work, and biochemistry profile. This will give the veterinarian much needed information about the cat’s organ functionality and will check for various conditions. 

Your veterinarian will also ask you questions about your cat’s heat cycle. He will want to know the precise age of the cat, if your cat has given birth to a litter, ad whether  your cat has had a false pregnancy. The veterinarian will want you to describe in detail your cat’s behaviors when in heat.

Once the laboratory results have come in, your veterinarian will take a close look at what could be going on with your cat. He may want to check for any ovarian abnormalities by performing specific tests such as radiography and an ultrasound. These tests will take a closer look at the ovaries and determine if your cat may possibly have a tumor or a cyst, both of which could cause persistent estrus.

If your cat has a cyst on his ovary or has a tumor, your veterinarian will explain to you in detail the treatment plan. He may also recommend, once treatment is complete, that you spay your cat in order to prevent her going into heat and thus, removing her chances of becoming pregnant.

Prevention of Always in Heat

The only way to prevent your cat from going into heat is to have her spayed. Although it may be difficult to prevent an ovarian tumor or cyst, keeping your cat’s regular veterinary checkups is crucial. During these visits, your veterinarian will perform a complete examination on your cat, and if your cat is showing symptoms of any pain from an ovarian tumor or cyst, such as abdominal pain, even if your cat going into heat repeatedly is not an issue, your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the condition early.

As soon as you notice your cat continues to go into heat, it will be very important to make an appointment with your medical professional. Catching a tumor early, especially a cancerous tumor, can cause your cat to have a much better prognosis. Finding an ovarian cyst in the early stages can prevent the cyst from rupturing, which can cause more health problems.

Cost of Always in Heat

If your cat has an ovarian cyst, the cost of treatment can be approximately $750.If your cat has a tumor on the ovaries, it may cost $100 for a biopsy, and more for the removal, depending on the size and location of the ovarian cyst.

Always in Heat Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Daisy
Calico
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying, typical signs of in heat

Usually the normal every 1-2ish weeks she'll go in heat but now it seems like shes constantly in heat. Not usually a friendly cat and now she constantly wants to be held which is extremely not normal even when shes in heat

My cat is a calico as well and going into heat frequently she’s 12 years old did you bring her to the vet? I’m so nervouse

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Willow
Silver Bengal
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Submissive & flirtatious behaviour

My cat is just coming up two years old, she is demonstraighting obvious signs of being in heat which also seems to be more constant and regular over the last 6 months, I’m not sure if allowing her the chance to mate will help the situation?
I’m just worried it’s something more sinister and would like some advice.

Allowing her to mate will just make kittens, and there are soo soo soo many kittens out there already alone, and in need of a home and love, please keep that in mind!

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Misty
Blue Russian
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back peddling
Rubbing
Nursing
Howling

One of my females seems to be in heat a ton. No it's not straight thru. She does stop. She has had a litter b4 little over year ago. I got couple new kittens couple months ago. But they try to nurse her, and she mothers them. But I'm wondering, can this keep putting her in heat?

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Banda
scotish fold
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Heat cycle and drooling

My cat she is in heat cycle now but I noticed her for two time drooling while she vocalizing according to heat cycle and after that I don’t see drool,Is it normal I took her to the vet and examined her he told she is healthy
What should I do ?

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Cali
Calico
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Not Moving

I have a kitten that is around 5 1/2 months old and she started acting very strange. She doesn’t want to walk, it’s almost as if she’s in so much pain she doesn’t want to walk. She meowed as if she was in pain, but when I pushed on her belly, arms and legs she didn’t show discomfort. She tried to get up about an hour later, stretched, and fell back on her butt but meowed in pain and plopped over on her side. I called my vet immediately and the desk receptionist she came up with saying my kitten was in heat right away. I want to trust her bc she sounded like she was for sure but I’m just really worried. We had to bring her her food and water and she ate and drank and also had to carry her to her litter box. I’ve never had an animal in heat before so i have no idea what the symptoms are. Everyone says they meow in pain and are very affectionate, but I have seen nothing about not wanting to walk. Does this sound like she’s in heat?

Oh my goodness..I hope everything has worked out by now, is she OK? It's hard to believe heat can do that.. Was that the cause? Praying for your baby!

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Addie
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yowling

I have a female cat that was fixed a year ago.yet she thinks shes in heat every few weeks.but now she has been acting like shes in heat for a whole month straight. Yowling day and night.i cant afford another surgey right now.but is this unhealthy for her? Physically or mentally?

Sometimes they leave a uterine stub in the cat, they don't remove it all so this could be why she is still experiencing heat symptoms. Most likely that they knew this and it wasn't a mistake

It sounds like it could be that they didn't get everything out when she was spayed and she's cycling. Take her to the vet, it could just be a quick fix, but it could also be something worse so I would call and talk to them about it.

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Bella
Calico
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal Discharge,
Vaginal Discharge

My calico cat Bella, has been going into heat roughly every 2 weeks now for about a year. Shes roughly 4 years old. I thought it was a bit strange that her heat cycles kept getting closer and closer together. Shes put on some weight too. Her appetite is great,her disposition hasnt changed that much when this happens. She just gets very very vocal and loving. Wants to rub against everything,the normal routine that a cat would be in during her heat cycle. I am worried though. I know this is uncomfortable for her,as now its every 2 weeks and u can clearly see it in Bellas eyes. I dont have a lot of money,but i know i have to get her checked out.I feel something is very wrong. Are there places i can go where they may not charge me an arm and a leg for her? I cant let her condition continue. At this point its painful for me to watch her go thru this. As I know its painful for her.

You can research low cost spay clinics in your area. Call your local humane society & they should be able to help you find the right solution. 💜 good luck

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Pepper
Unknown
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

My cat is about a year old and once she was in heat it seems like she's stayed in heat and with our other female she only shows being in heat if you touch her but with pepper she does it all the time and she stays inside in our room so its kinda frustrating when its all me and my husband hear especially when we have work in the morning. Idk if its normal for cats to lose hair when in heat but she almost looks like a hairless cat right now.. im just scared it might be something i dont have the money to fix and well if anyone knows something that could help would greatly be appreciated. I love my animals to death and wpuld hate for something to happen to them.

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Kairi and syndra
Calico
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loud meowing, heat,

I have 2 cats that take turns going into heat. Since mid December I've always had a cat in heat.so in total it's been almost 15 weeks between the 2 of them. I'm working on getting them spayed but I dont have the extra funds to do it while they are in heat.

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Pinks
Devon Rex
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yowling, Rolling, Rubbing

Cat is constantly in heat. She will be 2 years old in July 2019. She has a singleton litter 2 months ago and the kitten did not survive. She was not spayed and is now going into constant heat since this litter. Every week she has a ‘break’ of about 6 days before signs starts up again. We do have an unfixed male in the house as we own a cattery. He is kept separate from the females. Is it possible that my other female going into heat is causing her to cycle more often? I’ve made an appointment with the vet for a check up. Hoping it’s not anything serious.

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Shadi
Feline
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Kinda the opposite of 'always in heat' My 10 yo hasn't had a heat in a year and a half, I took her her to a vet and they said she seems perfectly healthy but encouraged me to get her fixed anyway 'shocker, $400 free money'.... getting really frustrated with all the mixed info... Kinda like human docs, they all have 'different opinions' about everything... (Ok, the question parameters are ambiguous there is no real list of symptoms {it doesn't accept lack of heats}; breed: feline is only accepted {didn't accept cat or Siamese} condition severity 0 as far as I can tell; she is still energetic, affectionate/playful and very social... just suddenly no heats)

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Daisy
Not sure of
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Resisting litter box
Frequent Urination
Always in heat
Pacing around

Hello my 8 year old cat is constitanly urinating everywhere but the little box and is very nervous like pacing around in a sense, any clue on what the problem may be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a cat to urinate in different areas, this may be down to marking or something more serious; both medical and behavioral issues may be causes this. Medical issues including urinary tract infections, urinary stones, kidney disease, hormonal conditions among other causes; behavioural issues may include stress, anxiety, changes of routine among other issues. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to help determine if there is a medical cause or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://kb.rspca.org.au/why-is-my-cat-urinating-inappropriately_251.html

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Moses
Mixed breed
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constant in heat

My 12 year old cat is constantly in heat, or demonstrating the signs of being in heat, but could be a more serious condition. It has been recommended to me that because of heth reasons, i should not neuter her because she is 12 years old. We don't have money for a vet. What can i do to make her comfortable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cat’s have a quick estrus cycle and at times it can seem that she may always be in heat, however there are a few different conditions which may cause constant heat which should be checked by a Veterinarian. At 12 years old, she is old but not too old if she is otherwise healthy and a spay she be considered (depending on Veterinarian’s discretion). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boots
Siamese
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggr

My cat gave birth about 2 months ago. She had 4 kittens I gave 2 away and still have the other two. She went into heat about 2-3 weeks ago and hasn't been out yet. She aggressive toward her kittens now they can't even walk by without her hissing and charging at them (doesn't do any actually damage to the kitten). She was a really good cat and very sweet and now she's so mean and always in heat. I have scheduled for her to be spayed but it isn't till August. Is there anything I could do to help calm her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The only thing that you can do to calm her down, at this point, is to move her appointment up for her spay. Until she gets spayed, she will stay in heat, or get pregnant again. If you can get her spayed in the next couple of weeks, it would be better.

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Jelly
Siamese
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
scratching
Mouth Lump
Fur Loss
Itching

Hello my cat is allergic to flees and she scratch uncontrollably when bitten to the point of fur lost and bleeding. What should I do to help the allergies go away. Because I know in humans, over time allergies are able to be neutralized or made to go away.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
It is important to ensure that Jelly is treated regularly with an effective flea & tick prevention medication (not over the counter stuff) and for the environment in the home to be treated against fleas to reduce the risk of further flea bites. Generally in cats the reactions to flea bites increases over time so this is why it is important to reduce the risk of bites; with good management there should be little risk. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cali
Callico
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Growling while cleaning herself
Meowing. Loudly
moaning

I have a cat that has been in heat for like 2 months straight is she ok. And it seems like this happened when we got a new puppy that is not nutered. Our cat keeps moaning and meowing is there anything wrong with her? Also seeing that I got a new puppy that has not been fixed can that bother our cats cycle.

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Mika
Ocicat
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

heat

Medication Used

none

My cat has been in heat for about two months it comes and goes but it’s lasted longer than usual. I see her lose some weight in the past before but she doesn’t seem to gain any. I feed her every day she drinks her water. Is there anything abnormal about this.

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Navi
Unknown
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

consistent yowling
restless at night
Pacing

For the past year my unfixed, 6yr old cat seems to be in "heat" longer and longer. My cat used to throw up, usually about an hour after eating her dry, grain-free food, every day. After weaning her onto different brand, she developed problems in relieving herself. She would go in and out of the litter box several times within minutes, grooming herself like crazy afterward each time. It appeared she was straining (to do what, I am not sure) but nothing would happen. So I switched her to canned food thinking she might be constipated. Thus far she has stopped throwing up all together, still seems a little constipated, seems hungry all the time, even though she'll only eat a little at a time, and has become restless at night (more than normal). She paces and yowls like shes in heat (or lost) all night long, rolls around on the floor in certain areas like its covered in catnip, and sleeps most of the day (when she used to sleep all night). She has always been a talkative kitty, but now its more yowling (in heat behavior). Is there something here warranting a visit to the vet or is my cat just insane?
Thank you in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Navi to your Veterinarian for an examination to rule out medical causes; a hormonal condition may explain this behaviour and a cat’s estrus cycle can be a little all over the place. Your Veterinarian will check her over and possibly may recommend spaying as a permanent solution to this behaviour if they determine that is the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mocha
Sherazi
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

heat
Meowing
Very loud
Alot of affection

My cat is in heat and she can be really loud and hard to live with. I know that spaying is the common solution but it's not an option that i agree with. So i want recommendations for medical remedies that will calm her down and hopefully lulls her to sleep when she's in heat. She is 1 year old and we tried to mate her but she didn't want the other cat to touch her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
The estrus cycle of cats is different from dogs and cats may go in and out of heat at regular intervals compared with twice per year for dogs; spaying is the only way to manage this in many cases, however you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as ovarian cysts and tumours may have an effect on the estrus cycle. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kikk
Calico lynx
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loud meowing and rubbing

My cat was in heat for 4 months she got out of tge house and got pregnant. She is now in heat again even though she still has a belly I think she might have had a miscarriage. She meows so loud almost like she's dying or something.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Cats can cycle through an estrus cycle really quickly and it can seem like they are always in heat (which is different in dogs), it is important to determine whether she is always in heat due to a medical issue or if she is in heat all the time. You should have your Veterinarian examine Kikk and think about spaying her too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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