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shar13
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posted 01-01-2004 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for shar13     Edit/Delete Message
HI, I am new here, but am an avid pet lover and have always owned cats. Unfortunately, my kitties have always been rescues and most were already spayed or neutered before they came home or directly afterwards...I have never endured a female cat's heat cycle.

We recently took in a new kitty who has not been fixed and she has begun a heat cycle - we plan on spaying her as soon as it is over, but I don't know how long that will be.

How long does a heat last? And how old is a cat when they begin having the heat cycles?

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Chessmind
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posted 01-01-2004 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hello. Welcome to the the site. I could be wrong about this, but I have never heard of having to wait to get a female spayed until she is out of heat. You may want to call a local vet and just ask them over the phone (there is no charge for simple general questions) about this. As for the duration of being in heat, I think every cat is different. Some cats may be in heat for a few weeks and some for a month or more. I'm sure some members here know for certain the answer to both of your questions. So, just check the site to see if anyone has posted a reply.

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fleafly
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posted 01-01-2004 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Most vets will spay a cat while she is in heat, but they usually charge more. Some people think it is not good to spay a female while she is in heat, I'm not exactly sure why.

My cats were usually only in heat for a few days - a week.

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Yahdah
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posted 01-01-2004 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yahdah     Edit/Delete Message
Hello,
Cats can indeed be spayed when in season, but it does cost a little more to do so. I think if you can put up with it, wait til she is out of season before having the surgery done.
When they are in season, their ovaries and uterus are very friable and tear and bleed more making the surgery that much more difficult, risky and possibly dangerous ! Bleeding is the main concern here. If the organs tear and bleed, the animal can bleed to death.
However, a good, well experienced vet can do a cat in season no problem, but will add to the general cost because of the added difficuly, longer operating time etc.

So if you can, WAIT.

my girls come into season every 10 days for 7 days.
Some cats are in heat for up to 2 weeks but I have not seen one that went on for that long (yet).

I have asked many vets what is the most difficult surgery? even veterans say "cat and dog spays" I watched a thoracotomy (open heart and lung surgery) and the vet commented "i still think spays are harder..."

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shar13
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posted 01-01-2004 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for shar13     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you all so much for your responses. I had no idea a cat's heat were so frequent...every 10 days !?!?! I used to breed dogs (strange breed called Chinese Shar Pei's) and they would be twice a YEAR at best...

Our vet has a standing 'no spay in heat' policy without medically necessary conditions...and we can certainly wait it out.

Thanks again for the responses. This has eased my mind a bit.

~shar

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