Fixing your cat means having them emasculated or neutered to stop them from reproducing. Just like in humans, cats experience their first sexual desires as soon as they step into puberty.
Their puberty comes as early as four months.
However, for the late bloomers, it can come between six to nine months. This cycle is known as Estrous. During this period, the female cat is ready for mating.
Pregnancy occurs when and if mating occurs between a male and a female cat. A female cat can give birth to up to 4 litters in a year. This leads to the overpopulation of cats.
Consequently, to curb the overpopulation, euthanasia is employed, which translates to killing millions of cats per year.
The only way to stop this number one cat killer is to fix your cat as soon as it is at puberty.
As it turns out, having your cat fixed comes with some benefits. If you have your cat fixed before its first heat, it is best for its health.
A fixed cat before its first heat will considerably reduce cancer risk. Having your cat fixed should put to an end any signs of heat.
However, some cats will continue displaying heat signs even after they have been neutered. There are a couple of reasons that can cause this anomaly in your cat.
Estrus Behavior On A Fixed Cat
Mating Call And Position
Mating calls are often long purring sounds made by a female cat ready to mate to attract a male partner. These calls will go on for days, and they are not likely to stop unless she mates.
As they make these unpleasant calls, they assume mating positions until a male cat responds.
However, the mating sound is not uniform; it changes from time to time. Their hind legs will be raised the whole time to expose their perineum as they move rhythmically.
Loss Of Appetite
Just like in human beings, cats can lose their appetite when their minds are fixated on mating. The difference is, these animals are not blessed with the art of self-control.
The dire need to mate and reproduce seems to shift their minds from the entire reality.
If your fixed cat does not get back to her eating pattern after two weeks of this behavior, perhaps it is time to consult with your vet.
Loss of appetite in your cat could be an indicator of something more serious. It’s something that needs medical attention.
Marking Her Territory
Cats on heat have this tendency of peeing everywhere in the name of marking territory. These cunning pets know that urine releases a scent of themselves.
If they can’t smell themselves in a place, they will have to urinate to reclaim their position.
Marking territory is not, however, limited to urinating as they can employ scratching and innocent rubbing.
It could come as an alarming act to someone not used to cats. But if you know your pet well, it is a sign of the need to mate.
However, if your cat has been fixed, and this behavior is getting out of hand, it could sign other things like stress or medical condition.
Display Of Affection
Your fixed cat might suddenly start being overly affectionate. The need for mating in a cat can never escape a trained eye – constant howling and demand for attention.
They will rub themselves on potentially anything that can caress them. From furniture to the walls. Even against you.
Be prepared for the worst, as your fixed cat will not mate. These displays will eventually graduate into hysteria as their mating desires build into a frustrating point.
It is easier to tell if this behavior is purely for mating, or there could be something else disturbing your cat.
You will notice it by how they will raise their hind legs and the way they move them.
We all know a cat ready to mate will groom themselves to the point of licking their genital areas clean.
This should send alarm bells off if your cat has been fixed. If you are keen enough, you will realize that your cat is over-grooming by parches of hair loss, damaged skin, among others.
This behavior can become hard to interrupt unless the mating they so much want takes place.
However, you should not rule out the possibility of stress or a sign of illness.
Unlike humans, cats do not bleed during their heat cycle.
Excessive licking on their genital areas could be a sign of something more serious.
What Causes A Fixed Cat To Go Into Heat?
Cases of fixed cats going into heat are rare. But they do happen because of several reasons.
The leading cause is the failure to remove both ovaries. Leaving the invisible parts of the ovaries means that some sexual hormones are still functioning.
There are, of course, other causes like stump pyometra and adrenal tumors. There are also cases of hormone exposure.
Estrogen-creams can have a significant impact on your fixed cat if exposed to them.
Besides causing heat, long-term exposure to these hormones can lead to severe medical conditions like mammary cancer.
If you notice any of the above symptoms of mating in your fixed cat, talk with your vet.
It is only a vet who can conclude what is happening to your little companion. Do not take things into your own hands as you might complicate matters further.
If it is true that your neutered cat is on heat, they might have to be subjected to surgery all over again.
One key thing worth noting is that scratching is a very important and healthy behavior in cats. Don’t be overly alarmed by it.
If your cat is otherwise looking healthy and unstressed, perhaps you should consider providing them scratching places.
This is important as it helps them to flex their muscles and joints.
It also helps them to remove old sheath in their claws, which you should consider trimming them often.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
Her family, her entire universe revolves around her two cats, who give her endless support and inspiration to move ahead with her objectives in life. Amanda is a live example of a balanced approach to all parenthood questions we all face in life.