Why does my cat keep coming in heat?

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Dr. Debra,

I have a cat that is about 2-years-old and healthy and was coming in heat like every 2 weeks? Now she does not she has not been out and I am kind of baffled. It has been a month since her last heat but she acts fine, any ideas? Should I be worried? Is this normal?

Vicki Matusewic

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. Cats are considered "induced" ovulators which means mating behavior is required to induce ovulating. Adult cats will repeat their cycles about every two to three weeks throughout the breeding season (mid-January to August) unless interrupted by pregnancy or illness.

So, unless your cat is "bred" she will probably continue coming in heat. So if you want to stop the cycle, get her spayed!

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra





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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.