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08 April 2010 @ 10:49 am
Is it normal??  
My little girl cat isn't fixed yet. I haven't been able to come up with the 95 dollars to get her spayed yet, but that's another story.

My questions are:
how long do female cats stay in heat?
how often does it happen?
and is it normal for them to throw up at least once a day while they're in heat??
sarramakssarramaks on April 8th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Female cats don't go into 'heat' like dogs do; they don't have seasons. Around March (in the UK) once the weather gets warmer, females may start to call for a mate. They don't ovulate for cartain period of time, instead the ova is produced when they mate - so it really does just take once!
Females are capable of carrying kittens by more than one tom cat too!
We've had preganant female cats brought to us from early March right through till the end of october. AS long as the weather's warm enough, the unneutered females will try to breed. (I'm a volunteer for my local branch of Cats Protection in the UK)
Hope that helps.
sarramakssarramaks on April 8th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry - your third question - no, it's not normal for cats to throw up daily. She could be vomiting for a number of reasons and you should really get her checked by a vet.
Do keep her inside until you get her fixed. Cats can still be neutered in the early stages of pregancy, but diseases such as FiV and FPV can be passed when cats mate and these can be fatal.
Alliecherokee_kid on April 8th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Well, she's gone in and out of a "season". She's a year and a half and since she was six or eight months, she's been doing these things every other month or so. That would make sense, though considering she was born in October.

She only vomits during this time. :( I came here to see if it was something I should be very concerned about, because I can't really afford to take her to a vet right now.
Saragoldfishsara on April 8th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
The only time I've dealt with a cat in heat, it seemed to go in waves where it would intensify for a week, and then calm down for a few weeks, and then intensify again. I don't recall any barfing - you should get her checked out.
Alliecherokee_kid on April 8th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
We think we just figured out why she's throwing up so much. :(

She likes to eat dust, and whatever else is on the floor. We have hardwood floors so it's hard to keep them clean throughout the day. We think since she's rolling around so much, she's picking up the dust and fur and when she licks herself, she gags on it. :(
what use is the wind if you can't fly a kite?falnfenix on April 8th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
i think, if i had hardwood floors, i'd be dusting them daily...but i'm borderline OCD.
Alliecherokee_kid on April 9th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I need to do so. :/
what use is the wind if you can't fly a kite?falnfenix on April 9th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
get a swiffer and walk behind the thing for 5-10 minutes every day. it's easy, and you can do it while reading a book.

barring that, find a dustmop and do the same. it's so much easier to keep hardwood clean...it takes almost no effort for a daily swipe. and if you know this will help keep your cat healthy, why not?