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10 May 2010 @ 10:16 am
Cat is Supposedly Fixed but....  
Hello I'm not sure if I've posted here before so I will give a little background before I ask any questions.

I am currently living in a four bedroom town house with three other people. We are all either college students or former college student. I am a former college student who will be moving back to my home town after the grad ceremony. One of my roommates has had two cats for quite a while and she will be moving out at the end of this month as well. My other roommate recently adopted two cats from the Humane Society. So at the moment there are four cats in this place. I love cats but I could never own one myself since they trigger my asthma. The only way I've been able to live with my roommates' cats is by keeping the door to my room shut so that they can't come in. I go out and pet them sometimes, briefly but I can't stay near them for too long.

As far as my question, I want to know if it is possible for a spayed female to experience heat-like symptoms even though she can't actually have a litter of kittens. One of the new cats, a calico named Texas, has started showing signs of being in heat and trying to present her herself to my other roommate's bobcat mix Twitwi (who is neutered). I talked to Texas' owner and told her that her cat's been cooing, lifting her rear, licking herself, and rolling a lot. I also told that I caught Twitwi trying the mount her. I asked her "Are you sure she's fixed?" She told me that she has to be since she came from the Humane Society and that maybe what I saw was just Twitwi trying to play with her.

Needless to say, I was a little insulted that she didn't take me seriously but I want to know, are there any circumstances in which this could still happen to a spayed female? Should I encourage my roommate to call the Society? Should we just not worry about it?

Thanks in advance for any information you guys can give me.


My roommate took both her cats to the vet today and was able to verified that Texas is in fact an intact queen. So she will need to revisit the vet in the near future to be spayed. My roommate has opted to contact the Humane Society and have them take the cat in for the procedure since they messed up and gave her an animal hat had not been fixed (which is illegal here in California). I hope they don't give her a hassle.
The Funnelfunnel101 on May 10th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Humane societies don't always neuter their pets. For example, I volunteer at a local no-kill shelter and we were planning on taking a cat from a humane society. We literally got a call the day we were planning on picking her up to let us know that the cat was pregnant.

So, yes, you should encourage your roommate to call and ask.
kittyquat: quatkittyquat on May 10th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
My roommate has paperwork saying that both the cats she adopted had been fixed. I'm not necessarily accusing their staff of lying but with your experience volunteering at no-kill shelters, do you think they could be mistaken?

I will encourage her to call the Humane Society.
The Funnelfunnel101 on May 10th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
There's always a chance they could have messed up the paperwork, but if that's the case, they're not likely to be able to tell your roommate anything anyways. I'd suggest maybe calling the vet to ask?
kittyquat: quatkittyquat on May 10th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the advice.
Catmomwildflower399 on May 10th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
I would "trust but verify". A vet check-up will cost less than caring for an unexpected litter of kittens.
kittyquat: quatkittyquat on May 11th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that would be a good idea. I will try to get my roommate to do this. If she were my pet, I would have called the Humane Society or the vet by now.

Sara: stellagoldfishsara on May 10th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
It might be a good idea to have her checked out.

That said, when I was a kid, we had a female cat that we knew had been spayed, but who liked to slip out of the house and run around with the neighbors' unneutered tom cat. So it's possible she's just a passionate woman. :D
kittyquat: quatkittyquat on May 11th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Lol. I really hope that's all it is. I will encourage my roommate to have her checked out anyway though.

Thank you.
Menot_a_prettygrl on May 11th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I speak from personal experience...sometimes during a spay they can "miss" something.

We rescued a stray female a while ago - and took her in to have her shots and be spayed. We were told she only had 1/2 a uterus and 1 ovary when they opened her up but that otherwise everything went fine.

Fast forward 2 weeks, when she's acting like she's in heat and presenting to our neutered male kitty (who she was NOT fond of).

Back to the vet...they opened her up again only to find, SURPRISE, she actually had 2 ovaries...but it was misplaced, and thus they missed it. Apparently the smallest bit of anything left behind can be enough to trigger heat...

So...it's possible that she may still have something going on. I'd get it checked.
kittyquat: quatkittyquat on May 12th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, that makes sense since one ovary would still produce certain hormones. Thanks for the insight.
(Anonymous) on September 6th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
ovarian remnants
sometimes a female cat can continue to come into season after being speyed if during the spey operation a little ovarian tissue remains or is dropped by the surgeon, this tissue will then attach itself again often to another organ and will cause the poor cat to have continual seasons.
this is called ovarian remnants.
to fix this problem a vet must open the cat right up and search for where the tissue has reattached and remove it.
i have had 2 personal experiences of this at the rescue cattery i work at and both cats were fine and lived normal lives afterwards.
we have just had another case of a little cat who had been speyed and continued to come on heat when she was opened up she still had a stump of an ovary on one side and one entire ovary remaining on the other side , so her case was a "bad spey"