As I'm sitting here one of my female cats is talking, nonstop, which she has been doing all night long. SHe's in heat again. Does anyone know how many times cats go into heat and how long they last, because let me tell you, I'm ready to strangle them. My day begins at 4:30am when I take my roommate and her husband to work, then I come home and the baby i babysit comes over, then I wake my son up for summer school. I take him to school at 7am, come back home and start taking cars of the other 9 kids in my house. ages range from 11mths to 13 yrs. We eat breakfast, clean up and by 12 I go pick my son up from school, then I come home and they all eat lunch and clean up again, some do laundry, I clean my room, and take care of the 3 dogs, 5 cats, 2 ferrets and 10 hamsters, someone dumped on me because they didnt want them after they had babies. Which btw I clean my stuff myself because my bf says because he says he has a "REAL" job he shouldn't have to help out when he comes home. Then at 2 I go get my feiends husband, drop him off and go get her by 3pm, then we come home, fix dinner, kids go swimming and clean up, and I dont get to bed usually until about 11 or 11:30pm. And then all night long I listen to my cats and I love them but I want to strangle them, I'm so freaking tired. Sorry needed to vent, bf is no help at all. He snaps his fingers at the cats and expects them to shut up. Can I strangle him too?
Wow.. I know what you are going through and I have to wonder, why haven't you spayed this cat! They are soooo freaking noisy. I have no idea how some people (cat fanciers in particular) can live iwth unaltered cats. If it's not the spraying, tis the yowling.
Here's the bad news. Cats are what's called 'induced ovulators'. That means its the actual act of mating that causes the release of the egg and pregnancy> This is why if cats mate, the female is almost guaranteed to get pregnant. The cat mates, the egg is released and the sperm is waiting to catch it. There's no 'timing it right' the way there is in humans, dogs and other animals.
The worse news is that cats go into heat ever 14 to 21 days... and the heat cycle lasts 7 days. So figure about every 3-4 weeks between January and August, depending on the climate where you live, your cat will be going into heat and exhibiting the same behavior you are currently witnessing.
So, for your sanity I recommend spaying ASAP :P
***Edited By: Minniyar on 6/29/2006 1:19:43 PM*** Reason: add
I don't know about strangling the cat, but maybe the boyfriend, just for making the "real" job comment... Some men just don't get it! I bet he'd change his attitude real quick if he had to spend a day in your shoes :)
I was curioius too why you haven't spayed your cat. I would never put myself through that!
I hope she soon quiets down for you, cause with that work load you definately need your rest!! :)
Getting the cat sterilized is the only way to make it stop. If you cannot afford it i`m certain you could find a spay/neuter program in your area or at least within road trip distance.
Ever thought about adopting out some of those animals? If you are always on the go and have so many other responsibilities do you think they have the best life they coud have? ANd tell that BF of yours to trade "real jobs " with you for ONE day and see how far he gets.....OR even better , the next time HE wants some of your time or attention refuse to give it to him and say " I cannot be with you right now , i`m busy doing your laundry " After a few times of that he will get the hint and if he doesnt , adopt him out with the animals.
Thanks for the info Minniyar, and advice everyone, But Pom I'm not going to adopt out my animals they are as much as part of my life as my kids. And they get plenty of attention, I'm a stay at home mom, I run errands and taxi everyone, but most of my day is spent at home with kids and animals. And 9 of those kids live at my house, so my animals have plenty of attention from all kinds of people. And because I have so many kids, my animals don't bite, and the cats have even learned not to scratch. I could never give them up. I have cats that will actually go up and lay in the toddlers lap, asking for him to play with him, they are very well behaved animals, lol more so than the kids.
starlight. I agree with Pomanese, except for giving up your animals, they don't speak to you that way. Give up your bf and fine someone who is an animal lover. Because your life will remain in misury if you continue with him, he's not going to stop there, and you deserve someone who loves you, not just what you do for him, but what he can do for you. Your bf is a big time looser, sorry it hurts to hear, I've been with a couple and told them to get lost. So if I were you, I would be strong, because there are lots of fish in the sea, one is sure to sweep you of your feet with whatever comes with you.