Hi! MY name is***** and I will do my best to answer your questions about Pumpkin. Have you seen her use the litter box today? Do her stools seem normal or abnormal? Normal size and frequency of urination?
Is she spayed or intact?
Did the behavior just start today? And do you have any other cats in the household?
And does she seem to be more affectionate at all or rubbing her back on things / rolling?
Does she act like she is in any pain? Any vomiting? Normal appetite etc? Im almost wondering if perhaps she is experiencing her first heat cycle -- she is at the right age, isn't spayed, and increased vocalizations, clinygness and squatting / rubbing on things are all very common signs of heat in cats
A heat cycle or estrous is the period of time when a cat is capable of being bred/ getting pregnant. It typically lasts between 7-14 days and you may see a small amount of bleeding as well.
This website has some good information and a video showing some common behaviors
It is normal in unspayed cats-- somewhat similar to a woman having her period (but also some major differences between the two proecsses). I would recommend having her spayed though both to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and also to decrease the risk of mastitis (infections of the mammary glands), pyometra (infection of the uterus) and uterine/ovarian cancer later in life which are all more common in cats that are not spayed
In the meantime, I would just monitor her. If this behavior continues for the next 1-2 weeks and then resolves on its own, then it is most likely that the behavior change was just due to heat. If she ever seems to be in any distress or has any signs such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, frequent small urination or difficulty urinating, I recommend having your vet take a look at her.
You're welcome! No ma'am! Like I said, if something changes and she seems to be sick or in pain, then that might warrant an exam sooner than the scheduled spay, but it really does just sound like classic heat signs :).
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