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How many times does a cat go into heat every year

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There are 3 stray kitties that we feed that are about 6-7 months old.

A female kitten can enter heat as early as 4 months of age. She’ll try to get outside at every opportunity, some have even been known to break through window screens or almost magically slip out open doors like lightening!

When daylight hours and temperatures increase, a female cat may enter heat every 2-3 weeks.

Spay and Neuter surgeries are suggested before the animal is 6 months old. Some vets will perform the surgery if the animal is at least 2 lbs, others prefer waiting until the animal reaches 4 lbs. It will depend on the facility and the animal (some cat breeds will reach sexual maturity before they reach 4 lbs).

There are options for people doing the right thing like you are. It's really vital that these little strays are spayed and neutered.

Don’t forget to call your local Humane Society for guidance as well. If you have a Pet Smart in town, they often have the numbers for rescue organizations that may also help, at least with recommendations for where (or who ) to go.

Keep up the good work

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
What to do if any of them are already pregnant?

I own a cat rescue org - we're constantly getting in pregnant cats, some of them are still kittens themselves at less than a year old. Depending on the preference of your local vets who treat feral cats (strays) like this and the rescue orgs working in your area, some of the cats may be foster homed until the kittens are delivered. When they're old enough or weigh enough, they are neutered and shortly thereafter adopted out to responsible owners who will keep them as indoor cats for long, healthy lives.

In some cases when the pregnancy is very early, a spay is performed that ends the pregnancy.

No matter what - keep doing what you're doing. Getting these cats caught and moved on to places that can help is important. The best part is that it's so early in the season that there's more likely room. If this were to happen even a month from now, we're all so overwhelmed that we have to say no to most cases. Unfortunately, that means many cats end up either permanently feral and making more and more, or captured and euthanized by other organizations trying to control the populations.

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