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Cat in heat: is the Q-tip method safe? [Jun. 3rd, 2006|09:59 pm]
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First of all, this is NOT MY CAT. It belongs to my housemate who, despite being all for animal rights and buying Lilly food made from human grade meat, has never spayed the poor girl. Yes, I know this is irresponsible. Yes, I'm aware of the health risks of not spaying a cat. But it isn't my cat. I'd pay for it if I felt even 50% sure that Ms. Responsible Financial Priority would ever pay me back.

At any rate, Lilly the cat is a 3 year old unspayed female. She was in heat - literally, for three months. Last week was peaceful. And now she's started up again. I insist that Lilly stay in my housemate's room during these times. Even still, the constant yowling really annoys me. Also, my cats (both fixed, of course) have taken to imitating her yowl. I am not pleased.

Somebody brought up the qtip method as a means of stimulating ovulation in Lilly and, thus, bringing her out of heat. But is this procedure safe? Does anybody know of websites on the subjects with a bit more authority than message boards? How much qtip action does a kitty need to stimulate the necessary hormones?

I think my housemate is finally saving up to get Lilly spayed. But in the meantime, I am sick and tired of living with the noisy product of her irresponsibility.

[User Picture]From: violetsforfurs
2006-06-04 03:24 am (UTC)
So you'd moleste the cat?
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[User Picture]From: susanjacobson
2006-06-04 04:14 am (UTC)
This is why I only do boy cats.
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[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2006-06-04 07:09 am (UTC)
They aren't much better-they pee everywhere, and it stinks to high heaven until you neuter them. xD
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[User Picture]From: childlight
2006-06-05 06:24 pm (UTC)
LOL oh yes un-neutered tom cat spray is almost as bad as skunk
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[User Picture]From: manda_may
2006-06-04 04:34 am (UTC)
That sucks. My mom's vet suggested using a such a thing (w/ a bit of vasoline)... to satisfy our cats urges/ect.. (my moms cat went into heat around 4 months old, so it was before the vet would fix her).. but my mom couldn't bring herself to simulate sex with the cat.. but the vet said it should quiet them up for a bit..
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[User Picture]From: fshk
2006-06-04 04:36 am (UTC)
I got my cat spayed right quick after the first time she went into heat. She seemed so miserable and my vet wouldn't do it until she was 6 months old, so I just had to wait it out. I investigated ways to make her more comfortable, and really, there just isn't anything you can do. (Seriously, almost every website that comes up when you google, "help cat in heat," or anything related says at the top of the page, "Spay your cat!") I hadn't heard of the Q-Tip method, but that seems questionnable unless you know a lot about cat anatomy. There are organizations that will spay cats for free or at a very low cost, you might want to point your housemate in that direction.
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[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2006-06-04 07:10 am (UTC)
There are low-cost spay clinics out there-asking the local Humane Society/Shelter will probably point you in the right area. I got both my cats (male though, I understand females cost more) for $50.
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[User Picture]From: jessi41684
2006-06-04 01:01 pm (UTC)
fifty bucks!!! what the hell i just spent 250 dollars on my freaking cat to get him neutered.. and the funny thing is there was a little note on the bottom of the vet bill that says something about keeping the cost low so we can afford it. I laughed at the receptionist when I saw it... damn did I go the wrong place!
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[User Picture]From: lynn_z
2006-06-04 01:25 pm (UTC)
I have an appointment on the 19th to get my boys fixed. (at the SPCA) it's $35 each. plus I'm getting them tested for leukimia which is $18.

I called their normal vet, who said it would be $70 each... which I thought was a lot. But $250?!?! DAMN
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[User Picture]From: lynn_z
2006-06-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: syganzychick
2006-06-04 05:40 pm (UTC)
Our vet said $170 for our male and $210 for our female. We called a local organization called "Team" and they're doing it for $57 per cat next weekend
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[User Picture]From: manycolored
2006-06-04 03:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the q-tip method! I'd be really afraid of getting unsterile cotton stuck up in her poor inflamed vagina. Or if she got overexcited, she might puncture her uterus. As far as I know you can either spay her or...

Step one: Find intact but sterile boy. This is the tricky part.
Step two: Kitty Luvvin.

Try to get a Friends of Animals certificate for $50 spay.
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[User Picture]From: model_disaster
2006-06-04 05:16 pm (UTC)
everyone should consider pet insurance. i know it sounds strange, but we have it on all 3 of our cats. just a couple weeks ago we took all 3 of ours to the vet. 2 were getting checkups and shots, 1 was getting a checkup, shots and spayed. the total bill was around $245. we pay up front. 1 1/2 weeks later i got 3 checks in the mail totaling $219. it's really a good deal. costs about $20 a month per animal and covers emergencies also.

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