do cats get period cramps

Cats don’t have the same bloating, cramping or other physical symptoms that human females do during their cycle, but that’s not to say they don’t experience some form of discomfort as well as irritability. To alleviate some of this discomfort, try the following: Provide your cat with a covered heated pad to lay on.

What is a Cat Heat Cycle?

Cats go through physical cycles that get their bodies ready for reproduction, just like the majority of female mammals. In humans, this is called the menstrual cycle. It is known as the estrous cycle in cats and has multiple stages.

Female cats that are in the estrus stage are referred to as “in heat” and are hormonally responsive to sexual activity and procreation. Cats don’t usually bleed vaginally like humans do because they don’t shed uterine lining like humans do.

Because cats are seasonally polyestrous, heat cycles can recur every 14–21 days during a specific breeding season. Longer days—those with at least 12–14 hours of sunlight—mark the beginning of breeding season. This indicates that peak estrus occurs in the Northern Hemisphere between February and April and may last until October.

Heat cycles can begin as early as four months of age and last until the cat is spayed or has its ovaries bred. In cats, heat can recur every one to three weeks and last for an average of six to eight days. Thus, it is understandable why an unspayed female cat appears to be in heat nearly all the time.

Signs of Heat in Cats

A female cat in heat will exhibit a number of distinct behavioral and physical symptoms. Although it is uncommon to see bleeding during heat, a tiny amount of mucus-like discharge may occur. When a cat is in heat, they most likely display the following symptoms:

  • Howling or crying out
  • Showing more affection than usual
  • Pacing or restlessness
  • Licking genital area
  • Decrease appetite
  • Trying to escape (to find a mate)
  • Spraying urine
  • Assuming a mating position, called lordosis

These kinds of symptoms could indicate that your cat is in pain or uncomfortable. But the idea behind these actions is to draw the interest of an unneutered male cat so she can conceive. It could result in a false pregnancy if your cat mates but doesn’t become pregnant. She might display pregnancy symptoms for a short while before returning to estrus approximately six weeks later. Your cat will go through an infertile phase known as interestrus, which lasts for two to 19 days, if she does not mate with a male during estrus. After that, the cycle repeats.

Do cats feel pain on their period?

Because they do not lose their uterine lining as humans do, cats do not experience menstruation. Although a cat’s fertility cycle is unique, during their fertile period, they may have tiny blood spots. This is not painful.


Do female cats bleed during periods?

Do Cats Bleed When In Heat? Most female cats don’t bleed on their period (aka while in heat) because they reabsorb their uterine lining as opposed to expelling it. However, you may notice spots of blood on the floor or in your cat’s bed. This is normal during estrus and nothing to be alarmed about.

Is it painful for female cats to be in heat?

Unlike dogs, it’s very unusual to see a cat bleed when she is on heat. Being on heat isn’t painful but it can make your cat feel a little unsettled, uncomfortable, and ‘under the weather’.

What are the symptoms of period in cats?

Chances are, if your cat is in heat, you’ll be able to tell right away. You may notice her incessantly yowling – aka a mixture of wailing and meowing, pacing back and forth, assuming the mating position (raising her rear end in the air), and being extra affectionate. Other signs may include: Behavioral changes.

How do cats act when they start their period?

What are the signs of estrus? The most notable signs of estrus in cats are behavioral. Most cats become very affectionate, even demanding; they persistently rub against their owners (or objects such as furniture), constantly wanting attention. They roll on the floor more often.