My cat won't shut up!

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I have a female who is about 8 months old and already in heat. I can't afford to get her spayed yet, but fortunately she's an indoor kitty with a neutered male so the possibility of new kittens is null.

But in the middle of the night she starts howling like a Florence Foster Jenkins recital.

Any advice?
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    Re: My cat won't shut up!

    Tue, February 27, 2007 - 1:45 PM
    no advice about the noise, but it might help you feel better to know that it is healthier for the cat to be neutered AFTER going into heat than before. (Luckily my Kaya was very quiet (if rather drippy) when she was in heat.)
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      Tue, February 27, 2007 - 1:55 PM
      That's an old wives tale. It is healthier to spay them BEFORE going into heat and the hormones kick in.
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        Tue, February 27, 2007 - 2:18 PM
        "Sterilization should take place before "the hormones kick in."
        Otherwise, with male cats especially, their urine takes on an extremely strong and
        unpleasant odor, and cats are more inclined to mark their territory, including the inside
        of your house. "

        Note that both of these reasons to spay before the first heat are for the convenience and comfort of the owner, and do not address the health of the animal.
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          Tue, February 27, 2007 - 2:24 PM
          not saying I'm right and you're wrong, but that this link doesn't support either one.
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            Tue, February 27, 2007 - 2:33 PM
            ok, I just checked my references and Dr. Pitcairn says nothing about timing. Anitra Frazier recommends spaying/neutering after sexual maturity because it doesn't "disturb the basic sexuality of the cat." She seems to be of the mind that a sexually mature cat can still engage in sexual play because it wants to (and not because it MUST as with un-neutered cats). She also says "A little care and patience now will pay off health for the next fifteen or twenty years." But she doesn't say exactly how this higher standard of health is affected by waiting to spay until after maturity (except for the aforementioned ability to engage in sexual play).

            My conclusion is that the timing doesn't matter much for the cat's health, after all, unless you believe that your cat should be able to express his or her sexual self without the repurcussions of new kittens.
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    Tue, February 27, 2007 - 8:37 PM
    Florence Foster Jenkins! ROFL!
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      Wed, February 28, 2007 - 2:39 PM
      Help her by giving some tea in her water. About 3 capsules of Black Cohosh, emptied into a cup of hot water and allowed to cool. Give 1/4 cup each day in the water. She might want other sources of water because of the taste/smell, but it won't hurt her and will quiet her down.
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        Tue, March 20, 2007 - 11:54 PM
        intersting...i can't give you advice tho, cuz my cat does exactly the same thing!
        except she's fixed and about 17?
        it started in march....i'm thinking spring?...but she's indoors and fixed doesn't make sense.

        she's not sick or in pain either...yes i know this for a fact.
        yet she just puts on an opera.

        sometimes i wake up to her howls that sound like someone yelling 'hello'. i kid you not.
        it's spooky,
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    Wed, March 21, 2007 - 6:54 AM
    My cat, Raven is a talker. She meows a lot. I find it is usually when she wants me to play mousie with her. But that is just her personality. Bach Flower Rescue Remedy might mellow your kitty out. Just follow the directions on the bottle. You can put it on kitty or in the water. Only a few drops though.

    Aside from that, probably getting the kitty fixed is the only way to get the howling to stop. Or at least quiet down.
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    Wed, March 21, 2007 - 12:36 PM
    I can't really say what to do.. but I just kick my youngest out of the room when he screams at 4am. But his reasoning for screaming at me while jumping up and on my hip is that he wants lovins early in the morning. My youngest is the loudest cat in the world. He stomps around the house swishing his tail screaming at me saying look at me.. here I come.. you better love me.

    You may want to look at some local shelters for a low cost spading. I got my youngest done for cheap because I couldn't afford much and I rescued him.. so they gave me the rescuing price. Plus some places may offer monthly payment plans. You can see if your local ASPCA can help if you have one.
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      Sun, March 25, 2007 - 1:51 PM
      my old boy is the MOST annoying at 2AM when he's caught his "mouseie" and wants us to notice what a good hunter he is... problem is, he's going deaf in his old age and simply will NOT shut up & be reassured till he sees one of us up & petting him... arrrgh! so now it's my task to do a mousie sweep before bedtime to find all the mousie toys so he can't go "hunting" and wake us at an early hour! LOL!

      otherwise, he & our other young male are the most talkative... Tux likes to chat just cuz he likes to see us -- Zorro "chats" (well whines) cuz he wants something, usually to go outside...

      the fems are less chatty, though they do talk at us in the most cutesy cute ways -- usually to elicit the desired response -- to go outside or be fed or simply to open the door to the garage... yes, there's a cat door there, but why push through if there's a willing/bamboozled [male] human who will open the door for you? amazing how quick they've learned how to manipulate their "daddy"! LOL!

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        Mon, March 26, 2007 - 6:51 AM
        Raven is like that. She gets her mousie toy and it is play with me... throw mousie, see what I did at 3 in the morning.

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          Wed, March 28, 2007 - 8:25 PM
          well....we might be forgeting that cats ARE indeed nocturnal creatures :-)
          sleep most of the day, if not all day, and then party at nite.... buncha freeloaders!

          this all reminds me, i had a friend i'd visit and his cat would meow every few seconds, non stop! this would go on as if she was actually talking - having a conversation. then she'd go insane when he picked leaves off 'her' tree (a potted plant)...meow meow meow...almost barking like a dog!
          i've never seen a case like that!
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            Thu, March 29, 2007 - 6:24 AM
            My cat meows like that. When she gets started. It will be ....

            meow, meow, meow, meow.... (me: Raven?) meow, meow, meow, meow.

            God forbid I pick up a mousie b/c that starts her up too.
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            Thu, March 29, 2007 - 12:39 PM
            Well my cats only sleep during the day in the winter.. during the warmer months.. they are flappin their tails in the windowsill watching the cars and birds outside. They jump around and play.. then when it's time to go to bed.. they let me know.. and we head off there.

            It's mostly just Zareru that is the loudest. He just doesn't need as much sleep as the other two and he's just really perking at 4am. Ahahah

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