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Hi I have a 9 yr old cat in heat, she has a heart condition that keeps her from being spayed .what can I do to make her more comfortable during this uncomfortable time and will this last her life time ? Iam keeping her  away from the rest of my 19 cats but they are all spayed and nuetered  but she is a pest to them

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Tammy,

Wow, this is a bit of a sticky wicket. Remember, I am not a vet, and I know of no medication that reliably keeps a female out of heat safely for an extended period of time.  Often by age 9, they have usually "spayed" themselves (kind of like human menopause). I would not embark on any kind of hormone therapy without double checking with a cardio-vascular veterinarian.

Often with females in season, you just have to endure it until they come out.

Best of luck with this unfortunate situation, but I would be contacting a veterinarian for better advice. BTW, we have tried some of those herbal "remedies" with no results!!!!!!!!

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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