OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed on Wed. I had put it off because she is in heat, and still quite thin, but am going to go ahead and do it because her behavior is just so pitiful and she's hell-bent to get outdoors. Here are the questions:

1) Do female cats spray?
2) Do female cats spray because they are in heat, and will it stop aftershe's spayed?
I don't mean urinating. I mean sprayiing, on a CD rack, on the wall, etc. I suppose it could be one of the boys doing it because of her, but I've never, ever had them spray before.
I have limited experience with girl cats, and zero with whole girl cats in heat. More questions:

1) How many Feliway diffusers should I get for a 2500 s.f. house?
3) Where should I put them?Any and all advice/suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks all,
Sherry
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OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed on Wed. I had put it off ... female cats spray? 2) Do female cats spray because they are in heat, and will it stop after she's spayed?

I've heard that, yes, this is true and spaying will help.
I don't mean urinating. I mean sprayiing, on a CD rack, on the wall, etc. I suppose it could be ... whole girl cats in heat. More questions: 1) How many Feliway diffusers should I get for a 2500 s.f. house?

I think one diffuser covers 600 sq.ft. (I believe it says on the package).
3) Where should I put them?

Depends on the set up I think. I have two in one very LARGE room (since my apt. is essentially a living room, dining room and kitchen and then a bedroom is separate.) I'm sure that spaying will make a difference.

Karen
OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed on Wed. I had put it off ... behavior is just so pitiful and she's hell-bent to get outdoors. Here are the questions: 1) Do female cats spray?

Yes. Emotion: smile
2) Do female cats spray because they are in heat, and will it stop after she's spayed?

Yes, and probably. Females do it both to mark territory and to advertise their in heat status to males. The vast majority of spraying females stop with spaying.
I don't mean urinating. I mean sprayiing, on a CD rack, on the wall, etc. I suppose it could be one of the boys doing it because of her, but I've never, ever had them spray before.

No, it's almost definitely her.
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OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed on Wed. I had put it off ... going to go ahead and do it because her behavior is just so pitiful and she's hell-bent to get outdoors.

Good luck with "the biskit" (I'm an old Ally McBeal fan so her name reminds me of that.Emotion: smile) I think vet med has improved and while they don't want to do things like spaying while a little under the weather, heck, if they could operate on Shadow nearly two years ago multiple times in a short while when he was clearly ill, they certainly can monitor how it is going.
She'll be ok Sherry. Emotion: smile
OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed onWed. I had put it off because ... female cats spray? 2) Do female cats spray because they are in heat, and will it stop after she's spayed?

Not sure if this will answer you question, exactly, but is closely related I think:
My first cat was definitely 'marking' for a couple of months or so before I had her spayed. This was in the early 70's, she was my first cat, & she was already 1 year old - I didn't know then that she really should've been spayed several months earlier. I also didn't realize that the marking was marking! It was small amounts of urine each time - & appeared to be quite concentrated. The behavior never returned after her spay op.

Cathy

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Good luck with "the biskit" (I'm an old Ally McBeal fan so her name reminds me of that.Emotion: smile) I think ... while when he was clearly ill, they certainly can monitor how it is going. She'll be ok Sherry. Emotion: smile

Oh, gawd, Cheryl. I just borrowed a black light. My living room lit up like Chinatown. I want to move.
Sherry
OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed on Wed. I had put it off ... female cats spray? 2) Do female cats spray because they are in heat, and will it stop after she's spayed?

Some females do. We have had several girls over the years, and only one ever did. It was territorial for her, but she mellowed after being spayed and quit doing it.
Here's an odd question about spraying. Anybody have a male who aims and does the tail wiggle like he's spraying, but nothing ever comes out? My sister's cat has been doing this for 11 years. I watch him aim, wiggle, and walk away. I grab a kleenex and wipe the surface, and it is dry. Not a single drop. I am greatful, but I have never seen such a thing.
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Here's an odd question about spraying. Anybody have a male who aims and does the tail wiggle like he's spraying, ... am greatful, but I have never seen such a thing. Meghan & the Zoo Crew Equine and Pet Photography http://www.zoocrewphoto.com

That is common, but it isn't spraying. It is sometimes called "the happy shake. The cat is probably happy or excited, but it's nothing to worry about in this instance.
MaryL
OK, re: the new rescue, Biskit. She has an appointment to be spayed onWed. I had put it off because ... for a 2500 s.f. house? 3) Where should I put them? Any and all advice/suggestions are appreciated. Thanks all, Sherry

Yes, female cats sometimes spray. I think there's a good possibility that it will end after Biskit is spayed. I don't know if this is related to being in heat, but it is related to being intact.The instructions on the box for one of my Feliway diffusers says that coverage is 500-650 sq. ft. However, I doubt that you would really need coverage for all square footage in your home. My house is a little less than 2300 sq. ft., and I used 3 Feliway diffusers when I adopted Duffy and went through the introduction process with Holly. I placed the 3 diffusers in the cats' "most used" areas. In my case, this meant that I placed one in the living room, one in Duffy's room, and one in the hallway (in an outlet close to Duffy's room).

When I left for a short vacation last summer and had a pet sitter, I again used 3 diffusers "just in case." This time, I did not place one in "Duffy's room" because that had reverted to being a guest bedroom. I placed that one in the computer room that also houses the cat tree because both cats spend a lot of time there. There was one other occasion when the two seemed a little nervous, so I got the diffusers out again for a few days. This has worked very well for me.

HTH and good luck!
MaryL
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