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Boris' mom suggested that I post here.
I adopted a female cat, Hildee last Monday. It has been a real roller-coaster ride thusfar, but it seems to be calming down a bit.
I have my story in the Expert & Help and Behavior & Training forums.
Hildee was absolutely terrified for the first week at our home, all she did was hide and do her business outside of the litterbox on the floor. Finally, yesterday she started coming around and she stayed in the dining room under the table all day yesterday and even this morning. She prefers my husband's company and purrs and licks his hand and talks to him. Most times she was shying away from me, but she let me pet her this morning. But she's definitely daddy's girl.
Hildee has been under an enormous amount of stress since her move to our home. I put off getting her spayed last week because I didn't want to traumatize her more than she already has been.
I think that Hildee's in heat since last night. She was rubbing her butt into everything and meowing really loud.
Her heat cycle lasted an entire week last time and it only ended about 10 days ago. It was the first heat cycle since after she gave birth 2 months ago. Her howling woke me up this morning. I was two rooms away with the air conditioner on and ear plugs in my ears!
I am not sure if it's a good idea to spay her when she's in heat. 13 years ago we had Fuzz spayed and unbeknownst to us, she was in heat at the time. The doctor didn't know it until he saw the swelling of her uterus during the operation. I mean, she was fine, she recovered quickly, but obviously I can't guarantee that Hildee would react the same way.
So far Boris' mom has given me excellent advice, she suggested I get Hildee spayed right away, but that I should ask you guys here first.
So any words from the wise?