A cat in heat is keeping up the entire household at night with her werewolf yowling. They're about ready to give her up. What can they do? Much more inside.
My friends own Mona Lisa
, one of the sweetest, calmest, funniest cats I've ever met. They adopted her from the animal shelter as kitten 3 years ago after she'd apparently been spayed. When the cat went into heat again and again over the next few months, the couple took her to the vet, who performed exploratory surgery to make sure they hadn't missed any ovarian tissue. Vets came up with nada, even suggesting the couple made up the claims. Yet Mona's symptoms are classic ones of a cat in heat--she yowls like a banshee, crouches with her butt in the air, has loose stools, throws up her food, and basically does anything she can to get some action. The symptoms are fairly prevalent during the day but absolutely terrible at night. The couple shut off their bedroom to keep Mona from tearing at the curtains, but the cat just threw her body against the door in a mad frenzy. It was, says the wife, like a different animal had possessed their sweet kitty.
The couple felt they could deal with Mona's hormones every so often until they had a baby who wakes up during these nightly episodes, ending with a screaming cat and a screaming baby. It's gotten to the point where no one in the house can sleep even when they lock Mona in the bathroom with her litter box and put in ear plugs. They live in a small loft apartment, so sounds reverberate quite easily. Moreover, the cat just seems miserable during these cycles.
The vet says he can do another exploratory surgery at a whopping 10K, but he promises little remedy and feels it will cause the cat more stress than good. The family loves this cat, but they're at their wit's end and need to get some sleep. Googling "calming cat in heat" produces some disturbing, NSFW results that no one is willing to do. As of right now, no family friends have stepped up to adopt Mona, so their next option is an animal shelter that will surely have to warn future owners that Mona turns into a horny, leg-biting werewolf every other month.
Is there any hope for this family to keep the cat, any remedies they can try, or will they have to give her back to the shelter? Any help is much appreciated.