Hormone Surges in Cats and Dogs

Hormone Surges in Cats and Dogs

We have survived another winter and now we gladly turn our cheeks to the first warm rays. It seems that with the onset of spring, the world is changing: daylight hours increase, birds hum the mantras of reviving life, and young blades of grass are already making their way through the layer of snow. In some magical way, all these little things fill us with energy and motivate us to “spin the planet” even faster. Are only people affected by the March pheromones?

Hormonal spikes in pets

If you are an experienced cat/dog lover or are just thinking about adding a tailed “addition”, you probably know that this is a “hot” time for all owners of furry pranksters. In spring, sometimes pets begin to behave a little unusual in an effort to find a partner.

Representatives of felines are especially proactive during this period. With the onset of the long-awaited warmth, streets and apartments are filled with their persistent serenades. Such a spring surge in hormones is not accidental: most animals in nature are ready to reproduce only once a year, in this case, the offspring will be born in the summer, which gives newborns more chances for survival and food. Of course, indoor purring pets are different from their wild counterparts: constant lighting and heating can provoke estrus and sexual activity more than once a year.

Do not think that love passions are alien to dogs, because you probably know the expression “dog wedding season”. In the spring, a person’s friend can easily become hyperactive and even aggressive.

As a rule, puberty in cats occurs at 5-6 months, and in cats a little later – at 7-8 months. The ability to reproduce in dogs appears at about 8-12 months.

How to overcome “spring flare-up” in pets?

Of course, you can’t go against Mother Nature, but you still have several options. First, you need to learn that the unusual behavior of your pet is due to natural needs and changes in hormonal levels, so there is no point in scolding or punishing him, it is better to take action and alleviate the suffering of the poor fellow.

The most common ways to achieve this are:

  1. taking sedatives,
  2. taking hormonal drugs,
  3. castration.

The safest way will be sedatives or, in other words, herbal sedatives. To enhance the effect and relieve the anxiety of animals, hormonal pills or injections are often used. This measure also has a temporary effect, but even here the main thing is not to overdo it – experts recommend resorting to it for no more than 5 days in a row, since the use of hormones is fraught with various side effects, for example, the development of oncology and pathologies of internal organs.

If your beloved dog or cat was purchased by you as a pet, and you do not plan to participate in breeding programs, it may be worth considering a more radical option, namely castration. This decision can be made not only in favor of sound sleep and clean parquet flooring but also for the sake of domestic predators themselves: while tailed gentlemen will not be particularly harmed by abstinence, ladies are potentially at risk of inflammation of the reproductive system.

If you decide to carry out the neutering procedure for your pet, then veterinarians advise to carry it out from 6 months of age for males (cats and dogs) and from 10-12 months for females (cats and bitches).

If, after long deliberation, you decide to stay on the option with castration, then it is important to understand that now fluffy households are especially sensitive and need a special balanced diet rich in:

  1. minerals,
  2. vitamins,
  3. probiotics.

Alternatively, you can pay attention to the first domestic super-premium food Blitz. If you think your best friend should only get the best, you are absolutely right!

Spring mood and good health to you and your pets!

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