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post #1 of 12
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OK, I need some help from those of you who have had litters close to each other! My kittens will be 13 weeks old this Sunday. I just found out that hubby accidently let the mom out a few weeks ago. He really doesn't remember if it was 3 or 4 weeks ago...he said she wasn't gone long and he didn't want to tell me because he knew I'd freak out and be ticked off .
Well, from coming on this board I knew what signs to look for during her first pregnancy but what signs can I look for to tell if she IS pregnant again? Can't judge by her nipples. Can't tell if she is eating more either.She has always been a real thin cat and while she doesn't look BIG at all, she doesn't look so 'hollow' anymore either....
If I have to play the waiting game I will be a wreck! I am hoping that she was NOT out long enough to get pregnant, but he says he really doesn't know how long she was out, though he believes that it was just a short time and that she was on the porch the whole time....
I hate this! I have been keeping her seperate from the kittens because the clinic will not spay her until her milk is gone and/or 2 weeks after NO nursing at all....so she has been locked up since the beginning of the week.
Kittens are getting done the end of Nov.
PLEASE send me 'not pregnant' vibes!!!!!
post #2 of 12
I send all my "not pregnant" vibes to you! And I wish you the best of luck!
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by mowsluver View Post
OK, I need some help from those of you who have had litters close to each other! My kittens will be 13 weeks old this Sunday. I just found out that hubby accidently let the mom out a few weeks ago. He really doesn't remember if it was 3 or 4 weeks ago...he said she wasn't gone long and he didn't want to tell me because he knew I'd freak out and be ticked off .
Well, from coming on this board I knew what signs to look for during her first pregnancy but what signs can I look for to tell if she IS pregnant again? Can't judge by her nipples. Can't tell if she is eating more either.She has always been a real thin cat and while she doesn't look BIG at all, she doesn't look so 'hollow' anymore either....
If I have to play the waiting game I will be a wreck! I am hoping that she was NOT out long enough to get pregnant, but he says he really doesn't know how long she was out, though he believes that it was just a short time and that she was on the porch the whole time....
I hate this! I have been keeping her seperate from the kittens because the clinic will not spay her until her milk is gone and/or 2 weeks after NO nursing at all....so she has been locked up since the beginning of the week.
Kittens are getting done the end of Nov.
PLEASE send me 'not pregnant' vibes!!!!!
I would keep your appt and hope that she is not pregnant.

Katie
post #4 of 12
Oh, I would be SO MAD!

I only have had litters close together with one of my fosters. Sugartoes had 3 litters in 6 months, and we lost 3 of the 5 kittens in the last litter! I don't think that is real common...but if she is preggers, I would be weighing the kittens to be sure she has enough resources to feed them ok. Sugartoes was so skinny...she really didn't fill out until after she was spayed.

Best of luck...I hope you don't get more kittens.
post #5 of 12
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I will be on pins and needles until I find out! I am so frustrated now with keeping her caged most of the time (and listening to her cry!!!!) because the kittens--who are almost as big as SHE is by the way...--keep wanting to nurse and she still lets them from time to time. So I have her locked in a big crate in a spare bedroom. She HATES it!! But I have to do this for the mext 10-12 days and HOPE that her milk will dry up. Then the kittens cry because they hear her crying....
They are scheduled for their spay/neuters the week after Thanksgiving.
post #6 of 12
Do you have another low cost spay clinic you could go to? If they wont spay her until her milk dries up they probably wont spay her if they find out shes preggo.
post #7 of 12
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Sadly, no...this is the only clinic that works with low-incomes. And to make matters worse (for me at least!) is that all these new laws have gone into effect this month re pets. They MUST be spayed/neutered or you have to pay a $150 fee. And they must be tattooed OR micrchipped. So I am counting my blessings that I even HAVE this voucher and an appointment because they began to get really booked up!!
The voucher will cover all the costs of the spay/neuter for mom and the kittens. 4 of them total and I just have to pay for the shots.
post #8 of 12
Wow....where do you live?? I know Rhode Island just enacted a law about pets having to be spayed/neutered by 6 months of age.

Katie
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
I live in New Mexico. The laws were passed earlier this month and everyone has until April of '07 to comply.

Microchip or tattoo.
Spay/neuter (or certificate from vet saying the animal would not tolerate the surgery due to age or illness) or pay $150 'intact' fee.
City liscense/shots.

There is a program called 'No More Homeless Pets' which gives the free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income families. They are overwhelmed right now with requests and the clinic they use is booked up. We were able to get ours and our appointments before the laws went into effect.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by mowsluver View Post
I live in New Mexico. The laws were passed earlier this month and everyone has until April of '07 to comply.

Microchip or tattoo.
Spay/neuter (or certificate from vet saying the animal would not tolerate the surgery due to age or illness) or pay $150 'intact' fee.
City liscense/shots.

There is a program called 'No More Homeless Pets' which gives the free spay/neuter vouchers to low-income families. They are overwhelmed right now with requests and the clinic they use is booked up. We were able to get ours and our appointments before the laws went into effect.
Well...it's good you got your certificate. I would certainly be concerned about people dumping their animals because they 1. can't get it spayed and 2. don't want to have to pay the intact fee. TNR and rescue groups are probably going to have their hands full.

Katie
post #11 of 12
Wow, that is awesome that you got certificates for them all. I'm sure as Katie said, the rescues will be getting lots of dumped kitties initially, but hopefully in the long run there will be less cats reproducing in New Mexico!

Keep us posted on your kitty...maybe the reason she is carrying on is because she is in heat? I know my Eeyore is just monstrous right now. She began calling from the heat a few days ago, and now that she doesn't have her kittens she is just going bonkers. How people keep kitties unspayed I will never understand!
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
No--the reason she is crying is because she is in a crate. She hates it! When she is in heat she is quiet, all she does is roll around on the ground. Inside, outside, it doesn't matter. She just constantantly rolls and rubs her head on the ground.
At night, when we are all in the house and I can be right with them, I let her out of the crate and then she is fine. I just need to be with her at all times to shoo the kittens away from her. Then it is 'back into the crate' for her! Those pesky little guys are STILL trying to nurse!
I have a spray bottle which is set on 'stream' and when they try, I shoot the water at them. I do that to keep them off places they shouldn't be, also, like the table, etc....It works great. My older cats will not get on anything that is off limits. They learned when they were young.
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