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She may become pregnant again...

post #1 of 11
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My Mixy just had her kittens on December 31. It is the kitty that I want someone to adpot him.
My question is, can Mixy become pregnant again soon? She is still nursing her kitty and I understand that it takes two weeks for her to stop feeding before I can have her spayed. I ask because there are cats coming around again. Unfortunately, she is an outdoor cat because she becomes nervous when she is inside.
Thanks.
Angie
post #2 of 11
Unfortunately, yes. She can come in heat with 2 weeks after delivery. If she had her kittens in December, you can spay her now. My domestic was spayed at 5 weeks after delivery and she continued to let her kittens suckle until around 9 weeks.

I'm sure Katie will come along and direct you to the right place to get your cat spayed asap.

Good luck and don't let her out!
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by angier106 View Post
My Mixy just had her kittens on December 31. It is the kitty that I want someone to adpot him.
My question is, can Mixy become pregnant again soon? She is still nursing her kitty and I understand that it takes two weeks for her to stop feeding before I can have her spayed. I ask because there are cats coming around again. Unfortunately, she is an outdoor cat because she becomes nervous when she is inside.
Thanks.
Angie
Angie...yes, she can become pregnant again within a few days of giving birth...which is why we recommend keeping an intact cat away from other intact cats and preferably indoors only. Since she is an outdoor cat and the only way you are going to break the cycle of her becoming pregnant is 1. spay her now or 2. try to confine her indoors...I would seriously consider getting her spayed now. Talk to your vet...many of them will perform a spay on a lactating female if you tell them that she is an outdoor cat and this is her third litter (so close to her first and second).

The only other option I can offer you Angie is to confine her. I know she gets "nervous" indoors...but we are talking about her safety and well being. Being intact means that she is subject to multiple matings from intact roaming males who could have a disease such as FIV/FELV. Having litters so close together means that she won't have the same level of nutrition for her subsequent litters and oftentimes that means the subsequent litters aren't as healthy.

It's not an easy choice....but I do believe the kindest choice is to spay her now so she can go back to being an outdoor cat but not be able to get pregnant over and over and over again.

Here is a list of low cost clinics in TX, I would start contacting them.

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#tx

Katie
post #4 of 11
You guys give such great advice on this site.
post #5 of 11
Hi Angie, it is fine to spay her while she is still nursing. It's very unlikely that she will lose her milk but even if she does, her kittens are old enough that they don't need to nurse anymore.

Katie is right that cats can become pregnant very soon after giving birth. I've personally known cats who got pregnant when the first litter was just 3-5 weeks old. So she's definitely ready to be spayed, or else she will be pregnant again very soon.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
so it doesn't matter if she is nursing? That is the main reason I have not acted on it. If it doesn't matter, I will call right away!
Thanks.
Angie
post #7 of 11
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so it doesn't matter if she is nursing? That is the main reason I have not acted on it. If it doesn't matter, I will call right away!
Thanks.
Angie
Angie...in most cases, the preference is to wait until the kittens are done nursing...but in your case, I would go ahead and schedule the spay. We have had many nursing females at our feral cat clinic who were spayed and still able to nurse. Just make sure that the vet understands that she is still lactating. They may want to do a flank spay (meaning a spay through her side as opposed to her belly) and I would really recommend that you ask for dissolving stitches and glue so that she doesn't have to be brought back in to have her stitches removed. That method is much kinder to an outdoor cat.

Katie
post #8 of 11
If the cats are coming around, then she's either in heat or close to being so, and if outside WILL become pregnant again. You need to confine her till she is spayed. Another litter while nursing will be very bad for her - she has NO time to recover from the one now.

Puppy and kitten mills breed the animals on every heat cycle, so the cats have litter after litter till they are dead in a short time.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
I already scheduled her for her spay but they gave it to me until Feb. 19.
Angie
post #10 of 11
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I already scheduled her for her spay but they gave it to me until Feb. 19.
Angie
Ok Angie....see if you can find another place that can take you in any sooner. Check if they have any cancellations. By the time Feb. 19th comes along..she may be already pregnant and too far along for them to spay. I think it's wonderful that you want to take her to be spayed..but I do think if you can get something this week, that would be MUCH better.

Katie
post #11 of 11
Good for you in getting her the spay appt! I would make sure the vet understands that she is an outside kitty, and may be a few weeks preggers by Feb 19th. Ask if they are willing to still spay her if she is preggers. So long as that is ok with you and with them, it should be fine to wait.

I used to have intact barn cats, real friendly pets, but they had never been inside. I planned to let them have a few litters, and they did, but I finally realized it wasn't all fun and games as some of the kittens got killed or seriously injured. And one kitten I gave away to a dear friend did not get spayed in time, so she had a litter. I began to realize I was adding to kitty overpopulation, and endangering my kittens.

I got two of the three Mom cats spayed, but let the other have one more litter, because she was such a great Mom, and had such lovely babies. Sadly, she died giving birth, and then the two kittens she had already born died too. It was very sad, and I knew had she only been spayed with her sisters, she would have been fine.

Of course I'm not saying this would happen with your kitty. But do be strong and get the spay done! When I spayed my barn cats, I asked the vet NOT to let me know if they were preggers. Maybe that seems weak to some people, but that is what I had to do!

Please keep posting and let us know how it goes. And thanks for making that spay appt!
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