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post #31 of 45
Wow! You've probably gotten a lot more input than you bargained for! Thank you for taking it all in good humor and understanding that we're all just concerned for your little kitty family.

I just want to reiterate that it is not at all cruel to keep your kitty inside, especially once she's been spayed. In fact, it's the kindest thing you can possibly do for her. A couple of things to consider:

-- Where I live, in an American suburb where it's illegal to let dogs run loose, the life expectancy of a cat who is allowed outdoors is only two years. I can't even imagine how much more dangerous it is for an outdoor cat in Bangalore, where you have what you called "street dogs!" YIKES!

-- Once your mama kitty is spayed, she will no longer have a deep desire to go outside, and she'll quickly adjust to a safe and comfortable indoor life. What's more, she won't be bored, because she'll have her own two babies to keep her company!

-- If you make them all indoor kitties, you'll have far more control over their wellbeing. You can protect them from exposure to disease and parasites, from other animals, from traffic, from people who might mistreat them... and you'll be able to rest easy, knowing you're doing the very best you can for them.

I know this is not the way things are done where you live... but it's very clear in your writing that you truly love these kitties very dearly. Maybe you're the man to start a new trend in cat care!

Thank you so much for sharing that sweet picture of the kittens. We'd love to see Mama too. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with you... and whatever happens, I think your kitties are lucky to be so loved.
post #32 of 45
Thread Starter 
N also will spaying her ensure loss of interest from that tomcat in her? Or would he STILL try and forecefully mate with her?

Would appreciate if any folks are around and can help me a bit more with the above post - leavin for work now - need to plan things out if am gettin her spayed in 5 hrs now - will not leave back any food for her in that case too. Got another ten minutes at home.
post #33 of 45
Is it possible to put some kind of screen on your window, until the kittens are old enough to go outside? Just a thought.

Your kittens are beautiful, BTW. Best wishes to you and your kitties.
post #34 of 45
Thread Starter 
Just got to work - still in a fix if should get her spayed today or wait a coupla weeks still, considering she may be most prolly pregnant - anyone around?

Bout the screens - will fix that problem - for now everything is sealed anyway. Help me make a decision - bout two posts above - can someone pls suggest whether it's not too risky her feeding the kittens after spaying?
She's in a lot of discomfort because of the heat having kicked in, and with always always every moment being worried bout the kittens and keepin an eye on em, the poor thing will have a more horrible time.
post #35 of 45
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Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
Also - just to reiterate, she hasn't been on heat since dec, once she got pregnant, and the last one and a half months she's been nursing the kittens.
So the kittens are 6 weeks old?and she gave birth after her last heat in december?
post #36 of 45
Even if she is pregnant, she can still be spayed in two weeks. Ideally, the kittens should have a couple more weeks of nursing, but momma cat may be difficult to be around during that time, and drive you crazy. I'm glad you are keeping them all indoors for now. Good luck on your decision.
post #37 of 45
Thread Starter 
She was on heat for almost an year in my old apartment - but there was no way any tomcat could climb up there to the terraces - very soon as I moved here in Oct, she found one small hole in the grill and escaped one night - and got pregnant - delivered on Jan 7th.

Any good place I can upload 500mb of pictures? I've never uploaded pics.
post #38 of 45
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...Any good place I can upload 500mb of pictures? I've never uploaded pics.
Photobucket's good.

http://photobucket.com/
post #39 of 45
She may still be able to feed the kittens after being spayed. Have you asked the vet if they will still spay her if she is pregnant again? I don't know if you have that option available in India.
post #40 of 45
Thread Starter 
Ok - the same (younger unexperienced vet) had this to say now :
He will be bandaging her completely after the spaying, so the kittens since they'r still feeding from her may pull off the bandages to get to her teats, so he's advising I wait a week, try get em off her and on regular milk and food n then do the spaying next weekend.
He says it's not a problem even if she's already pregnant - he'll anyway be remaining the entire uterus next week.

My question is - can the bandaging be done so the uppermost two teats are left uncovered and they can suckle from there? Cause I'd really want the spaying to be done with today - she's in heat, and it'd be a real pain for her being in heat and still having to worry all the time bout the kittens.
So is it possible to do the bandaging that way, to leave two teats free, since there are only two kittens finally, not many?
He says the bandage will stay at least a week, n since I won't be around in the weekdays all day at home, they may pull off the bandage.

Whatsay folks?

Tryin to upload some pics on photobucket - already had an account there - will post some soon.
post #41 of 45
Here they don't bandage after spay, some use an e-collar, like a lamp shade on her head so she can't lick the wound.
post #42 of 45
I would wait a week or so - I know she is uncomfortable, but it is slightly more difficult to spay a cat in heat anyway, and the kittens are still nursing, so those are two good reasons to wait a short while. It won't make any difference as to whether she is pregnant. I don't know if you know, but if you are going to give the kittens milk, use goat milk as it is low in lactose and won't upset their tummies. If you can get special cat/kitten milk from a petstore that is OK too.
post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
- can someone pls suggest whether it's not too risky her feeding the kittens after spaying?
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I got Skittles and the kittens all fixed while still nursing and they did great. No infections and Skittles really did not seem to mind it. You babies are almost 2 months old so they should all be fine even if they did not nurse right away.
post #44 of 45
Thread Starter 
Here are some photos - all taken over a few days in two batches (the first few just when they were a week old, the rest when they were bout 3 weeks old).

http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...RoxanneEdNtOM/

Will post more - they are at their playful best right now.

Also still at work - decided not to spay here today - will do it next week - till then will try and get em off milk - this vet wants to bandage the sutures for a week so that she don't open them, since I won't be around.

Thx everyone! N lemme know how's the family - tho mommy's really dirty - she keeps getting dirty and hardly finds time to clean herself with the two lil jokers.
post #45 of 45
They are absolutely beautiful Mom is stunning. I would spay her so she has a longer healthier life. I bet you really love her
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