Originally Posted by mygirl919
I just adopted two 7week old kittens along with their momma.... I just got them all around 4pm today- she has not stopped talking and meowing. The previous owner told me that she liked to talk... but I didnt think it would be like this. She keeps trying to get outside everytime the front door is opened- but is apparently an inside cat. So, my concern is can she be in heat already? Or, is she really this talkative?
Yes, a cat can go into heat immediately after delivering a litter, and can become pregnant the day after she delivers. Excessive meowing, and trying to get outdoors to be become bred, is a very strong instict, so please make sure you do keep her indoors. Are her kittens still nursing? Are they eating solid food? I have 2 different opinions, my first thought is that if the kittens are weaned "enough" on to solid food, get her to the vet for spaying as soon as you can, so she doesn't have to go through another heat cycle, and have that urge to go outdoors. My second opinion, is if the kittens are still relying on mothers milk, and have not been weaning onto solid food yet, I would make sure that Mom cannot escape outdoors, and allow the kittens to wean, so that she can get to the vet for her spaying. After she is spayed give her a day or 2 to get her strength back, and let her back with her babies, so she can teach them proper scratching post behavior. If you can wait until the kittens are 10-12 weeks of age, and at least 2 lbs, and have kittens and Mom all spayed/neutered together.
I am a very strong advocate of pediatric spay and neuter, it has been practiced for many years, with more and more vets agreeing to early alter. Kittens can come into heat as early as 4 months of age, and a male can become sexually mature as early as 5 months of age, and a female cat does not have to be in heat to become pregnant. Cats are spontaneous ovulaters, and can become pregnant if mated by an unaltered male cat. If the 2 kittens are brother and sister, and money is a factor, get the male kitten done first, as it can take up to 4-6 weeks after neutering to get all the hormones out of their system, and the ability to still get a female pregnant for a few weeks after a neuter. If you can, young kittens do bounce back the same day after a spay and neuter, and you can't tell they ever had surgery.
Get Momma cat to the vet as soon as you can for spay, just to prevent another pregnancy, especially this soon after.
Congratulations on your instant fur family, it must be a joy to have Mom and her 2 babies. Enjoy.