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I Need Help In Illinois!!!!!

post #1 of 28
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A woman is bringing me a pregnant cat that is due any day now. She rescues cats and already has too many. The cat was supposed to have her kittens last week(according to the vet), but the woman thinks that she hasn't had them because there's too many other cats and there's nowhere quite for her to go.

Well, I live in a 1-bedroom apartment and already have 5 ferrets, 2 cats, 2 sugar gliders, and am hand-raising 2 kittens, so my hands are already VERY full. However, I understand that the cat needs to give birht asap, so I'm taking her in even though I don't have the room. She'll be in my bedroom or bathroom til she gives birth.

If anyone up here can PLEASE help me by taking this poor girl I would REALLY appreciate it. I want to help, but I just don't have the room or the resources for it. I will help you find homes for the kittens and the mama cat.

PLEASE! Hubby is going to kill me when he find out I'm taking this cat in. We've already had quite a few fights over me taking in th 2 kittens I'm raising. I have a feeling I'll be on the couch til this cat is in a new home.

I am in the NW suburbs of Chicago, IL.

PM me for my #.
post #2 of 28
I just sent a quick PM to someone that is part of the TCS long distance rescue league. They are from the Chicago area. Hopefully, they can help or know someone that can! Good luck, and thank you for taking this momma into your home!
post #3 of 28
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Thank you so much! I want to do my best to help this woman and to help the poor preggers kitty, but there's only so much that I can do before I've reached my limit.
post #4 of 28
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UPDATE!

I just got the kitty about an hour ago and guess what: SHE'S NOT PREGNANT! lol. I even took her to my vet to confirm. In fact, she's in heat right now!

The woman has a vet paper stating that the cat is preggers, but now she's not. My vet said that she probably had a phantom pregnancy. Well, either way, this is great for Pepper(that's her name) because that's one less problem for her.

We're guessing she's about 2-3 years old. She's the most beautiful kitty I've ever seen! She's gray and has what I like to call "bengal" markings. She also has the sweetest, most wonderful personality that a person could ask for. ^_^ Oh yeah, and she LOVES belly rubs! haha.

Right now she is snuggled up with my kittens. She has already had about 4 litters(poor girl) so she makes a wonderful mommy.

The woman gave me enough money to have her spayed and to get her shots at PAWs, so that will go to the new owner, which I will hopefully find within the next couple days.

Well, here's a pic of her snuggled up with Yin:

post #5 of 28
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Oh yeah, she looks just like my other cat, Binx, so maybe hubby will never even notice her, heehee.
post #6 of 28
How wonderful that she's not pregnant! Your little one looks like she's appreciating the mothering!
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
It's quite a relief that she's not preggers.

Yeah, Yin has already found a nipple, rofl!

Do you think it's possible that Pepper would produce milk because the kittens are nursing?
post #8 of 28
She's soo beautiful..

I wish wish wish I could have her.. She's really is one of the most beautiful cats, I've ever seen.. Dang the luck,, I know my husband would have a fit.
post #9 of 28
She does look like Binx!

Glad to hear she is'nt prego
Good luck on finding her a home
post #10 of 28
You are an ANGEL for taking in another kitty under your circumstances -- especially one you thought was pregnant!
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by TortieBaby View Post
Do you think it's possible that Pepper would produce milk because the kittens are nursing?
I've seen male cats produce milk when stimulated regularly. The question that I could never get a vet to answer was whether or not the milk had enough nutrients for the kittens. If you are nursing the kittens, continue doing so and if they snuggle up with Pepper to gain comfort, by all means let them do it!

I'm glad she's not preggers.
post #12 of 28
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I was thinking about the nutrience as well. I will continue to bottle feed, don't worry. I just thought it would be great for them to be able to get some "real" milk if that was possible.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by TortieBaby View Post
I was thinking about the nutrience as well. I will continue to bottle feed, don't worry. I just thought it would be great for them to be able to get some "real" milk if that was possible.
Tortiebaby....I don't know if I would encourage that unless you don't plan to have her spayed for a while (I would certainly recommend having her spayed sooner rather than later) because once she has had the spay surgery, unless they perform a flank spay on her..she is not going to want to have little kittens kneeding on her belly.

Katie
post #14 of 28
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Oh, I'm not keeping her. In fact, she probably won't be here for more then a couple days. I've already posted some ads to find her a new home.

However, she wants to be with the kittens in the box(don't worry, she was vet checked twice and doesn't have anything wrong with her, tested negative for FIV, is dewormed, and is flea-free) so I am letting her be in there with them. After all, it certainly helps me out from havig to fill up hot waterbottles ever couple hours to keep them warm. Also, it helps to stop them from sucking on each other since they now have nipples to suck on, lol.
post #15 of 28
I'd love to see photo's of Pepper.
post #16 of 28
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Whoops! Sorry, I moved the pic in my photobucket folder. It must have erased it from here, lol.

Here it is again:

post #17 of 28


Guess who is going to be our 4th and final kitty





I'm SO EXCITED!
post #18 of 28
Did you adopt her? That's so exciting!
post #19 of 28
Aw, that's a really cool story!
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Lore View Post


Guess who is going to be our 4th and final kitty





I'm SO EXCITED!
I'm excited too! I'm so happy that you are able to take her. I KNOW she'll be in grat hands AND I'll be able to get lots of updates. Yippee!
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by clixpix View Post
Did you adopt her? That's so exciting!
She is going to be Spayed & Vaccinated first & then I will pick her up the day that she is ready , which should be next week

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Originally Posted by TortieBaby View Post
I'm excited too! I'm so happy that you are able to take her. I KNOW she'll be in grat hands AND I'll be able to get lots of updates. Yippee!
OH MY GOSH! & I am a PHOTO NUT! You'll photo's ALL the time! & I'll capture pictures of those green eyes FOR SURE!
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lore View Post


Guess who is going to be our 4th and final kitty





I'm SO EXCITED!
OMG!!! That's SO awesome. Congratulations on your not-quote-there-yet arrival!
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Bad news. The plans fell through. It turns out that the kitty has a naughty streak and she tried to bite my hubby(he was tickling me and chased me into the room. I think I screamed, can't remember, and that's what triggered Pepper(a.k.a. Nanna, a.k.a. Emerald) to attack hubby and try and bite his leg. He had jeans and shoes on, so he didn't get hurt, but it freaked me out.

Anyways, because of that we do not feel that it's not safe for Lore to adopt Pepper since she has 4 very young children in the house. It's too much of a risk of someone getting hurt, especially since kids like to play and yell alot(kids will be kids, lol).

So, anyone else interested in adopting Pepper? lol
post #24 of 28
Oh that's a shame. I hope she finds a good home soon!
post #25 of 28
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Well, I've been slowly sneaking in the idea of keeping Pepper to hubby. I just make a quick comment every now and then like, "Poor Pepper, no one will ever want to adop a cat that could attack them. Maybe we should just keep her...". Then I look over at hubby to see his reaction. Usually whenever he hears that I want to keep or get another animal he snaps into action and immediately says "No!", but so far he has yet to react. Either this is a good sign or it's just him trying to ignore what I'm saying, lol.

I did a "test" on Pepper yesterday and screamed into a pillow to see what she would do and she came charging at ME! I thought last night she was just protecting me, but I guess not. I think she was just attacking hubby beause she thought HE was the one screaming.

I wonder why she is doing this.

Well, either way I do not feel confident adopting her to ANYONE until this is resolved!
post #26 of 28
Is it possible that she is just extremely stressed by the recent moves and her "new" kittens? Maybe if you either shut her in a room alone with the kittens, or take her to be spayed, she will calm down.

Believe me, those hormones are not something to be messed with. I have heard of cats who are simply monstrously aggressive who calm right down after being spayed.
post #27 of 28
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I've been working with her and her aggression/fear is completely gone. I can scream around her all I want with no effect, lol. The other day hubby tried to tickle me again and I yelled for Pepper and it was to no avail, she just ignored me, lol.

She's, hopefully, going to get spayed on October 13th.

Right now she really just sleeps almost all day. She loves to be in your lap, but she never plays or anything, just sleeps, drinks, eats, poos, and pees, lol. I ever tried to tempt her with a laser, she glanced at it non-chalantly and then ignored it. :P
post #28 of 28
Glad that Pepper is doing well My female cats, Cindy and Andrea, will both attack my husband if he yells at me too loudly or angrily - guess it's their mothering instinct Pepper is sure a beauty
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