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post #1 of 14
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Well, my cat Spooky is large and should be having her kittens sometime soon. She's had around 3 (Or 4! ) litters before. (I'm too young to drive or get a job, so I can't spay her myself) I really, really, really, really wish this is her last litter, and I will make sure it is. After they kittens are weaned, I'll push my mom to make an appointment for her. (We have four cats to be taken in to get fixed on Saturday! ) So, we've had many kittens before because she's had several litters along with some other of my cats. But everytime Spooky is about to have her babies, she starts going around and meowing and such, and she doesn't stay in one spot. I think she wants Eepy with her (They are sisters) since they have had babies together before. But sometimes Eepy doesn't want to stay there and she keep getting up from where she will be having her babies. What can we do for her? And do mom cats sometimes lay on their babies? I always worry she'll lay on them and kill them, and I also worry that the babies won't find milk if there are too many. Sometimes they fight over milk when there is an availible place for them. I want them all to get enough. Should I just trust them to get milk? And what about when they are fighting over a spot and they claw at each other? Should I seperate them or just let them be?

Thanks in advance! I want sweet and healthy babies!
post #2 of 14
Just leave them be. She will not lay on and kill them, she is obviously an experienced mother so I am sure she knows what she is doing.

Would you like some links to low cost clinics near you?

Do you know the males she is mating with? If they are your own you HAVE to keep them strictly away from her and her babies until she is spayed. She can get pregnant again almost right away. If she is getting pregnant outside on her own then you need to stop letting her out. You also need to have her tested because male tomcats can carry all sorts of deadly diseases. She could have picked up FIV or FeLV or something out there, no to mention parasites, fleas, etc and they are now going to be passed onto her kittens. No to scare you, but it is a big deal for cats to mate, there are so many risks involved. Can you just take her in on Sat to be spayed with the other cats you are taking in?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
She got out accidently. I want her to be taken in to get spayed, but my mom doesn't want to since she's so far along. It really annoys me. There's nothing I can do!
I just talked to her, and she said she will need to be able to get off of work so she can pick up the cats, if not she will have to cancel if no one can pick them up. I didn't make too much of a big deal out of it, but I'M FURIOUS!!! I wish she would do something and be serious about this! I'm tired of it!!

Sorry for venting. I know this wasn't the point of the thread.
post #4 of 14
You don't live in Ohio do ya? I know you probably don't but that would be cool if you did! I would help ya out then!
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you. I wish I did live in Ohio now! I live in Texas.
post #6 of 14
Uhg, if she's that far along do we really have to discuss abortion?? Godd I hate that... Seems like its been in every thread recently!
I think it would be very traumatic to a cat that has had litters before, she knows what to expect and will wake up and the feeling of her babies moving will be gone... I just dont, and cant agree! I really tried hard to, but it just seems taboo.

I would get her spayed right after she is done, and during the time she is nursing I would keep all males away from her and not let her out! It sounds like she really needs to be spayed! You never know what they could get out there! Just like in the human world, cats harbor deadly diseases!

I hope everything goes well with the neuters!!
post #7 of 14
If you let her have the kittens, please keep them all together with mom/siblings till they are 10-12 weeks old. Separating them younger can cause problems in behavior and phychologically. If at all possible, adopt pairs rather then single kittens (unless the person has other cats at home).

And keep mom inside till she is spayed. They can get pregnant while nursing kittens.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
Uhg, if she's that far along do we really have to discuss abortion?? Godd I hate that... Seems like its been in every thread recently!
I think it would be very traumatic to a cat that has had litters before, she knows what to expect and will wake up and the feeling of her babies moving will be gone... I just dont, and cant agree! I really tried hard to, but it just seems taboo.
While you may not agree, many shelter and rescue workers feel it is the only option given the amount of cats and kittens they see on a daily basis. They would prefer to euthanize prior to birth as opposed to after.

It is a very personal decision and one that should not be forced on anyone. I'm not sure what my choice would be. It's hard to say for sure until you are actually in that position. It is an option though and one that many do not realize is available. It is worth mentioning to members, as long as it is offered as a option and not being forced on them.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
Uhg, if she's that far along do we really have to discuss abortion?? Godd I hate that... Seems like its been in every thread recently!
I think it would be very traumatic to a cat that has had litters before, she knows what to expect and will wake up and the feeling of her babies moving will be gone... I just dont, and cant agree! I really tried hard to, but it just seems taboo.
I always mention it because it is always an option and unfortunately many people don't even know about it. My first cat, before I knew better got out and get pregnant before she was spayed. I took her to the vet and he suggested that I can spay her while pregnant and I was so grateful. We weren't positive at the time that she was pregnant but he said while spaying her he saw that she was definitely pregnant!
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
I know not to let her out. That's how it happened in the first place. And don't worry, once the kittens are okay without her milk, she will be spayed. She had the kittens last night, and thankfully she only had four. They are all gorgeous! One is white, the other is black and white, and the two others are black. (They may have stripes. I can't tell yet) Please don't get mad at me for this! I already explained my situation.

We were going to take four cats to get fixed, but we ended up only being able to take two. (Both of our females. They were the main concern.) We only had one carrier, and it would have been extremely hard to take the boys without one. When my mom goes to pick up the girls, she will make an appointment for the boys. Then we will only have two cats left to get spayed. ((One is young and doesn't even like to go outside, so no worries.)) She will most likely be going to get spayed when Spooky does.
post #11 of 14
Are you keeping the boys away from the unspayed girls? Even the young girl can get pregnant from about 4 months.

Congratulations on the healthy kittens
post #12 of 14
Oh I wanna see the kittens!! I love kittens!!

Jen & Abbeysmom~ Im sorry, its just when I hear of the spay/abort happening so late in the pregnancy, it makes me think of a third trimester abortion in humans.... At the point where they can live outside the womb I just cant handle the thought! Ill learn to keep my mouth shut though! I understand that its a good option for alot of people and most dont know about it, its just when you're talking about having a couple days left of pregnancy, it seems so cruel!!
post #13 of 14
I don't think vets will spay/abort in late pregnancy, like humans i think there's a certain time when they won't do it.
post #14 of 14
Thats good to know they dont do late term aborts, but Im not going to argue it any more! I guess you have to SEE to believe. And what I just watched, just about killed me. If spay/abort can avoid this than Im all for it.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=L6v2TakJItE
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