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Help with pregnant stray

post #1 of 96
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Hello, I had been asking for advice on how to take care of a feral cat in the feral cat/strat cat forum in this thread http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=162295

Here are some pictures of the cat. I took her to the vet last week and he said that the cat will not be giving birth in the next week. Anyways, she looks pretty pregnant to me now. You guys think she is close?

post #2 of 96
She does look very big. Can you feel/see the babies moving? If you do that is a sign that she will give birth within the next week or two. She is beautiful she looks exactly like my kitty Salem who died 2 years ago who lived to be 10 years old.
post #3 of 96
Thread Starter 
Thanks for answering so quickly. I have put my hands on her sides and belly to feel for baby movement, but so far there isn't any. Should the movement be obvious or will I have to feel for it?
post #4 of 96
It will be obvious when you feel it. Right now with my kitty olive who is due any minute it feels as though aliens are trying to burst out of her. At first you will just feel a little flutter. Usually when they are laying down and relaxed. Then later on you will feel (and see) big kicks.
post #5 of 96
Thread Starter 
Well thats good news. I have at least a week to prepare.
post #6 of 96
It isn't always the case. One member here never felt kittens kicking and was beginning to doubt that her cat was pregnant but she gave birth to 6 healthy kittens. lol Usually though you can feel and see the kittens kicking. I saw them/felt them kicking in my cat for about 2 weeks.
post #7 of 96
Thread Starter 
We are going to buy some cardboard boxes and some towels today. Later, I will be giving her a mild bath just to get rid of some of the dirt she may have accumulated and then she will get to move from my garage to my guest room. So far she has stayed underneath our cars on cement instead of using the towel bed I made for her. Now, she will get to at least lay on a carpeted area and have air conditioning.
post #8 of 96
If she has fleas you should go ahead and treat her with feline advantage. It is safe for pregnant cats and if kittens get fleas they can die fast. Good luck! She is lucky to have found someone as nice as you.
post #9 of 96
Thread Starter 
I gave her the Promeris flea treatment the other day. Pretty sure it worked, because they started jumping off of her and biting my hand as soon as I applied it. Is there anyway to tell if she still has fleas?
post #10 of 96
Promeris should do the trick. Typically all fleas are gone within 12 hours. I guess you could tell if she is still itchy. Good luck with her!
post #11 of 96
Thread Starter 
Ok, I gave her a bath and now she is chilling in my guest bedroom. I only saw 1 dead flea, so I am hoping most of them died when I put on the promeris. I will upload pictures later of her after the bath. She didn't really struggle too much except when I accidentally dunked her head under water a bit.

I am getting a cardboard box later today and will probably just put a bunch of newspaper in there for when she has the birth.

I think she may have intestinal worms or something because the stool in her litter box looks all deformed like crinkled wrapping paper. Or perhaps its just that she is pregnant, I don't know.

Anyways, I will have to get her retested for feline leukemia and fiv next week just to make sure. From what I have read, it seems unlikely that my other 2 cats could get diseases from her so long as I keep them completely separated - even put a towel under the door crack so they cannot swat paws. Thanks again to whoever posts in this thread. I need all the advice I can get...

Are there any other diseases she may have that I should worry about?
post #12 of 96
Thread Starter 
I took "pregnant kitty" to the vet today. He took her temperature and it was 98.8. He said its likely that she will be having her babies very soon, although he did say her belly felt "turgid" whatever that means. He checked for fluid and there wasn't any and then he said he was pretty sure she is pregnant.

Hopefully everything is ok. She weighed 8.5 pounds 2 weeks ago and now she weighs 12 pounds. She seems to eat more food than my other two cats combined, and they are REALLY fat.

Anyways, I set up a box with towels in my guest room and I am really hoping she chooses that location to give birth instead of my carpet. I have to work a good deal this week, so she might be on her own during the birth.

I will let you guys know what happens.
post #13 of 96
good luck. Don't you hate when vets can't give you answers you want?
post #14 of 96
Thread Starter 
Pregnant kitty is still pregnant, although she is acting a little weird. Its pretty funny watching her waddle around. I keep putting her in the card board box with towels I made for her, and she immediately jumps out (grunting as she lands). I am really hoping she doesn't choose my carpet to have the kittens.

Also, she definitely has tape worms, but the vet said he won't give tapeworm medicine to a pregnant cat until after she is done weening and that the worms themselves do not harm the cat as long as she has an adequate amount of food, which she does.
post #15 of 96
Sorry for the worms but at least it is treatable!

I can't wait to hear news of babies!!

Whenever she is ready to go into labor, she might take more kindly to the bed, until then just let her roam around.

Good luck!
post #16 of 96
Just to let you know Olive my kitty had no intrest in any nest boxes until right before giving birth. lol She just picked one and had them that morning.
post #17 of 96
She might not like the box because she is a stray. Feral cats like to have an entrance and an exit to their quarters. I know she's not exactly feral, but this might be why she prefers the floor. You might want to just lay a pile of old sheets in a corner or something.

Although... I admit, some of my fosters dont seem to show interest in their box until it's time.

Who knows? Just an idea...
post #18 of 96
Thread Starter 
I think stray pregnant kitty must have been someone else's abandoned cat because she is the most friendly cat I have ever seen. Anyways, she is STILL pregnant. Here are some pictures:

After the bath 2 weeks ago:

Doing what she does best:

More of what she does best:

Getting up to go eat: (her second favorite activity)


More eating:

Hand for scale:

Giving me the "take one more picture, and I will destroy your soul" look:

She seems like a very happy cat. She spends all her time sleeping by that window or eating. Her eyes still water a little, but the vet said not to worry about it. Hopefully she has these kittens soon. She is very fat now and I am wondering if its possible for a pregnant cat to eat too much food because she sure does eat a lot.

My other cat Charlie bolted into her room the other day and ran right up to her. She hissed and I grabbed him immediately. He is a very large cat and always picks fights with our other female cat (and always loses because Callie is even bigger), so its best if he isn't anywhere near pregnant kitty, who is much smaller. Hopefully if I choose to adopt her, she and my other cats will get along well. And since these are cats, by get along I mean not kill each other.
post #19 of 96
She is a pretty kitty! How lucky of her to have found you!

And I thought black was supposed to be sliming
post #20 of 96
Wow, she's quite large! She's a pretty cat.
post #21 of 96
Wow she is huge! She is about the size my Olive was and she had 5 kittens.
post #22 of 96
Thread Starter 
Yeah I am resigned to the fact that more than 2 kittens are coming. Hopefully not more than 5. I really hope I can be here for the birth because I have to work a lot this week (I am an attorney and we have some huge deadlines). Reading the other thread made me think that because pregnant kitty is a young cat, she might not realize she has to lick the kittens faces so they can breath.

She is getting very protective of her belly and backside (when I try to check her for discharge).

For a pregnant cat, she is very strong and I have given up trying to mess with her back there to try and see what is going on. When it happens, it will happen.

A guy at work told me he might take 2 of the kittens because he had just put his 12 year old cat to sleep the day before (poor think died of cancer) and he has a 5 year old daughter who really wants a kitten. I let him know it will be at least 6-8 weeks from birth so they can be weaned.

I cannot reiterate how much you guys have helped me on these forums. Without your advice, I probably would have just let her live outside and the kittens would have been in danger. And honestly, now I realize its not that hard to do and the risk of her giving my other cats any diseases is very low since they are separated.

Thanks guys, if you are ever in Houston let me know and I will buy you lunch or make a donation to your favorite animal type charity.

Also, my wife came up with the name "Pixie" which I think fits her very well. What do you guys think?
post #23 of 96
I think Pixie is a great name! And good for you for taking her in and doing right by her. She is quite roly-poly!! I am wondering if just a little of the distension is from the worms you mentioned.

Also, best to keep the kittens with Momma for 10-12 weeks. Even after they are weaned, they still nurse sometimes and it's good for them to have the extra time to learn how to be cats. Sometimes there are issues with kits taken too soon - will play extra rough, bite, etc. b/c they haven't been taught boundaries by momma and sibs.
post #24 of 96
Oh goodness what a DARLING!

And enormous, too!

I kind of wondered myself if Ms Friskers was eating too much, but as soon as she had the kittens, she returned to normal kitty size, plus some extra weight on her tummy that I am chalking up to milk for the time being. So I wouldn't worry about it. Ms Friskers was eating almost continually -- she was also a stray, and I think part of it was getting to the point of realizing that there would always be more food.
post #25 of 96
Thread Starter 
Still no kittens.

People at work were getting annoyed with me for talking about this cat all the time, so I stopped mentioning her. Now all I hear is "has she had the kittens yet??"
post #26 of 96
can you post some new pix of her and her cute big belly? :P
post #27 of 96
Oo, how is she!?

Pregnant rescue kitties officially make me totally sappy... I am such a sucker.

for those kittens coming soon!
post #28 of 96
Thread Starter 
Still no kittens!!! Her temperature was 98.8 a week and a half ago, and I thought it was imminent. I have felt a bit of squiggling from her belly - not very often, but I do not see anything moving visibly.

When is she going to have these kittens? Are there kittens??

She looks even fatter. I am assuming there isn't a medical condition that could make her look this rotund without being pregnant yes? She does have the tapeworms, but her belly is so distended she has to be pregnant.
post #29 of 96
Thread Starter 
Still no kittens, but for the first time i have had her in the guest room, she has started chilling under the bed instead of on the table near the window.

Hopefully she has them soon.
post #30 of 96
Thread Starter 
Pregnant kitty is no longer pregnant. She had 8 kittens while we were sleeping last night, all are either all black or black and white with streaks. I am a little freaked out that she had so many, but i should have known given how big her belly is. Hopefully I can find good homes for all of them - its going to be challenging. Especially the all black ones....hopefully they are not all black and just need to be cleaned a bit because I have heard its harder to get the all black ones adopted.

She seems to be taking care of them all very well. She chose under the bed on the carpet to have them and starting moving them into the box I provided after the seventh cat was born. I helped her move 3-4 of them.

The eighth is a smaller one, and he still has that bloody thing attached to him. She is sleeping now.

I shut off the vents to that room so they don't get cold. Its getting pretty hot in there, but they should be fine. Anyways, I am willing to pay for their shots, so if anyone knows a good way to place these kittens (once they have spent the requisite time with their mother, of course), please do not hesitate to let me know.

I will be posting pictures later once she has rested.
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