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pregnant cats in shelters

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Does anyone know whether it's possible to find pregnant cats in shelters? Or do they spay them even if they are pregnant?
post #2 of 7
Sadly some shelters put down any pregnant cats they get b/c of the are over crowded as it is.
post #3 of 7
I don't know if you're actually looking for a pregnant cat? If so, perhaps you could contact some shelters, and let them know that you would be willing to foster a pregnant female for them...my guess is, come spring, they will be more than willing to take you up on that!
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Aurora151989..it will depend on the shelter. I would recommend that if you are looking to foster a pregnant cat that you contact a cat rescue group.

Katie
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Aurora151989..it will depend on the shelter. I would recommend that if you are looking to foster a pregnant cat that you contact a cat rescue group.

Katie


Oops...my bad...that's what I meant. Sorry!
post #6 of 7
Our area shelters release only neutered animals, and yes, they do spay them if they are pregnant. If they are too far gone, they are put down. Sometimes the feed stores know of people who have pregnant barn cats, that are likely to be surrendered to animal control, or simply dumped off or even shot. As cruel as that is, some of the livestock ranchers simply shrug it off as being practical! So if you are looking for a pregnant cat, in addition to checking the rescue groups, you might put up an index card at the feed stores and local riding stables. Cats frequently get dumped off at stables, although most horse owners around here either take them in or turn them in to the shelter.
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At the shelter where I volunteer, as long as the pregnant female is very healthy, tests negative for FIV/FeLV, and is very friendly and sociable, we foster them out. Everyone wants well socialized kittens to adopt, and this way we know the kittens are healthy and have been familiar with humans from the day they were born. If there's something wrong with mom, then she's put to sleep, but not just because she's pregnant (she'll be judged the same as any other animal that is dumped. They also do not do abortions - It's all or nothing.

We have a few "specialized" foster moms who will only take pregnant cats. It's a lot of work. And it's really hard to give up the mom and kittens afterwards (that's if you can't keep them, otherwise, adopt them!)

Call your local shelter, or stop in. Ask about fostering a pregnant cat, and let them know why. Ask them if it's possible for you to do so. Ask about talking with other foster parents who have had pregnant females, so you know what to expect. They may even want you to do this as "training", so to speak. Though, believe me, with kitten season coming up, any shelter will be glad you asked!
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