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Can I still get her spayed?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi,

One of the neighbourhood cats has adopted me and and pretty much lives at my house now. She doesn't have a tag and no-one seems to be missing her. Thing is, I'm sure she's pregnant. I don't really want to bring more unwanted kittens into the world and was thinking of getting her spayed. I'm not sure how long along they can be before the vet won't spay her. The kittens feel to be the length of my little finger and she is beginning to look a bit round at the back half of her body. She's booked in with the vet next week but I was wondering if any of you might be able to give an indication if they will operate.

Sorry if this is too vague to make a judgment call.

Thanks.
post #2 of 23
Unless the kittens are due very soon, I'd say she's still a good candidate for a spay surgery.
Your vet will be able to better tell how far along she is.
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Is spaying her the best thing to do? Logically I think it would be best but the idea of essentially aborting these kittens to be is making me feel a bit bad.
post #4 of 23
Spaying her I think would be the hardest thing to do, but also the best.
There are enough cats and kittens looking for good homes, no need to give them more competition.
post #5 of 23
You, along with your vet, are the only ones qualified to make the decision as to whether or not spaying your girl is the best thing to do. I applaud your level of responsibility in not wanting to bring more unwanted kittens into the world.

There are many vets who are willing to spay a female cat while she pregnant, but it has been my experience that many do draw the line at a certain stage in the gestation period. I have also found that WHEN in the gestation period is a highly individual thing. Talk candidly with your vet about his/her feelings on this - and let not only his/her opinions, but also your own personal feelings about it be your guide.

As I have always said (and as my husband tells me that he will have engraved on my headstone *grin*) if it feels wrong, it probably is. For me, allowing a female to have babies when a vet could safely spay her just feels wrong. Your mileage may vary on that one, but that is how it is for me.

If you do decide to go ahead with the spay, please do not ever feel that anyone here will judge you harshly. We won't. Granted, there are lots of differing opinions here about it, but it is an individual and highly personal decision - one that EVERYONE has a right to make. We should all remember to respect that.
post #6 of 23
What a hard decision. I would urge you to read through some of the posts on this cat and kitten board. As you hear about the heartbreak of kittens born dead, or losing one of the litter (as I did last month), or medical complications...it becomes easier to understand why spaying is such a good option.

Outside cats get pregnant while still nursing kittens, so basically are always pregnant when spayed. Your vet will be able to advise you on this specific case, but please prepare yourself so if he (or she) says to spay her, you will be ready. Thanks for caring enough to take responsability for her. Bless you.
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help. I'll let you know what happens at the vets.
post #8 of 23
I will look forward to your update. Give your girl a little chin-scritch from me, won't you?
post #9 of 23
Yes, you might need to call around to locate a vet but even late spaying is the most humane way to handle this situation.

Good luck and hope you can take care of this lady once she is spayed.
post #10 of 23
Spaying is the best thing, and definitely the most humane. Good luck!
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by level
Hi,

One of the neighbourhood cats has adopted me and and pretty much lives at my house now. She doesn't have a tag and no-one seems to be missing her. Thing is, I'm sure she's pregnant. I don't really want to bring more unwanted kittens into the world and was thinking of getting her spayed. I'm not sure how long along they can be before the vet won't spay her. The kittens feel to be the length of my little finger and she is beginning to look a bit round at the back half of her body. She's booked in with the vet next week but I was wondering if any of you might be able to give an indication if they will operate.

Sorry if this is too vague to make a judgment call.

Thanks.
I applaud your consideration of spaying this cat and would definately ask the vet's opinion. At the feral cat clinic, we will spay every pregnant cat brought in unless she is due to delivery in the next couple of days.

Katie
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by gayef
I will look forward to your update. Give your girl a little chin-scritch from me, won't you?

I second that.. Let us know how things go
post #13 of 23
It's a sad turn of events when a pregnancy is also aborted, but the alternative is just as grim IMO. Without clear medical reason not to, I would have a cat in such a condition spayed.

Please keep us posted, whatever you choose to do.

Spotz
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quick update... she wasn't pregnant after all... I was feeling poo! :-)

Anyway, she's had the op so no kittens for her. What a relief.
post #15 of 23
Great news!!!!
post #16 of 23
Yay! You're a good kitty momma. And she will be much happier!
post #17 of 23
I'm glad that no kittens had to be aborted (although I agree with the others that it would have been best) and so happy that she won't be making any either!
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by level
Quick update... she wasn't pregnant after all... I was feeling poo! :-)
Poor thing; sounds like she needs some fiber.
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by level
Quick update... she wasn't pregnant after all... I was feeling poo! :-)

Anyway, she's had the op so no kittens for her. What a relief.
Great update...thank you for getting her spayed.

Katie
post #20 of 23
thats a relief!

so are you planning on keeping her?
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
Yes, I'm keeping her.
post #22 of 23
Wonderful news all around! I'm just now seeing this thread, and I'm so pleased that your girl is recovering well. Maybe she was just getting round around the edges because someone (YOU) loved her enough to feed her!! Lots of pets and headbonks from all of my crew, including my feral gal Juliet who is still with me in spirit. (I had her spayed in late pregnancy, but she was too feral to keep )
post #23 of 23
Thanks for taking good care of this cat!
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