Originally Posted by MommaLori
Yes, unfortunately I found out the hard way, about cats getting pregnant soon after a litter. She ripped our screens out of our windows to get outside. She is a House cat by definition, she has only 3 1/2 legs, and is declawed, it was never our intention to breed. Our only outside cat is spayed. The kitten has an appointment and the only thing I can do about the pregnant one is wait or abort, which I don't consider an option....*sigh* I know I should have had it done as a kitten but she had to have surgery on her leg because the bone was growing and sticking out about the time she was old enough, I just didn't want to put her through so much. And not long after it healed, she got out and disappeared for 3 days, came back obviously having bred, and that was the first litter which died. Then she ripped out the screens, anyways it's my own stupid fault but I don't want people thinking I intended to have babies, I really didn't. We just didn't get the surgery quick enough, her babies had just died when she got bred again. I just didn't expect her to be exposed, because we never wanted her out of the house. It's a mess, but at least we have a couple of good homes lined up who promised to spay and neuter... (I'm also worried about genetics because of the inbred strays around here which is where she came from.) I'm just very frustrated at the whole situation
<<< beating myself in head)
Lori...please do not beat yourself up....my 2 cats came from a friend whose cat kept getting out and she ended up with 5 litters of kittens before she was spayed. If we had known 7 years ago how quickly cats could go back into heat...I would have had my friend take her cat in immediately after the kittens were weaned...but we just didn't know. Sounds like you are doing all you can to ensure that she delivers safely and that she will be spayed after this litter (big thumbs up) and that her kittens will go to homes that will spay/neuter them (again big thumbs up).
Right now...let's try to get her flea situation handled, then it sounds like in your particuliar situation....the best thing to do is to confine her and the kittens once she has given birth so she has no options to rip open the screens (since she has already escaped once before). Is there a bathroom or other room that she would have no ability to accidentally leave?? Sometimes, a large metal dog crate works well when there is no room that she could be confined in.
I agree...given the fact that she has already had a litter that died and she mated outdoors, it will be hard to ensure that she won't lose this litter (even planned pregnancy kittens die for no reason)...but we'll hope this litter does make it. There are amazing people here who have had tons of experience with pregnant cats and orphaned kittens who can answer any question you have (always remember that your vet is probably the best source when you are concerned about the health of you cat).
I would be really interested in knowing what part of Kansas you are in...you can send me a PM if you feel more comfortable...because this stray population should be spayed/neutered. Then you wouldn't have to worry about all the inbreeding and potential diseases. I do have some connections in the Feral cat world and could try to find an organization that would be willing to work with you at getting these cats spayed...but that can be something for later.
BTW...I just want to say how glad I am that you joined this site because now you can get the information you need to take care of your momma cat. First thing tomorrow, call your vet for a flea product recommendation and let us know how that goes.