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i am 21 years old and live with my mother and younger sister they have cats and dogs i have had to look after the female dog thru 3 consecutive pregnancy because my mother could never find the money for desexings and that goes for the cats to finally after going thru the canine pregnancy's and whelping i have told my mother i would desex the dogs for her ($800.00)
and i have made arrangments thru a cat welfare org to get all three (2 female 1 male ) cats desexed for 100.00 dollars but on the day that the dog whelped i could here alot of noise between the cats i went to check and the cats are mating and believe me it was not easy to seperate he got to her 4 more times by being very sneaking i had to look after the dog in labour and when my back was turn he would find a way into the house then i would her the rucus from the two cats again so now there is a possible chance that this cat is pregnant both cats are moggy and i have kept them up to date with wormings and vaccinations for my mother and sister so they are both healthy cats and no health issues i have tried to research cat pregnancy so i am prepared because as the same with the dogs i will be the one to care for the cat as i am home all day (have disabilities) if anyone can assist me in what i can do to help her
she is nearly 2 and he is nearly 4 this is the second time that she has mated but last time she didnt get pregnant as i interfered at the right time
i understand how people feel about undesexed animals i dont agree with it either but these are not my animals i just help out the only reason why im paying for the dogs to be desexed is the female will be 7 next year and definetly will be past an age where she shouldnt be bred and my mother doesnt have the money i dont really either but i dont have a child to care for either i guess i will have to pay for the cats as well but at the current moment the dogs are first in line for it i know i can abort the litter but the cost is too much

so if anyone can provide me with advice on cat pregnancy it would be great all i know is it last 65 days usually wich if she os pregnant it would make her due on the 21 of jan next year and i also know they prefer to hide and have there litter any other infomation would be greatly appreciated

oh i also know she needs kitten food instead of adult cat food
post #2 of 17
Hi, welcome to TCS! I very strongly recommend having this kitty spayed immediately. In doing so, you will succeed in saving these kittens from being forced into a life of being unwanted. If money is tight now, money will surely not stretch to cover the spay/neuter and health care needs of an entire new litter. In spaying your cat now, you're saving the lives of so many potential kittens down the road. You will very likely be able to find a payment plan with this organization that will work out nicely for you!
post #3 of 17
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i just found the thread all about cat pregnancies and delivery very helpful but if you think there is anything that is not in there that i should know about i would be very grateful for any information

also can cats continue normal worming treatments during pregnancy i know dogs can but i cant find anything on the box of worming treatments that say's they can be i know dogs need to be wormed every 3 weeks when pregnant is it the same with cats
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by new2cats
i just found the thread all about cat pregnancies and delivery very helpful but if you think there is anything that is not in there that i should know about i would be very grateful for any information

also can cats continue normal worming treatments during pregnancy i know dogs can but i cant find anything on the box of worming treatments that say's they can be i know dogs need to be wormed every 3 weeks when pregnant is it the same with cats
Since you do not know whether your cat is indeed pregnant...I would highly recommend you have them all spayed, neutered as you planned. Just because they "tried" doesn't mean it was successful so best to take them all in and have them fixed.

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and i have made arrangments thru a cat welfare org to get all three (2 female 1 male ) cats desexed for 100.00 dollars
Sounds like a great price....please take all three cats in to get desexed.

Katie
post #5 of 17
It won't cost anymore for the spay if it is done in the next few weeks. I think it only costs more once it is more advanced and more difficult. Of course, it is still your decision of when to do it, but just remember it could get expensive if there are any health issues during the pregnancy or delivery.

Thanks for helping out with your Mom's pets. I wish there were more people like you out there!

I'm not sure if you can worm during pregnancy, it probably depends on the wormer. Maybe a phone call to the vet can answer that question.
post #6 of 17
There was a thread recently about a pregnant cat and whether or not to spay. Her cat was in a later term pregnancy and the vet still agreed to do it. Since yours is early and possibly not pregnant you should consider goign through with the spay/neuter, especially at that great price.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Since you do not know whether your cat is indeed pregnant...I would highly recommend you have them all spayed, neutered as you planned. Just because they "tried" doesn't mean it was successful so best to take them all in and have them fixed.



Sounds like a great price....please take all three cats in to get desexed.

Katie

that price was only for them when they were not in season or pregnant if she is not pregnant then i will definetly be paying that but if she is well then i do not have the money for it cause it will then cost alot extra i cant use a bit of the dgs desexing money because i have already gone and payed that amount to the vets in advance so in 8 weeks time i can just take the dogs up and all coasts are taken care of im going to keep enquiring around to see if i can get a cheaper price for the cats desexing they say the reason it costs so much is it is a little riskier and more difficult because there is more blood flow and tissue in and around the uterus at the time of season
but im definetly gonna try
post #8 of 17
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that price was only for them when they were not in season or pregnant
Again..you don't know that she is pregnant. I do not agree with waiting..because it is just asking for the other cat to become pregnant and the male to find other cats to mate with...take all three to the vet..have the male neutered. Have the one cat who was't involved with the male spayed. Have the vet determine if the other one is indeed pregnant. Waiting is a very bad idea. I do hope you find another clinic willing to spay her.

Katie
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Again..you don't know that she is pregnant. I do not agree with waiting..because it is just asking for the other cat to become pregnant and the male to find other cats to mate with...take all three to the vet..have the male neutered. Have the one cat who was't involved with the male spayed. Have the vet determine if the other one is indeed pregnant. Waiting is a very bad idea. I do hope you find another clinic willing to spay her.

Katie
the other 2 cats the male and female are going in to still be desexed at the cheap rate on wednesday im not taking a chance there but as for the other one who has already been mated im still trying to find a animal hospital who will do it at a cheaperf price then what i have been quoted so far
i am having the other 2 desexed for 65.00 aud now instead of 100.00 because now there is only 2 so that is no problem i will have that on wednesday
the other thing i have to think of is not just the possibly pregnant cat and until they know for sure or not if she is pregnant the vet said they will treat her as if she is and charge the rate to have a litter aborted and the cat spayed but the other thing i have to think of is i also have 9 puppies to care for

the cat had a vet check recently and from that check he said if she was supplied with the proper nutrients she should be fine ofcourse thats only a should and not a definetly i am still ringing around though to find a cheaper clinic for her
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by new2cats
the other 2 cats the male and female are going in to still be desexed at the cheap rate on wednesday im not taking a chance there but as for the other one who has already been mated im still trying to find a animal hospital who will do it at a cheaperf price then what i have been quoted so far
i am having the other 2 desexed for 65.00 aud now instead of 100.00 because now there is only 2 so that is no problem i will have that on wednesday
the other thing i have to think of is not just the possibly pregnant cat and until they know for sure or not if she is pregnant the vet said they will treat her as if she is and charge the rate to have a litter aborted and the cat spayed but the other thing i have to think of is i also have 9 puppies to care for

the cat had a vet check recently and from that check he said if she was supplied with the proper nutrients she should be fine ofcourse thats only a should and not a definetly i am still ringing around though to find a cheaper clinic for her
Well...I'm glad the other 2 are still being desexed...but I hope you find another vet willing to spay her. With the 9 puppies you are currently caring for..there is no reason to bring additional kittens into the household. Please continue to let us know how it goes. Perhaps one of the members from Australia will have ideas of vets you could take the other cat to.

Katie
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Well...I'm glad the other 2 are still being desexed...but I hope you find another vet willing to spay her. With the 9 puppies you are currently caring for..there is no reason to bring additional kittens into the household. Please continue to let us know how it goes. Perhaps one of the members from Australia will have ideas of vets you could take the other cat to.

Katie
i sure dont need kittens in my bedroom as well with nine puppies screeching all the time im not getting much sleep and they wont be going to new homes until after the 30th dec so by the time i find families that im comfortable giving the puppies to i would probably only have a week or to at the most to catch up on sleep so it wouldnt just benifit the cat to be desexed it would also help with my sleep wich i so deperately need yeah if anyone from australia on the nsw central coast could give me a name and phone number of a place that will desex her at a decent price i would be very gateful
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by new2cats
i sure dont need kittens in my bedroom as well with nine puppies screeching all the time im not getting much sleep and they wont be going to new homes until after the 30th dec so by the time i find families that im comfortable giving the puppies to i would probably only have a week or to at the most to catch up on sleep so it wouldnt just benifit the cat to be desexed it would also help with my sleep wich i so deperately need yeah if anyone from australia on the nsw central coast could give me a name and phone number of a place that will desex her at a decent price i would be very gateful
Well..I do appreciate that you are trying to get the other animals spayed/neutered so that there are no more unexpected litters. Hopefully someone will have ideas for you.

Katie
post #13 of 17
I agree that the cat should be spayed regardless.

Keep in mind that it is much cheaper to spay one possibly pregnant cat than to spay/neuter that cat plus her entire litter of kittens! From a financial perspective waiting would be very much "penny wise and pound foolish".
post #14 of 17
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thankyou all for your great advice i have gotten al cats desexed i am now breathing a big sigh of relief
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by new2cats
thankyou all for your great advice i have gotten al cats desexed i am now breathing a big sigh of relief
That's great to hear!!

Katie
post #16 of 17
YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! I`m glad you were able to work it all out!
You deserve the big sigh of relief!
Linda
post #17 of 17
Cats are about the same as dogs - 63-68 days. Yes she probably is pregnant if the cat has mated 4 times. I would do my best about a week before she's due to confine her in a small area (cage or room) so she can't hide the kittens from you and you can keep an eye on her for problems.

Do your best to spay/neuter them as soon as you can. After she has kittens (when the kits are about 5-6 weeks old) get her spayed before she comes in again and gets pregnant.

We have one last kitten to spay and then all of ours are done. I know what you mean by having several and trying to get them done. You have to do them one at a time with the prices so high.
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