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Mother cat lactating

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My mother cat Pumpanickle gave birth to kittens six weeks ago. Unfortunately the kittens developed cat flu and had to be put down by the vet. Nickle has been vacinated and is fine, but my question to those of you who know a lot more than me is when will she stop producing milk. The kittens were put down two days ago and her nipple area is still enlarged. I should have asaked the vet this, and will if i don't recieve a reply by monday.


P.S. to those of you who reply thankyou
post #2 of 4
Hi Nic, welcome to TCS.

I'm sorry that Pumpanickle and you lost the babies. Two days is a very short time and she will most likely continue to lactate for another 2-3 days. If her teats become engorged and she is uncomfortable, you can place a warm cloth on her abdomen to help ease her. If it becomes a problem, the vet may be able to provide hormone tablets to help dry the milk up.

Are you planning to have Pumpanickle spayed? If you live in the USA, here's a list of low-cost spay and neuter clinics, listed by State.


post #3 of 4
You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your kittens. I am currently fostering a litter who are about the same age, so I know how very precious those babies are. I can't imagine the pain of losing them all!

Hugs to you and to Pumpanickle at this difficult time. Maybe you could call the vet today, if he is closed over the weekend, if she seems really full.
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If she is spayed, she will stop lactating very quickly. Otherwise it may take a while and you should be in contact with your vet who can help you recognize signs of mastitis. Engorgement is very uncomfortable even if mastitis does not develop. But it is strongly, strongly recommended that you have her spayed ASAP unless she is a pedigreed cat and you participate in a qualified breeding program.
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