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Pregnant cat found in mailbox

post #1 of 15
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Tonight when I was leaving work and taking the business mail out to one of those big blue mail boxes I saw some people, including the mailman trying to lure a cat out from under a car parked on the street. Apparently the mailman had emptied the mail into his box and a cat jumped out and ran under this car. He said there was no way that cat got in there on its own, it was put in. It was rush hour but a gal finally lured the cat out with a piece of bacon. I offered to take it since we weren't sure how late the shelter stays open and she had dogs so wouldnt have felt comfortable taking it home. I have three cats already and a cat-tested+approved dog. She was just shaking when I took her to the car and I thought she was going to freak out during the drive but she just plopped right down, probably exhausted. So I felt bad and just took her home for tonight to let her recourperate. I put her alone in a room in our basement with food and water (and she was hungry) and my husband and I examined her and we think that she is pregnant. She has pink, large nipples and does not like her belly touched at all. She is also very loving. She is not going to get along with our other animals I assume, especially when she is carrying kittens and we don't really want another cat but I am not sure if the humane society will take a pregnant cat. I know they dont want young kittens because they said they get sick too easily. I am not really sure what to do. Someone suggested having them aborted and getting her spayed rather than let them be homeless (if she is prego) but I think we could find homes for them, especially since she was abandoned in a mail box. Talk about tampering with the mail...kitty pee on our letters. Jerks. Well advice would be great, thank you.
post #2 of 15
Where do you live?
post #3 of 15
Sounds like you just landed the role of foster mom! You can have her spayed while pregnant, but I personally don't like to do it if she is REALLY far along. I know, the whole "overpopulation" thing, and I agree with it, but it's sad to me to do it when they're about to be born. An x-ray will tell approximately how soon she will deliver.
If you can, maybe keep her in the bathroom with her babies?
post #4 of 15
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I live in Montana. I am not sure how far along she is. I am going to guess at about 3 weeks if she is in fact pregnant. And I am pretty sure! She is locked away in a spare bedroom for the moment. Our extra bath is very small, I dont know about her having babies in there. But she has a nice full sized bed to give birth on. My husband went an made a little box with a blanket in it for her but she prefers the bed. So far she has just been eating and resting but now I think she wants out. But for an expecting mother who has been throught what she has I think a dog, three rowdy cats and a six year old would just not be a good idea. I just have no idea what to do.
post #5 of 15
Hmmm....3 weeks isn't very far along. You may want to consider spaying in that case...have your vet look at her and maybe do the x-ray, and decide from there. Good luck!
post #6 of 15
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Another thing I am wondering about is she seems to feel a little better now and wants out of her room but her breathing was labored earlier and I dont want her getting upset by the other animals. She doesnt seem to like the other cats and of course hates the dog and this dog will follow cats that dont like it around and try to be their friend (basically driving them nuts) so I would rather avoid that whole thing. I just want her to rest and eat for now and see when I can get her into the vet for an exam.
post #7 of 15
Is there a way to get her story in the local media? I bet you would have fosters and kitten adopters coming out of the woodwork with a story like that!
post #8 of 15
She is probably stressed from her ordeal. I would suggest that you do contact the local paper, tell them someone tried to hair mail her- sorry dumb joke-

Seriously though, this is the type of story that would get her a good home. Not that your home isn't a good one-
post #9 of 15
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The other gal who helped resuce her knows someone at the paper and so do I so I think we would be able to get a story in. I was thinking of dubbing her "Insufficient Postage" to kinda play up what happened. I wouldnt mind keeping her if our house wasnt alrealy pretty full with animals. I just think that five is above my capabilities.
post #10 of 15
It's a good story! Call her Stamp or Posty. And I am sure you would find homes easily for the kittens. As to 5 being too many, I swore I would stop at 3 until I found the boys, but after trying for some weeks find them a home I gave in and now they are part of the family and no more trouble than 3.
post #11 of 15
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Well a lady at work offered to take the cat. She has had pregnant cats before so she knows what that is all about. I figure we can find homes for the kittens after they are born. Her teenage daughter is very excited, apparently she wants to be a vet when she gets older. So far so good anyways.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by gilbertgrape
Well a lady at work offered to take the cat. She has had pregnant cats before so she knows what that is all about. I figure we can find homes for the kittens after they are born. Her teenage daughter is very excited, apparently she wants to be a vet when she gets older. So far so good anyways.
Good news....just make sure that whoever adopts the kittens has them spayed/neutered.

Katie
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by gilbertgrape
Well a lady at work offered to take the cat. She has had pregnant cats before so she knows what that is all about. I figure we can find homes for the kittens after they are born. Her teenage daughter is very excited, apparently she wants to be a vet when she gets older. So far so good anyways.
That's wonderful!! Just please make sure she doesn't put newspaper ads or flyers that say "Kittens. Free to a good home". People who sell animals to experimenters, who are looking to feed their snakes, etc. jump all over those ads.
post #14 of 15
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oh definetly. In fact I would like to avoid putting any ad in the paper if we can just get by on word of mouth and only give them to people we know who would want one.
post #15 of 15
hope that you get all the kittens good homes
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