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My Skittles is acting different!!!

post #1 of 21
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Ok well my cats name is Skittles and she is 10 or 11 months old. My husband found her and nursed her and she is his cat. She and him where always together, but unfortunatly my husband was taken to heaven. Well I have not been able to really get close to skittles and I want to take her to get fixed in 2 weeks. Every morning she escapes when the kids open the front door, but after 30 min I can open the door and she comes right back in. Been like this for months now except yesturday and today she will not come in. So tonight I just sat and tried for over an hour she got close to me and I could see her fur was filthy and it looked like her neck was really dirty. I did notice there was 2 cats around the house but no clue if they are male. My cat will not come in the darn house. Can it be because of the other cats. I noticed she is sitting about 2 feet from them. I do not and have not heard her Meow or call. I was told I would know the call and I would think she was hurt.... We have a vet apointment in 13 days I have to keep her inside. She doesn't like me and misses my husband I know that. Any clue what is wrong with her.
post #2 of 21
If I were you I would see if the vet or a shelter would loan you a humane trap and trap her and get her spayed right away. I am pretty confident saying those are males and she could possibly be pregnant by both of them right now. She is the right age and even if she isn't in heat, she can still get pregnant. There has to be a way to get her in now, please either have someone help you catch her or borrow or buy a trap or something. Especially if she is that beat up looking now, you know she has most likely mated and gotten into a tussle with the males if she looks that way. Please get her to a vet to be spayed now. I am really sorry about your husband. I am sure it is not only hard for you , but for your cat also. Please be patient with her.
post #3 of 21
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My 3 kids are taking it the hardest. My cat does not seem to want to come in. Right now she is sitting on the lawn with the prettiest gray cat I have ever seen. They seem to be friends. I told the boys she was trying to get the cat to have coffee with her and we will try again in the morning. I did not want to upset them more. Her favorite food is wet food she has not eattin in 24 hr that I know of and I tried to get her in the house that way but she wants to stay with the other cats. She does not seem to be hurt just dirty and the neck am sure after reading the mating section is just pulled on. She is a white grey ball of fur.
post #4 of 21
If you can I would not leave her out there for the night. Keep trying to coax her inside and catch her, do anything. It is not a good idea to let her remain out there with strange males. They could be carrying a disease or have something contagious that you cannot see by looking at them. Plus she could become pregnant by morning if not already and that is really a bad idea to let that happen. I would be out there all night long if it were me. Too many risks to happen out there.
post #5 of 21
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The trouble is I tried everything. I took her to Vet 2 weeks ago for all her shoots and I cought her then with what I tried to do already. It is 8 degrees right now and I can not stay out there. I try ever hour I comin long enough to warm up then I start over. I try to go near her to pick her up but she then moves to a different spot. I will keep trying. I keep the food with me.
post #6 of 21
ok well good luck, I didn't realize it was so cold where you are at. Where do you live?

if you catch her and take her in to be spayed you might want to mention to the vet that she "may" be pregnant. I would still have ehr spayed though because you have no clue anything about the males she has been with. At least she has had her shots but you have no idea what they are carrying or anything. If you do this she will not have any kittens but it is really for the best. If you feel bad about that then just like I said, tell the vet she could be pregnant but you don't wnat to know, just spay her. That is what I do and it makes you feel better not knowing, but knowing it is for the best.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
My 3 kids are taking it the hardest. My cat does not seem to want to come in. Right now she is sitting on the lawn with the prettiest gray cat I have ever seen. They seem to be friends. I told the boys she was trying to get the cat to have coffee with her and we will try again in the morning. I did not want to upset them more. Her favorite food is wet food she has not eattin in 24 hr that I know of and I tried to get her in the house that way but she wants to stay with the other cats. She does not seem to be hurt just dirty and the neck am sure after reading the mating section is just pulled on. She is a white grey ball of fur.
They could be friends... if it is a he...he could be more than a friend....unfortunately it is that time of year and both intact males and females are out and about. I highly suggest you try to borrow a humane trap because the longer she remains outdoors, the greater the chance she will become pregnant. Please keep us up to date on the situation.

Katie
post #8 of 21
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I was able to get Skittles in the house at 4 am Fri.It is now 10pm Sunday and she has wanted to go out since. This cat is really persistant. She never leaves from under my bed if the kids are out. She has not left my site and she is all over the kids. She is not being mean just super loving. I like it she is fun. She is very soft I knew realized that LOL. Well anyways would this be a good sign that she is not preggo. I mean I think she is in heat by her meowwwwwwww. It is very different and well she does it 12 hr a day before I heard her meow maybe 2x a week. She is purring up a storm. What do you think. o also am sure the gray cat was male because when I grabbed her to bring her in the male was there and he made a sound that sent her tail in vibrate mode. I mean it drove her nuts...
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
I was able to get Skittles in the house at 4 am Fri.It is now 10pm Sunday and she has wanted to go out since. This cat is really persistant. She never leaves from under my bed if the kids are out. She has not left my site and she is all over the kids. She is not being mean just super loving. I like it she is fun. She is very soft I knew realized that LOL. Well anyways would this be a good sign that she is not preggo. I mean I think she is in heat by her meowwwwwwww. It is very different and well she does it 12 hr a day before I heard her meow maybe 2x a week. She is purring up a storm. What do you think. o also am sure the gray cat was male because when I grabbed her to bring her in the male was there and he made a sound that sent her tail in vibrate mode. I mean it drove her nuts...
It's good you got her indoors....now you need to get her to the vet to be spayed. Certainly she COULD be pregnant, but it would be impossible to know given what you have described whether she is pregnant or not. Unless you can keep her indoors only through a pregnancy and weaning of kittens...it is best to simply go ahead with the spay now. If you need a list of low cost clinics...let me know and I'll look up ones in your state.

Katie
post #10 of 21
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Well anyways would this be a good sign that she is not preggo.
You can never be sure when they are not spayed and have been exposed to possibly intact males.

Because she seems to be a very persistent 'runaway', LOL, the best thing you can do, now that she is inside is to keep her confined to one room until your spay appt, (which is in a week or so, right?) That way, she will not be able to leave when the kids open the outside door. She won't like it, but it is the best thing for her.

You need to explain to the kids that the outside is dangerous for her and leaving her out there could make her very, very sick. (not sure how old they are, but something age approriate so that they understand she absolutely CANNOT be let outside for any reason.)

Good luck to you. I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. That must be very difficult, especially raising the kids without him.
post #11 of 21
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Ok well it is Monday 2:30 pm and she is being so sweet. She does not seem to want to go outside. The boys came home from school and swang the door open and all she did was stretch out on the couch and go to sleep. The weird thing is this cat never goes anywhere in the house but under my bed and when the house is all quiet cause the kids are in bed she will creep out to go eat. I am so floored right now. I was kissing her paws which she never lets anyone touch her. I have fur on my keyboard because she has wanted me to pet her. She is being super lovable. This cat only liked our bassethound and my hubby who are in heaven. This cat has done a dr jekle and hyde on me. Thank goodness I do not have to hear her meow in heat. That was awdul and then I did not know it till she had escaped. What would make her act like this.
post #12 of 21
There is BIG chance that she is pregnant. I remember reading that some cats become more loving when they are pregnant and the new momma-kitty in our house was certainly very purry and loving when she showed up in our backyard with a large tummy. I would suggest getting her examined by the vet ASAP, and do get her tested for diseases that she may have picked up from the boy-cats in the yard.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
Ok well it is Monday 2:30 pm and she is being so sweet. She does not seem to want to go outside. The boys came home from school and swang the door open and all she did was stretch out on the couch and go to sleep. The weird thing is this cat never goes anywhere in the house but under my bed and when the house is all quiet cause the kids are in bed she will creep out to go eat. I am so floored right now. I was kissing her paws which she never lets anyone touch her. I have fur on my keyboard because she has wanted me to pet her. She is being super lovable. This cat only liked our bassethound and my hubby who are in heaven. This cat has done a dr jekle and hyde on me. Thank goodness I do not have to hear her meow in heat. That was awdul and then I did not know it till she had escaped. What would make her act like this.
It does sound like there is a good chance she is pregnant. Now would be a very good time for her to see a vet and also for you to switch her over to kitten food.

Katie
post #14 of 21
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She has had all her shots and wormers and stuff done. She sees a vet like clockwork. She is due to be fixed in less then 2 weeks. She would of had to of gotten pregnant thur, fri. I would think it is to soon for her to have a hormone change to be a mom. I think she went out of heat late last night say around midnight.
post #15 of 21
Then you should consider going ahead with the spay as planned. If it is this early in the term (if she is pregnant), then it is an option to consider.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
She has had all her shots and wormers and stuff done. She sees a vet like clockwork. She is due to be fixed in less then 2 weeks. She would of had to of gotten pregnant thur, fri. I would think it is to soon for her to have a hormone change to be a mom. I think she went out of heat late last night say around midnight.
She could certainly have mated in the time she was out...you did say she was hanging around with a male. Hopefully you are correct and she isn't pregnant and she will be able to be spayed.

Katie
post #17 of 21
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Yes she was around a big hemalaya gray cat. She is in super health so if she is pg I will fix her after the kits. If she isn't I will be getting her spayed then. What should I look for to keep an eye out on. Something tells me she will be ok but then again she has changed over night.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
Yes she was around a big hemalaya gray cat. She is in super health so if she is pg I will fix her after the kits. If she isn't I will be getting her spayed then. What should I look for to keep an eye out on. Something tells me she will be ok but then again she has changed over night.
The best thing to do right now is to keep your spay date. When you go into the vets office, explain the situation to your vet.

Katie
post #19 of 21
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Yes I plan on it and I did talk to him already. He even said I can bring the gray cat in if I wanted to at a later date. Am sure it is the neighbors lost cat, but they moved. So it is a male if it is true. If not then it is a big female and I will get her fixed also. Just in case they are friends at least they can not get pregnant or get another cat pregnant.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
Yes I plan on it and I did talk to him already. He even said I can bring the gray cat in if I wanted to at a later date. Am sure it is the neighbors lost cat, but they moved. So it is a male if it is true. If not then it is a big female and I will get her fixed also. Just in case they are friends at least they can not get pregnant or get another cat pregnant.
That's a really good idea! Great way to see whether this cat is already fixed or whether it is even a male.

Katie
post #21 of 21
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I am sure the cat is male. She/He made these sounds toward my cat and my cats tail went nuts. They like to sit together. The 2 days I was trying to get her she had this cat with her. I live in a mobile and when I called her she would pop her head out then the gray cat would pop his.her head. It was so cute but that was when I go CRAP I need to get her in the house. So I think I can say it was male. This is a big cat.
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