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Oh my gosh, this site is addicting! By the way, my name is Tina, I'm from Michigan and have 3 kids and 3 cats plus our 4 new additions which led me to this site! I'm loving all the baby pictures, but they are making me not want to spay my momma cat!!! Don't get upset - I'm going to...it's the responsible thing to do and healthiest for my poor girl. I just love babies!!!

Good luck to all of you with expecting mommies, hope things go well! And good luck to all those with new or old babies!
post #2 of 21
Hi & welcome, Tina! Yes, TCS is very addicting, they should put a warning label on the home page or something
I'm glad you're getting your cat spayed - I know it's hard, I love kittens!
post #3 of 21
Hi Tina I am Jenny. Yes am a addict also
post #4 of 21
WOW! I saw the name and thought you were calling me!
Hello, my name is also Tina Marie and I, too, am from Michigan!
Welcome...I kind of broken in but still a newbie.
Your post is soooooooooo true....it is addicting! Awesome place here! Friendly, supportive, extremely helpful as well!
Not sure what area you are from but I know a couple places that have reasonable spay if you're interested. My vet actually did a c-section and spay at the same time on my baby girl this morning and I was amazed at the cost! Only $225 and they were home a few hrs later. I was so scared that I would not have been able to afford it when he said she needed a c-section and I think he sensed my concern for both my girl and the cost.
Anyways, I just wanted to say hello and welcome!
post #5 of 21
A good vet will have a heart and see not everyone is rich.. I believe in covering all medical cost for what ever is used or needed and some on the side, but in Hollywood I hear the price of a spay id 500.00 that is way over.
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
A good vet will have a heart and see not everyone is rich.. I believe in covering all medical cost for what ever is used or needed and some on the side, but in Hollywood I hear the price of a spay id 500.00 that is way over.

HOLY MOLY! I wonder how many animals are there?!?!
post #7 of 21
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Hi Everyone! Thanks for all the welcomes!

Hi Tina Marie from Michigan! Wow! Now that's a coincidence! I am in the Detroit area. I'm not sure how much my vet charges to spay a cat, but when I had my males neutered and vaccinated they only charged me $102 for each cat. That was cheaper even than the Humane Society. I need to check with them on the spaying. If you are in this area I would love to find a low cost place to compare to my vet. Thanks




I do have a request...my baby (2 yrs old, not a baby just MY baby) Shadow got out a window this morning and I haven't been able to find him. He has slight brain damage from being stuck in the birth canal for a few hours and I am worried sick about him! Please send prayers and good vibes this way that he returns home safely! I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!
post #8 of 21
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oh, Tina, hope mom and all the kittens are well!! Congratulations!
post #9 of 21
Welcome to TCS. Thank goodness you're going to get your baby fixed. That's the kind of attitude I like to hear.

Awww I really hope Shadow returns safely!
post #10 of 21
Thank you very much! They seem to be adjusting well as the day goes by!

I am sending prayers your way now!!! Since I'm fairly local you should get them before this even posts!

I moved to Warren from Madison Heights. My vet is in Troy, but there is also another in Troy that was actually found through the low cost spay and neuter list they have available here somewhere. I'm sure someone else knows the link I'm referring to and they'd probably be more than happy to help you out!

Let me know if you want more info!
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Hi Tina, Welcome. I am still pretty new myself and you are right it is addicting! LOL

WOW, i'm glad i dont live where you guys live. Here it is only around $40 to get a cat spayed. To get there shots it only cost me I believe it was around $15. I just had to take my puppy in to get shots and I only paid between $10 and $15, thats also getting him checked out too. Next week I have to go get rabies shots, etc and its only going to cost $2-$3 for each of my animals, but thats also giving the shots myself.

I am thinking about calling my vet tomorrow to check on my Sponge (pregnant cat). She still has spots of dried blood on her bottom and tonight some looked fresh. This started lastnight but she hasnt showed any signs of contractions or going into labor or anything. I am starting to get worried. I am going to talk to the vet and see if he thinks I should bring her in to get checked out. I am probably just getting myself worried for no reason but I would rather be safe than sorry.
post #12 of 21
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LMAO Tina...I live in Roseville, right on the border of Warren...11 and Hayes. I take my cats to The Kitty Clinic in Clinton Twp - 19 and Garfield. Maybe I got both cats neutered and vaccinated for $102? All I remember is the $102...bad memory for stuff like that.
post #13 of 21
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Nikki I'm not a pro at this or anything, but my momma had kittens last week. I noticed she was bleeding pretty steadily, getting it everywhere! I rubbed her belly for 2 hours before the contractions started and she had the first one. She's the type of cat that usually stays to herself so I have no clue what went on before the steady bleeding. Once the bleeding started she followed me around and didn't want me out of her sight. Very unusual for her - I loved it! Was there with her for the first 3 births.....was surprised to come home 36 hours after baby #3 to find baby #4. That just amazes me!!

Good luck, hope things go well!
post #14 of 21
She is acting very very strange. This morning she followed me around every where I went. Then I had to leave for a few hours. I come back home and she wants NOTHING to do with me or anyone else. I just went to try to snap some pictures of her (which i didnt get, my memory card was full) and when I walked in the room she started whining real loud. So i sat down next to her and started petting her and she loved it, she was purring so loud and didnt want me to go. now she is back in here with me wanting to be petted again. I just worry about her so much b/c she is actually my 3yr old daughters cat. She loves this cat to pieces. It also doesnt help that I am a worrier either and that I have never been through this before. I think I am more worried about her than I was about myself when I was going to give birth. I am planning on trying to leave tomorrow again. So hopefully she will have them. I also wont be home much on saturday either. So maybe since I will be gone a lot she will have them. Sponge isnt bleeding a lot. She just had some dried on her lastnight, which i got a wet cloth to get it off and she got very upset with me. Today there is more. She also looks a little swollen.

BTW- if anyone is wondering how this poor kitty got her silly name it was my 3yr old naming her. She wanted to name her Spongebob and I said no, its too long, either Sponge or Bob and she decided to go with Sponge. LOL
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LOL I figured that. My son named the fish power ranger names. We have white ranger blue ranger and black ranger... The turtles are Michelangelo and Donatello. Rabbit was peter female. Now we have Skittles who is going to have Taffy, Twix, Milky, Kit as babies LOL
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I forsee many puns about "Kit Cat"....
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We are waiting to see if 2 are alike if so we are calling them kit kat
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Tina Marie
LMAO Tina...I live in Roseville, right on the border of Warren...11 and Hayes. I take my cats to The Kitty Clinic in Clinton Twp - 19 and Garfield. Maybe I got both cats neutered and vaccinated for $102? All I remember is the $102...bad memory for stuff like that.

Well HI Neighbor! I'm on the Warren/Eastpointe border just south of 10 mile off Hayes!!!
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Tina Marie
Oh my gosh, this site is addicting! By the way, my name is Tina, I'm from Michigan and have 3 kids and 3 cats plus our 4 new additions which led me to this site! I'm loving all the baby pictures, but they are making me not want to spay my momma cat!!! Don't get upset - I'm going to...it's the responsible thing to do and healthiest for my poor girl. I just love babies!!!

Good luck to all of you with expecting mommies, hope things go well! And good luck to all those with new or old babies!
If you love babies so much...please consider fostering a pregnant cat. I got this from a rescue group today:

Kitten Season. It happens every year—in late winter/early spring—kitten season begins and it continues well past Labor Day. Shelters that are barely able to handle the lighter fall/winter intake of orphaned cats and occasional kittens begin to burgeon with homeless pregnant mom cats and neonatal (infant) kittens. At the same time, others in the community find homeless mom cats with litters in their garage, under their porch and care for them till they are individually adopted out, or taken to the shelter when they are unable to place them on their own.

In our community, thousands of kittens each season are taken to shelters and vet clinics for adoption. Unfortunately, only about half that number make it into loving homes. The rest of these kittens are euthanized for a variety of reasons: no foster home to care for them, not socialized well enough to be a house cat, contracted a treatable viral illness while at the shelter, and even more sadly -- there simply weren't enough homes to go around!

So yes....please have your mother cat fixed...it will be healthier for her and you will be saving many lives of kittens that are looking for homes.

Katie
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by TNR1
If you love babies so much...please consider fostering a pregnant cat. I got this from a rescue group today:

Kitten Season. It happens every year—in late winter/early spring—kitten season begins and it continues well past Labor Day. Shelters that are barely able to handle the lighter fall/winter intake of orphaned cats and occasional kittens begin to burgeon with homeless pregnant mom cats and neonatal (infant) kittens. At the same time, others in the community find homeless mom cats with litters in their garage, under their porch and care for them till they are individually adopted out, or taken to the shelter when they are unable to place them on their own.

In our community, thousands of kittens each season are taken to shelters and vet clinics for adoption. Unfortunately, only about half that number make it into loving homes. The rest of these kittens are euthanized for a variety of reasons: no foster home to care for them, not socialized well enough to be a house cat, contracted a treatable viral illness while at the shelter, and even more sadly -- there simply weren't enough homes to go around!

So yes....please have your mother cat fixed...it will be healthier for her and you will be saving many lives of kittens that are looking for homes.

Katie
Katie,

DOo you know, if I were to foster a queen and her kittens, would I be responsible for finding a new home for them or would the rescue group work on that? What about vaccinations for them? My responsibility? Fostering is something to consider, although I would have to talk to my sons about it, as one of them became very attached to Missy's last litter. Maybe we'll see how it goes when it comes time to let these kittens go to their new homes.

This is definitely Missy's last litter of kittens. Other than spaying being the "responsible" thing to do, I love my cat and it would be unhealthy for her to have any more any time soon. She is a very small cat...only 6 lbs at 2 yrs old, and these kittens do take a lot out of her. I feed all of my cats Purina kitten chow normally (just can't afford the expensive brands like Science Diet on a regular basis) and while she has kittens I feed her Science Diet Kitten formula hoping that it will help her nutritionally. I don't want her to get too run down!

Thanks for the advice!
post #21 of 21
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DOo you know, if I were to foster a queen and her kittens, would I be responsible for finding a new home for them or would the rescue group work on that? What about vaccinations for them? My responsibility? Fostering is something to consider, although I would have to talk to my sons about it, as one of them became very attached to Missy's last litter. Maybe we'll see how it goes when it comes time to let these kittens go to their new homes.
The simple answer is that every group is different so it's best to find out the policies of the group you plan to foster for....the group I volunteer with does take the responsibility of placing the kittens. We cover the cost of food/litter/medical until the time they can be placed. We also spay/neuter all the kittens before they go into homes (which helps to ensure they will not become accidentally pregnant) as well as spay the mom.

What you may want to do initially is get involved in a voluntary manner (I started with this group simply being a dog handler at adoption events) before considering fostering. Many groups hold off site adoption events and can always use volunteers to play with the cats or walk the dogs.

I agree...it is far healthier for any cat that isn't involved in a breeding program to be spayed.

Katie
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