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post #31 of 51
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No, she cant get pregnant if not in heat.
Oh yes she most certainly can get pregnant if not in heat.
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by chrissyferal
The estrus cycle of cats is unusual. Cats are "induced ovulators", which means that their bodies attempt to stay in estrus until they mate. This stimulates ovulation which ends the heat cycle.
Cats ~are~ induced ovulators but this does not mean that their bodies will attempt to stay in estrus until they are mated. What it does mean is that ovulation is induced by the act of mating itself. And for the record, ovulation does not end the estrus cycle. Spaying does. The estrus cycle in a cat repeats and will never end unless she is spayed.

Queens are seasonally polyestrous, which means they come into heat in certain seasons of the year, and they will cycle multiple times if they are not bred. As previously mentioned, they are also induced ovulators, which means they need to be bred before they will ovulate. Cycling tends to occur most often in the spring and summer in outdoor cats. Cats kept indoors and exposed to artificial lights may cycle year-round.

The stages in a cat's estrus cycle are: anestrus, proestrous, estrus, interfollicular stage, and metestrus. Anestrus is typically seen in the short days of winter. The tom is not attracted to the queen, and vice versa.

Proestrus may last 1-2 days in some queens, but is not consistently seen. During this stage, she may 'call' the tom, roll, and rub on the ground, but she will still not allow the tom to mate with her. The bleeding seen in female dogs during proestrus is not seen in female cats. She may progress from proestrus to estrus in just a few hours.

Estrus lasts about a week, but may be longer or shorter. During this time, the queen will allow the tom to approach her and mate. During estrus, the queen may allow more than one tom to mate with her; it is possible for a litter of kittens to have different fathers (superfecundation).

If she was not bred, she will enter an interfollicular stage (also known as interestrus). She shows no sign of reproductive activity during this stage. This stage may last about 1 week. She then goes into proestrus and estrus again. If she mated and ovulated but did not become pregnant, she goes through a metestrus stage that lasts about 5-7 weeks. During this stage, she does not show signs of reproductive activity. If the mating was successful, she will go through an approximately 63-day pregnancy.
post #33 of 51
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I know she can get pregnant if she is not in heat. they are like us, when ever the act is done you can get pregnant.

Dont worry on friday i am going to get my second deposit back from my apartment ($400 oh yeah!) and the first thing on the list is to get her spayed.

Now, can she be spayed even if she is still in heat? What happens when they do it, and how long would her stay be? ect...

Any info on what happens and the after care would be great
post #34 of 51
Spaying while in heat is up to the vet...
post #35 of 51
There is a little higher risk to spay a cat while she is in estrus due to the fact that the reproductive organs are engorged with blood. The best thing to do is speak candidly with your vet and see what he suggests. Some will spay while a cat is in estrus, others won't.
post #36 of 51
One of my vets in California would even spay in the early stages of pregancy. It was more expensive, of course, but he did offer that, as well as explaining the risks involved. His thoughts on it were that IF your queen managed to get out, and you did not want to have a litter, your intent was to spay anyway, then he would offer this as an option.

My big boy that I just lost, had the same problem with his claws for almost the first two years of his life. Mind you, it was a matter of him growing into those what would end up being huge paws of his (when he spread his paws, they were about 2 inches in diameter). Of course as an adult he was about 2 1/2 feet long from his nose to the base of his tail....so waiting to see just how big your cat will grow would probably be a good idea.
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sea Witch
One of my vets in California would even spay in the early stages of pregancy. It was more expensive, of course, but he did offer that, as well as explaining the risks involved. His thoughts on it were that IF your queen managed to get out, and you did not want to have a litter, your intent was to spay anyway, then he would offer this as an option.
My vets will do it too. That is where I take all the pregnant strays I get in. Way back when we took or little Bowie when she escaped and got pregnant to be spayed immediately.
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by shadow_kitty

Now, can she be spayed even if she is still in heat? What happens when they do it, and how long would her stay be? ect...
No, dont do that if itsnt absolute necessary. Much bigger risk for complications. The tissues are much frail during this time. There is even risk of stitches (binding up the arteries feks) not holding because of dissolving tissues.

Im sure about it, I did read a advanced british veterinary handbook for cat-owners. The vet described all the drawbacks in extenso, and said; dont risk to come to vet with cat in heat for spaying. If you are not sure, much better to let her go out, get pregnant, and come to us. MUCH easier to spay a shecat in early pregnancy then when in heat...
post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sea Witch
One of my vets in California would even spay in the early stages of pregancy. It was more expensive, of course, but he did offer that, as well as explaining the risks involved. His thoughts on it were that IF your queen managed to get out, and you did not want to have a litter, your intent was to spay anyway, then he would offer this as an option.
Spaying early in pregnancy isnt that much more difficult. Vets prefer in any case to do it rather than spay during heat (oerus).
Some dont even charge more.

But spaying late in pregnancy IS more difficult and dangerous. Most vets would not do it if not in dire emergency.
But a very experienced vet who knows about the pregnancy (usually they know if it is late...) can still do it successfully without great risk.
post #40 of 51
That is sort of awful to the mom who is in heat to make her get pregnant just to fix her. I would wait till she got out of heat.
post #41 of 51
As far as spaying while in heat, I know that some vets don't do it, but getting her in between heats can be tricky
As far as the claw thing, I have a Siamese that has the claw sticking out thing, and unfortunately he's an adult that never got used to having his claws trimmed so its a nightmare to do it now, I try to get one or two whenever i can, but if you get your kitten used to it while she's young it will be easy in the future and trimming the claws does do wonders for how much they can actually scratch
post #42 of 51
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Ok i know that i will wait for her to get out of heat. I got her from a lady at work and am still waiting to get her paper work including vet paper work. Then i will not have the money until friday or monday. And then i have to make the vet appt. So i still have about a week to play around with before she can be spayed.

But no one really answerd my question about what happens and the after care of her being spayed
post #43 of 51
$55 is a great price for a spay surgery.

Some vets will allow them to come home same day if they appear to be doing well after waking up, others like to keep them overnight.

Usually they will give a pain shot which is good for 24-48 hours (I would ask them to do this).
They ask you to keep them quite for a few days and to keep an eye on the inscision, looking for swelling, redness, tearing or seepage.
Also depending on the vet she may get 5 days of antibiotics for prevention purposes, though this is not standard.
She may, or may not need to wear an e-collar.

This sounds like a whole bunch, but really, it's just mostly keeping her quiet and watching the stitches for signs of infection.
post #44 of 51
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She is really young. I found out that she will be a year old on may 15th. So since she is still a kitten would that help her heal or make it longer... and would i have to take her back in to get the stitches out... i have never done this. this is the first time i have had a cat on my own. (grow up with them but my mom would do the vet stuff) So i am new to the spaying thing.

is there any good websites that i can read about spaying to get more info on it.
post #45 of 51
The younger they are, the faster they heal

As for the stitches, again, depends on the vet, some use traditional sutures which will need to be removed, others use disolving sutures.
If you are going through the Humane Society's vet services, chances are they will be disolving sutures.
post #46 of 51
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Well it is weird what they do. I go and buy a coupon if you will that is $55 and then i get a list of vets that will do the spaying. here is the link if you want to look it over the program is called S.N.I.P

http://www.larimerhumane.org/services/snip.cfm

This is why i was asking for more info on what happens becuase i really cant find any info on it
post #47 of 51
I heard of this before.
post #48 of 51
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They are a great place and are really good to the animals.I just dont know what vet to use on the list becuase non of them are my current vet. if my current vet does it it will be over $150

Momof3rugratz: i see you are in plymouth. thats really cool. i was born in layton, and have family in sandy, roy, riverdale, and layton. small world
post #49 of 51
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Originally Posted by shadow_kitty
They are a great place and are really good to the animals.I just dont know what vet to use on the list becuase non of them are my current vet. if my current vet does it it will be over $150
If I were in your shoes, I'd explain to your vet that because of money issues, you are going through the HS for the spay, and ask his prof. opinion of the vets listed.
post #50 of 51
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Ok well i just tryed to call him and he is out of the office for the next 2 weeks and the front desk girl was new and didnt know. i will talk to the center when i get my "coupon" for the spaying and see who they like the most
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by shadow_kitty
They are a great place and are really good to the animals.I just dont know what vet to use on the list becuase non of them are my current vet. if my current vet does it it will be over $150

Momof3rugratz: i see you are in plymouth. thats really cool. i was born in layton, and have family in sandy, roy, riverdale, and layton. small world
Not far from me.. Is a small world.
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