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Weird but true!! need advise

post #1 of 22
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First of all, I am soooooo happy I found this forum today. I have been doing researching on pregnant cats and finally came across this today.

Little background here.....I have 3 female orange babys. (2yrs old) We found them when they were 4 weeks old. Due to vet bills for 3 kittens we have had to take turns getting fixed. Well Shrek the last one to be fixed got pregnant before we could get her fixed. UGH. Although, I already have two homes set up for the new babies.

Her 63rd day is tomorrow. My precious baby girl is not that good at cleaning herself and I have noticed reddish brown stuff caked around her vulva. I believe the new babies have dropped as well. Any day now.

Now here is the weird part.. I guess because she was neglected at such a young age she sucks on her own nipples. I cant believe I'm telling this but I have a concern. She was still sucking just a few days ago, but has not lately. Maybe she can't reach them. lol She is large. I am worried she wont nurse her babies. Has anyone ever ran into this? I swear I am for real.
Thanks for any input.
Sincerely,
LiSA
post #2 of 22
The discharge means she is getting close to delivering. She will probably do fine with the babies, it comes naturally. Just in case you should have some KMR and a couple of bottles available. I must admit I laughed when I read about her sucking her own nipples, that must be interesting She may have stopped because she can't reach or maybe some milk came out and startled her. I had a young kitten that suckled on soft blankets until he was 3 yrs old. I don't think he really wanted to nurse, he just got comfort from doing it.
post #3 of 22
It sounds like she is getting close.
My stud boy, flops on his back and has nurses on a tuft of hair on his chest. It is hilarious, he begins sitting up and then just falls backwards with the hair is his mouth and after he begins sucking, he closes his eyes and begins treading the air with his paws. He has done this since he came home to us at 12 weeks old.
Good luck with the impending birth!!
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by FamilytimeRags
It sounds like she is getting close.
My stud boy, flops on his back and has nurses on a tuft of hair on his chest. It is hilarious, he begins sitting up and then just falls backwards with the hair is his mouth and after he begins sucking, he closes his eyes and begins treading the air with his paws. He has done this since he came home to us at 12 weeks old.
Good luck with the impending birth!!
that just sounds so funny! i cant stop laughing!
post #5 of 22
My cat Yen had that discharge the morning of the day she had her kittens, so that means you should be getting kittens soon .

I've never seen a cat try to suckle herself but its not the weirdest thing I've ever heard of before. She probably will nurse her kittens, but to be on the safe side definately have some Krm and bottles around.

Goodluck and I can't wait to hear the kitten news,

Kallie
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by gymnastmom
First of all, I am soooooo happy I found this forum today. I have been doing researching on pregnant cats and finally came across this today.

Little background here.....I have 3 female orange babys. (2yrs old) We found them when they were 4 weeks old. Due to vet bills for 3 kittens we have had to take turns getting fixed. Well Shrek the last one to be fixed got pregnant before we could get her fixed. UGH. Although, I already have two homes set up for the new babies.

Her 63rd day is tomorrow. My precious baby girl is not that good at cleaning herself and I have noticed reddish brown stuff caked around her vulva. I believe the new babies have dropped as well. Any day now.

Now here is the weird part.. I guess because she was neglected at such a young age she sucks on her own nipples. I cant believe I'm telling this but I have a concern. She was still sucking just a few days ago, but has not lately. Maybe she can't reach them. lol She is large. I am worried she wont nurse her babies. Has anyone ever ran into this? I swear I am for real.
Thanks for any input.
Sincerely,
LiSA
Lisa....I do hope you plan to have this girl fixed when she weans her kittens. Having homes for the kittens is great...but take care to make this mom's only litter by keeping her indoors only and away from intact males until she is spayed.

Katie
post #7 of 22
Ooooh, I can't wait the kitties to come!!
post #8 of 22
I have heard of older cats nursing on mom..But never on there self..WOW..
post #9 of 22
My mother cats adult (year old) children still suckle at her breasts and you should hear the 3 of them purr. Now that we have the kitten Baby (mom) has begun to nurse her and it feels like her breast may be filling up. I don't know if that is possible, but that is what it feels like, mothers love I guess.
post #10 of 22
LOL that is so true.. Us moms do anything for our babies..
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I will be prepared. Its nice to hear other stories about wierd behavior. lol No babies yet. Suppose they are still cooking.

TNR1 No need toworry about us getting Shreky fixed!!!!!!!!! Her two sisters have already been done. She was the last one. They are indoor cats fixed or not! lol I will have to say when we found them and proceeded to fall in love with them and then could not seperate them and finally decided to keep all three, we have no idea how much it would cost us to take care of them. When I called to make the appt with our vet at the time it was going to cost us $600.00 and up. We had to break it down. Shots came first. Then, I swear, we flipped a coin to decide who was first to get fixed first. We also switched vets. So I had no relationship with the new one, although I do now. Keeping these three has been a financial burden, but I would not trade them for the world.

Thanks again everyone!!!
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by gymnastmom
Thanks everyone. I will be prepared. Its nice to hear other stories about wierd behavior. lol No babies yet. Suppose they are still cooking.

TNR1 No need toworry about us getting Shreky fixed!!!!!!!!! Her two sisters have already been done. She was the last one. They are indoor cats fixed or not! lol I will have to say when we found them and proceeded to fall in love with them and then could not seperate them and finally decided to keep all three, we have no idea how much it would cost us to take care of them. When I called to make the appt with our vet at the time it was going to cost us $600.00 and up. We had to break it down. Shots came first. Then, I swear, we flipped a coin to decide who was first to get fixed first. We also switched vets. So I had no relationship with the new one, although I do now. Keeping these three has been a financial burden, but I would not trade them for the world.

Thanks again everyone!!!
Lisa...you may want to investigate a low cost clinic for the spay. Below is a list of low cost clinics in Texas...you may find one that will fix Shreky for a lower fee:

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#tx

Also, if the clinic is willing to perform pediatric spaying/neutering..you could get the kittens done as well (once they are 10-12 weeks of age) and have the adoptors pay the spay/neuter fee. That way you know these kittens won't get pregnant themselves.

Katie
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
I saw that site yesterday!!!!!!!!!! I love it. I am however concern about the emncipet. I have heard bad things (rumors) about them. About the kittens being fixed.... Are you saying take them to a shelter and then they would adpot them out? Tell me more. I have two homes already that I know they would be taken care of but what if she has more than two?? Fixing the kittens has been a huge concern of mine. Thanks!!!!!
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by gymnastmom
I saw that site yesterday!!!!!!!!!! I love it. I am however concern about the emncipet. I have heard bad things (rumors) about them. About the kittens being fixed.... Are you saying take them to a shelter and then they would adpot them out? Tell me more. I have two homes already that I know they would be taken care of but what if she has more than two?? Fixing the kittens has been a huge concern of mine. Thanks!!!!!
I'm suggesting that you contact various low cost clinics to see if they would perform a spay/neuter procedure on a 10-12 week old kitten. Our rescue has every kitten fixed as 10-12 weeks and these kittens bounce back after the surgery like it never happened. Then we place the kittens up for adoption because we know these kittens will never add to the overpopulation. Since you have homes lined up...I would contact low cost clinics now and see if they perform "pediatric spaying/neutering" so that you can plan to have that done.

Katie
post #15 of 22
Animal Trustees of Austin would be a great place to go. I was there once a few years ago and everyone seemed very nice. At $20 a spay, $25 a neuter, their prices really can't be beat.

A couple of years ago I had 6 cats in need of spaying/neutering (pregnant stray, her litter and one of the kitties I kept from a previous litter). The vet on Wells Branch sent me a postcard for 50% off spay/neuter. I called and asked if there was a limit on the amount of 50% off procedures and they said no, so I took the whole crew in and had them done at the same time. For 6 spays/neuters, tests and vaccinations it was still only $430 and they did an awesome job. You might want to try to get in touch with them and see if they're offering any similiar deals. (http://www.petandbirdclinic.com/) They also have extended hours which was SO helpful when one of my kittens became very sick on a Saturday afternoon.

When it comes time to rehome those precious babies, please please please don't take them to Town Lake. As you may know, they're a kill shelter, so any animals taken there have a limited potential for adoption before being euthanized. I know it can be tough to find an organization with room for extra kitties but there are a number of humane societies that will accept surrendered animals for a small fee. The week before last I took a stray that I had been caring for to my local humane society. They just happen to have kennel space in one of the local Petsmarts where the adoption facilitator is very particular about the adoptive homes and where they get a lot of exposure to potential forever families.

It may take a bit more work to find a place for the kittens but the piece of mind of knowing they'll find a great home without fear of euthanization, is well worth the extra legwork.

If you need anything, don't be afraid to ask. Hope the delivery goes well.

Fellow Austin area cat lover,
Heidi
post #16 of 22
I have a bad feeling that Nina is pregnant. I adopted her over a year ago (from a local rescue) and I was told she was spayed. When she had a recent check up for a UTI we discovered she had not been spayed. She had started peeing around the house and had 1 heat cycle for sure. I took her to the vet thinking she was in pain. She is not a social cat at all and I thought it was because she is visually impaired or just a loner. She is not happy about the foster cats we have. I thought that is why the urinating started. She is indoor only and escapes every chance she gets (well i guess that means she is indoor by force). She did not escape when she was in heat. Today the lady from the rescue came by to vaccinate the momma cats and told me that they would pay to have Nina vaccinated too. I was thrilled and when she was loving on her she said "she had nipples, looks like she may be pregnant". I laughed and said "Impossible". After she left I gave her a once over and she has HUGE nipples. She has gained weight but doesn't have a "baby belly". She has a slight bulge where she was normally very thin. I can only think she must be a month if she is pregnant at all. I am afraid because she is a little "special", and if she is it may be a mess. I foster cats that have no parents or irresponsible parents but thought that I wasn't one of those people. I now find myself the owner of a "maybe" pregnant cat and I dont' know what to do. How far along before aborting is dangerous?
post #17 of 22
My sister has a torti kitty that does the same thing she will actually make herself sore. My sister was embarrased to tell her vet but when she did he said it was okay. So your not alone. Godd luck with the kitties
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Heidi, My husband also came up with an idea. We own our own sign shop. We do outdoor signs banners, car magnet, ect. He mentioned asking different places about trading services. Do you have any ideas about that?
Lisa
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY
I have a bad feeling that Nina is pregnant. I adopted her over a year ago (from a local rescue) and I was told she was spayed. When she had a recent check up for a UTI we discovered she had not been spayed. She had started peeing around the house and had 1 heat cycle for sure. I took her to the vet thinking she was in pain. She is not a social cat at all and I thought it was because she is visually impaired or just a loner. She is not happy about the foster cats we have. I thought that is why the urinating started. She is indoor only and escapes every chance she gets (well i guess that means she is indoor by force). She did not escape when she was in heat. Today the lady from the rescue came by to vaccinate the momma cats and told me that they would pay to have Nina vaccinated too. I was thrilled and when she was loving on her she said "she had nipples, looks like she may be pregnant". I laughed and said "Impossible". After she left I gave her a once over and she has HUGE nipples. She has gained weight but doesn't have a "baby belly". She has a slight bulge where she was normally very thin. I can only think she must be a month if she is pregnant at all. I am afraid because she is a little "special", and if she is it may be a mess. I foster cats that have no parents or irresponsible parents but thought that I wasn't one of those people. I now find myself the owner of a "maybe" pregnant cat and I dont' know what to do. How far along before aborting is dangerous?
Many vets will only abort in the first trimester. I volunteer at a feral cat clinic and we spay EVERY cat that comes in. i don't consider you irresponsible....it wasn't your fault that the rescue placed an intact female. I would however insist that the rescue learn from this and make sure that any cats they place in the future, they verify that a spay was conducted. Are they willing to place Nina's kittens if she is indeed pregnant?

Katie
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by gymnastmom
Heidi, My husband also came up with an idea. We own our own sign shop. We do outdoor signs banners, car magnet, ect. He mentioned asking different places about trading services. Do you have any ideas about that?
Lisa
Lisa...do you mean offering to provide car magnets to a rescue group in exchange for them placing the kittens??

Katie
post #21 of 22
Hi Lisa,

About your cat suckling her own nipples. May seem funny, but could she had an infection to one of them, like humans do? Or maybe pressure from the milk is painful to her?

N.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Katie, Exactly!! Car magnet, adoption banners, thing like that.


Nate, Sherky has been doing this since she was a baby. As soon as I found her. I have not ever mentioned this to our vet. lol. Maybe I should. She hasn't done in for atleast a week or two now.
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