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post #1 of 8
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How long should I wait before fixing a cat after having kittens. At this point, the babies are [and I'm guessing] approx 7-8 weeks old. They are still nursing babies and I have them in my house. Mother is a stray I befriended about 6 months ago.

Jenn
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Originally Posted by jcribbs
How long should I wait before fixing a cat after having kittens. At this point, the babies are [and I'm guessing] approx 7-8 weeks old. They are still nursing babies and I have them in my house. Mother is a stray I befriended about 6 months ago.

Jenn
I she still going outside? If so, then she needs to be spayed now. Are the babies eating regular food? If they are, then she can be spayed.
post #3 of 8
Besides, also a spayed mom has still milk. Moms who had emergency surgery rest one day, after thay they work on as moms, giving mild etc.

If she gets out she may be already with newd kittens, but spaying early is no problem.

Do make appointment with vet as quickly convenient.
post #4 of 8
Yes, she should be spayed ASAP if possible.
post #5 of 8
I agree, if she has been outside at all since having her kittens, have her spayed NOW! If she has been inside only, then you can wean the kittens first, and let her milk dry up for a week before spaying.

If she has been outside at all, you don't have the luxury of waiting. Vets spay barn cats and ferals all the time...so it can be done. If the first vet you call says no, call another and another. Maybe even call a rescue, so they can recommend their vet to you.

Best of luck. Thanks for ending the cycle of endless reproducing for this kitty!
post #6 of 8
Definitely, if she is outside then she must be spayed immediately. I have seen outdoor cats get pregnant again when the first litter is as young as 4-5 weeks old. 7-8 weeks is definitely getting into the danger zone so the sooner, the better!
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Originally Posted by jcribbs
How long should I wait before fixing a cat after having kittens. At this point, the babies are [and I'm guessing] approx 7-8 weeks old. They are still nursing babies and I have them in my house. Mother is a stray I befriended about 6 months ago.

Jenn
Jenn....I'd get her fixed now...below is a list of low cost clinics:

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#mo
post #8 of 8
Honestly she needs to be done now because she is going to want outside and the babies are going to want to nurse less and she will be prego again...
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