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post #1 of 15
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Well this morning I was petting our very loveable Tuxedo female and I noticed she had gained lots of weight and remembered she hadn't been in heat for awhile. We figure the babies will be here on July 14 or 15 Will be exciting.
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by NJAngel021
Well this morning I was petting our very loveable Tuxedo female and I noticed she had gained lots of weight and remembered she hadn't been in heat for awhile. We figure the babies will be here on July 14 or 15 Will be exciting.
NJ Angel...I realize you are excited...but now is the time to make sure to keep your tuxedo kitty indoors only and prepare her for kittens. You should set her up in a room that is quiet with a litterbox and high quality kitten food. Also, she should not be allowed outdoors again, until she has weaned her kittens and can be safely spayed. If she is a cat that is prone to escape, there should be 2 doors between her and the outside. If she became pregnant by another of your cats, now is the time to have him neutered.

Katie
post #3 of 15
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Actually she is inside none of my cats are aloud outside cause its not safe.I don't need waste money at a vet to tell me she is going to have kittens for one I probably know more then the vet and two i watched it all happen. She mated with our male maine coon. If I see something that i can't help her with then i will spend the money
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Originally Posted by NJAngel021
Actually she is inside none of my cats are aloud outside cause its not safe.I don't need waste money at a vet to tell me she is going to have kittens for one I probably know more then the vet and two i watched it all happen. She mated with our male maine coon. If I see something that i can't help her with then i will spend the money
NJ Angel....I wasn't suggesting you take her to the vet to verify that she is pregnant...but I would HIGHLY encourage you get your maine coon male fixed. It is far healthier for your cat to be fixed and if you do not get him neutered..then there is a highened chance for her to become pregnant again. We would certainly like for this to be her only litter. If you need a low cost clinic to get your male neutered, I have provided a list below:

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

Katie
post #5 of 15
I agree please have your male neutered. He can get her pregnant again as soon as the babies are born. He can even still get her pregnant up to a month after being neutered so you HAVE to keep them seperated and neuter him! When the babies are weaned the mother can finally be spayed too. Why did you watch them mate and not do anything to stop them? Do you have other cats besides the Tux female and the Maine Coon? Like you said in your sig, the breeding is going to get out of control if you let this go on. Don't want to keep contributing to the problem do you?
post #6 of 15
Also the male might be aggressive to the babies...
post #7 of 15
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I watched them breed cats I we wanted babies? They babies aren't leaving us I don't trust other people? I've had kittens along time ago we know how to care for them.They are the only two that are not spayed cause at this time i due not have 400 to get them fixed.I don't use cheap vets cause I don't trust them I lost a cat cause the vet screwed up and all he could say was oh I am sorry. I rather go the high cost to someone who actually knows what they are doing and doesn't leave the stomach muscle cut. and yes breeding of people who let there cats out is out of control cause people don' know how to keep their pet inside .All my cats are indoors have never been outside and never will be
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Originally Posted by NJAngel021
I watched them breed cats I we wanted babies? They babies aren't leaving us I don't trust other people? I've had kittens along time ago we know how to care for them.They are the only two that are not spayed cause at this tim i due not have 400 to get them fixed.I don't use cheap vets cause I don't trust them I lost a cat cause the vet screwed up and all he could say was oh I am sorry. I rather go the high cost to someone who actually knows what they are doing and doesn't leave the stomach muscle cut. and yes breeding of people who let there cats is out of control cause people don' know how to keep their pet inside .All my cats are indoors have never been outside and never will be
NJ Angel...I understand you plan to keep all the babies...but I'm concerned that due to the fact that you cannot afford to neuter/spay...that you are putting yourself in a situation where your female could become pregnant again. As someone who knows a lot about cats, you certainly know the risk of having two indoor intact cats. Do you have a plan for dad to be neutered prior to the July delivery? (That would be ideal...and I would still keep him away from your female due to the chance of him carrying active sperm for a month after the procedure). Also, with your plan to keep all the kittens, that will be several more spays/neuters...are you saving up right now to pay for those procedures? Again, I'm not questioning your care of your cats..but would really like to help you keep this her only litter.

BTW...I'm truly sorry about the cat that was lost. Our rescue has used low cost clinics and we have had fine results (and I know a lot of people who have had their cat fixed via one of the low cost options I've provided)....but I can understand your personal preference not to use one.

Katie
post #9 of 15
I think maybe you souldn't go back to that same low cost clinic you used last time but try others. That is all I ever use and have never had a problem or even a sick cat. I never use pain meds either and all my cats have been fine. I think it truely was an accident and it should never happen again.
post #10 of 15
I can understand your being hesitant about using low cost spay/neuter programs, and am very sorry that you lost a kitty to a mistake made by a vet.
The low cost spay/neuter clinic that I used to have my last cat spayed is staffed by excellent vets that donate a certain number of hours a month to the local Humane Society. It would be worth asking your S/N places where you are how they do their staffing. Hopefully they are not always staffed by the kind of hack that killed your kitty, and you could be comfortable using them. A coworker of mine actually got her regular, excellent vet to neuter her 2 boys, and my little girl was spayed by a highly regarded vet with a thriving local practice, both at the Humane Society. I had to drive a little way to get there, but it was worth it to make sure my girl was well cared for, and wonderful that it did not break my bank account, $30 versus $135-$300. They took great care of her, and I was very satisfied that she was not any more traumatized than necessary. She had no post operative problems, and they even called twice to ask if she was doing well.
I hope that you can work something out for the sake of your kittie's health and happiness. If you have any pics of the babies and parents, we would love to see them.
post #11 of 15
NJAngel...I understand your concerns, but whenever surgery takes place there are risks and things can happen. Healthy cats occasionally die after spay surgeries performed by board certified surgeons in state of the art hospitals. 99.5+% of cats do fine after surgery regardless of where the surgery takes place.

Speaking from my own experience, I have had literally a couple hundred cats (my own, fosters, and ferals) s/n at low-cost clinics and I have literally never had a single complication. In contrast, I took one of my foster kittens to a board certified canine/feline practitioner to be neutered and he ended up needing emergency surgery afterward due to a complication from the neuter. The bottom line is that no matter what you do, things usually go well but sometimes they don't go well.

My major concern is that realistically, your financial situation is not likely to allow you to spay and neuter the kittens in a timely manner either. (Believe me, I am no stranger to personal $ issues and they suck!) Assuming a litter of 4, you are looking at around $1000 to have them s/n at a full service vet clinic and you will have to come up with this money in six months. This is on top of the cost to fix their parents. It is scary how easily things get out of hand if you cannot afford to have your cats s/n in a timely manner.

Truly, it is in your cats' best interests to be s/n very, very soon. A slightly increased risk from using a low-cost s/n clinic vs. a full service hospital is nothing compared with the risk of delaying the s/n.
post #12 of 15
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I will get everyone spayed no worries there but sees I made a mistake of sharing my very happy news. I won't make that mistake again since no one sees my happy side!
post #13 of 15
NJAngel---- I understand you are excited as I think everyone does. I was VERY excited thinking my kitty was pregnant (not so sure she is now but that is a long story so won't get into it). So I do understand you being excited.

I think what everyone is worried about is that you watch them breed because you WANTED kittens, yet you don't have the money to neutor you male now so your female does not get preg. again shortly after having this litter. They can get preg. with in a couple weeks of having a litter. then you have to worry about getting the kittens fixed once they come expecially since you are keeping them all so they don't breed with each other. So I think that is what concerns everyone.

my female was not fixed (I have 4 cats 3 are fixed and the youngest hasn't been done yet even though she is 2 yrs old, because of money issues). She got out (indoor cat only) and was gone for 6 days which is why I figured she was pregnant since she was in heat when she got out. As much as I want kittens and for her to be pregnant I could not just sit and watch her breed. The worry of the vet bills, food, her health etc. would stop me from doing that. And yes I want kittens soooooooooo bad since I used to breed cats while growing up. So I do understand where you are coming from but you need to understand where everyone else is coming from.
post #14 of 15
Anticipating the arrival of kittens is indeed a happy and wonderful time. However, TCS is primarily focused on responsible cat care. A very large part of that responsibility is spay/neuter. So, while we can all certainly understand your happiness at the prospect of kittens, we hope that you will please try to understand our concerns.

If funds for spay/neuter are short and a low- or no-cost clinic is not comfortable for you, I would encourage you to look into Care Credit.

http://www.carecredit.com

A know a few of our members have looked into this resource and been able to have much-needed vet care for their beloved pets.

We are here to assist you or answer any questions you may have regarding the care of your pregnant girl or the delivery of the kittens, but afterwards, the best and most responsible thing to do would be to have your girl spayed and to have your boy neutered now.

That all now being said, welcome to our Forums. We look forward to hearing more about you, your cats, and of course, the kittens when they arrive.
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We have all given NJAngel021 good advice which I feel certain she will follow in due course. I think for now we can try to assist her with any questions or concerns she may have -- so I will close this thread now.
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