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I think my cat is pregnant.

post #1 of 19
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I adopted Missy a moth ago, I was told she had recently had kittens and they had adopted her babies out already. How long ago I don't know,she was really skinny!! We brought her home and she has not been out at all, don't want to risk her getting pregnant. Well, she went to town in our garage and we no longer have a mouse problem She has been in the house for the past 2 weeks so I know she hasn't been hunting. But she has quite the tummy, just looks bloated. Last night I was looking at her as she walked through the house and she seems to be bloating out to sides. How soon can you tell if they are pregnant??? I wonder if she was in heat befre we got her. If so we have had her for almost 5 weeks. So that would put her mid-pregnancy. Any advice....and believe me she is getting fixed asap

I posted in the new members section and realized I probably will get more responces here. Just so you know I have not seen any sign of her having worms. I have been checking for that.

If she is pregnant how soon should I see or be able to feel babies???
post #2 of 19
it might still be worms. sometimes you cant see them. i would have her taken to the vet. if she is preg. you will start to be able to see her nipples getting larger and pinker about 3 weeks. and the babies will start to move and kick about 2 weeks before delivery. if she hasnt been outside i would think that it is worms. but that is just me.
post #3 of 19
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I called and talked to the vet and they told me that it is probably not worms. Sounds like we will be seeing babies in the next month...this could prove to be an interesting summer
post #4 of 19
Can you call the original owner and find out if she was around any males?

How rude of them to give away a preggers kitty without letting you know! You will find lots of advice here about kittens, and adopting them out.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Missy'smomma
I called and talked to the vet and they told me that it is probably not worms. Sounds like we will be seeing babies in the next month...this could prove to be an interesting summer
I would inform the rescue as they may want to place the kittens. They also need to be made aware that she will not be spayed for a while.

Katie
post #6 of 19
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Oh I didn't get her from a rescue...it was a private owner. All the rescues in my area would have spayed her before allowing her to go home.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Missy'smomma
Oh I didn't get her from a rescue...it was a private owner. All the rescues in my area would have spayed her before allowing her to go home.
Ah...I see....I would inform the old owner that she was indeed pregnant again.

Katie
post #8 of 19
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We had a quiet moment last night...understand that I have only had her for 5 weeks and she really is an independant little thing. She loves to have pets and loves when she want them. Last night she crawled onto my bed and insisted that I love on her...lol. She settled down on her side and let me hold her growing belly....I FELT BABIES!!!!!! A few little lumbs and I swear I felt little pings!!! Like they were kicking me!!! I wonder how far along she really is??? Time will tell!!!
post #9 of 19
normally you feel kicks about 2 weeks before delivery.
post #10 of 19
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thats what I was thinking....that would mean she was a couple of weeks pregnant when I got her. Guess I better think about getting some nesting boxes built....any advice in that catagory would be much appreciated.
post #11 of 19
for nesting boxes just some plain cardboard boxes with a "doorway" cut into them (so she doesn't have to jump to get over it but a little lip so small kittens can't wander out. Put them in quiet SAFE areas. people fill them with old material, old clothes, newspaper, or towels. put them in an old pillowcase as it is easier..... You may want to start confining her to one room so she cant' find an unsafe place to have kittens.

I am sure others will come along with more ideas for you.
post #12 of 19
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She pretty much has confined herself....she doesn't come out from under my bed except to eat and use the litter box, and to get some loving at night
post #13 of 19
How is she doing? That is kind of sad that she is pregnant again when she recently had a litter. Too bad. Are you planning to have her spayed as soon as this litter is weaned? The kittens too, it can be done at 2 lbs. sometimes earlier.
post #14 of 19
Well congrats on the babies, but I would def. do a vet visit and have her checked out thoroughly, if it is financially an option. Also I would watch her closely for the next few weeks and see if you can get her from under the bed so that she can possibly deliver somewhere more secure My baby is due in two weeks. You can actively see and feel the kittens inside of her moving so you are looking at having kittens in a week or so. TC
post #15 of 19
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I emailed her previous owner and asked for more details on her lasy litter. She said she had them in the spring and she found homes for them at 6 weeks. Also she said that she had 5 in the last litter.

I do plan to have her fixed before she goes out(if she does) after the babies are weaned. Not sure on my plan for the babies yet. Money is tight right now, thats why I haven't rushed to the vet to have her checked.

I am planning on making a bed up for her in my master bathroom. It hardly get used and that is where her food and stuff are.

Wish me luck.....my kids are so excited!!!!
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Missy'smomma
I emailed her previous owner and asked for more details on her lasy litter. She said she had them in the spring and she found homes for them at 6 weeks. Also she said that she had 5 in the last litter.

I do plan to have her fixed before she goes out(if she does) after the babies are weaned. Not sure on my plan for the babies yet. Money is tight right now, thats why I haven't rushed to the vet to have her checked.

I am planning on making a bed up for her in my master bathroom. It hardly get used and that is where her food and stuff are.

Wish me luck.....my kids are so excited!!!!
As far as the kittens go.....6 weeks is too early to place kittens...ideally they should be placed between 10-12 weeks. What I would do is charge a "spay the momma" fee for the kittens.

Katie
post #17 of 19
Wow, lucky you saved this girl! I have kids, and foster kittens. Just be very firm with your kids in letting them no that Momma cat cannot go outside no matter what, as she can get pregnant again within a week of giving birth! Also, the kids should not be handling the kittens at first. Make sure all contact with the kittens is closely supervised.

Once the kittens are a few weeks old, your kids will be great at playing with them and petting them, helping the kittens become very loving.
post #18 of 19
If you can't get her to the vet due to financial reasons these women are very informed about low-cost/no-cost clinics in your area, if there are any I wish you and your precious one the best and my prayers are with you. Were you ever able to get her from under your bed?
post #19 of 19
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She comes out at night when we go to bed....I am working on getting a box that will work in our bathroom. Hopefully tomorrow I can get it all ready for her. We were gone for th past 2 day so I haven't been able to see her yet. But tonight I'll spend some time with her.

I do plan to keep the babies for more then 6 weeks......probably at least 9. Don't know how long my hubby will allow beyond that He already has told me and the kids that we are not keeping any But hopefully he falls in love with one of them

I have been coaching the kids about what's going to happen and the rules about the babies. All the neighborhood kids are excited but I told them they will have to wait till they are older to hold them. Good thing is that mine are 7 and 10 so they know how to be careful. They both have rats for pets and do great with them
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