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Kitten Maturity Question

post #1 of 12
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Hello,
We've found an abandoned kitten about a week ago. I estimate he's about 3 months old (male).
We already had a female which is 12 years old.
Now she decided to go into heat! and the little one is trying to get some!

My question is, is he really old enough/mature to impregnate her?
We don't want that to happen, but also can't get either fixed at the moment.


Thank You
post #2 of 12
He could be, 3 months is a little young 4 or 5 months more likely.

And, uh why isnt the 12 year old spayed? She is in great risk of getting Pyometra and cancer! 12 years is alfully old to have been going in and out of heat. She needs spayed now for her health.
post #3 of 12
Oh have you looked into low cost clinics? The one near me will neuter for $10 which is incredibly cheap! What is your location or zip code? We can help you find one.
post #4 of 12
keep them away unless you want more KITTENS!! they can be sexural at How many months? I cant remeber but do keep them away.
post #5 of 12
Yes completely seperate them with no contact at all, she can get pregnant at anytime not just when in heat. If you cannot afford to spay or neuter two cats imagine being responsible for all those kittens she could have...
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Anne_31
Hello,
We've found an abandoned kitten about a week ago. I estimate he's about 3 months old (male).
We already had a female which is 12 years old.
Now she decided to go into heat! and the little one is trying to get some!

My question is, is he really old enough/mature to impregnate her?
We don't want that to happen, but also can't get either fixed at the moment.


Thank You
Anne....at 3 months this boy is not yet carrying active sperm...however if you have guessed wrong at his age and he is older...I would keep them seperated. I would really recommend that you get your girl fixed. At 12 years of age, she really does not need to be intact and her chances of cancer and pyometra are increased due to still being intact. Getting your boy neutered will also be important....so I would try to set up a vet appt. and get an actual age for the kitten as well as set up his neuter appt.

Katie
post #7 of 12
I am going to move this to the pregnant cats & kitten care forum
post #8 of 12
You have a 12 yr old female that is unspayed???? Why? Has she had kittens in the past. An unspayed female constantly going in/out of heat can develop cancer faster.

You will be lucky if she is not full of cancer by this time. And yes he could be capable of getting her pregnant - tho not likely, but I'd not take the chance - keep them separated completely and get both of them done as quick as you can.
post #9 of 12
You should be neutering the kitten ASAP, and keep them separate till then. Neutering males early is good, anyway; they don't learn to spray then.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Jen
Oh have you looked into low cost clinics? The one near me will neuter for $10 which is incredibly cheap! What is your location or zip code? We can help you find one.
The lowest cost I have been able to find is $90 for spay and $60 for neuter, with Toronto Animals Services. That's ok, but they're booked till September.

With our vet it would be $518 for Spay, $210 for neuter.

I don't know if you would be able to help find a low cost place in Toronto?
Postal Code M6S 2T5.

Thanks
post #11 of 12
I agree with what has been said here, the female at 12 needs to be spayed as soon as possible for her health, we don't want her getting cancer. I feel that the boy, at 3 months is not old enough to impregnate her, but he could be doing it for dominance reasons. We had a 4 month old boy persian, (going to his new home the next week), try to get some off one of our girls but we knew he couldn't get her preggers....we asked the vet as we had never seen a kitten do it, and they said it was for dominance in the house. He is happy in his new home and our breeding females are happy he is gone...LOL!
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Anne_31
The lowest cost I have been able to find is $90 for spay and $60 for neuter, with Toronto Animals Services. That's ok, but they're booked till September.

With our vet it would be $518 for Spay, $210 for neuter.

I don't know if you would be able to help find a low cost place in Toronto?
Postal Code M6S 2T5.

Thanks
I know we have several members in Toronto so perhaps they will see this and can recommend another low cost option. In the meantime....I would make sure to keep the boy and your girl apart.

Katie
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