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Old 27-02-2013, 08:18 PM
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

What Do you actually want help with OP? you say on your other thread on breeding that you have had have cats all your life and they have had litters. You are an expert, compared to the majority of us?
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Old 27-02-2013, 08:22 PM
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

I have not read all 4 pages of this thread, but in case no-one else has pointed it out, there are a few more things you must know.

You say you are going to keep her as an indoor cat, but will not have her spayed.
This means she will come into heat maybe as often as once every few months. Being in heat costs a lot of energy, and because she is so intent on mating, she will not eat very much, so every time she goes into heat she will lose weight.

It is very unnatural for a cat to come into heat this often, as normally, they would get pregnant and will not come into heat again till the kittens are fully weaned....
A cat coming into heat this often will have a very unnatural hormonal balance, which makes them prone to breast cancer and inflammation of the womb. Some cats die of this as young as 4 years of age.
One lady on this forum rescued a cat from someone that had left her unneutered for 3 or 4 years, and she is now awaiting tests results, as the poor cat has swollen mammary glands, which may well be cancer.
Not the fate you would wish on your cat.

Why not have her have kittens once or twice a year, then, you will ask...
Well, several reasons:
Mating with just any local tom may give her any number of sexually transmitted diseases, of which feline AIDS and feline leukemia are the most lethal. Most unneutered toms are feral or semi-feral, and usually riddled with diseases.

In nature, where cats do have one or two litters per year, a mother cat hardly lives to be older than five years, because of these diseases, and because of the hazards of pregnancy and giving birth.
Kittens getting stuck because they are too big to come out or positioned wrong, infections after birth..... you name it.

If you allow her to have kittens, you need to know they should stay with the mother till they are AT LEAST 3 months old, but a tom can be fertile as young as 4 to 5 months, so if you do not neuter either the mother or the kitten before that age, the baby may mate with mom and produce inbred kittens, which poses even greater risks.

If a birth goes wrong, your cat may die if she does not get a cesarian at once, which means you will be facing a humongous vet bill, as well as facing the risk of losing both her and the kittens if you do not get there in time (which may be in the middle of the night).

If the mother does not know how to care for her kittens or produces insufficient milk, you will need to hand-rear, meaning you will need to bottle-feed them every 2 hours for a month, day and night.

These are just the main reasons not to risk it, the other thing being that there are far too many homeless cats and kittens as it is, thanks to lots of irresponsible or ignorant cat owners, without any of us allowing our cats to add to that. Rescues are overflowing with cats and kittens, and every kitten rehomed by an incidental breeder usurps a place that could have been filled with one of these poor souls waiting for a forever home in one of these many rescues.

Please do not add to them.
You are not doing your cat or her kittens a favour.
And in the end, if even one of the cats doesn't pull through, you will never forgive yourself.
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Old 27-02-2013, 09:38 PM
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

I understand some posters frustration here but if this was a genuine call for help, maybe it might be better to politely advise/educate rather than scaring people away. (I know that some people did try that approach) Kx
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

Well, as far as I am concerned, I only want the OP to know what she is up against, and what risks she is taking. I would not want her cat to come to any harm because she wasn't aware of the risks and pitfalls......

So if she is going to let the cat have kittens, she'd better be prepared and start saving up for the vet bills and the extra food.....
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

I dont understand why you would want your account deleted, you obviously thought you needed advise otherwise you wouldnt have posted on the forum.

I just wanted you to read what i have just gone through to open your eyes as to what can go wrong, not all cats cope with easy labours with fluffy little babies running around, sometimes a c-section is urgently needed.

You have already decided to continue with this pregnancy, if she is, i hope shes not as she is far too young to go through all this.

Im sure we are all here to help if you have any concerns, you may actually need us later so i would if not for your own sake but for the cats stick around.
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

Running away from this forum is the very worst thing you could do if your cat is indeed pregnant.
There is a wealth of knowledge and experience here, and if you run into any of the problems we described, you are desperately going to need the advice some of these people can give you...

Try to understand we are not trying to put you down, we are simply trying to help YOU help your cat. But if there is a choice between sparing your feelings and saving your cat's life, nobody is going to mince their words.

There is no time to be all pink and fluffy when a cat's health, maybe even her life is at stake.

We simply all want you to be aware of the risks and, if push comes to shove, to be prepared to do whatever what is necessary to help your cat.

If you do not appreciate or accept that, it is up to you, but remember that she is your responsibility, and everyone is going out of their way to help you realize and face that responsibility as best you can, because you came here asking for advice.
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Re: help!! i think my 11 month old cat is pregnant!

I think this thread has probably gone as far as it's likely to go.
OP there is some good information here and it is up to you to decide which parts you want to take heed of.
If you intend your cat to go through with this pregnancy (assuming that she is indeed pregnant) then you need to be feeding a good diet, preparing a nest box in a quiet, draught free place where you can have easy access to her in case of difficulties. You need to have your vet's phone number to hand and funds to cover emergencies.
Not all cats make good mothers unfortunately and you need to be prepared to hand feed if necessary. Please don't assume that you have homes for the kittens either - people can (and do) often change their minds.
If she is so precious to you I would urge you to get her spayed as soon as possible after she has had her kittens (I know you don't want to get her spayed before hand and understand why you feel that way) I would also urge you to have your boy neutered before he is capable of siring a litter too.
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