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Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by lisat.x, Apr 24, 2011.


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  1. lisat.x

    lisat.x PetForums Junior

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    hi i would just like to say hello.i have a 11 month old cat whos pregnant and due about may 10th.we tried our best to keep her in the house when she was on heat but she got out!!!there was a cat outside who had been hanging around for the day and as soon as she was out he made a play for her which has left her pregnant.ive worked the dates out and it looks like she is due may 10th.ive put her a nesting box out with a soft towel and newspaper in for her.any other advice would be most appreciated.lisa.x
     
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    How come you didn't neuter her beforehand? :( She could have been done from 6 months old.
     
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    It is a shame she is pregnant so young, will you be getting her spayed when the kittens are old enough? She could have been spayed at 6 months at the latest :)

    Anyway, whats done is done :) Make sure you have some money put aside in case anything goes wrong with the birth, and naturally keep her inside until she is spayed once the kittens are born.

    Make sure you get yourself some accurate kitchen scales as the kittens will need to be weighed every day once they are born to make sure they gain around 10g a day. Some kitten milk replacer is always good to have on hand if a kitten is struggling or not feeding from mum.

    Naturally make sure that no other cats can access the house in that time, or get out :)
     
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    lisat.x PetForums Junior

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    hi thank u for the warm welcome.yes she was due to be done by vets.the vets wanted to be sure on dates of heat so she was inside the house until she was but got out of a window which 1 of my girls had left open as it was a hot day!!!she went thru to neighbour garden and tried calling her back and shaking treats for her but she wouldnt jump back over the fence and the tom got her before we did.and yes she definatly will be in the house until she is ready to be done by the vets.x
     
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    Argh forgot something incredibly important. Kittens need to stay with mum until 12 weeks, and should have 2 vaccinations before they leave to new homes (at 9 weeks and 12 weeks)

    Please do not let them leave before this age. They are very vulnerable and need to learn how to be cats, so 12 weeks is how long they should stay. I would also encourage whoever the kittens go to to get them neutered to avoid them in turn having more kittens.
     
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    lisat.x PetForums Junior

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    hi thanks for the info.is it best to weigh at a certain time of day or just the same time each day?im with the vets on the healthy scheme set up so they on hand all the time so there if needed.x
     
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    The same time each day should be fine.

    What is your cat eating at the moment? She should be on a very high protein diet, the highest meat content you can find. I ave found pet shops pretty limited on this front but zooplus.com and http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-health-nutrition/112132-z-wet-food-cats.html this link will help you to pick a really good food for your cats. If you feed your mum cat alongside the kittens they will eventually start walking in it and licking it off their paws to help with the weaning.
     
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    lisat.x PetForums Junior

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    shes still on whiskas kitten meat and whiskas dry food.she was gonna change onto adult food but i read on a website to feed mum on kitten food anyway then kittens will have it.please correct if wrong.she doesnt eat a major lot of food to be honest she quite a small cat (apart from her bulge belly).x
     
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    Kitten food is a bit of a, hmm, marketing thing :p There is everything you need for a kitten in adult food. You can keep her on kitten food for sure whilst shes preggo, but I personally would go for a higher quality kitten food as whiskas isnt the best nutritionally.
     
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    Just clarifying you don't mean 'outside' out :D You seem to have gotten alot of good advice already :) All I can add is to read up on how to assist in the birth if needed such as opening the sac/cutting the cord/resuscitating the kitten and so on on the off chance you need to. Jot down the number of your nearest vet and emergency vet just incase aswell and if the kittens need topped up or anything they should be fine until you get to the vet and get supplied with what you need and taught how to feed. Hoping for a happy and healthy pregnancy/delivery for kitty and babies! Please do keep us updated :)
     
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    can be done from 3months in some places now :001_smile:

    you say she is quite small? In this case you need to watch her very closey as she may need a c-section, have a good £700 put aside for this, find as as much as you can as it isnt easy, take a good few days off of work befroe she is due & 2 weeks after, id actually say the entire time, but I know that isnt possible for some people.

    DO NOT let her outside now nor until she is spayed after as she can get pregnant right away!
     
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    How many are you expecting? mine had ker kittens a week and a half ago but she needed a c-section for the last kitten as her uterus had stopped contracting, mum and kitten were fine :D

    just a warning because if I hadn't known she was having 5-6 kittens, I maybe wouldn't have thought there was one still in there after she'd had 4 of them :)

    Also, if you have a good vet they may allow you to do a payment plan like mine did (c-section cost £345 and kitten flea spray was another £20, plus the 2 check-ups for mum for stitches), just a warning as it can happen, if i hadn't come on here I wouldn't have been aware of it :)
     
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    It was on the news this morning I think about kittens being spayed from 10weeks :) spose a lot of it depends on whether the vet will do it or not, I personally would get them spayed early before they go to their new homes, as cats protection have a lot of offers on, my mum got hers done at a local vet for £5 a cat (they were a male and female stray she'd taken in and had already paid for a third on full price) so it's very helpful :D
     
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    if you can find a vet willing to do it at 12 weeks neutering before new homes would be possible. My vet personally doesnt do any neutering before 6 months.
     
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    Alot of vets don't. Will help alot when it becomes common practice I think.
     
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    my vet wont do em that early either, I know with males, as long as the 'nuts' are big enough they can do it quite young, but the earliest iv ever found them to do spaying for females is 5 and a half months at a push :)
     
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    hi there

    we are new on here too. our first litter is due any day so hopefully once this has happened we can help u a little more.

    michelle, john and luna
     
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    yes some do it from 6 weeks old, if it stops people letting moggies outside by 'accident' id pay for it myself!! :)

    R.E 'flea spray' there shouldnt be any fleas in the home to start with, so use prevention on your adult cats, that way young kittens wont need chemicals on them :)
     
  19. lisat.x

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    yes her nesting box is in the "house".my cat is on scheme with vets so she has regular flea treatment and regular wormin treatments so she should be free from them!!our vets wont do them especially thet early that why mine hadnt been dun as she had to have a heat cycle 1st thats why she was due to be done.
    thank u for people who have offered a kind welcome and kind advice much appreciated.x
     
  20. catsmum

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    if this vet is in the UK could you name him or her please because i have never heard anything so strange and stupid. a vet saying a young cat has to go through a heat cycle before he or she will spay
     
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