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Is my cat pregnant? Help!

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by CandyHasCakes, Jul 12, 2018.


  1. CandyHasCakes

    CandyHasCakes PetForums Newbie

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    So, my cat is 8-9months old and still hasn't had her first heat! I know cats can get them as late as 10 months, but her belly hangs down weirdly and keeps slowly expanding, and her appetite is huge. Her nipples aren't pinking or getting swollen though. Our male is also neutered but he got neutered only a month and a half ago, but is that too long ago for him to be the father? Is she just chubby and late for her heat or is she pregnant? Please help!
     
  2. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave PetForums VIP

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    Get the vet to tell you, and if she is ask if they are willing to neuter her ASAP. Male cats remain fertile for some time - up to 8 weeks - after castration, just as human males do after vasectomy.

    I'm not sure why your female wasn't neutered several months ago. Cats to not 'need to come into heat' or 'need to have a litter' before being spayed, and it gives them protection against breast cancer and pyometra. Each call slightly increases the risk of breast cancer, and each call has a risk of pyometra. These risks are small but real.
     
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    Northpup PetForums Senior

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    No one can tell for definite offline.
    Take her to the vet for a scan to confirm and if she is have her spayed if it’s in the time limit.
    Is there an injection like a Mismate jab for cats?
     
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    QOTN PetForums VIP

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    If you have an entire male it is likely your girl is pregnant because she has had no need to call with a male on the premises to oblige as necessary. Do get her spayed as soon as possible. She is too young to have kittens.
     
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    CandyHasCakes PetForums Newbie

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    Crap!! I didnt know the thing about the males! Ill try & get her spayed or at least try to surgically remove the kittens if they're too far along already. We were going to spay her after we neutered the male, but we miscalculated how much money we had & never got the chance to earlier on. Thank you btw!!
     
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    OrientalSlave PetForums VIP

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    To late for you, but for anyone else who comes along, if money is an issue ALWAYS spay the female first. Kittening is a lot more expensive than spaying, by the time the kittens are ready to leave. Fingers crossed she's not pregnant but I get a sinking feeling. :(
     
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    Bertie'sMum PetForums VIP

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    again if money is an issue and you are in the UK, it's woth while getting in touch with the Cats Protection League as they have a neutering scheme whereby you can get a voucher for part or all of the cost of neutering males and females.

    https://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering
     
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    OrientalSlave PetForums VIP

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    "Our recommended neutering age for your pet cat is four months."

    https://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering/financial-assistance

    "If you need financial assistance for neutering your cat, Cats Protection may be able to help through our means-tested neutering scheme."
     
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    Bertie'sMum PetForums VIP

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    yes, that is the "recommended" age (as in line with most veterinary practices) but they have no hard and fast policy on neutering either younger or older than that. The rehoming centre where I volunteer regularly arranges neutering for older cats. All cats (except for kittens under 3 months) are neutered and vaccinated before they leave CP - on average it costs CP £350 to board, neuter (if necessary) and vaccinate each cat in their care before they are adopted, but they only charge prospective adopters £75 per cat.

    and, yes, they do ask questions regarding income - they are a charity after all and couldn't possibly pay 100% of neutering costs for everyone applying for vouchers - it would become a free for all and there are those who could probably afford to pay who would take advantage of the scheme !
     
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    moggie14 PetForums VIP

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    A lesson learned. Always be financially able to cover all costs of a kitten including any unexpected vets bills before you get them.
     
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