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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by mandarin0range, Jul 10, 2017.


  1. mandarin0range

    mandarin0range PetForums Newbie

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    Hi I'm in need of help and advice please. I have two cats, Lyla my younger girl is pregnant and due in 2 weeks but I'm also going on holiday in 4 weeks. My friend is going to look in on her a few times a day and stay for a while but I'm really really gutted I cant be there. I can't cancel my holiday and I can't take her anywhere. The kittens will be so young when I leave. Can anyone give me any advice as I really don't know what else I can do. Will Lyla be ok do you think? thanks in advance X
     
  2. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    No she and the kittens will not be okay left alone. Since you are the one who let your cat get pregnant instead of spaying her, she and the kittens are your responsibility and you need to cancel your plans and stay with them.
     
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    I'm sorry but I have to agree with @lorilu
    Your cat is your responsibility and you need to stop her having more kittens.
     
  4. SusieRainbow

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    Agreed, she cannot be left with someone popping in.
     
  5. QOTN

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    What a responsibility for the person who is 'looking in' on her. I hope they are experienced in rearing kittens and can recognise the first signs of trouble. I would not want all that work of litter trays, multiple feeds and socialising of a cat and kittens who were not mine. If something goes wrong the part time carer would feel terrible. The first three weeks can often be absolutely stress free but sometimes they are definitely not.
     
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    I have to agree with the others. Young kittens and new mothers can go downhill very quickly if something goes wrong. I could not in all good conscience place that responsibility on a friend if it were me. It is your responsibility as you have allowed her to get into that situation, holiday or no holiday.
     
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    No, they will not get by with just someone 'looking in' several times a day. You need to have someone there 24/7 in case one of the kittens or the mum were suddenly to become ill and need the vet. Kittens can go downhill rapidly and die if they become unwell at that age.

    I would get someone reliable and experienced with cats and kittens to live in your house while you are away. If you don't have a friend to ask, then ask at all the local vets whether one of the vet nurses would live in for the duration of your absence. It will cost you only about £15 a day. Worth every penny.

    Alternatively if you can't cancel the holiday then give it away as a present to a friend or family member, or donate it as a prize in a raffle in aid of a local cat charity. Check that your name can be replaced on the documents with the new person's name.

    You can go on holiday any time, but at this point in your life your cat needs you with her. Please be kind and unselfish and put her needs first. :)
     
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    Oh what horrible timing! But as you asked for advise not criticism.. here goes.. I'm sure you haven't chosen lightly the person whom is going to be caring for your little family and that said person is responsible and does not mind the cleaning of litter trays and all the feeds.. My advice would be to make sure they have the vets phone number and if possible meet up with them.. your mammy cat will do all the work... she will be fine
     
  9. QOTN

    QOTN PetForums VIP

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    How do you know this?
     
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    If you cannot get someone experienced to live in with her and kittens then I strongly advise turning her over to someone who can care for her and her kittens 24/7 as they need, particularly if your trip is absolutely impossible to cancel. Their lives and well-being are more important than any trip and are your responsibility. Do the right thing for them, regardless of your personal feelings.
     
  11. Franlow

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    BOTH POSTERS THIS & OP FEMALE 39 JOINED TODAY.......
    What you really mean is, Won't cancel your holiday because you will lose money, no such thing as can't. It would have cost very little to get your cat spayed, but, as I am pretty sure you two are one & the same person, what is the point of the question, the reply is just so somebody agrees with you?
    Absolutely pointless. Try listening to what the experts are telling you. If you can't be bothered to look after an animal that YOU allowed to get pregnant, you should not have cats. Take her to a rehoming centre.,
     
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    There is no evidence to suggest these posters are the same person.
     
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  13. Shrike

    Shrike Brooke's faithful manservant

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    I recall a similar thread on Digital Spy once - the OP was roundly criticised for allowing their cat to become pregnant, but it turned out the cat was an already pregnant stray they had taken on. We don't know the circumstances and it appears the OP in this case has been scared off so I expect we never will.
     
  14. Brambles the cat

    Brambles the cat PetForums Senior

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    Your mammy cat will be fine .thats not the most clever thing to tell someone do you not realise things can go wrong .?
     
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    Brambles the cat PetForums Senior

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    Unbelievable answer. your mammy cat will be fine do you not realise things can go wrong ?
     
  16. QOTN

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    Perhaps @Kimbo3108 has second sight. Or a time machine. Or the capacity for divine intervention.

    If it is the last reason I just wish they had been there when I was having trouble with queens and kittens and I always considered I had been luckier than most in my 20 years' breeding.

    Sadly my previous question received no answer.
     
  17. Kimbo3108

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    Haha I wish I had the power of Devine intervention.. or time machine life would be so easy!! But guessing by comments on here and may I say not nice as they don't know the persons circumstances.. they all have said time machines that say this will all end badly if she leaves her cat for more than one minute !!! And yes I'll confirm I'm not that person,, I'm just a person that happened upon this chat and find most people on here a bully
     
  18. QOTN

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    Nobody said it will end badly only that it could and we love cats so would not recommend anybody takes that risk. As I said before, I would not take responsibility in those circumstances and I was breeding for 20 years.
     
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    You Mum and her babies, assuming all goes well with birth, really need someone living in with them the whole time you are away. All sorts of things can go wrong. One person popping in is just not enough.

    Could you get a live in full time cat sitter?

    Would your vets be able to board them while you are away (at cost).

    Do you have a rescue near you that you could ask to foster and pay costs?

    Other than doing the above I suggest re arranging your holiday or handing Mum and babies over to a rescue if you can't look after them.
     
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    I don't see any bullying, just honest and good advice. No your girl and kittens will need more care than someone popping in. It would be better if your friend has a spare room where she can house mum and kittens whilst you are away so she can take constant care of them. If not, I must agree with other comments that your cat would be better off in a rescue.
    I do hope your other cat is spayed.
     
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