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Discussion in 'Pregnant Cats and Kitten Care' started by rcsum, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. rcsum

    rcsum Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    There is a cat that has been hanging around outside my house recently (I think it belonged to a neighbor who moved out suddenly a few weeks ago). She is very sociable and human-friendly so two days ago I decided to take her in and see if I could help. I asked around to see if she belonged to a neighbor but nobody recognized her then I took her to the local Pet Smart to see if she was chipped (sadly no). The nurse that scanned her told me that she is pregnant because she has pink nipples and is not lactating.

    This morning I took her to my local vet to make she sure she is health, get her tested for any communicable diseases and to see how far she was into her pregnancy. The vet told me that she has already had her kittens because he couldn't feel them when he grabbed her stomach. As soon as I got home I tried to get her to go to her kittens but she seems to have no interest in looking for them.

    First: she seemed to be fine with a leash so I tried using the cat harness we have for my other cat, she lead me around but didn't really seem to go anywhere. Next I took her outside and tried following her from afar but she just went around sniffing bushes before coming back to me. I then tried putting her outside and going back inside but she just came back up to my door. Finally I tried putting her outside and getting into my car, she wandered around outside my house but didn't seem to be calling or looking for anything so I took her back in after 15-20 minutes.

    I have called around and various vets and have been told that stomach palpitations are not a very accurate method of detecting a pregnancy in cats but that they couldn't be certain that she was still pregnant without seeing her (and wouldn't be able to see her today.) The only place that is able to see her and is equipped with ultrasound/x-ray is an emergency room but they quoted me $300 minimum...

    I am very worried because if she has already had her kittens then they have gone almost 48 hours without their mother and will have gone even longer if I wait until tomorrow. I have tried looking for them but I haven't heard anything that sounds like kitten calls... Is there another method I can try to see if she is still pregnant or not? Any advice in general would be helpful.
     
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  2. catsknowme

    catsknowme TCS Member Top Cat

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    :welcomesign: Welcome to TCS and thank you for rescuing that kitty!!
    If she is nursing, her bags will be prominent and full of milk by now...it will be obvious. In fact, she will be seeking out kittens to nurse them and get relief.
     
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  3. rcsum

    rcsum Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Oh good, her nipples don't seem to have bags around them and when I tried (as awkward as it was) squeezing her nipples a little bit nothing came out. She just wants to snuggle, play and eat (a lot.) I have never had a pet that I didn't get spayed/neutered, I will schedule her for a visit to a vet that can do an ultrasound and get some general information about prenatal care.

    In the meantime, I am feeding her wet cat food for mothers and baby cats but she wants to eat more than my Maine Coon (who is more than twice her size.) Should I be worried about overfeeding her or, outside of normal meal times, let her eat when she is hungry? Also (this is probably a question I should save for the vet), after she gives birth should I wait until she is done nursing to get her spayed or can I do that safely without disrupting her lactation?

    I'm not much of a photographer but here she is in all her glory:[​IMG]
     
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    catsknowme TCS Member Top Cat

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    :eek3: All her glory is right!!! Her belly doesn't look too big, though - I am very much interested in her vet reports. :agree:
    Your feeding regimen sounds excellent. If she isn't vomiting nor having diarrhea, I would allow her to free feed. Canned food should help, too. You can also offer her some KMR, either powdered sprinkled onto her food or mixed up as formula. I am VERY glad that she is in your tender care instead of fending for herself.
    Thank you for the photo - here at TCS we love pictures. I'd love to see one of your MC as well - I am a huge MC fan!:camera:
     
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  5. rcsum

    rcsum Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I will see if he is feeling a bit more photogenic in the morning. He is currently taking his turn locked in a room where she was all day and he doesn't seem to be happy about the situation at all.
     
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    catsknowme TCS Member Top Cat

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    Maine Coons, in my experience, are extremely independent and crave their freedom. My MC will go to great lengths to escape an enclosed room - he once forced his way through an extra-sturdy window screen and bailed out from a 2nd story window to go visit the plumber; he stowed away in the plumber's van, calmly appearing on the front passenger seat when the plumber was in the next town 15 miles away! My almost-15yo MC even loves kids & recently was a wonderful comfort to a little girl when she and her mom were staying with us as a safe haven from domestic violence. 20181024_155121.jpg
     
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  7. Sarthur2

    Sarthur2 Cat lady extraordinaire Staff Member Advisor

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    The cat definitely looks pregnant. Thank you for giving her a home! :)
     
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