- Oct 23, 2000
- On TCS
The Short Version -
1. Play nice and follow forum rules.
2. We are a pro-spay/neuter community.
3. Don't be judgmental. We're here to help, not to preach.
4. One thread per cat.
5. No hijacking of threads allowed.
6. See a problem? Use the littler flag
Not sure about these rules? Read on...
Caring for a pregnant cat or newborn kittens?
Because of our strong commitment to responsible cat care and treatment, we are a pro-spay/neuter community. Unless you are an experienced, responsible, ethical breeder of pedigreed cats, we do not advocate breeding.
If you find yourself caring for a pregnant cat, please know that the option of spaying while still early in the term is available to you. Many people might be uncomfortable with this, however, cats do not share our human values when it comes to these things. Abortion is not against their personal belief systems as it may be to some of us.Please consider consulting with your vet to see if he/she will spay in the early term of the pregnancy.
And here's a note from me explaining why it's hard for members here to congratulate you on the birth of kittens.
Please start ONE thread about your cat.
If you have followup questions, please post in that thread. Do not start multiple threads. It is much easier to give advice to you if all of the information about your cat is in one place. You are also more likely to get advice if our members and Advisors don't have to search multiple threads to get information on your cat. Also, please do not hijack the threads of other members.
Replying to Questions by those Caring for Pregnant Cats or Kittens?
The focus of this forum is to assist those who may find themselves having to care for a pregnant cat or to hand-raise kittens NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE UNDER WHICH THE CAT CAME TO BE PREGNANT.
The rule is that NO ONE should be judgmental of anyone posting a request for assistance - please do not automatically cite all the good reasons why a cat should be spayed or neutered. This only serves to alienate those who might otherwise be helped here and perhaps forever turn them off from seeking our help. Also, it's generally kinder to ask a few questions instead of jumping to negative conclusions and lecturing newcomers about things that might or might not be relevant to their situation.
The focus of this Forum is to assist those who, for WHATEVER reason, may find themselves the primary caregiver to a pregnant cat or orphaned kittens. It is NOT to focus of this Forum to judge anyone requesting assistance. In order to reach as many people as we can with the message of responsible cat care, we must always always always remember to treat everyone here with kindness, consideration and respect. We want to make this a safe, comfortable place for everyone, regardless of their circumstances, to ask questions and seek assistance. As with any other forum here on TCS, namecalling will not be tolerated. Specifically in this forum, accusing someone of being a backyard breeder will be considered namecalling.
If you are unfamiliar with the basic TCS Forum Rules and Guidelines, please check them out here:
As with any other forum here, if you see a post which does not follow our rules and guidelines, please use the "Report Post" feature (the little red flag in the left-hand corner of every post) to alert the Moderation staff of a problem. Do not reply to the post in question yourself - submit your report and move on. More on how we deal with reports and disciplinary issues.