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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 8:13am we broke down last summer, and allowed our daughter to take in one of our neighborhood strays. She is a BEAUTIFUL cat, and we got her her shots and all that, but for some reason I kept putting off having her "fixed". :( So THEN, my brilliant husband tells me to go to his dads and pick out one of the babies from his dads litter (about 3 months after we got our first kitty). He says they are all girls, so no problem. Well, guess what? HE isn't a SHE!!! And somehow I got all his shots, but didn't get HIM fixed either! UGH!!!! How stupid am I?

So now I have a prego cat. I don't know ANYTHING about this. Don't know how long she has been prego. Don't know what to look for to know that she will be in labor. And I don't know anything about delivering kittens or care for them either. ANY advice you can give me would be great....I need to be GREATLY EDUCATED!

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-02-2003 - 9:06am
Hi Okmrsmommy. *WELCOME* to Cats. First off I would get the male neutered ASAP. Once the female has the kittens she can get pregnant again in a matter of DAYS!

The best sign kittening is close is that her nipples will enlarge with milk. She will start looking for a quiet place to have them.

Most of the time they will have the kittens with no problem, but if she seems to be trying to deliver and is hard labor for 20-30 minutes and no kitten, then she needs the help of a vet. After delivery you have to make sure the kittens are kept warm and fed. Most of the time the mama kitty will take care of that, but just watch them to be sure. Sometimes first time mamas are a bit dingy, sometimes they are great mamas.

Good luck and let us know when you have kittens.


Leslie (cl-lcni)


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-02-2003 - 12:53pm
Welcome to the board Okmrsmommy, Leslie gave you some great advice. Cats are pregnant for 60-62 days, so once you see her tummy bulging, you know that she is getting close to haveing them. Watch for signs of nesting, her nipples will start to get bald and she may be more affectionate or more distant.

During the delivery, watch her, but don't get in her way. And then make sure she is feeding them all and taking care of them. If she isn't then you may have to intervene.

Good luck and let us know how it is going!!

Tami Cl-royalkitties

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