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How Soon Can a Cat Go Into Heat After Kittens Are Born?

By April 26, 2013

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Adrienne has a cat who gave birth five months ago. She kept one of the male kittens, and has heard that the cat won't have a heat cycle as long as she still has a kitten.

photo of mother cat with kittens
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Adrienne wonders if what she heard is true, and if not, could the kitten impregnate his mother? It was apparent to me that this was a disaster just waiting to happen, so I cleared up those questions as well as other misconceptions about pregnancy, heat cycles, and the need to spay and neuter all pet cats. Please read my reply for the full story.

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April 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm
(1) E says:

Franny, I’m so glad you answered this question. I always thought my family was pretty responsible about spaying and neutering, but I was just reading a diary my mother kept in 1979, and discovered my beautiful Aja had kittens in March and then again in JULY! Poor little thing.

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