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You love her though, and you're also wondering if she should become pregnant at her age. What exactly would happen, should she someday slip out the door and encounter a frisky male cat with only one thing on his mind?
Female cats that are not spayed will eventually come into heat (technically called oestrus), and the signs are unambiguous, once you know what to look for. A kitten can have her first heat as early as 4 1/2 months, so don't fall for that old "wait until six months to spay" advice. And remember, that once a female cat has her first heat, it will happen again and again, until she either mates or is spayed. Here are some behavioral symptoms to watch for if you suspect your cat is in heat. For a vivid video description of a young cat in heat, also watch this YouTube video.
Cats in heat will go to any length to find male cats to mate with, and male cats have sometimes been known to tear down screens to get to a female in heat. If your cat was in heat and had access to a tom (un-neutered male) cat, the likelihood that she is pregnant is very strong.
A pregnant queen will show both physical and personality changes which will first become more evident around three weeks after mating.
Yes, pregnant cats can be spayed, but the earlier in the pregnancy, the better. However, this is a decision you'll need to discuss with your family and your veterinarian. . .read more.
The entire development of the embryo is a fascinating study with scientific names for each stage, but for brevity and better understanding, we'll concentrate here on the basics. Note: the process of development is more important to understand, rather than the names given along the way.
You'll also learn in this lesson the basics of care for the pregnant female cat (queen), which will be covered more fully in Lesson 6.
In general, any unusual symptoms during gestation should be followed through with a call or visit to your veterinarian. This is an important part of the care of a pregnant cat.
Although many pregnant cats go through gestation trouble-free, there are potential problems that can occur. Being forewarned is being forearmed.
Chances are that you will not need to do anything to help with the birth process except to be with your cat to encourage her - sort of a "cat doula." You may even wake one morning to discover that your pregnant cat has given birth during the night, and is comfortably nursing her kittens. However, you should know how to spot potential problems and what action to take, should she need assistance with the birth process.
One of the common excuses for allowing a pet cat to give birth is "I want my children to experience the miracle of birth." If you are tempted to subscribe to this notion, spay your cat and have your children watch this video first. It might be best to preview it first, though and protect impressionable children from the final scene.The ending is heartbreaking, however, as the sympathetic producer of this video explains, it is about life and death.
Irresponsible people who allow their cats to breed indiscriminately are not only contributing to the overwhelming cat overpopulation problem, they are often without resources if a cat or its kitten run into problems during birth.
The first two to three weeks are the most crucial for your mother cat and her newborn kittens. The kittens should be developing rapidly, and the queen will usually show symptoms of any post-partum problems by this time.
Keep the queen and her babies in a quiet part of the house; a separate room is ideal, and make sure the room is warm enough. Chilling is one of the most critical dangers to newborn kittens. Let the mother cat set the pace for your attentions. If she is a longtime companion and resident, she may welcome your visits.
Sending kittens away to a new "forever home" can be either a joyous or worrisome occasion, depending on how you handle the preparations. You have invested almost two months or more of work, worry, and probably expense, in caring for the mother cat and then the kittens. Their futures will depend on your investing a bit more time to ensure that the new homes they are going to are truly good homes.
The only thing left to do now is to have the mother cat spayed, if this has not already been done. You've been responsible for her care during her pregnancy, and I'm sure you will agree that this is the responsible thing to do.