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Old 21-04-2013, 11:43
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Hi there, my cat has gave birth to kittens this morning. What do I do now? I'm supposed to be at work in less than an hour but I don't know if I should leave her alone or stay in the house with her? She's currently feeding the kittens and purring.
I have a male cat (not the dad!), should I keep him away from her also?
Quite urgent, I'm panicking a bit!!
Thanks.
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Old 21-04-2013, 11:47
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I'd keep the tom away from them for sure. The mum has enough to do nursing them without fending him off.

If I was in this situation I'd either get someone to stay at home with them or throw a sickie
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Old 21-04-2013, 11:47
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Perhaps you should have been a more responsible pet owner and had her spayed when she was younger, then you wouldn't have had this problem.
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Old 21-04-2013, 11:51
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Wherever she and the kittens are now, shut them off from the rest of the household. She needs rest and quiet.

Put a litter tray in there, and some food and water, and mum will get on and do what she needs to do.

Please get her spayed once the kittens have left her.
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Old 21-04-2013, 11:51
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Don't let her out and make sure she is neutered. Having kittens is destructive to the poor cat. Make sure the kittens also get neutered when they are old enough.

Don't let the tom near her. She might kill the babies.

She is happy enough with her babies. Don't touch them or she might kill them.

Call in a vet to check the cat and the kittens. Some nasty things can happen after the birth.
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Old 21-04-2013, 11:53
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Lily_M - having the kittens isn't a problem, we are quite happy to have more cats in the house. I've just never been in this situation before.

Thanks very much to everyone for your advice. It's much appreciated.
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Old 21-04-2013, 11:59
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Lily_M - having the kittens isn't a problem, we are quite happy to have more cats in the house. I've just never been in this situation before.

Thanks very much to everyone for your advice. It's much appreciated.
What you write is worrying. Cats breed in no time. 3-6 months and a kitten can get up the duff. One mother can have 24 kittens a year. They might have kittens and before you know, it the mother will be a grandmother to 500 kittens in two years.

There won't be enough homes.
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Old 21-04-2013, 12:10
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Lily_M - having the kittens isn't a problem, we are quite happy to have more cats in the house. I've just never been in this situation before.

Thanks very much to everyone for your advice. It's much appreciated.
I'm afraid that allowing your cats to have kittens is very much a problem and rather irresponsible. If you want more cats there are lots and lots of cats and kittens in rescues shelters, many who will never be given a home and many who will be put to sleep because there are no homes for them.

Unneutered cats are prone to many health problems. Please get your cats neutered. It's a requisite for basic responsible cat ownership.
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Old 21-04-2013, 12:12
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But in the meantime there is a newborn litter and nursing queen to be looked after ...
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Old 21-04-2013, 12:20
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But in the meantime there is a newborn litter and nursing queen to be looked after ...
Yes indeed - but she can make arrangements to get her cats neutered when they are ready.

If I was in a situation where I knew my cat was pregnant (which presumably the OP did) then I would certainly have read up on and made adequate preparations for the arrival of the kittens and the subsequent care of both the kittens and their mother.

I would have thought it's just common sense
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Old 21-04-2013, 12:50
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well congrate's on the kittens. I don't think you are irrsponsible or anything. but I think you should call up sick to your work and stay with her for at least a day or two. keep an eye on her and see that all the kittens get there fair share of milk if one is being left out a bit or is thiner than the rest give him/her a bit of milk by hand. use kitten replacer not cows milk. good luck and I hope you enjoy having them
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Old 21-04-2013, 12:57
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So do you plan to keep all the kittens? If so, are you going to start neutering all your cats before they mate? Or are you happy to slowly kill the female cats whilst they keep having more and more slowly deforming kittens?
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Old 21-04-2013, 14:42
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Hi. It was my daughter who posted this thread earlier as I was busy sorting our male cat etc

For the people who have given good advice I very much appreciate that. Thank you.

However, to the self righteous posters who decided to judge us without knowing our circumstances nor gave us any advice, please get off your high horses.

I should not have to justify myself but I'm so hacked off with you few posters that I will.
I have had this cat for a day and a half!!!!! It hung around my garden and would cry to come in when my Tom cat (neutered) was coming in.
I thought the stray cat looked pregnant when she came to my door on Saturday morning so I brought her in to my house, i phoned my vet and he said to bring her to see him on Monday at 10am and he would check her over and let me know what to do.

But as you can see, she didn't make it to the appointment hence why I'm unprepared!!!!!!!!!!!

If I don't find the owner of the queen and i have to keep her then she shall be neutered. As shall the kittens if I keep them also.

Thank you again to the genuine helpful posters.
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Old 21-04-2013, 14:48
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Don't worry they're just jealous of your kittens. I know I am.

I hope mum and kittens are doing good.
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Old 21-04-2013, 14:52
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Pics of the kittens!!!
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Old 21-04-2013, 14:54
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Hi. It was my daughter who posted this thread earlier as I was busy sorting our male cat etc

For the people who have given good advice I very much appreciate that. Thank you.

However, to the self righteous posters who decided to judge us without knowing our circumstances nor gave us any advice, please get off your high horses.

I should not have to justify myself but I'm so hacked off with you few posters that I will.
I have had this cat for a day and a half!!!!! It hung around my garden and would cry to come in when my Tom cat (neutered) was coming in.
I thought the stray cat looked pregnant when she came to my door on Saturday morning so I brought her in to my house, i phoned my vet and he said to bring her to see him on Monday at 10am and he would check her over and let me know what to do.

But as you can see, she didn't make it to the appointment hence why I'm unprepared!!!!!!!!!!!

If I don't find the owner of the queen and i have to keep her then she shall be neutered. As shall the kittens if I keep them also.

Thank you again to the genuine helpful posters.
I hope they are doing well and what a lovely gesture to be looking after them.
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Old 21-04-2013, 14:55
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Good on you for taking her in. If her previous owners weren't bothered enough to get her spayed, it's not your fault. Just make sure not to handle any of the kittens, otherwise mum will not be happy.

Best of luck with them, and well done on giving her a warm place to have them, instead of probably being stuck out in the cold.
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Old 21-04-2013, 15:16
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Pics of the kittens!!!
x 2!!
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Old 21-04-2013, 16:01
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Hi. It was my daughter who posted this thread earlier as I was busy sorting our male cat etc

For the people who have given good advice I very much appreciate that. Thank you.

However, to the self righteous posters who decided to judge us without knowing our circumstances nor gave us any advice, please get off your high horses.

I should not have to justify myself but I'm so hacked off with you few posters that I will.
I have had this cat for a day and a half!!!!! It hung around my garden and would cry to come in when my Tom cat (neutered) was coming in.
I thought the stray cat looked pregnant when she came to my door on Saturday morning so I brought her in to my house, i phoned my vet and he said to bring her to see him on Monday at 10am and he would check her over and let me know what to do.

But as you can see, she didn't make it to the appointment hence why I'm unprepared!!!!!!!!!!!

If I don't find the owner of the queen and i have to keep her then she shall be neutered. As shall the kittens if I keep them also.

Thank you again to the genuine helpful posters.
We can only judge on the information that's proffered. The OP gave the impression that it was a family cat and that having kittens was not a problem - I'm sure if you read back through the posts in question, objectively, you will see why they elicited such responses.

I am pleased that you have set the record straight. Was it you or your daughter who was due in work today? It's always a bit confusing when someone posts with someone else's user name.

I hope the cat and kittens do well and good on you for looking after them. Let's hope they all get good homes eventually.

And, yes, it would be nice to see pictures, perhaps when they're a bit bigger.
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Old 21-04-2013, 20:41
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MarellaK - all the OP said was "I need help with newborn kittens". It DIDN'T say "please everyone judge me and talk to me like I'm a piece of crap whose only aim in life is to kill cats"!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry for being harsh but things were chaotic this morning when I found a cat whom I didn't know had given birth in my home!!!!
My main priority was the queen and her newborns - NOT telling my daughter to explain ourselves while desperately needing advice!

Thank you

And to the lovely people who have asked - ill upload pics tomoro. They're very beautiful. Xx
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Old 21-04-2013, 21:02
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Don't forget to have her scanned for a chip and check missing pet databases then.
Many lost pets never find their was home because the finders keep them

Hope all is well with kittens, cats are usually pretty good IME, but make sure she's on good quality food and keep an eye on her milk.
I knew of a rescue cats who lost half her litter because she stopped producing milk and nobody noticed as the kittens were still trying to suckle.

All the best x
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Old 21-04-2013, 22:06
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Old 21-04-2013, 22:29
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What a caring gesture to take in a pregnant cat, without you, the poor thing would have had to have them in the cold somewhere, so good on you OP.
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Old 21-04-2013, 22:37
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Thank you Muse, I'll be checking for a microchip when I get them all to the vet.
I already have a cat of my own - plus a toddler - so if the new mum has an owner I'll definitely reunite them!

Thank you all for your genuine responses.
Photos coming sooooon! x
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Old 21-04-2013, 22:42
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Kayok, SilverCrown, Yeah Jackie, husted - thank you for your kind words. X
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