Yes this can be done if early enough. We took in a young female possibly pregnant and the vets couldn't be certain if she was or wasn't but were happy to go through which spaying which we did, I do remember they said there was a higher risk due to the increased blood flow, but given if she was pregnant the likely father was her brother it was recommended. I assume at a more advanced stage it might not be possible though. Hopefully someone who knows for definite how many weeks it can be done until can help further.
I think it would depend on how far gone she is and how it would affect her physically. Plus I imagine some vets wouldn't want to do a cat abortion.
If she can't have it done your not going to drown them are you? Because you could start ringing around rescue centres now and getting on a waiting list to have the kittens re-homed plus reduce centres usually neuter to stop more unwanted kittens.
Also don't advertise kittens in free papers or the Internet as people who are involved in dog fighting send women with kids to get them and they get used as live bait and are torn to shreds by pitbulls.
I really think you need to contact the cats protection league or a no kill rescue so you've covered all possible outcomes.
Thanks both for replying, the title wasn't right for some reason - posted it on my iPhone on the new app...
OMG would I hell drown them!!! I wouldn't even kill a spider. We've rang the vets, she's going in tomorrow - if she is pregnant and vet is ok with it then unfortunately foetuses will be aborted, I have 2 dogs, 2 cats and 3 kids - unfortunately looking after a litter of kittens would be too much as would stress of rehoming them as I'd worry about getting good homes BUT if she is too far gone then of course I'd be in my element and a litter of kittens here we come . I've also rang Cats Protection who told me if she does have a litter then to call them and they'd try their best to rehome. Luckily DH and I are huge animal lovers so this little stray came to the right door...
I'll let you know tomorrow. Shes going in at 9.30am.
Stupefy yes she's definitely a stray - I believe she's been hanging around the village for a few months being fed from different houses. We put up notices in our village and also two Neighbouring villages.
I've worked in a vets and they will spay a pregnant cat. It only happened a couple of times in the 6 years I worked there but one of the cats was pretty far on. I don't think there is a 'limit' to when you can spay a pregnant cat, although it may be down the the vet.
I also got a stray cat who was very young, and having tried to find where she came from, to find her a new home, we ended up keeping her. She went to the vets to be spayed, and the phoned me mid through to say she had 9 kittens, what did i want to do, i felt awful, they told me she was so young with so many kitten their recommendation was to abort which i did. It cost a considerable amount more, not that really mattered but she is the only cat i have had that pined, sat in a corner for a week which i assume was for her babies. I felt dreadful. Just bear in mind she may well "pine" for her babies and not like you very much, but they soon get over it. Good Luck
Claire she's getting it done now. I know we're not being cruel as we've given the poor thing a good kind home, getting her Spayed whereas if we hadn't she'd have been homeless with a litter of kittens to look after then they're would have been more strays on the streets. It's an irresponsible pet owner in my opinion who doesn't spay their cat.
Thanks everyone . She's such a gentle soul - not used to sitting on anyone's knee etc so not particularly loving but hopefully with time she'll be more human friendly..! I'll let you know how she is later
my sisters cat fell pg 2/3 years ago and the vet was adament about an abortion my sister said no she's 'of age' <over 2> we'll keep them. vet was actually angry at my sister them prescribed worming tablets that could cause a miscarriage in the cat. good job my sis read the box instead of just going ahead! that vet was bloody evil. glad your kitty is getting dealt with in the way thats best for all of you our cat was done at 6 months thank god cos she's a tramp as there are quite a few toms around our area
Claire she seems to be hiding around the house a lot. . Our other cat (female) didn't do this after being spayed. I hope she's ok. It's probably a surge of hormones - after all she was pregnant only 24 hours ago. I feel quite sad for her - I know I've done the right thing as she is only very young according to the Vet. Too young to be having kittens.