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7 month old cat pregnant - any success stories?

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silvercuckoo Thu 18-Oct-18 16:50:14

Hello all,

A shocking discovery at the vets today - my 7 month old cat is (accidentally) pregnant, and is approximately halfway / two-thirds through. Are there any success stories of a cat safely delivering at this age? The vet says she will likely be fine as she is almost fully grown now and in the worst case they will do a c-section, but I am still quite nervous.

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IsTheRainEverComingBack Thu 18-Oct-18 16:51:56

Why is it shocking? Surely you knew you’d let her out unspayed?

IHaveBrilloHair Thu 18-Oct-18 16:55:25

My cat was young when she had kittens but not that young, around 18 months.
She's a small, sleek cat though and she had four with no bother at all.
That's a few years ago now, all kittens grew up, one got hit by a train and didn't make it but other three alive and well, I kept two.

IHaveBrilloHair Thu 18-Oct-18 16:56:20

She escaped btw, wasn't out intentionally and is spayed now.

gamerchick Thu 18-Oct-18 16:57:07

Is it too late to get her neutered now?

Pebblespony Thu 18-Oct-18 16:58:17

You have to wait till the kittens arrive to spay.

habibihabibi Thu 18-Oct-18 16:59:15

The vet can spay and abort in one op if you don't want kittens.

dementedpixie Thu 18-Oct-18 16:59:24

That's why spaying/ neutering is recommended at 4 months and why they shouldn't be outside before it's been done

gamerchick Thu 18-Oct-18 16:59:27

Not necessarily, terminate the pregnancy and neuter. No pregnancy, no kittens.

paap1975 Thu 18-Oct-18 17:01:30

Wow, that's young, but that's why you are advised to get them neutered young. If she is still a bit scrawny as young cats tend to be, keep her on kitten food until she has finished weaning her kittens. It takes a lot out of them.

Ohyesiam Thu 18-Oct-18 17:01:58

My cat had a single kitten at about 9 months when I was a child. No issues, she was a Good mum.

silvercuckoo Thu 18-Oct-18 17:10:10

Reason she's not neutered is that I was advised to wait with spaying until 8 months by the breeder, she's a large breed, and the vet agreed with the plan. She was supposed to be a strictly indoor cat (and it is even in the contract with the breeder), but it turned out my cleaner "took pity" and let her out regularly when cleaning. A miracle is actually that she did not get under a car, as we live on a busy road.

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silvercuckoo Thu 18-Oct-18 17:14:42

The vet can spay and abort in one op if you don't want kittens.
Even at this advanced term?

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Fluffycloudland77 Thu 18-Oct-18 17:24:30

It’s worth asking. I would sack the cleaner.

MotherOfDragons27 Thu 18-Oct-18 17:34:45

Sack the cleaner and get her to pay the vet bills!

NC4Now Thu 18-Oct-18 17:38:26

I’d be furious with the cleaner. How irresponsible. I don’t know about this situation but if she’s a large breed, hopefully she’s quite strong. What breed is she?

silvercuckoo Thu 18-Oct-18 17:47:35

Cleaner already sacked. She did not even understand what the issue is, and suggested that her boyfriend simply comes around and drowns the kittens when they are born, as they do back home. Ridiculous thing is that I stated in the contract with her agency under "special requests" that the dog and the cat are to be locked in the utility room when she is cleaning - but I guess there's a snowball in hell chance of actually recovering the costs from anyone, and cat c-sections seems to be priced at the same level as human c-sections smile
She is a Maine coon, and already quite big - definitely bigger than neighbour's Siamese cats.

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Icklepup Thu 18-Oct-18 17:52:13

What a stupid cleaner!
I think she'll be fine.

thecatneuterer Thu 18-Oct-18 17:54:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Cachailleacha Thu 18-Oct-18 17:55:17

My cat would have had kittens at 7 or 8 months (got her post kittens). She was fine but two of four kittens were stillborn. She is still a very small cat, 2.5kg, at one year.

Is a 7 month old Maine Coon really fully grown? I thought they matured later than other cats?

silvercuckoo Thu 18-Oct-18 18:06:08

It's better than the alternative, which is putting a strain on the body of a very young cat and bringing yet more kittens into a world where there already aren't enough homes to go
Of course, that's the first thing I will do tomorrow - call around and find the clinic who does it. It just was not mentioned as option at all at the appointment, only the increased chance of emergency c-section and that she might be not maternal at this age at all, so the kittens will have to be manually fed with cat formula every 3 or so hours.

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Fluffycloudland77 Thu 18-Oct-18 18:44:12

Fuck me she's a peach isn't she?.

thecatneuterer Thu 18-Oct-18 19:05:32

You mean the cleaner Fluffy? Yes indeed. Unfortunately killing kittens at birth is what seems to be the norm in an awful lot of countries. Some Romanian people literally cried with happiness when I got their cat neutered as they had been killing their cat's kittens with a hammer for years and honestly didn't know there was any alternative. They were from rural Romania and spoke no English. I was taken to them by some other Romanians who I'd been working with and their gratitude at no longer having to do it was overwhelming.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 18-Oct-18 19:12:14

That'll be why my vets does neutering in Romania then. I wondered why they chose Romania.

Let's hope word gets out.

AllAtHome Thu 18-Oct-18 19:13:18

shock sad sad sad

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