Well, Cali is home and we think she might be pregnant. We think there is a 75% chance she is. I read online that you can not tell that they are pregnant until a few weeks into the pregnancy. And that the girl is more loving and more quieter. And Cali is defenitally more quieter and loving. She used to hardly ever bother with us. And she has been very loving to us and she sleeps all the time. More than usual. Is there any other physical way to tell that she is pregnant this early? She got out March 30th-April 12th. So she got pregnant somewhere in between there. If that helps. Thanks!
Get her spayed right away. It is hard to tell early on, but the earlier you spay her in pregnancy the better. Are her nipples swollen? Darker in color? You already noticed she is more affectionate. Those are one of the first signs but I wouldn't wait and see.
I know we have to get her spayed and I know that there are millions of cats without homes. This was not planned and was not wanted but it did. And it has been already 2 weeks she might be pregnant, is that too late? We don't exactly have the money right now to get her spayed right away.
I am a responsible owner. But not a rich one. And I know its not that expensive but we still don't have the money. And I not the adult so I don't make these decisions. And she might not even be pregnant.
Shelties, vets can spay pregnant cats right up until labor begins, its up to you and how comfortable you are aborting potentially viable kittens. In the long run it is cheaper to be responsible now and spay her than be responsible later and feed, deworm, vaccinate, and spay/neuter a litter of kittens before finding them good homes - or for that matter keeping a number of the kittens. I'm not sure how you figures the chances are 75% that she is pregnant, but those are still high odds that she is. I'd place them higher - an unspayed female cat disappearing from home for about two weeks, the reason why is probably cause she was in heat. Fixed domestic cats, even outdoor cats, tend to stay close to home. The urge to roam comes from the heat cycle. I know it isn't exactly up to you, but lean on your parents to make it a priority. It may take your vet a week or so to get her in for sugery anyways, and you are on a timetable. If you or someone you know is on government assistance, trying contacting a local spay/neuter league. They offer free/reduced cost alterations with proof of assistance (food stamps, medicare, etc.)
C'mon guys. Please be aware that you're talking to one of the younger members of our crew. (14, right?) Maybe you can't tell because she's much more mature and writes better than the "troll" kids. But you're asking her to do something an adult would have a hard time with. This is up for her parents to help her decide what to do and she was just looking for advice. Please don't start passing judgement on her and her worthiness as a pet parent. At least she's asking the right questions and trying to understand what happened. Cali escaped by accident and I'm sure they never expected their unspayed cat to get out like that while she was in heat.
jgermansh, I know that its expensive, okay? I got another kitten because Cali was gone and we didn't think that she was coming back cause she was gone for 2 weeks. And I love my animals and I would do anything for them. And wouldn't spaying her kill the "kittens" inside of her, if thats the fact I will not.
***Edited By: shelties=love on 4/15/2008 9:30:18 PM*** Reason: xx
Shelties - Yes spaying at any point would invovle the removal of the reproductive organs that contain the (at this stage) embryos but the longer you wait to spay her the more the embryos will develop. Again it is up to you how comfortable you are, spaying her now and if she is pregnant she is carrying what looks like tadpoles, the vet may not even be able to tell you if she was pregnant after the spaying. Wait a few weeks and it will start looking more like baby kittens. In both cases yes what she is carrying will die. If you aren't comfortable with that no matter what stage of pregnancy she is in, then start treating Cali as if she were pregnant NOW. Start feeding her food made for pregnant cats, or switch her to kitten food. In 2 or 3 weeks you should start setting out more food than usual. By then she should start showing if she is pregant. If she is showing, find her a space to get away from the family and the new kitten, set her up in this area with her own litter box, food, plenty of clean water. Make an appointment with the vet to determine she is indeed pregnant, how well she is doing, how many kittens she is carrying. Start reading up on birth and development of kittens and asking more questions here on TP If she isn't showing, make an appointment with the vet to determine if she is indeed not pregnant and get her spayed with peace of mind.