We live out in the country and have seen a stray cat. WE didn't think anything of it until the cat started sticking around...we started feeding it b/c I don't want an animal to suffer...well, while we were gone for the weekend, we had a friend's daughter housesitting...my friend came over to check on her and saw the cat. It is very friendly and has come up to my daughters. Well, as my luck would have it my friend calls me to inform me the cat is pregnant...GREAT...I go to all extremes to make sure my animals are fixed and wouldn't you know it I am nice to a stray and she is pregnant..So when we came home today, I called our vet and scheduled an appointment to have the cat checked and tested for feline leukemia.... The appointment isn't until next week. What should I be prepared for now? I have no idea when she is going to deliver the kittens, how many, if she is even healthy enough... The vet said to get a box and put it in the barn where the cat has been hanging out and where we leave the food so the cat will have the babies there and be safe? Does anyone have any other suggestions or think of things I should do in the meantime...
I'd actually try to capture her, keep her secure some place, and allow her to have the kittens in a place where you KNOW they will stay (a barn is a very large place - and a mother cat will move her kittens several times until she feels they will not be disturbed).
By doing this, you'll be able to socialize the kittens (easier to adopt out either for you or the HS), and once they're weaned, you can have the mother spayed - stopping any further unnessessary kittens.
All of this, of course if you have the means and the space!
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Doggydaddy...It is a small barn, not a huge farm barn...this is the area where "Miley" (yes my daughters named her) likes to hide...We usually find her in there every morning. I am hoping she feels safe there. We absolutely plan on having her spayed after she has the kittens. We also plan on vaccinations..we aren't sure what she has had. I know it is important to handle them for socialization. What age do you need to do that. I am not an a BYB...i just found a stray cat that unfortunately is pregnant. I am hoping to do right by it once she has the kittens...Any further help or advice would be appreciated.
You have to be really careful about handling her kittens because she doesn't know you that well. Many Mom kitties will keep hiding the kittens in new places if somebody has handled them. I would keep encouraging her to be friendly and to be your pet and watch her for signs that she trusts you with the babies before getting too close to them. A guy at work got his kitten from the local Agway store and the guy told him that even though the mom is his own barn cat, if anybody touches the kittens besides him, it takes him days to find them again.
Thanks for the advice maxandallie...I obviously would never want anything to happen to the kittens...If I didn't care, I wouldn't be stressing about it. I am hoping she will have them in our little barn. This is so not what I bargained for. I just thought this stray cat has been around for a while, I will feed it...Now we are going to have kittens...I have not idea at all what I am doing. Are there any organizations that can help? I don't want them to go to the humane society and get euthanized if they never get adopted. I am just looking on guidance on what to expect, how long they nurse, etc...or a website with that info...Thanks guys..
The Humane Society in CT is a "no kill" shelter (not sure if that applies everywhere) and ususally kittens go to homes faster than adult cats. But you could try doing a search on Petfinder for cats up for adoption in your zip code to get the names of some other private shelters in your area. I know that the people at the one where we got my sister's kittens would be happy to give advice to help out somebody who was trying to do the right thing for a stray momma kitty and her babies. We have groups like 'Our Companions' and 'Friends of Feral Cats', hopefully you will find a similar group in your area. And I'll add the usual tip, be careful who you give the kittens to so you know they are going to good homes and not to some sicko.
Maxandallie...I have read enough on here to realize you do need to be very careful about who you give animals too. Thanks for the tip though...I really wouldn't mind keepin momma kitty, but I don't need the rest...I am hoping there aren't that many kittens...I feel bad, momma is pretty small herself. I am taking her to the vet next week to make sure she is free from disease. The vet said she will take care of everything herself. I will search on petfinder and see what I come up with. I have seen the dad I think...He hasn't come around lately. I read somewhere that the mom should be eating kitten food with adult food...is this true, or is regular cat food ok...There is a reason I don't breed animals, I am really not sure about the process...lol....you would think being a neonatal nurse I would have a little experience with the birthing process and babies, but not animals...lol...I think my 9 year old that wants to be a vet knows more than me...ha ha...Thanks for keeping me informed. I will check out the petfinder site and let you know...I would rather keep the kittens and find homes my self than go to humane society...at least I know where they are going to...
my girls are all upset...they haven't seen Miley in 1 1/2 days...Miley has been following them everywhere outside when they are out playing...Do you think she may be nesting somewhere? I really know nothing about cats delivering...We set up the barn for her, and she has been sleeping there, but haven't seen her...I don't want to bring her in b/c I don't know what vaccines she has had and we have 2 indoor cats..Should I be concerned?
If she has suddenly disappeared, she has probably delivered or is delivering her kittens now. If you see her, try to follow her back to her hiding place to find the kittens. Otherwise, good luck trying to find them, they are never where you want them to be, ie in the barn. Check under your vechicles always before starting them. She may decide to move them if you find them, so always be careful. If you are wanting to socialize the kittens to make them good housecats to adopt out, I would try to find the kittens, and bring them indoors. I would use the kittens to lure Momma into being caught as well, still need her to raise them. Feral cats teach distrust of humans to their kittens, and it is a hard lesson to overcome if you miss the threshold. Is there a way to keep her in the barn, or a section of the barn with a litter pan? If you let her out now and again, she will still come back for the kittens, as long as you can keep her from moving them. Or a room of the house you can block off from the other cats, dogs, and children? If momma is caught, I think she can be vaccinated while nursing, but check with a vet. Id keep her seperate from your animals to keep them safe, but it would be better for the kittens to be handled by humans at a young age if you want them to be adopted out as pets.
Thanks Rainbow...like I said she is very friendly with us and comes up to us...I don't want to have to lock her in the barn b/c it gets warm in there with the door closed. I suppose we could put her in the garage...but it gets warm in there as well...I do want to socialize with the kittens. I did talk to the vet, they will give her vaccines after she has the kittens. not while she is pregnant. I am also having her tested for feline leukemia...I want to make sure she is healthy before I try and give the kittens away. I already have 2 maybe 3 kittens homes...just my good friends have said they wanted one..I think my girls want to keep momma..since they already named her and she follows them everywhere...and Max doesn't even bother her when he is outside...my husband is mowing the lawn right now...I will have to look for Miley when he is done with the lawn mower...The problem is we have 5 acres...I have no idea where she would be...The hunt is on...I will keep you posted...
Well, Miley had her kitten..yes I say kitten..only one. I am not sure if that is normal. I am not too upset, b/c we may end up keeping both mom and baby....I can handle 2 more kittens...My vet said b/c Miley was so skinny if she had any more, they may not have been healthy enough to survive. Miley is really a good mommy. She is very protective of her baby, yet at the same time she meows and wants me to follow her to see her baby...she rubs up on me the entire way and then goes to her baby. It is really cute. We have a swimming pool and Miley has her baby by the pump. It is in a fenced in area, and underneath the overhang. I think she likes it there and feels safe b/c of the fence. Of course, this is all speculation...I know nothing about cats and giving birth...How do we socialize and when do we socialize. Miley is very friendly with us...she was sitting on my lap tonight. As soon as I came home from work she heard me talking to Max while he was going potty and she literally ran to me meowing and rubbing on me.... I hope I am doing right by them. Do you think I should try and move baby sometime soon? Thanks guys..
i have a pregnant stray cat "cuca" that ive been feeding almost a year, she is on my property almost 24/7,and wed. morning when i opened the garage to feed her as usual i heard a squeeling sound from my porch......come to find a baby in the red mulch, in my newly planted garden of a few weeks... i never owned a pet but totally love this cat... she has a latin personality laying around my property like she owns the place...very adorable. so i called a friend who was raised on a farm and he told me not to touch the baby or the mother might move the baby elsewhere... Although i am confident that this cat love me just as much, so we opted to move the baby with gloves and lurer the momma into the garage with her.... its been great and very safe... i know she trusts me... well the interesting thing is that cuca let me know she wanted to go outside, potty... interested how i read her.... so i did, and she did, but then she started across the street....so i followed her to an abandoned small boat and heard squeeling again... wow i couldnt believe it, there were two more, but only one squeeling.... i lifted cuca into the boat and she grabbed the squeeling baby, i lifted them out of the boat, like she needed my help..... duh!!! but anyways, she came back across the street with me to put the baby in my house garage with the other baby.. never went back for the other one, like she new it was dead...i went back with my farmer friend and it was half the size of the squeeling ones..... stillborn? but def. dead.... so we buried it in my yard.. is that illegal, was i supposed to tell someone?.... Anyway moral of the story is one baby is unusual i think, so follow the momma when she goes away, perhaps to the other babies she's trying to bring to a safe place one baby at a time. oh do i need to worry about diseases?
Maxpup, you mentioned Miley is very skinny, she could probably do with a worming or two, and of course her shots. I would definitely be on the look out for some more kittens, although she will very likely bring them to you, if they're around. To Cuca, I don't think you have to worry about disease, unless you already have a cat or two, in which case, I would keep them seperated until the new cat has been wormed, and shots given. The cat may also have fleas and ear mites; so a trip to the vet is in order, pretty quickly. Good luck, and thankyou both for rescuing these cats, and kittens.
Well, unfortunately we have bad news...We took Miley to the vet, she was very healthy, negative for feline leukemia, she was vaccinated, wormed and has her appointment for spaying....she moved her kitten several times, and finally, she put her underneath the steps in the garage to the basement...she was there for a couple days and one day my girls were down in the basement playing...Miley was meowing at the door and the girls opened the door. Miley brought her baby into the basement. I was so happy b/c I new she would be safe and contained to the basement. I got a bed for Miley and her baby, moved her litter box and food....literally, within 30 minutes, Miley moved her kitten again, but the kitten didn't move...I knew it was dead. Sure enough, she let me near her baby and she had died. She was alive when she moved her into the basement. It was like she knew her baby was sick. I felt like a failure. I know now why I could never be a breeder..I was heartsicken....so were my girls...Miley was ok..I think she knew. So, we will continue to get her fixed...however, she is acting crazy, I think she is in heat...oh my goodness. more than I bargained for...she loves the girls, hates my dog...we tried to keep her inside, no flow with current animals....my girls have let her take over the basement....she is happy there...BTW my husband was cleaning up outside by the girls play house and found a skeleton...I think it was one of Miley's other babies...so, we tried to rescue, but were unsuccessful with the baby. I will stick to spaying my pets and hopefull not coming across another pregnant stray...
I'm sorry to hear the outcome of the new cat family. It wasn't your fault at all though. Miley being so undernourished was likely not able to have a healthy litter, and being young and inexperienced may also be a factor. She may not have been nursing the kitten enough, though there are many reasons for kittens to die. ((HUGS))
Thanks Pen..I now know why I could never rescue on a regular basis...I get way too attached to the animals....Miley is such a sweet little cat. The vet esimates her to be 1 1/2 years old...I know my girls love her...I guess we have a new pet...ha ha...Hopefully the neon sign outside my house for stray animals turns off...ha ha...I can't handle any more additions or heartbreaks...The vet office just laughs at me and is grateful I am doing the right thing by vaccines and spaying...Thanks for the kind words and encouragement...
You did more than most would MaxPup. Don't beat yourself up. Momma wasn't healthy, so her babies weren't either. You did such a good thing by taking her in. Now she will live a longer, healthier life because of you.
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
i am so sorry that happend. when i was younger, my mom was having a party at our apartment and we had a friend named joe. he was eating pizza and threw the crust in the yard. a stray cat ran and grabbed it and darted in the bushes. we caught her. we found out she was very pregnat and hoped she would be ok. my mom took her in and feed her and cared for her until the day she gave birth. i still remember when i walked into the garage and saw all those healthy kittens eating. it was a miracle that gypsy's kittens survivied. we sold them all except two cats. then we had five cats. wanker, bambi, gypsy, snickers and oreo. snickers and oreo were gypsys to kittens we kept and wanker was a cat my mom had since she was little and bambi was wankers daughter. sadly, oreo died from a sickness and bambi died because she wasn't eating. eventuaally we moved and got two other cats, Jada and Baby. they were brother and sister. jada and snickers feel in love. we had spayed all our cats so we didn't have to worry. sadly in a couple years 200-year-old wanker died (she was 200 in cat years.) a year after baby was having kidney problems and collapesd. we may have lost many members of our family, but they still live in our hearts.
Animals, to you may just be a pet or a member of the family. to me, well, they may just be; my life.
i found a stray cat and think shes pregnant she has a big belly and is very affectionate her nipples have turned red like ive been told they do but my dad doesnt want another cat since we have 2 dogs and a cat already but my mom said its fine shes only been hanging around for 2 days now but wont leave my side what should i do?