I thought Mama cat had weaned her kittens. They are eating, drinking I seldom saw her nursing anymore. Found homes and today my hubbie took them there. I am new at this...it is her second litter because I waited too late to wean her first batch and she got pregnant again. (Actually i thought she would wean them, but she never did and then she was pregnant again.) This time I wanted to be sure to get her weaned and spayed in timely manner. They told me 2 weeks after weaning. We kept one of her sons from first litter. He is spayed already, but we caught him nursing her (he's about 6 months.) It this OK? Surely not. Her breasts are FULL of milk, she is crying and coming to me miserable. I feel so so bad that I have messed up!!! Is there anything I can do to help her tonight? I will call vet in AM, but I want to help her now!
***Edited By: naomineeds on 8/13/2008 1:39:48 AM*** Reason: typos
Sounds to me like your mama kitty has mastitis. This is a very uncomfortable condition for her. Vets can prescribe antibiotics if the engorgement worsens, but to relieve most of the discomfort, hot compresses tend to help a great deal. You can also use this old recipe my family has used for generations to treat mastitis at home (and trust me, it works!).... mix 1/4 cup of dried thyme into 2 cups of boiling water. Let sit a half an hour then strain. Reheat mixture until hot (not too hot to scald). Soak a facecloth in mixture and use as a hot compress 3-4 times a day. Hope this helps. By the way, how old were the kittens when you removed them from her care? Removing them too early can cause engorgement and is also not good for the kittens.
Thank you. I realized now they were too young. 6 weeks. I was told that was OK and now I see, misinformed. I will defintely try the mixture. What do you think about the 7 month old cat nursing her? I assume it is like humans and will keep her producing milk. However, I am torn becasue it is also giving her relief. Plus I want to get her surgery ASAP and they say you have to wait 2 weeks until nursing ends. should I put something that tastes bad on her nipples so the older kitten will stop?? Oh was a mess I have made. She doesn't have heat in her milk and now they are not hard.
Yes you are right, 6 weeks is too young to have been separated. The process a mother goes through in the last weeks of nursing is that she will slowly wean the babies allowing her own body to adjust to producing less milk. Taking the babies too soon has not allowed her this and her body still thinks it needs to produce that amount. If the heat and redness have lessened, then that is a good sign, however I am not sure it is such a good idea to allow the 7 month old to continue nursing. You could watch and see if mama "weans" him/her naturally in a few weeks or I would suggest trying to separate them temporarily until you have her altered. Let us know how you make out!
You're not alone, I just did the same thing...for the same reasons. And in fact found your post searching the internet for a way to give mama some relief. Can you give a cat aleve or advil or something? I feel just terrible...I remember TOO well what this feels like..I had to stop nursing a baby cold turkey once.....I still remember how awful I felt, and the "baby" is almost 19!. Did the thyme give her any relief?
Sharon, there are painkillers that the cat can have, but Aleve also known as Naproxen, is probably one of the very worst human drugs. It is a neuro toxin in both cats and dogs, and can kill a cat very quickly.