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  • How long after a pregnant cat loses her mucous plug should the first kitten arrive?
  • Can a male cat mate with a female cat before her first heat?
  • My cat is pregnant, but when is she due?
    I woke up this morning and my cat's belly had dropped so low (was by her ribs and high to her back, now very low) I thought she had her kittens. Her belly is tighter as usual too. Her nipples are pink and most of them can have milk extracted from them. She wants to sleep all day and won't leave my side. The kittens are also more active than usual. Is she getting close to labor? I don't know when she conceived but I do know she is very close to being due.
  • My pregnant cat is bleeding, and has stopped eating
    she started bleeding a week ago and stopped eating,since we dont have good vets in our area my doctor dad gave here a course of antibiotics which immediately stopped the bleeding the next day, but she hasnt resumed eating,although she's alert n active but still im worried
  • Will my cat have pregnancy problems?
    Does a big tom cat breeding a small female cause birthing problems? We have a young female that is rather small and our tom is on the large size if they breed is she likely to have problems delivering?
  • Milk Build up in a mother cat who recently gave birth
    I took in a stray cat who gave birth 6 weeks ago. I have two kittens left out of five and i am concerned with the build up of milk in the mother, she doesnt seem to be in pain but it looks really uncomfortable should i be concerned?
  • What is wrong with my cat's pregnancy?
    So my cat is pregnant and her water broke the day before yesterday and she still hasn't had kittens; then she bled a lot and laid this nasty looking membrane thing. The kittens are still moving around so they are alive. I can't afford to take her to the vet she's about 2 1/2 years old.
  • Is it possible for a female cat to get pregnant when she is nursing?
    can a nursing mother cat get pregnant? is it possible for a female cat to get pregnant when she is nursing?
  • My female cat is having her first litter
    If a female cat is having her first litter, is it possible she may only have a couple kittens, and not gain much weight until week 6 or 7? We have a 4 year old cat who has never had kittens. She was in heat the last week of June and it only lasted about 2 days (normally 7-10), she got outside and we saw a male cat around the house. Her nipples are only slightly pinker, but she sleeps MUCH more, and her abdoment area is only slightly larger. Her mood has also changed from major mean kitty, to cuddley lovey kitty within the past two weeks. Pregnant, or not?? Can you feel kittens in the abdomen or are they too protected?
  • What are the first signs that your female dog is pregnant?
    i found 2 dogs, female toy poodle and a male yorkie. the yorkie and female mated yesterday and became stuck together. neither have been spayed or neutered. i know this because the poodle gets her monthly every 6 months.
  • How can I tell if cat is still in labor or not?
    Our cat started labor at 11:50 AM yesterday. She has had three kittens. She was still having hard contractions at 4 am but when I checked on her later there were still no more kittens. She does not appear to be having contractions at this point but her stomach area feels like she has one or two hard spots about the size of the kittens she has had.
  • How does a cat have a litter of kittens that each have a different father?
    The cat we had when growing up had several litters (she kept getting pregnant before we could get her neutered) and you could pick out the father of each kitten from the neighborbhood, one was black & white, another tabby, orange and Siamese, etc. How does that happen in one litter?
  • Cat's pregnancy: kittens dying after birth
    My cat just had kittens and they seemed good but she has now had 3 die out of the blue. What can be causing this and what can I do to save the last 2 kittens, which seem really healthy?
  • Cat pregnancy: kitten not coming out
    hello my cat had a kitten last night but still has not had the rest they are moving in her and she tries pushing live every 30 or so mins but no more kittens coming out yet. What can I do?
  • Mastatis in cat?
    My cat only had 1 kitten. I was told to look for signs of mestatis. She has a hard spot under one of her nipples but it's not red or swollen. Should I worry or watch? I really can't afford another vet visit. And would azithromycin be a good treatment?
  • Telling the sex of a cat?
    I need to know if this cat is truly a male or not. I see the balls hanging down and yet I saw a pink little tit when he rolled over. The kitten looks just like him and it was sucking the tit. The kitten is big enough to eat dry food. So, I have been told that Tom cat will not allow other cats or kittens around him. What have I got? I am dumb struck by this...
  • Can I use a flea treatment on my pregnant cat?
    My cat has fleas and I want to treat her but she is pregnant. I don't know if it's ok to do so. I also wanted to know how long the pregnancy lasts? This is her first time and I'm not sure when I should be expecting the kittens. I think she's about 3 weeks or maybe even 6, so before she's due I wanted to use the flea treament so the kittens won't get any.
  • Cat pregnancy: what does a cat mucus plug look like?
    My cat is pregnant and she recently has a light greenish type substance that is protruding out of her vagina. It's a thick substance and it's not leaky or runny or discharge like. I've tried to gently wash it off with a warm rag and it wont come off. Behind the plug looks like some grey matter type stuff.
  • When is a cat too old to be spayed?
    I am thinking of adopting a 6 year old female not spayed. When is a cat too old to be spayed? When does heat stop?

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