Simple question: At what (minimum) age can a male cat get a female pregnant?
We just had one of our 3 1/2 mo. old male kittens try to mount his mama...
So, you're thinking, "why on earth aren't your cats fixed?!" I wish we could.
Mama and kittens adopted us (Mama literally dragged them to our home one night in the rain) when the kittens were about 4 weeks old (by the 1lb per week weight estimation method). Mama was very malnourished and nursing 5 kittens, so we fed her and got her feeling better. A couple weeks later, one of her intestines twisted up requiring emergency surgery. So the vet said we should not spay her for 2 months to give her immune system time to get back to normal. We had the surgery booked, but unfortunately, she had some complications a few weeks post-op, and is still fighting bacteria in her gut that won't seem to go away (and nobody's been able to identify...), so neither vet we deal with is comfortable spaying her until that is cleared up and her poops are solid.
And, the little guys are too young to neuter. We have a vet that specializes in anesthesia (teaches it at the local university as well) who could
do it before 4 months, but even she is not very comfortable with that.
Mama doesn't seem to be in heat at the moment, and I never imagined the little guys would develop such "urges" so early. So, is there a real risk of her getting pregnant at this point? I never wanted to have to know this much about feline reproduction.