caring for a cat and kittens
I am also worried about my cat because she is pregnant and looks like she is going to POP!! but, my mom wont let her in the house (she is not really ours, just a stray we feed). I am worried she will have kittens outside/ or a animal will get her and the kittens. She is extremely fat this time (her 3rd litter in 2 yrs.) and we think it will be a large litter. She is a tortishell cat, very pretty. Her name is tiger!
RABBITLUVR said-if the kittens are born outside they will become ferel cats, and be VERY WILD most likely, but it is not your responsiblitly to bring her in so dont feel bad but I would try to get her under some type of shelter.JMO
Dixonsrabbitry said-Does the momma cat have a building she can get into to have the kittens in? Kittens that are born outside are more exposed to dieases like feline leukemia. And sometimes do die because of the fact that they are kept outside. Are you guys going to find homes for the kittens? Also it might not be a bad idea to try talking your mom into spaying your cat in the future. It would at least solve the problem of her having a ton of kittens. I know this gonna sound mean, but if you dont want the kittens, and dont want to spay the mom, then take her down to the local humane society so she would at least have a chance at finding a good home.
This is what I said-Again, the cat is not ours. One of our neighbors owns it, they just dont take care of her. We have reported them to the SPCA but they said we had to have proof as in photos, since we could not give them a hurt cat. We have already found homes for all the kittens even though they are not born! She has our porch to have them on if she needs to... there is a blanket out there and some toys, a little bit of shelter for her. (keeps her out of the rain). The kids across the street (the nieghbor that owns the cat) enjoys having the kittens and they don't care about what happens to it as long as they can keep enjoying her babies. We have done our part by at least feeding her since she could just starve to death. I even have to do it behind my moms back because she claims we can not feed 5 cats (our cats plus her). All of our cats are fixed, frequently go to the vet, get check ups, and flee dips all the time.
ALFIE AND ANGEL SAID-Yeah, a garden shed or an outbuilding or something. Or perhaps an old rabbit hutch (doors open obviously) placed in a quiet and shaded spot if there is nothin else available to you. If you put her a nest somewhere safe and encourage her by feeding her in that spot, at least you won't have to tail her to find out where she hid her babies later. If tiger trusts you, you can still socialize her kittens (after a week or so) so that they can find good homes more easily- semi-ferals are very difficult to home.
I agree about diseases but to add to that, if tiger is a stray, you might not know what she has already been exposed to. If you have your own pets (esp. cats) its prob best not to bring her inside anyway as even if they're vaccinated against major things, minor infections/parasites could still be passed on.
Seriously think about spaying her, as a stray, she could have had many litters before she adopted you. If she wasn't getting good food and being looked after before you rescued her that could really wear her out!
I'm sure you'll help tiger look after the babies just great
DIXONSRABBITRY SAID-That neighbor sounds like a terrible owner. People like that are the main reason why millions of cats end up in shelters, and god knows what else happens to some of them
I SAID-I have a extra bunny cage but it is all wire... Could I still use it if I put blankets inside to cover the wire? I don't think my mom would mind that since she has had the last two litters in our house (she is just tired of having to argue about the cat with the neighbors and take care of the kittens). I could put it on the front porch so we could still feed her and check on her often. I actually like that idea and have the perfect blanket in mind (especially since my mom just finished washing it).
Yeah, why don't you put plenty of old newspaper in the bottom first so the wire is not uncomfortable for tiger and the new kittens, then put the blanket in over that. Also, mother cats like to be really private when their babies are first born (I'm sure you already know this if she's had litters before) and the babies might be frightened if the cage is all wire and see-thru - so I'd put a really big blanket or an old towel or bedsheet over the top of the whole thing coz that'll make it dark and comfy - I think cats feel safer if they have a dark hiding place. They're gonna look sooo sweet all cuddled up in their new house!
When people suggested I get her spayed this is what they said-
Aside from the expense, she's also risking the wrath of the neighbour who owns tje cat if she doesn't get permission. Maybe present them with the choice of either the vet bill or a fostering fee? But then you run the risk of them moving the cats to be neglected under their domain, so ....
There should just be a 'stupid' tax with the money going to cover mistakes made by stupid people.
THIS IS WHAT I SAID-Hi, I have just finished setting up Tiger's bed (shelter) for her on the porch... It has 3 blankets set up and a water proof mat underneath that. We can not afford to get her spayed as we are taking care of a allergy ridden dog (lots of medical expensive)... We also pay $600 a month to take care of my horse... Then pay for 3 other cats (toby, tammy, and angel). We also have another dog and 3 rabbits. I also gave tiger her own food and water dish filled with cat food that we feed our animals.
Tiger has had her kittens 2 days ago. I don't have pictures of them but will try describing.
4 kittens; 1 orange and white one!! 2 black; 1 with a diamond on his forhead and white stripes on the legs- 1 all black, white stripes down legs and white circles around eyes. 1 silver; very soft and sweet, very nice and social (LOUD!!)
I love the orange one! I used to have a kitten that was named PC (peaches and cream) and he died after sneaking out and getting hit by a car. This orange kitten looks exactly like him and I want him so much! Me and my friends have come up with a plan. She is going to take the kitten once it is old enough. Keep it till my birthday and then give it to me as a present. (My mom says if I got an animal for my birthday that I could keep it). So that is plan A! Plan B is to BEGG!!