Hi everyone. I'm Erin, I'm 25 years old and I have 2 cats (maybe kittens on the way!), a german shepherd, and a cockatiel.
Okay I'm sure you've all heard this song and dance before, and I've done a lot of research on the subject, but I need some personalized advice (and I'm sorry for the long post, I just want to make sure I get all details out).
Okay last year, shortly after I moved into my house, my neighbor told me that a stray cat had given birth under my shed. She said she wanted to get the kittens out and find them homes as she had done previously when this cat had kittens before. Before we could get to them, the mother had moved them into the woods, and we never saw the kittens again. About 6 weeks ago, I noticed the momma cat (whom I've now named Kimora) in my back yard again, but I didn't really think anything of it. A couple days later, I saw her up close and her belly looked pretty big. I thought to myself, enough is enough, if something isn't done, she'll continue to have babies who will either die in the horrible winters we have here, or be killed by the wild dogs. So I called our local animal sanctuary and they let me borrow a trap (she seemed friendly but still a little scared). So I caught her and I've had her for almost 5 weeks now. The first few weeks I was confident she was pregnant, would have her kittens, I would find them homes, take Kimora for her shots and to be spayed, and live happily ever after. Then a friend of mine came over and said that she didn't think she was pregnant, and that it was worms. So I called all the vets here to see how much they would charge just to tell me whether or not she was pregnant, and the cheapest was $85 which I don't really have like that right now. So I took her to the humane society - even though they don't have a vet on staff I figured they were a lot more experienced than I am. They felt around and said it could go either way, it could be worms but they think she's pregnant. They dewormed her for me (for free which was really cool) and told me to wait another month and if she doesn't have them by then, then too much time would have passed and she's not pregnant. So she was dewormed 6 days ago and her stomach definately doesn't look as bloated, but still bulging-looking to me. I read that when cats lose the hair around their nipples its a sure sign of pregnancy and her nipples definatly don't have any hair around them (the hairless part is a little bigger than a dime) so she could be pregnant right? The only reason I'm doubting it is because when you look at her stomach it looks like she could be pregnant, or she could be fat. She also hasn't really been nesting - I've given her towels, newspapers, and a box all in an unused dog crate covered with dark blankets. I tried to attach a pic, but it said the file was too big - sorry!
If anyone could give me any advice, I'd really appreciate it. The humane society told me not to take her to the vet until the month had passed, because they probably wouldn't be able to tell me anything different without a sonogram. But if I really do need to take her, I'll do it.