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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-13-2005, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Gestation please help!

How long is a cats gestation period?? Please let me know because we are tring to plan when to get our kitty pregnant and unless we know how long the gestation is, we can't !!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-13-2005, 04:42 PM
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-13-2005, 05:38 PM
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Just morbid curiousity (which someone may or may not turn into an argument)...

A) how old is your cat?

B) What are your reasons for wanting to get her pregnant?

Just wondering
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Sorry, but in my opinion, the fact that you do not know the gestation period of a cat suggests you are not experienced nor knowledgeable enough to be doing so. Please reconsider
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I agree with emma - you seem to be very uninformed about cat's breeding cycles in general and really need to know quite a lot before you "get your cat pregnant."

But I'm not even sure you know what the gestation period is - because it has nothing to do with WHEN you can get her pregnant, it is how long she will be pregnant.

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thankyou empath for answering my simple question, f.i.y I have had a litter before, and before you all start shouting at me for being an awful person, let me asure you that all the kittens went to lovely homes to people we knew well-as will any kitten we may have in the future. In some trustable cat knowledge I have picked up, it said that it is healthy for a cat to have 1 litter in her life time.

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yes and I am aware that is is how long she is pregnant for, but we have to make sure we can be there for her when she gives birth.

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In some trustable cat knowledge I have picked up, it said that it is healthy for a cat to have 1 litter in her life time.
Simply put, whoever said that is dead wrong...

It's an old wive's tail, and is completely untrue
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Emily (spacemonkey) is absolutely right.

In order to be with your cat when she gives birth you'll have to know the exact date on which she was fertilized. And, since, like human beings, a cat can be a bit late, you'll have to take her temperature regularly near the due date. It will drop one degree from normal (about 101-101.5) 24 hours before she delivers.




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Today we had a normal, young, healthy DSH brought into the vets. She had given birth to one kitten last night, then showed no more signs. She was brought in to work with a dead kitten stuck half out of her. The vet had to pull it out, and the cat's scream of pain was heartbreaking. Almost immediately, she started pushing again, but the same thing happened. She got the kitten half out of her vulva, then it got stuck. Again, the kitten was already dead, and again the vet had to pull it out manually. Due to the risk of damaging her cervix, the decision was made to open her up to remove any remaining babies (the vet could feel them inside her still) whether dead or alive. She had 2 more dead babies, and her uterus was in a real state. Three hours later, she was dead herself...

1) How can you say it was healthy for this cat to have a litter?
2) Are you prepared for this kind of eventuality?

The cats owners had been told that it was best to let their cat have a litter before neutering. They didn't particularly want to, but wanted to do what they thought was best for their cat. If only they'd called us. They are devastated.
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