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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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HELP - ADVICE NEEDED please!

hello all i am totally new to this board and was hoping for some advice?
my beautiful cat "sheba" (a lilac cornish rex) was supposed to go to stud this month - however while hanging my lil girls nappies on the line (yes - shock horror i use cloth!) she got out last month mid season and i am positive she is expecting (hangs head in shame for being so stupid!). there are 3 "swellings" in her slightly expanded waistline. now i have a hnd in animal care and lots of experience with c sections in cats (from working at a vats) however i do need help in preparing for heir arrival? what do i need to do. sheba is getting used to my dog cage - to allow her n kittens pricacy and safetly from my toddler, and i have a huge supply of towels and the basic first aig equipment. i also hve a bottle of lactol n some syringes just in case. what else do i need to do? what are the signs on labour? as you can imagine the only cats i have seen have been c sections or have done it on their own during the night at college so i missed it!. from dates i expect her to be due around the 29th august! - i know the date isnt set in stone and she will have them when she is ready!. please please help. i was hopefully starting up my own cattery but all this has been put on hold due to this unexpected pregnancy! - the studs owner was going to talk me thru her pedigree birth but i feel to embarrassed to phone her now!




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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 03:35 PM
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How sad that your beautiful queen has been caught by an unknown tom - I would get her tested for FIV & FeLV.

How old is she? Don't be scared to contact that breeder - just be honest and explain your problem. You sound like you are pretty sorted, and you should still be able to get wonderful homes, even if they are cross Rexes.

Make sure you post pics, and keep doors firmly closed in the future!
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Beautiful cat!! So graceful!!
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post #4 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 06:11 PM
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A lilac tortie, now that's something I don't get to see very often She's beautyful.

Be ready to start watching her closely after about 60 days pregnancy, she can givet birth any time between 60 and 70 days pregnancy.

Even though I'm sure it feels embarrassing, call the stud owner and explain the situation. Any sensible person can understand that mistakes to happen (it happens even the most experienced breeders). Give the cats breeder a call to, they can probably help you through your females pregnancy and delivery. It's always nice to have someone more experienced to talk to.

Also contact your vet and ask her/him to be prepared for the delivery (if something should happen and you need a vet).

What she needs is peace and quite (and lots of love). Prepare the dog cage well on time so she's familiar with it before the delivery (however, cats tend to find their own places to give birth at ).

She will excrete a mucus plug about 24 hours before giving birth, sometimes one notices the plug, sometimes not. She will be probably be nesting a few days before delivery and being a Rex I think she will be VERY social and cuddly close to the delivery. My Devon Rex-female gave birth in a blanket one metre from my head (yes, I fell asleep)
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hi all - i had her blood test results through yesterday - sorry should have put that on my original post - everything is clear, but she will need testing in 3 months again just to be sure.

i have phoned the stud's owner who thought it was hilarious!!! - only because it happened to her on her first breeding with her first queen!

i will contact shebas breeder too and explain what has happened - she was a lovely person so i am sure she will help, i feel better now about owning up to my mistake just because of the response i got from the suds owner.

here is a photo of the tom - i took one when he was hanging around after i had caught sheba and put he back indoors.

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He's laughing internally...
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He's a handsome looking big boy!!
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Oh look at his pink nose

I bet your kittens are going to be soooo cute ..


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He's a handsome looking big boy!!
I was just going to say something to the effect of, "Well, at least she chose a kitty who is almost as gorgeous as she is."

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thanks for all the support people! i personally would have rather had a pedigree mating but they should be lovely kittens!

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