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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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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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A lilac tortie, now that's something I don't get to see very often :D 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) :roll:
 

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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.

sally

 

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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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He looks like he's coming back for more! Look out for that little stud muffin. :) I'd take a cornish rex/domestic shorthair oopsie daisy baby anyday! I'm sure you'll be able to find good homes for them regardless.

I'm glad you decided to tell the owner of the stud and your breeder -- they will be a huge help I'm sure, and then you maintain your good relationship with them. This isn't your fault -- horny cats are slippery! :lol:
 

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lol @ comming back for more! he still pops over the fence to have a look thru the window occasionaly!

i'm gonna keep a kitten (only saying it now cos i know i wont be able to resist!)

and i have found a fantastic home for 2 as a pair.

so any others i am still looking for good cat friendly homes. i can guarentee they will be pretty bomb proof! - with a toddler, their nutty mother, a guitar playing partner and the comming and goings of any "normal" household.

they will be staying in the dog crate until 6 weeks, then start to be allowed a little more roaming and toddler socialising (all strictly supervised of course)

they will have free insurance and a kitten pack. along with full worming n frontlining.

i will also be asking any new owner to sign a contract stating that they will have the kitten neutered and if they cannto for any reason keep it to return it to me (or at least get my consent before rehoming it).

they will also be 12 weeks old before they go to their new homes.

this is how i would have treated a pedigree litter and i dont think it matters a jot that they are an "oopsy daisy" litter. they still deserve the best start.

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You are such a great cat mum, despite this being an accidental mating. Do you know who the tom belongs to? If you can, you could call the CPL or RSPCA about him. Both organisations will likely come and pick up him up, castrate him, and put him back out. I help with these neuterings every day, and its perfectly legal in the UK :D
 

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what a good idea! i never thought of getting the cpl to castrate him! lol. i used to work in an vets and an animal sanctuary too! - he's certainly a well fed buy so he must have a home here somewhere. i will contact the cpl tomorrow and ask about castrating him! - if they wont i may catch him and then have him done myself.
 

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Goof dor you. I have an entire tom spraying in my garden the past week or so, I haven't touched him yet but I have told him from afar that his days of fun are numbered :lol:
 

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I think it's a wonderful idea to treat these oopsie daisie kitties like a purebred litter -- they will be wonderful and DO deserve the best start to life. Good luck. :)
 

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ok phones the cpl. they wont neuter him only give his owner a voucher for reduced cost neutering. as i dont know his owner (i assume he has one as he is a well fed little thing) i cannot take him myself without strict legal issues. the pdsa and the rspca feel the same.

on a good note - due to it being an accidental litter the cpl are sending me voucers to have my kittens neutered before they go. i wont be able to spay the females as my vet prefers them to be at least 4mo, but the boys will be done at 10 weeks. so good news!

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I don't know why the rspca/cpl are saying you would have legal issues, when they do EXACTLY what you are wanting to do! Every single day, the RSPCA bring in entire toms to castrate, then they just take them back the next day. And these cats are NOT feral :lol:
 

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emma - its cos if i take him there as a stray they can keep him for rehoming! - if i take him there as a pet and he isnt mine his owners can sue me!

on another topic - how much should i be feeding sheba now? she is seemingly always hungry and is allready eating twice her usual amount. she is on kitten dry food and kitten meat too.
 
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