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We are in a temporary housing situation, but there is a colony of about 8 here. There is a mom-cat with two kittens following her around. The kittens are probably 10-12 weeks old. Just weaned from mama's nipples for maybe a week.

I have seen one of the others of the colony trying to mount mom-cat, and now one of the babies.

ORDINARILY, I imagine the babies should/could have up to 4-6 months before getting spayed or neutered. But with a horny tom around, I wonder if that should be moved up?

If the kittens are 12-weeks, how soon do I need to get mom-cat done before she starts carrying another litter?

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I've gotten to be able to pet mom-cat, as somehow she knows the food started coming out for her and her babies. She will even sit in the chair next to mine while I use my MacBook. I can hope to trap the known male, but think I would have better luck getting the female.

Wednesday is my day off. I'll call the TNR clinic.

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Mama could already be pregnant again...she can get pregnant while she's nursing (within 48 hours of giving birth, in fact). You'll want to get her done asap. I learned that when I took in a mama and her three-week-old kittens only to find out she was pregnant also. She miscarried on her own (it's really hard on them to be pregnant and nursing at the same time), and I got her spayed as soon as that happened.

Kittens can get pregnant as early as 5-6 months (females) and the males can be "functional" as early as 4-5 months. Thanks for TNR-ing! :)
 

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