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We have four feral outdoor kittens that get fed twice a day. They've all gotten to know us because we feed them. One in particular has become somewhat socialized in that she allows both hubby and me to pet her, pick her up, etc. And she's the only one who will purr continuously when we pet her.

She had kittens about two weeks ago and was keeping them in the igloo that we had set up for them. I tried to get them all spayed and neutered back in February, but the clinic dragged their feet and one of the females had kittens. At any rate, sadly, the kittens were killed overnight, we're thinking by a critter that the kittens couldn't escape from. We've since moved her to the covered, enclosed back deck.

My question is when will her milk dry up? She's pretty full at this point and looks uncomfortable. As soon as that happens, she will go to the vet for a checkup, get spayed and then I don't know if we'll end up keeping her or letting her back in with her colony. She doesn't seem to be really anxious to go back outside, so my guess is that we will likely keep her. I'm just wondering how long it will take for her milk to reabsorb into her system.

Thanks and welcome to the family, Cleo! :luv
 

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Are there any orphan kitties in nearby shelters that Cleo could possibly nurse? It seems ashame to let her milk go to waste.
 

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Are there any orphan kitties in nearby shelters that Cleo could possibly nurse? It seems ashame to let her milk go to waste.
Yes! That would be just great. Plus, she could get mastitis (infection in the mammary gland) if she has all that milk inside.

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Are there any orphan kitties in nearby shelters that Cleo could possibly nurse? It seems ashame to let her milk go to waste.
That would be a fabulous thing to do. I know the shelters around here are filling up fast with orphans and "bottle babies". You are a ways from Jackson, but I do know Jackson County Animal Shelter would be honored to have Cleo be a surrogate Mom. Please check with your local shelters or rescue groups (If you are unaware of the local rescue groups check petfinder and enter your zip code on the left hand side).
 
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