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01 Mar 2004

My kitten is between 6 & 7 months old. When taking her to the VET he said that we should bring her in to be neutered by the end of March. 2 weeks ago I discovered that she was pregnant. She is still very tiny and I'm afraid that the kittens may not be alive when they are born. Is this possible?
My questions are:
1. How long are cats pregnant for and how many kittens can we expect taking into consideration that this is her first litter.
2. Her tummy and nipples are quite big and she is looking uncomfortable, is this normal?
3. How long after her giving birth can I have her spayed?
4. Unfortunately I am not able to keep all the kittens as I stay in a complex. Would the petshops take them from me if I offered or would I have to take them to the SPCA?
Thank You
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01 Jan 0001

1. The period is variable, approximately 60 days.
2. This sounds quite normal, enlarging tummy to carry the kittens, and enlarging nipples in preparation to produce milk.
3. Ideally as soon as the kittens are weaned at about six or eight weeks old, not much after that as she will then again be in season and ready to fall pregnant again.
4. Rather try the SPCA or similar organisation.

If you wish, you can also talk to your vet about having her spayed immediately before the kittens develop any further. At least that way, no more unwanted kittens are brought into this world, that may also fall pregnant and have more unwanted kittens.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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