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Old December 25th 06, 09:23 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
Peggy Fair
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About a month ago, I took in a pregnant stray that has been in my
neighborhood for a couple of years. I was getting tired of her having
babies, so I decided to take her in so she can give birth in my home. I
gave her a flea bath on the first night and now a month later she is
still doing well. Her stomach has gotten bigger and I think that she
will give birth any day now. I have gotten a carboard box, turned it
upside down for privacy, with some old blankets and put it in a corner
hoping she will give birth in there.

I have a few questions:

1. I think she has been a stray all her life, and when she was out on
the street I fed her often so she knew me before I took her in. She
lets me rub her head but won't let me touch the rest of her body,
especially her stomach. She just stays under my bed and comes out to
eat, use the bathroom and whenever she feels like allowing me to pet
her. But if she sees me coming, she runs. How long will it take for her
to stop running away from me? She should know that I don't want to hurt
her by now, right?

2. When she has the babies, I am guessing that they will be
urinating/pooping right there with her in the bedding. What are your
suggestions for making this as hassle free as possible? Do they have
anything on the market for newborn kittens to relieve themselves in?(I
looked but couldn't find anything)

3. Once the kittens are weaned, I plan to take mother and kittens to
the vet to be fixed, shots, tested for diseases and all that good
stuff. Are there any agencies that will help offset the costs for all
these cats?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Peggy

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Old December 26th 06, 02:42 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
kraut
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Default Pregnant Stray


About a month ago, I took in a pregnant stray that has been in my
neighborhood for a couple of years. I was getting tired of her having
babies, so I decided to take her in so she can give birth in my home. I
gave her a flea bath on the first night and now a month later she is
still doing well. Her stomach has gotten bigger and I think that she
will give birth any day now. I have gotten a carboard box, turned it
upside down for privacy, with some old blankets and put it in a corner
hoping she will give birth in there.

I have a few questions:

1. I think she has been a stray all her life, and when she was out on
the street I fed her often so she knew me before I took her in. She
lets me rub her head but won't let me touch the rest of her body,
especially her stomach. She just stays under my bed and comes out to
eat, use the bathroom and whenever she feels like allowing me to pet
her. But if she sees me coming, she runs. How long will it take for her
to stop running away from me? She should know that I don't want to hurt
her by now, right?

2. When she has the babies, I am guessing that they will be
urinating/pooping right there with her in the bedding. What are your
suggestions for making this as hassle free as possible? Do they have
anything on the market for newborn kittens to relieve themselves in?(I
looked but couldn't find anything)

3. Once the kittens are weaned, I plan to take mother and kittens to
the vet to be fixed, shots, tested for diseases and all that good
stuff. Are there any agencies that will help offset the costs for all
these cats?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Peggy



I took Kitty in when she was about 4 and pregnant. Found homes for
babies, had her spayed and she became a house cat and my baby. She
went out for a while then wanted out less and less until she did not
go out at all.

She is now about 16 and is still very timid and nervous. Whenever she
hears a noise she a strange noise she hides. She lets me pets her and
pick her up for short periods but it is when she wants it!! If I
reach for her any other time she takes off. But she is my favorites
out of the four. She pretty much stay in my bedroom and as soon as
she sees me go bed she is there and sleeps with me all night. If I
turn my back towards her she comes and sets right behind me until I
turn over facing her again then she lays down and goes back to sleep.

As for having the kittens have go thought about a covered litter box
for her to have them in?? Just put a blanket in it for a bed then if
they do make a mess of any type it will be in the container and not
get on the floor. I use covered litter boxes for beds and hide-a-ways
for mine. I do not use them for litter boxes so there is no
confusion.

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Old December 26th 06, 02:12 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
Peggy Fair
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Thanks, I will consider that.

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Old December 27th 06, 02:47 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
Magic Mood JeepŠ
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In ups.com,
Peggy Fair purred:
About a month ago, I took in a pregnant stray that has been in my
neighborhood for a couple of years. I was getting tired of her having
babies, so I decided to take her in so she can give birth in my home.
I gave her a flea bath on the first night and now a month later she is
still doing well. Her stomach has gotten bigger and I think that she
will give birth any day now. I have gotten a carboard box, turned it
upside down for privacy, with some old blankets and put it in a
corner hoping she will give birth in there.

I have a few questions:


Bless you for taking in this Mama Kitty!



1. I think she has been a stray all her life, and when she was out on
the street I fed her often so she knew me before I took her in. She
lets me rub her head but won't let me touch the rest of her body,
especially her stomach. She just stays under my bed and comes out to
eat, use the bathroom and whenever she feels like allowing me to pet
her. But if she sees me coming, she runs. How long will it take for
her to stop running away from me? She should know that I don't want
to hurt her by now, right?


It all depends on the cat and her age. If she's older and has always lived
on the street, she may never become used to being loved and cared for. It's
part of her insitnct ofr survival - anyone and anything can hurt you at any
time. If she's young, she may get over this and come to trust you, but it
may take time, and then she may be fearful of anything "new" in the house,
be it a visitor or a piece of furniture, for the rest of her life.


2. When she has the babies, I am guessing that they will be
urinating/pooping right there with her in the bedding. What are your
suggestions for making this as hassle free as possible? Do they have
anything on the market for newborn kittens to relieve themselves in?(I
looked but couldn't find anything)


Newborn kittens do not urinate or defecate unless stimulated to do so by
their mother cat (or human surrogate). Stimulation comes in the form of
Momma licking their behinds (or in the case of a human surrogate, gently
rubbing their nether regions with a soft cloth or tissue), so that when they
do eliminate, she ingests it and there is no waste left to attract predators
(yes, cats, although predators, can become prey themselves, especially
helpless newborn kittens). When they get older, say 2-4 weeks of age, they
will start going on their own - you will need to provide them with a
litterbox that they can get into (they are still toddlers at this point, and
not coordiated enough to be able to get into the deeper litterboxes). Make
sure that any litterbox that they can use is filled with clay (non-clumping)
litter (or shredded paper, anything but clumping litter) as any clumping
litter will be ingested by them as they clean themselves (they start to do
that at about a week old - merely imitation of Mamma), and may solidify in
their gut, causing death (just think of it like eating cement).

3. Once the kittens are weaned, I plan to take mother and kittens to
the vet to be fixed, shots, tested for diseases and all that good
stuff. Are there any agencies that will help offset the costs for all
these cats?

Some area humane agencies (Humane Association, Humane Society, Society for
the Protection of Animals, or even the local animal shelter itself) will
offer finacial assitance for the lower income. Where I live, there is a
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP for short), and also a medical
assitance fund for those who need help when their pet is injured or very
ill, and they can't afford it. You will have to check with your
municapilty.

Kittens can have their first official vist to the vet at 4 weeks of age, but
they are still too small to be tested for the nasties at this point, nor
will they be given any shots, but they will probably be given worming
medicine to ensure that they have no intestinal parasites. Mamma can
accompany them for this visit, and will probably get her shots as well as a
wormer.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Peggy




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Old December 31st 06, 10:59 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.rescue
Wendy
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Thanks for taking this girl in.

The jury is out on her ultimate personality until after she's had her
kittens and been spayed. She could come around or could stay shy. It largely
depends on what she's been though in her life and nobody knows that and
she's not telling. I've seen it go both ways. Give her some time after she
has her babies and gets spayed and see what happens.

Momma will clean up after her babies the first few weeks. There will be a
bit of a mess when she's delivering so put down old towels or bedding. It's
also normal for her to have a blood tinged discharge for the first week or
so. She will clean up most of that too but you will probably see some
staining of the bedding. Have a litter box, food and water in the room where
she has the kittens. When the kits are around 4 weeks old or so she will
show them how to use the box.

Start feeding momma kitten food now. She needs the extra calories. I always
give my pregnant mommas canned kitten food as well. The kittens will start
eating the wet food when they are 4 - 6 weeks old following mom's example.

As for the spay, do a web search for low cost spay/neuter and you should
find some sites where you can get low cost spay vouchers. One that you can
try is spay & save. They have a link on their page listing the vets who
accept the vouchers and how much they charge. You'll have to check with the
individual vets for actual costs because some require additional services
(blood work and/or an exam) to be rendered at regular fees to qualify for
the low cost spay. Bummer, I know. Also call around to SPCAs in your area
and ask if they know where you can get discounted services or vouchers for
the same. Some are more likely to be willing to work with stray cats than
others so you might want to try contacting a local rescue group to pick
their brains and get any suggestions they might be able to offer. They are
usually very willing to pass on information. They might be able to help you
find homes for the kittens as well.

Good luck with your little family

W




"Peggy Fair" wrote in message
ups.com...
About a month ago, I took in a pregnant stray that has been in my
neighborhood for a couple of years. I was getting tired of her having
babies, so I decided to take her in so she can give birth in my home. I
gave her a flea bath on the first night and now a month later she is
still doing well. Her stomach has gotten bigger and I think that she
will give birth any day now. I have gotten a carboard box, turned it
upside down for privacy, with some old blankets and put it in a corner
hoping she will give birth in there.

I have a few questions:

1. I think she has been a stray all her life, and when she was out on
the street I fed her often so she knew me before I took her in. She
lets me rub her head but won't let me touch the rest of her body,
especially her stomach. She just stays under my bed and comes out to
eat, use the bathroom and whenever she feels like allowing me to pet
her. But if she sees me coming, she runs. How long will it take for her
to stop running away from me? She should know that I don't want to hurt
her by now, right?

2. When she has the babies, I am guessing that they will be
urinating/pooping right there with her in the bedding. What are your
suggestions for making this as hassle free as possible? Do they have
anything on the market for newborn kittens to relieve themselves in?(I
looked but couldn't find anything)

3. Once the kittens are weaned, I plan to take mother and kittens to
the vet to be fixed, shots, tested for diseases and all that good
stuff. Are there any agencies that will help offset the costs for all
these cats?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Peggy



 




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