- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
Last night, while Darling Husband and I were working on a project outside, a stray I had seen a couple of times in the area came over to say hello. Okay, technically, I think she came over to say, “That chicken you’re eating while you work sure does smell delicious. You should give me some!” But that doesn’t really matter.
Anyway, she was a real sweetie, and she loved being petted and didn’t mind being picked up.
The problem is that she’s pregnant. EXTREMELY pregnant. She’s overall a tiny cat, but her belly looks like a basketball. We were able to feel the kittens moving a couple of times, too.
I ended up grabbing her and bringing her home with us because I didn’t want her to have her litter outside where they’ll all end up as feral cats, too. I hope that by bringing them home with me, I’ll be able to socialize the kittens enough to adopt them out.
So anyway… I now have a pregnant kitty living in my ceramic studio (the spare bedroom of our apartment). I have never helped a cat queen before. I haven’t even owned a kitten since I was six years old (I keep adopting adults instead). I’ve been looking around online and have found all sorts of tips on how to set up a box for her, what sort of food to give her to make sure she’s getting everything she needs while pregnant and nursing, etc., but I’m still terrified and don’t really have a clue. To make things even worse, Darling Husband and I will be gone every Friday night through Sunday night from now until the end of May.
Right now, I’m just trying to find a vet that’s open late so I can get her checked out without having to miss any work (I REALLY can’t take the time off). Argh. I have two other cats, so I can’t let her have the full run of the apartment until I’ve had her checked for FIV and feline leukemia and also had her treated for fleas (is it even okay to treat a pregnant girl for fleas???).
Help. Please. Hints, tips, advice…?
Also, do any of you know how to tell how far along a queen is? Everything I could find online talked about markers that were for much earlier in the pregnancy, or they were just tips on how to tell if she was about to go into labor.
In more exciting news, I’ll get some pictures tonight and keep you updated with pictures of mama and her kittens when they come!