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Q: HOW TO TELL IF A CATS PREGNANT

April 27, 2010 | By Meghan S. | 8 answers | Expired: 1593 days ago

Meghan S.

okay well i have been feeding this female cat that is a stray in my neighbor hood for over a year. and recently 3 months ago her stomache was big. Then i hadnt seen her in a few days and she came back not looking big at all if she did have kittens i have no way to tell where they are i want to know where they are if she did give birth to take them to the local shelter she did have kittens under my step last year and i couldnt catch them so they are roaming around so what does this sound like to you was she pregnant or not her stomache looks normal now not as fat and how do i kno where the kittens are too many cats runnin around here

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Lisa B.
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Apr 29, 2010

Please get a non violent trap and get that cat spayed!

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Nancy C.
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Apr 29, 2010

Sounds like she was pregnant. She probably had the babies near by and you would have to follow her to find out. Mother cats can be enigmas when it comes to birthing. Even if you find them she can (and will) move them again to a "safer" spot. It would be really great if you do find the babies. Try to get to them before they also become feral mammas and pappas. Check with your local humane society or animal protection agency. A lot of times they can help with trapping and spaying / neutering strays. If you get to the kittens young enough they can be socialized with humans and be much better candidates for adoption.

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Erin R.
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Apr 29, 2010

IMO She was ore than likely preg. however, finding those kittens will be like finding a needle in a heystack. It's possible she may have had them very nearby your home though, seeing as she knows your house as a food source, she wouldn't intentionally wander to far to have her kittens. Listen later in the evening or even at night for the little mewing of small kitten voices, chaces are good you'll be able to hear them from outside in you yard, then you can catch her and her kittens, crate them and take them to the shelter, or take them in yourself, or whatever you see fit for the happy little family. Just be sure that once you find them, you don't handle them very much, and since she's not a really domestic cat, you may even want to use gloves when handeling the kittens if you're going to bring them inside or to a shelter. That way they won't smell like you. (It's hell in a hand basket trying to bottle feed a whole litter of kittens by yourself... trust me... I know this one first hand.)

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Linda B.
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Apr 28, 2010

The only way to find the kittens is to follow her - but if you find them, she may move them again. Someone dumped a pregnant Siamese in my mom's neighborhood years ago. She had the kittens in Mom's garage, but when Mom found them, she moved them to a neighbor's house. Mom found them again and brought them inside - letting the Mama in to feed them, then found homes for all, including the Mama.

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Jillian
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Apr 28, 2010

michele's right, if a female cat hasn't been fixed and is living outside they will get pregnant. this can be incredibly hard on the mama cat. even if you're feeding her, sometimes braving the elements takes it's toll. she may have had kittens, she may or may not be caring for them, or she may have miscarried. you can try following her, maybe she'll lead you to a litter desperately in need of your help.
most areas have a local spay/neuter clinic that will happily fix your cat for a very small fee. in my area, it's only $25 per stray, but i've heard of places doing it for as little as $15. have her fixed, for her health as well as all the unwanted kittens she's going to have.
and just so you know, she isn't a "stray" so to speak. if you've been feeding an outdoor cat for at least 3 days, they're your responsibility according to the law.

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Michele Z.
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Apr 27, 2010

Any adult unspayed female running loose is bound to become pregnant, so you can almost assume she was pregnant and did have kittens! Where they are and whether or not they are "safe" is anyone's guess.

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Ches21
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Apr 27, 2010

next time take her to the vet I also suggest that you spay her and only take her outside from now on when you can keep an eye on her or have her on a harness and leash. Those poor kittens that she has if no one wants them they end up as strays or end up at the humane soicety where if they don't find a new home they get put down. Also letting your cat stay outside without you present could mean someone may take her thinking she is a stray or she could be hit by a car or get hurt by a dog or another cat. You know if your cat is not spayed and the humane society picks her up they will have you pay to get her back and agree to having them spay her for you so she can't have kittens.

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Kitty W.
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Apr 27, 2010

She was definitely pregnant. I would know. :)

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