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Q: Kitty Obortion?

February 22, 2012 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 895 days ago

Ches21

When they spay a pregnant cat is it like an obortion or will they still have their kittens? The reason I ask is because I was recently told it was like an obortion when telling them about Berta a stray cat who lives up by my dad's house that he feeds who might be pregnant. I don't want more unwanted kittens in the world but I also want to comfort Berta before and after being spayed in a way to cheer her up if this is like an obortion. So will Berta still have her kittens if she is pregnant once she is spayed or not?

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Kelly
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Feb 22, 2012

It's an abortion and it's typically performed before the kittens are viable. Early and mid-term spay/abortion of pregnant cats is common but late-term abortion is generally not done. Gestation is about 9 weeks, so you can't wait around for long. I've never had a cat that needed comforting after a spay/abortion. They act just like any other cat who has been spayed.

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Jillian
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Feb 22, 2012

With strays it's usually that much more important the kittens are aborted, which is what spaying during pregnancy does. It's difficult finding good homes {and getting all the kittens vetted to find those homes}, and that's if the mama cat is healthy enough to rear and raise her young. Even with being fed regularly, Berta probably has worms and intestinal parasites she'd pass to her kittens, and kittens just don't handle those well, the diarrhea alone from them can kill them quickly.

I've had three cats spayed during pregnancy. The first was Abintra, who had a hard time coping. She's very sensitive though, so it may have been the pain more than any emotional trauma. She hid under the bed refusing food and drink and had to go back in for fluids. Once hydrated, she was good as new. Then there was Namine', only a couple of weeks pregnant, who didn't show any signs of mourning. The third was Yuffie - she was in her third trimester {spay/neuter clinics are usually the only places to abort this far along}, and it didn't phase her.

You won't want to comfort Berta prior to the surgery, that can make her think something's up. Just act like it's no big deal, even when she's crying on the ride there. Comfort her when she comes back though. Cats aren't affected by these surgeries the way dogs are, and actually barely notice. But she'll still be uncomfortable at first with some pain and should have a friend to dote on her.

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daryl b.
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Feb 22, 2012

it has been a long time but i believe kelly is right. it is a damed if you do and damed it you don't. but she is right hurry.

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