How soon after a cat gives birth can you get them fixed?

@freedomg (1685)
United States
August 17, 2008 11:04am CST
I have two wonderful kitties with one problem, they keep getting pregnant. Every time I go to take them in to get fixed they are prego again! I tried keeping them inside but they have figured out that my Dad can't block them at the door and they wait for him to go outside to smoke a cigarette. Next thing I know they are knocked up. I know there are times that it is dangerous to get them fixed and I want to protect them. The vet will only answer questions during an office visit(yeah he wants the $). So any info you wonderful people might have will be greatly appreciated.
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@ElicBxn (58822)
• United States
18 Aug 08
6 to 8 weeks is a safe, normal amount of time. Mind you, when Solo was "decanted" his mother was also spayed since they had her open anyway.
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Alright a two for one deal. Those are usually pretty cool. Thanks and have a great day.
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@ElicBxn (58822)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Solo and his mother = when he was 3 days old - hard to tell, but hes really big for 3 days
It would've been a lot cheaper if the cat had given birth normally and then been spayed - over $300 cheaper!but Solo was a BIG kitten and his momma was small.
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
19 Aug 08
What a sweet picture! Thank you for sharing. We have a few that looks a lot like that under my sons bed right now. I can't afford them and it's not fair to Ms. Molly but I love having new babies in the house they are so cute.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Once they have finished nursing their babies, you need to get them to the vet's A.S.A.P.! They go into heat very quickly after nursing their kittens, so you want to make the appointment for somewhere around 9 or 10 weeks after the kittens are born. If I were you, I'd schedule the procedure while they are still nursing their kittens, just to make sure that they can get spayed RIGHT after the nursing is over. Good luck!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Now that I think of it, it might be better to schedule the procedure for no more than 8 weeks after the kittens are born. They should be fully weaned by that time. When you call to schedule the procedure, they should be able to tell you when the best time to have it done would be. When they know they're going to get money out of you, they shouldn't have a problem letting you know when the best time would be. What a world, huh?
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Yeah well these days they will do or say dang near anything to get every penny they can. This is why I'm asking here. I had one vet suggest a kitty abortion and I nearly lost my mind. There is no way I feel I could do that to her and I know that getting them fixed while prego is soo dangerous. Yeah he got cussed out and the reported. Around 8 weeks huh? I wish there was a way to know exactly when she will go into heat again. I don't want to do it too soon with the babies nursing on a sore mommy nor can I afford for her to get knocked up again. Thanks for the info. I'll try to shoot for then.
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I hadn't though of that. The only cages we have are for single animal transport for hurricanes and vet trips, but I will look to see if I can find one large enough to be humane thanks for the idea.
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@sunshinecup (7882)
17 Aug 08
I have a stray out in the back of my house and recently I had her fixed just 6 weeks after she gave birth to a litter. It was done through a group that will fix strays for free, lucky me. They also fixed all the kittens as well.
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
17 Aug 08
At 6 weeks. So the babies had just got off of her right. It's great to hear that you were looking out for her when no one else was. Very cool.Thanks for the info. What group was it that fixed her for free?
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18 Aug 08
It's call AlleyCats Society, they also gave her and her kittens a medical exam, 3 year shots, and dewormed them as well. Awesome group, they don't charge a thing, but I made a donation, and will do so from here on out every year.
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Thanks I'm going to look them up because this vet wants $130 each. Ouch
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• United States
17 Aug 08
As soon as the Mommas stop nursing the kittens, generally 6-8 weeks after birth. There are safe ways to spay your cat even if pregnant. Also try to find a low cost spay and neuter clinic in your area. Appointments are normally immediate without too much waiting, not like our Vet's office. Good luck I have had the same problem.
@freedomg (1685)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Will do that you for the post and the advice. Good luck with yours.
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@TheCatLady (4697)
• Israel
18 Aug 08
You can spay you can even if she is pregnant again. Spaying a pregnant cat is less dangerous than letting her give birth. It's a little harder and the incision is slightly bigger but it's done all the time. Birthing is far more dangerous. So much can go wrong in giving birth.
@freedomg (1685)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Now see I'm so confused because I was told that if she was pregnant or in heat then having her fixed could kill her. I'm going to call a few other vets I think. Thanks for the post.
• Israel
19 Aug 08
I don't know were your are or how much access to vets you have, but checking with other vets is always a good idea. I would find another vet just because your vet wouldn't talk to you with paying for an appointment. He can give you 2 minutes of his time for for free for good public relations. In San Francisco when you adopt from the SPCA you get a certificate for a free vet visit within x number of days. Almost every vet honors it. Ok they give away their time and don't charge the office visit, but they get a prospective new client that will be paying someone for vet services for 10 - 20 years. Vets prefer she's not in heat. But being pregnant is no problem for most vets. I had a cat that I thought might be in heat the vet said if it was early enough in the heat cycle he'd do it if not to wait another week or so until she was pregnant and then do it. My vet will do the spay up until the time they start labor. When we have TNR spay projects for street cats half the females are pregnant or in heat. The vet spays them as they are. TNR= Trap Neuter (or spay) Return Purrs, The Cat Lady
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Thank you. That was very helpful information.
@MsTickle (24624)
• Australia
30 Aug 08
You could ring a different vet or the SPCA. I really don't know the answer, good luck with it.
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Thanks for the post.
@vimaal (3365)
• India
18 Aug 08
hi freedomg, i really don't know how long it takes. I ask my grandmother and then i tell you. ok take care have a nice day
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@freedomg (1685)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Good idea grandmas know everything. You ask yours and I'm going to call mine. Thanks.