View Full Version : How young can kitten get pregnant? what are the signs?


cairn
23-05-2011, 01:24
HI

i saw an ad on gumtree last week for kittens and my family had planned to get 2 kittens for a while and had all the stuff required...

i went to the house and there was a lot of kittens there of differing ages...i ended up taking 3 and they are all lovely..and have settled in to our home really well and are happy.....however....

of the 3 kittens one is quite large...one is medium....one is very small....when i asked the owner the ages i was told the largest one was 8 weeks and smaller ones 6 weeks...

i have my doubts the largest one is only 8 weeks (well 9 weeks) by now as she is so much bigger and just seems older...(and i saw some other kittens who were 13 weeks and they were smaller than her) also the other 2 i have here still sway about when walking and this larger one is very steady on her feet and just knew how to use a litter but the smaller 2 have had to be shown....and when it comes to food, well from the first day i noticed for every time the smaller 2 feed shes feeds 3 times!!

also her poo is very large compared to the little ones the smaller 2 do...

i am worried she is pregnant...i noticed tonight her sides look quite large IMO...i really just dont know though...i cannot see any teats bt am not sure at all...shes very playful and lively, would this be the case if she was pregnant? i have googled what age can kittens become pregnant and found answers ranging from 2 months to 6 months!!...

i havnt taken them in to be spayed yet as i only got them just under a week ago and was planning to get them all done together next month as they are not going out yet..and i cant let them out until they are chipped next week...the smallest 2 look too tiny for collars even but i thin the larger one would fit hers...

pls advise thanx

cairn
23-05-2011, 01:32
i mean they are getting chipped next week so cannot go out until after that is done i wouldnt want to risk it but also they will not be venturing out as early as next week as its too soon...they are not big enough and i have not had them long enough yet..i believe i need to keep them in 3 months before they can go out??

that is another thing however..the 2 smallest kittens have no intrest in going out but the larger one is always looking out of my patio doors and when i put out the bin trying to come outside....shes very intrested in outside life....i'm wondering if that is because she has had expirience of outside life before where she came from?....i wouldnt let them out until all are nueted and chipped anyway....bt anyway am very concerned this one is already caught....its odd cos the day i brought her home we made a joke about it cos when i brought the pet carrier in and the kittens started to come out of it my sons friend said she was massive...and i told him the owner had said she was 8 weeks and he said no way and he is only 11...and in the house my family joked (even though looking back its not funny) what if she was older and already pregnant?.....i cant believe im sitting here worried about this....

berlingo
23-05-2011, 08:48
Register them with a vet and book them in for free kitten check ( most do this ) and you will then get a better idea of age. She may be full of worms, that also gives a bloated belly look.

purplepeke
23-05-2011, 08:58
Oh dear!!! You have got yourself into a situation!! It is very hard to say without actually seeing the little ones...........can you upload any pics with something at the side of them, for a size comparison, like a tv remote etc?
I would say you have been 'done' and obviously the people you got them from, haven't a clue, i would hope they have all gone to caring homes, just like yours, but i fear the worst!!
If you are taking them to the vets next week, anyway, the vet will be able to give you an estimated age for them all, and advise on neutering, when this can be done etc.
i personlly do not let any of my cats out until they are neutered around 6 months of age, if the bigger one is already that age, i would recommend keeping him/her in for 6 weeks after that, again, what i do if i adopt an older cat, and fingers crossed i have never had a problem with any wandering off etc.
it is usually the oriental type breeds that can come into season quite young, not usually the moggies, but a few days won't make any difference, as i say the vet will advise you.
good luck, and let us know how you get on. xxx:)

cairn
23-05-2011, 10:02
oh yes thank you i will let you know...i hope its just me being paranoid however and she doesnt have to go through that...

i dont think it could be worms, well i hope not as the first thing i did when i got them home was to put the wormer on the back of each ones neck...the brand i used is called 'bob martin' i bought it in middletons pet store on the moor...the flea stuff i bought is similar (apply sachet contents behind neck) and same brand....

i wormed them straight away as i have a children who are stroking the kittens a lot...

vwkittie
23-05-2011, 10:13
The place where they came from sounds dreadful - a lot of kittens of all different ages? Sounds like they are breeding them for money, scumbags :rant:

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find they had worms etc, I'd take them all to the vet asap.

Bob Martins spot on wormer will be no good, you'll need a proper worming tablet from your vet such as Milbemax.

Also something like Frontline spot on will be better for fleas and ticks too (this is also essential for worm control).

If they turn out to have worms I'd report the person who sold you the kittens to the RSPCA and explain what happened - hopefully a visit from an inspector will convince them to have their cats neutered and stop breeding irresponsibly :rant::rant::rant:

maggimay
23-05-2011, 10:16
these kittens should not be going out until they have been spayed or neutered females can get pregnant at 4months.You are best advised to get proper worming and flea products from the vets.True they are more expensive but they do work better also they need vaccinating before they go out

Moonbird
23-05-2011, 10:18
oh yes thank you i will let you know...i hope its just me being paranoid however and she doesnt have to go through that...

i dont think it could be worms, well i hope not as the first thing i did when i got them home was to put the wormer on the back of each ones neck...the brand i used is called 'bob martin' i bought it in middletons pet store on the moor...the flea stuff i bought is similar (apply sachet contents behind neck) and same brand....

i wormed them straight away as i have a children who are stroking the kittens a lot...

How long have you had the kittens?
I would also have thought worms but it depends on how old the kitten is, also I would say that you need a better wormer such as Drontal cat, which you can buy online or from a vet and the same with the flea stuff try frontline spot on or for a good combination product visit your vet for Stronghold spot on which effectively killes fleas and worms.
Cats can get pregnant rarely from around 4 months but more usually around 6, does the big kitten have baby or adult teeth?

Lotti
23-05-2011, 10:18
I didn't know you could worm cats with a spot on the back of their neck :s

Bob Martin products are useless - I would advise leaving it a week or two to ensure you don't overdose and then treating them with frontline or stronghold for fleas and drontal for worms. Be aware also that not only does Bob Martin often not work, it also has caused reactions in a few cats - some of which have been fatal.

You can buy frontline and drontal online for cheaper than you would at a vet, but stronghold is prescription only so you need to see a vet to get it.

As for the rest, I won't add to what others have already said but please do make sure they don't go out until they're neutered - they can end up not only pregnant but with sexually transmitted diseases or other illnesses (such as Feline HIV) from fighting (which, if any of them are male, they'll be more likely to do while they're entire).

If she's had a lot of them together at different ages then the older one could be pregnant - but don't rule out worms, as I say Bob Martin isn't reliable anyway especially if she already had worms.

Lotti
23-05-2011, 10:19
Sorry I posted while all these other replies came up saying the same thing!!

purplepeke
23-05-2011, 10:30
Ditto, to all of the above, but if using frontline spot on, for cats, they do have to be a certain weight, or this too can be fatal, the spray is POMV, a prescription only medication, but is safe for even tiny kittens. Hope all this info makes sense!!:)

Lotti
23-05-2011, 11:09
Oh yes! Thanks purplepeke I forgot that the spray was POMV!

cairn
23-05-2011, 12:51
thank you for all your advice

it is most appreciated...

it is useful to know not to buy bob martin in future also...i dont mind paying extra at the vets to know that the product i am buying actually is going work!!!

in middletons they told me that bob martin was the most popular brand which is why i bought it....

i thought i had planned well for the kittys in advance getting them collars, name tags, beds, scratch post, carrier for vet trips and such and worm n flea treatments..

my dad came round and he has always kept cats as has his partner and they dont think she is pregnant....they think she is probably only 10 wks old maximum also....and metioned she would have teats coming if she was pregnant (which they dont believe her old enough to be) and she doesnt have any...well the vet will alliviate all my concerns im sure...i was just very worried last night but thank you everybody for your supportive advice...

we really do love the kittens also they are a lovely addition to the family...and are very affectionate...they have settled in very well...and are quite at home...

cairn
27-05-2011, 19:41
oh i had to come and give you all the most astonishing news!! well for me anyway i'm still LOL-ing over it....!!!

Diagnosis on my kitten??

Fit and healthy and far from being pregnant......because my kitten Katherine is not a girl...he's a boy!!!!

i had to tell you all i really feel silly being worried over something that i now know was impossible!!

Moonbird
27-05-2011, 20:29
oh i had to come and give you all the most astonishing news!! well for me anyway i'm still LOL-ing over it....!!!

Diagnosis on my kitten??

Fit and healthy and far from being pregnant......because my kitten Katherine is not a girl...he's a boy!!!!

i had to tell you all i really feel silly being worried over something that i now know was impossible!!

:hihi: That is so funny, so what will be Katherine's new name?

cairn
27-05-2011, 20:45
lol i dont even know :hihi:

i still cant believe it....i already had nametag engraved as katherine as well...

we've all been trying to think of a new name...but we are baffed :confused:

Katherine was the original name we had decided on when we were only getting one kitten...then we got 3...they have their names now..so i cant change one cos their names suit them now... :huh:

medusa
27-05-2011, 20:47
Hahahaahaha! At least you know he's not pregant :D

Please give him a fuss off me :)

jenz245
27-05-2011, 21:08
I had a cat called sasha and we didn't find out he was a he until I took him to get speyed.
I also know someone who's male cat is called peggy.

What are the other kitties called?

spotty dog
28-05-2011, 06:45
That happened to me! Only I thought my cat had cancerous lumps!so I took it to the vets who confirmed Stella was infact a boy!and the lumps?well I'll let u figure that one out!! So we re named her "uncle Stella"!!

fabcakes
28-05-2011, 12:52
lol i dont even know :hihi:

i still cant believe it....i already had nametag engraved as katherine as well...

we've all been trying to think of a new name...but we are baffed :confused:

Katherine was the original name we had decided on when we were only getting one kitten...then we got 3...they have their names now..so i cant change one cos their names suit them now... :huh:

:hihi::hihi:
we had the same thing happen to us
we took in a stray witch we thought
was a pregnant female becourse he
was so fat turns out he was just well
fed by the naighbourhood :hihi:

2's Company
28-05-2011, 16:55
Register them with a vet and book them in for free kitten check ( most do this ) and you will then get a better idea of age. She may be full of worms, that also gives a bloated belly look.

Hi we have just purchased a kitten. Do you know of any vets in s13 that do a free kitten check? and also what is included in the check?

Thanks

cairn
12-07-2011, 20:49
hi i dont know tbh i contacted cats protection league and there is a vet near crystal peaks who you can go to if ure a student as am i or on benefits i believe, they spay or nueter free and microchip for a tenner..

the kittens are so big now to when we got them, i called him khan after shah rukh khan lol and one of the others also was a boy! he is now rocky-riley and the little tortie is still called jonquil

cairn
12-07-2011, 20:56
i meant i dont know my dad took them 4 me...i phoned cats protection re spaying...the vet they referred me to near crystal peaks gave me appt within days...excuse typos am using dsi its a pain in the butt my laptop broke

flash08
01-08-2011, 14:51
aww thats lovely am so glad they got good homes x x