Meet Laura, a 9 month-old tiger kitten who was going to be spayed on May 1.
Before that day came, Laura’s mom woke up to some strange noises. She thought Laura may have brought a baby bunny into the house because she saw a little ball of fluff on the floor. After she looked at it further, she learned that the ball of fluff was actually a baby kitten!
Do you know what to look for when your cat is pregnant? Typical signs include an extended belly as well as dark and enlarged nipples. The average cat pregnancy lasts 65-69 days. A cat can have an average of four to six kittens per litter, and (on average) can produce one to two litters a year. This is why spaying a cat is so important!
Laura's mom said that Laura didn't show any of the typical signs of being pregnant and she didn't think that a kitten that young could get pregnant. Since Laura only had one baby, Laura's mom was concerned there were more babies inside of her; and with Laura being so young, she may not have been able to deliver them. Laura's mom took her to an emergency vet visit, and wasn’t fully prepared to cover the costs because she was also paying off medical bills for her daughter, so she applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Luckily, Laura didn't have any more kittens inside of her. And even though it took Laura a few days to realize she was a teen mom she has embraced motherhood, and she and baby are doing wonderful. She's also getting spayed as soon as she can!
Spaying your female cat (or dog) helps prevent uterine infections (like pyometra) and cancers, as well as breast cancer. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Cats (and dogs) can be fixed at any time during their lifespan. Your veterinarian can address any concerns there might be about performing the procedure on a young and older pet.
Fur Kids Foundation is grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and supporters who have helped local families stay happy and healthy, and together! If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families in Campbell County, Wyoming with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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