Dear VetBabble: Can my Female Cat be Pregnant after my Male Cat was Neutered 71 Days Ago? Or is She Just Sick?
My male cat was fixed 71 days ago. My female cat started appearing pregnant a few weeks ago. We assumed it happened before. Today she’s been laying around all day and hasn’t gotten up to eat or drink but does when I bring it to her. She does not want to be held which is unusual. She also started to make a noise when she eats like teeth are grinding and seems to have some sinus congestion. I can’t get her to the vet until morning. Is this signs of labor or a sickness? Male cats stay sterile for up to 30 days after being neutered, so he could have gotten her pregnant then. It could be she is sick, but it could also be the beginning of labor. Definitely have her seen by a vet in the morning.
Possibility of Pregnancy
It’s important to understand that male cats can indeed stay fertile for up to 30 days after being neutered. With your male cat being neutered 71 days ago, there is a chance that he could have impregnated your female cat around that time. If your female cat started appearing pregnant a few weeks ago, it’s advisable to monitor her condition and be prepared for the possibility of pregnancy. For more detailed information about pregnancy in cats, you can check out our article Pregnancy in Cats: Advice and What to Expect. We also have a helpful article about Pregnancy in Dogs for dog owners.
Signs of Labor or Sickness
It can be challenging to determine whether your female cat is experiencing signs of labor or illness, as some symptoms may overlap. In your specific case, your female cat’s lethargy, reluctance to be held, teeth grinding, and sinus congestion might indicate illness, but they could also be signs of labor. To properly assess the situation and ensure the health and well-being of your cat, it’s crucial to consult with a veterinarian. It’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution when it comes to your pet’s health.
Desexing Cats and Maintaining Their Health
Desexing cats is a common practice, and it has many benefits for both cats and their owners. Apart from controlling the cat population, desexing can reduce the risk of certain health issues and behavioral problems. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read our article on Desexing Cats is More Common than we Think. As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to monitor the health of our pets throughout their lives, from kittenhood to their senior years. For guidance on aging and the life expectancy of cats, you can refer to our article How Long Do Cats Live: Aging and Your Cat.
In conclusion, the best course of action is to consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine if your female cat is pregnant or experiencing an illness. By staying informed about pregnancy and desexing, as well as monitoring the general health of your pets, you can provide them with a happy and healthy life.