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Today, I got a new cat. It was fine for a couple of hours until it gave birth in my kitchen. The seller claims to have no idea that it was pregnant. Now I have to take care of 7 cats instead of 2. FML

By catcraze / Monday 20 May 2013 23:23 / United States - Denver
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  Melolssa  |  8

did you know that people can lie because they can do that. If they did ask, the seller probably lied and was trying to get rid of a gross pregnant cat

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  Bibliovore  |  25

Perhaps OP knew it wasn't spayed (as it gave birth, it's presumably female so wouldn't have been neutered); that does not necessarily mean it's pregnant, and it's the sort of thing a new pet owner usually covers with the vet on the "I just got a new pet" visit. Oh, and OP? Congrats on the new pet and her family, but you probably want to get her (and any kittens you're keeping) fixed as soon as your vet tells you it's okay to do so.

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  larsak  |  3

I appreciate your enthusiasm so obviously I "liked" your comment! Congrats!

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  FlowerMama  |  20

99 - I don't think it was a grammatical correction so much as encouragement to look at the situation from the bright side: GETTING to take care of those sweet kittens, rather than HAVING to do it. Hard work? Yes. Messy? Probably. Potentially expensive? Could be. But it could also be a rewarding situation full of lots of cuteness until they find new homes. :)

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  ShyAnn29  |  14

Maybe she wasn't very fat when OP got her

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  Bibliovore  |  25

Some cats are chubby and/or fluffy enough that it could be hard to tell if they were pregnant. If OP couldn't tell, it's at least narrowly possible that the seller also couldn't tell -- but somewhat less likely, as one hopes the seller would've been noticing the cat's weight and size change at least somewhat, and most likely would have known that the cat had previously gone into heat.

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  Nobinx  |  15

Especially young animals often show no belly when pregnant. The same happened to me with a rat, only 2 days before the birth I got suspicous about her tummy.

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  Nobinx  |  15

Especially young animals often show no belly when pregnant. The same happened to me with a rat, only 2 days before the birth I got suspicous about her tummy.

By  spaboolly  |  26

If you're not prepared to care for the kittens, spend the few weeks they will need to stay with the mother to find some good homes for them. You could give them to friends/colleagues, put ads online, etc. Or if all that fails, try to find an organization that will care for them until they can be adopted. Just please... don't put them out on the street. That's just cruel.

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  Raykyogrou03  |  12

And not to mention a great inconvenience for everyone else.

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  gracehi  |  31

The mama cat will do everything. I barely lifted a finger when my cat had kittens. He should keep them until they're old enough to be adopted (6-8 Weeks). Their chances of survival well be much barter that way.

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  cmyk  |  19

Actually, it should be closer to 12 weeks, not 6. They're to young and often develop misbehaviour and wont learn how to cat if taken from mum to soon. And its nothing wrong having lots f kittens :) we foster-cared a rescue cat who gave birth to 4 lovely babies some years ago. We found great homes for the mother and 2 kittens and kept the 2 weakest ones ourself even though we already had adopted 2 from same rescue centre earlier. Wasn't planned, but never regretted the decision! Good luck OP :)

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Sorry, ran out of time to edit. Also, in response to #8, I have a friend whose cat had her 5th litter in 2 years or something ridiculous like that (they "can't afford" to spay her, in which case I think the cat should be given to someone who can care for her). Well, they took the litter of kittens and dropped them off in the park. In a box. Horrible people. At least take the defenseless kittens to the SPCA!

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  FlowerMama  |  20

58 - I had an ex-boyfriend who repeatedly let his cat get pregnant. At one point, the cat AND one of its kittens from a previous litter were both pregnant. It was ridiculous. I asked him how he could do that to his poor cats, and he said they "wouldn't go into heat if they weren't meant to get pregnant every time". I shot back that human women "go into heat" (have their cycles) around 12 times a year, on average; did that mean we're all supposed to get pregnant every time we ovulate (or, at least, every ovulation directly after a pregnancy)? He claimed it wasn't the same and refused to discuss the subject any further. He wouldn't listen when I told him it wears out the mama's body to be pregnant so often, and that the mom's life can be drastically shortened and made a lot harder, health-wise. He was a complete idiot.

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