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post #1 of 11 Old 06-15-2014, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question My cat is not maturing...cause to take her to the vet?

Last year, we took in a pregnant stray. She had four babies on July 2nd, and we were able to rehome two of the kittens and the momma (who is now fixed, yay!).
We have two of them: the second oldest, who we call Smee, and the runt, who we call...Runty. Yep. They both seem to have the same dad (we're pretty sure we know who both dads were...we had three orange kittens and one black, and two males of those colors were wandering around before we were able to rehome the mom).
Smee has grown fine. The day he started spraying, we scheduled an appointment with the vet, and as of now, he's what anyone would call a normal cat. He'll be a year old in about 2 1/2 weeks, and weighs the normal amount for his age.
Runty, on the other hand, has not. She started off as the one maturing the fastest (first to open her eyes, first to walk...her tiny size probably helped), but quickly stopped. She's still tiny (about 5-6 pounds tops). Looking at her from her backside, she has the normal girl parts, but has never gone into heat, has no teats, and hasn't had any changes in weight in at least 3 months. Being so close to a year old, this seems really strange. She acts absolutely fine. Still crazy like a normal kitten, but underdeveloped physically.

Is this reason alone to take her to the vet? I'm the third of three kids going in college, so we don't want to take her in unless it's absolutely necessary. It just seems so odd that she stopped growing.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-15-2014, 09:45 PM
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She's a year old now? Then she's done growing.

Does she eat? Urinate? Defecate? Act normally? At a good weight for her size? If so, I see no reason to take her to the vet.
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Don't you take them to the vet normally, for vaccinations and annual check ups?
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Some cats are naturally small, my friends cat is so small people think she's a kitten, she's actually 15. If besides being small she functions normally then she's most likley imbred or just small. If you are really worried then take her to the vet, but unless she's showing that she has porblems, I doubt she has any.

She may still be growing, but she's just growing slowly. My boy spent 5 years growing very slowly, but in time he just about doubled his size.

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If you could put a few dollars aside regularly, she does need to be spayed. Find a rescue or shelter and ask what vet(s) they use. That is a great way to find a vet that is more affordable yet is still a good vet.
At that time the vet would notice if anything is wrong and your kitty will be healthier in the long run.

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Well, I can't find where you are from. Are you in the USA? I use something called Care Credit. I get 6 months interest free. It helps to have 6 months to make payments without having to pay interest! You could ask your your vet if they take payments. Do you have a regular vet? It still doesn't hurt to check around.
I am very happy with my vet, and know his prices are very reasonable, but I was checking around for a friend. Just to spay a cat, I found a range from $50. To $150. Ask if it is just for the spay or if the price includes shots.

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Don't you take them to the vet normally, for vaccinations and annual check ups?
Normally we start when they need to get fixed, and then we get their vaccinations done and go annually. We haven't taken her to the vet because we were waiting for her to go into heat to make sure she was ready to be fixed. Seeing as that has happened, and the past few months have been a whirlwind of expenses including our oldest cat who had an aural hematoma, we haven't been able to.
In order to keep her as safe and healthy as possible while we set money aside, she's a strictly indoor cat, and lives in a house with pets who are up to date. We also give her OTC flea/tick treatment since the others go out.
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Well, I can't find where you are from. Are you in the USA? I use something called Care Credit. I get 6 months interest free. It helps to have 6 months to make payments without having to pay interest! You could ask your your vet if they take payments. Do you have a regular vet? It still doesn't hurt to check around.
I am very happy with my vet, and know his prices are very reasonable, but I was checking around for a friend. Just to spay a cat, I found a range from $50. To $150. Ask if it is just for the spay or if the price includes shots.
We are in the US, northern Michigan. I'll have to see if our regular vet takes payments! They are SOOOOO freaking expensive, but obviously we want them healthy. (They charged us $45 for a 5 minute exam to tell us what we already knew about a different cat. That didn't include meds or any other treatment.)
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(They charged us $45 for a 5 minute exam to tell us what we already knew about a different cat. That didn't include meds or any other treatment.)
OMG! If I were you I'd be vet shopping! Of course I have no idea about prices in your area. Of course, even in my own area I did find quite a range!

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It's not uncommon for cats to have silent heats where they don't show signs. I got my kitten spayed at 5 months and she didn't show any signs, but when I picked her up the vets informed me that she was in heat! 5-6 pounds isn't really abnormally tiny for a cat. My old lady was 6 pounds maybe at her heaviest. I would make an appointment for her to get spayed, and see if the vet has anything to say about any abnormalities at that time.
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