Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Rescued Cat - possibly pregnant??
Here's a bit of history. Our neighbour had a ton of barn cats. She moved recently and asked me if I would continue to put out some food for her cats once a week or so (she pays for the food). She used to have like 15 cats and kittens, but I found homes for most of them. However there were still three that were very wild and uncatchable. She wanted them left there as mousers.
I was on holidays, so my mom went to feed them a week ago. She went to top up the food and saw the little black cat lying in the snow. She is around a year and a half we figure but is very, very small. She wasn't moving and Mom thought she had died. However the kitty meowed and the cat's back legs were frozen to the snow (it was really cold that day). And her eyes were glued shut with yellow infection.
Mom brought her home and started caring for her. I got back two days later and started helping. We have her eyes on the mend with charcoal water and she is looking WAY better. One of her ears froze though, so we have been keeping vaseline on it. She has mites too and I have been cleaning them out and using either hydrogen peroxide or oil to kill the mites. I may just have to get meds from the vet for her mites though. It was so gunked up in there that it took me a half hour or more to completely clean out each ear. The sad thing is this morning we noticed half of one of her ears is falling off. It must have completely frozen.
We also are thinking she may be possibly pregnant. Keep in mind I know NOTHING about pregnant cats! I do a little kitten rescue spring through fall taking in unwanted kittens and then rehoming them (took in 20 just last fall), but I have not had experience with pregnant cats. Her belly does seem large to me, although her nipples are not swollen at all. When I rubbed her belly she rolled over and started purring which was highly unusual as she is still fairly wild and growls at us occasionally still. I am attaching some pictures of her and also of her nipples. Just interesting if you guys have any ideas if she might be pregnant from the photos.
My boyfriend helped me name her. We are calling her Muffin - Muffy for short.
I am hoping to take her to the vet on Wednesday to get an answer, but I am just interested if anyone on here has any ideas or advice. She is a real sweetie and I just feel so bad she has had such a rough life. All I know is that she is NEVER going back to our neighbour's place! I feel sorry for the cats left there, but they are big and tough and seem to be doing ok.