Hi,
I'm hoping someone can answer these questions!
These are two different cats:
1. Generally speaking, how old can a queen be and still be going intoheat and producing offspring? In other words, please God, is there such a thing as feline menopause??? :-/
2. I've got another younger cat, first time queen, shows all thesymptoms of pregnancy - more than a month along. However, every few days, she's spotting blood from the vulva. Not much though, and otherwise she acts fine. Is this normal, or should I be contacting the
vet?
I'd so appreciate some answers!
Skye
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Hi, I'm hoping someone can answer these questions! These are two different cats: 1. Generally speaking, how old can a queen be and still be going into heat and producing offspring? In other words, please God, is there such a thing as feline menopause??? :-/

Yes. It's called a "spay."
2. I've got another younger cat, first time queen, shows all the symptoms of pregnancy - more than a month ... the vulva. Not much though, and otherwise she acts fine. Is this normal, or should I be contacting the vet?

You should be contacting the vet about having her spayed. Why are you allowing your cats to breed?
Best regards,
Cindy S.
Hi, I'm hoping someone can answer these questions! These are two different cats: 1. Generally speaking, how old can a ... going into heat and producing offspring? In other words, please God, is there such a thing as feline menopause??? :-/

I used to breed, & the eldest queen that I knew about was 8 years old. Generally a breeder would be wise enough to retire their Queen by 5 years old though. To ask a Queen to breed beyond that age, would be to entertain trouble & strife, & unfair on the cat. If you can see that her teats are enlarged & pink, then I suggest that you get yourself & your cat to the vet asap. Unlike USA, over in the UK (where I am posting from), We have to find a vet who would ethically be willing to spay the Queen & abort her kittens. Nonetheless, find a vet to fit her into their surgery ASAP & have her spayed to ensure that this never happens again..
I am sorry, but I can't answer your question regarding feline menopause, because I always spayed my Queens before 5 years of age. However, It's Possible that another person here might be able to answer that for you.
2. I've got another younger cat, first time queen, shows all the symptoms of pregnancy - more than a month ... the vulva. Not much though, and otherwise she acts fine. Is this normal, or should I be contacting the vet?

YES!!
Ring your vet right now & ask if they can squeeze her into their schedule, PLEASE? No, it is not normal at all!
I know that you really aren't going to want to hear this, but it needs to be said. If she is a first time queen, & she is spotting, it doesn't bode well for future pregnancies. If you are a breeder, I realise that you are going to continue to try mating her @ least once more time, to see if you can recoup your money for your Queen.

If this is the case, & this happens again, I really would recommend that you spay her ASAP, & either keep her as a pet, or sell her. PLEASE, ensure that you spay her if she is a registered Queen, & do not sell her as a registered Queen. I say this because there are unscrupulous breeders that would do this, if only to get their money back, but it would be quite possibly at the expense of her life. Please, do think carefully about this one. My advice is to spay both her & your older Queen.
If you feel that you can't do both, then have your elder Queen first, & fast too?!
Sheelagh >"o"<
1. Generally speaking, how old can a queen be and ... God, is there such a thing as feline menopause??? :-/

Yes. It's called a "spay."

I'm glad your life is so well-ordered and nothing ever gets out of your control once
in a while. However, please realize that's not the case with everyone in the world, mkay?
The older cat is a feral cat who I've been feeding for the last two years, but has
hung around this neighborhood for at least 10. I've somehow grown attached,
even though she is wild. She will not come to me nor allow me to so much as touch her. You tell me how to get her to the vet, Cindy S., ok?
Last summer, some of the neighbors tried to get rid of her. They did manage to
catch her kittens and most of them were put to sleep. This summer, we've managed
to get the kittens before they were found, but we had to pull off commando-type
raids under cat-hating neighbors porches to do it.

She seems to be safe and stays under the radar all the rest of the year.
I simply wondered how many more summers I could look forward to worrying about
this. Or do you just think I should stop feeding her? I mean, what gives with your
attitude???
2. I've got another younger cat, first time queen, shows ... Is this normal, or should I be contacting the vet?

You should be contacting the vet about having her spayed. Why are you allowing your cats to breed?

This cat is my indoor, well-cared-for, beautiful, loved cat. Yes, I wanted her to
have kittens. OMG! I'm guilty! Shoot me, but not the cat! Seriously, I'm not sure
since 9/11/2001, but I THINK America is still free enough that if you want your
cat to breed, you are allowed to do so. Unless there's some law I'm not aware
of (under Homeland Security, maybe?). I don't even think you have to ask
permission from, well, ANYBODY. Lol.
Well, thank you for your, um, help and info, Cindy S. I can assure you, the
world is a much safer and better place. You can sleep well tonight.

Skye
You can set humane traps that will trap the feral cat when she comes to eat. Then you can bring her to the vet where they will tranquilizer her and spay her. Then you can bring her back and let her go, and she won't have any more kittens..Also, she is likely to stick around your place (or wherever the food is best) and become domesticated..
Contact your local cat coalition or the vet to find out about this..
I used to breed, & the eldest queen that I knew about was 8 years old. Generally a breeder would ... a vet to fit her into their surgery ASAP & have her spayed to ensure that this never happens again..

Thanks for your kind response. Please see my reply to Cindy S. about the older cat
.
2. I've got another younger cat, first time queen, shows ... Is this normal, or should I be contacting the vet?

YES!! Ring your vet right now & ask if they can squeeze her into their schedule, PLEASE? No, it is ... to try mating her @ least once more time, to see if you can recoup your money for your Queen.

Thank you, Sheelagh, that's the main thing I wanted to know.

Skye
This cat is my indoor, well-cared-for, beautiful, loved cat. Yes, I wanted her to have kittens. OMG! I'm guilty! Shoot ... THINK America is still free enough that if you want your cat to breed, you are allowed to do so.

Yes, you're allowed. And please sleep well tonight with the knowledge that thousands of cats are being euthanized in shelters every year for lack of homes and every one of your kittens that you place in a home represents a shelter cat who will not have a home and will be euthanized. But please don't let that minor inconvenience stand in the way of your fulfilling your selfish desire to let your cat breed. And rest assured, that you will find very little support for your position on the rec.pets.cats.health+behavior newsgroup. But you are correct that in America, the "me, me, me" approach to life is alive and well. Selfishness and self-centeredness are certainly not against the law.
Best regards,
Cindy S.
This cat is my indoor, well-cared-for, beautiful, loved cat. Yes, ... your cat to breed, you are allowed to do so.

Yes, you're allowed. And please sleep well tonight with the knowledge that thousands of cats are being euthanized in ... approach to life is alive and well. Selfishness and self-centeredness are certainly not against the law. Best regards, Cindy S.

Unless there's some law I'm not aware of (under Homeland ... safer and better place. You can sleep well tonight. Skye

Err..I don't want to start a flame war here, but you might just put a teensy weensy bit of the blame on God, don't you think? - After all, literally millions of cute furry little animals die of starvation, thirst and the cold every year, and there isn't a damn thing any of us can do about it..I often wonder how well He sleeps at night..
You can set humane traps that will trap the feral cat when she comes to eat. Then you can bring ... the food is best) and become domesticated.. Contact your local cat coalition or the vet to find out about this..

Since she is a feral, you could also call your local animal shelter to see if they will offer assistance. Some have TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs or offer low-cost spays. Many will also loan you a humane trap.
Unfortunately, by asking these questions you have stumbled onto one of the hot topics on this forum. Almost all of us regulars here strongly believe in spaying and neutering, both for the prevention of unwanted/unneeded litters but also for the overall health and well being of the animal. Spaying will prevent certain types of cancers and eliminate many unwanted behaviors (coming into heat, caterwauling, spraying). With the millions of animals that are euthanized each year, it's hard not to be an advocate of spaying.
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