I have a foster litter and their mother, and the kittens are just turning 8 weeks. The mother is due to be spayed in two weeks. Their current setup at my house is two rooms that are connected by a doorway, which has a baby gate across is so Autumn (that's the mother), can hop back and forth between the kittens and having her own space. The kittens seem to be just about done nursing.I was asked by the shelter I volunteer for to completely separate Autumn from the kittens, so her milk can dry out before her spaying. My only option for that, really, is to let her out in the house with my other cats. She doesn't seem to mind my cats, so that's going ok, but my worry is that she goes to the door of the kitten's room, wanting to get in. I don't know if it's cruel to do this to her.

With my last mother and litter, I brought the mother into the shelter. I can't do that right now, because our shelter has had a URI going around, and they don't want Autumn to catch it. I could see if another volunteer could take her. Do you think she will be OK here, knowing her kittens are just on the other side of the door? Here's some cute pictures! www.snittens.com/fall litter2.html

-Kelly
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will be OK here, knowing her kittens are just on the other side of the door?

I don't know anything about mamma's and kittens but I wanted to say congrats on your wedding. I looked at your pics (the below link didn't work, though) and the shots of your kittens are so cute. Emotion: smile I also have to mention that seeing the sunset pictures on Cape Cod on your honeymoon are amazing! As another East Coaster, it's rare for us to see sunsets over the water like that. You must have either been up the coast of the Cape or on one of the islands. Emotion: smile
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My bad on the link, it should be www.snittens.com/fall kittens2.html

I had Autumn out most of the evening, and she was a bit stressed, and then she ended her time out of the kitten room by making a big puddle of diarrhea on the bathroom floor Emotion: sad I think it may have been nerves. My other cats weren't exactly rolling out the red carpet for her.

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Replying to myself: would My bad on the link, it should be www.snittens.com/fall kittens2.html I had Autumn out most of ... Emotion: sad I think it may have been nerves. My other cats weren't exactly rolling out the red carpet for her.

If it makes you feel any better we had a cat that wouldn't stop nursing her kittens. She still got spayed. Never really stopped "nursing" them even unto old age. They all lived to good ages in the 20's.

Karen
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What is the rush?
I'd let her wean the kittens in her own good time, then get her spayed.

Better for all imho.
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I don't know anything about mamma's and kittens but I wanted to say congrats on your wedding. I looked at ... like that. You must have either been up the coast of the Cape or on one of the islands. Emotion: smile

Thanks Cheryl! Our honeymoon was amazing! It was the first time I had ever been to the Cape, and I absolutely loved it! The sunset was at Rock Harbor in Orleans, which is on the Bay side of the Cape, just at the "elbow". The tide goes out really far, and it feels like you are walking out into the ocean. It was so neat.
Here's the correct link for the kitten pics
www.snittens.com/fall kittens2.html
These are the most recent pics of the babies!

-Kelly
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What is the rush? I'd let her wean the kittens in her own good time, then get her spayed. Better for all imho. K.

Turns out that's what we're going to do. I talked to the cat coordinator, and she agreed that it would be better to delay her spaying rather than stress her out.

-Kelly
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Hi Karen,
I also fostered a mother and her two kittens.
When they where around 2 1/2 months old, she become in heat and we spayed her after that. She returned home the next day and continued to nurse them right away.
She stopped nursing them when they where 5 months!!

Patricia
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