Felix Mendelssohn (1989-2008)

Can a cat go into heat while she is nursing kittens?

I am helping foster a rescued mama cat with 3 kittens about 5-6 weeks old. Mama cat is beginning to look large around the middle. Is it possible she could have gotten pregnant while nursing the current litter (before she was taken to the shelter), or are we just feeding her really well? :-)

Asked by Felix Mendelssohn (1989-2008) on Apr 29th 2008 Tagged heat, pregnancy, nursing in Pregnancy
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Izadore (Izzie)

It's possible for a cat to go back into heat AND become pregnant in as little as one week after giving birth. If the mama was let outside for any length or time or exposed to a male cat, then chances are you'll have another litter on your hands. She can be aborted if she's not too far along, and nursing mother cats can be spayed. They will produce enough milk for their current litter.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/29/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I didn't know that Izzie...interesting.

Member 371549 answered on 4/29/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I have never in my lifetime known of a cat getting pregrant while the kittens are only 1 week old and nursing.

I suspect mom may be just blotted or have extra milk. To be sure have her taken to the vet. The kittens can be aborted after she finish's nursing - I would not recommend doing it before - if she really is pregrant.

Member 629569 answered on 5/5/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer