What should I do if our cat still nurses kittens after being spayed?

We had our siamese cat spayed about a month ago. At the same time, she also had a kitty abortion, and she is still nursing her kittens. The kittens are about four months old, shouldn't they be weaned by now?

Asked by Member 841487 on May 30th 2009 in Health & Safety
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Sassy (2001-2012)

Usually the mother cat will start pushing the kittens away to wean them but Sassy nursed Xena til she was 7 months old. She just had the 1 kitten left after the others were adopted and never stopped Xena from suckling. When our vet found out they told me it could cause calcium deficiency if she kept suckling and told me to just move Xena away when she suckled. On Sassy's page you can see a picture of her suckling Xena who's as big as she is.

Make sure the kittend have access to wet/dry kitten food and are all eating well on their own. Then you can start to block their access to their mum. The easiest is if you give the mum cat somewhere she can be on her own away from the kittens when she want to. If she doesn't take advantage of that you can just try pulling the kittens away when they suckle and offer them the kitten food instead. You can also get stuff called "bitter apple" that you can put on the mum cats teats so they taste bad when the kittens suckle.

Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 5/30/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer