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I have assumed responsibility for my neighbors cat.  They gave away all of her kittens after barely 6 weeks and she is full of milk and miserable.  How can I help her?

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Hi Kate,

Good for you taking care of her. You can do a few things. You can take her to the vet. He will give her a shot to dry her up. You can call a local rescue and see if they need a foster mom cat. Or you can just wait it out. She should dry up in a week or so.

Feed her a lower protein diet. This will help reduce the flow of milk. Also keep an eye on her nipples. If they seem to get red and engorged , (like they have an infection), you will need to take her to a vet. It may be Mastitis, an infection of the mammary glands. This is not too common though. Hope this helped. Good luck and take care. And don't forget to spay her once she dries up.

Ciao, Karen

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I can give advice on cat behavior. I can help about newborn kitten care. I can help with senior cat care. I can answer questions about cat proofing a home or making it cat friendly. I can answer diet questions. I can answer home treatments questions for cats. At present I have 13 cats in home and two ferals outside. And there's always room for one more!

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I have over 40 year's experience with cats. Father was a veterinarian and I assisted him in his work. I have 15 cats at present. Most are shelter or feral rescues. I have one purebred cat. I have done cat rescues and foster care. Some thoughts to carry with you. A Cat's 10 Commandments My life is likely to last 15-20 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. Before you swat me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could draw blood. And claws to strike back. And yet I choose not to attack you. If I don't act right then have me checked to see what is wrong. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so. Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters. Pass this on.

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