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QUESTION: i have 2 cats one male and one female the female is pregnant.she is showing signs that she could have her kitten any day now.we keep both cats in the same room.i was wondering when would it be a good time to saperate them i have heard that male cats eat the new borns. the 2 cats keep to themselves the queen stays in the window and the male sit on his scratching post.the queen is pregnant by the male.

ANSWER: Diamond,

I prefer to restrict access to any mama about to have kittens or nursing so that no other pets or young children can come in. If the male is entire (i.e. not neutered), I would certainly keep him out. On the other hand, once the litter is born and a few weeks old, a neutered male can make a great wet nurse!

Best regards... Norm.

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QUESTION: how soon can you give kittens worm medicine

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Diamond,

Most of the wormers will have it on their labels.  Kittens ought to be at least 8 weeks or more, depending on the product. Some products suggest a minimum weight.

There is a fairly new product out on the market called Pro-fender.  It is given topically between the shoulder blades just like the modern flea treatments.  It is supposed to treat most kinds of worms cats can get: tape, hook, round, etc.

I would consult with your vet.  It is supposed to last a month, so, if the kitten is not exposed to where they could pick up worms, one application may be all you would need.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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