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Hi.. my 3year old cat zoey is due really soon. yesterday she started acting like she was going into heat but the behavior was different then her usual heat behaviors. alot of rolling on floor. running through rooms, acting goofy. last night i woke up to hey yelping. my male cat charlie had mated with her and im guessing she allowed it. she acted just like she did when the first mated back in early November. we can feel several lumps in her belly that move and she has all other signs of being pregnant. today she has done alot of sleeping so far and is kinda grouchy to me when she usually purrs. why did she mate with the male last night. what does that mean? whats with her behavior? is something wrong? still felt movement from babies this morning. are the babies going to be hurt from the mating last night? im so confused and cant find any answers. only thing i read was her hormone levels are severely high due to birth approaching and that causes her to think shes in heat and can allow mating. is that true??? ahhhhh please help.

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Hi Jennifer,

It could be her hormones that are causing this. You need to keep the male away from her. He can harm the unborn kits.  He will try to mate with her as soon as she gives birth. And he might try to kill the kits. He might do this to induce her to go into heat right away. I would get him fixed immediately or you are going to have another litter on your hands. I would also say that she is ready to give birth. Hope this helped. Good luck and take care.

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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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