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Hi, my kitten (9 months) has had enlarged pink nipples for 3 weeks now. She went for a check up the day before I noticed it and the vet didnt mention anything. I had a fecal test done and her round of shots.she had went into her first heat about a week and a half prior to the vet. She has been eating more and her belly feels hard but I dont feel she is pregnant. She is not spayed and lives with her brother and sister. Is there any other reason she could be experiencing this? Also my other female cat and her went into heat at the same time, lsat week my other girl went into heat but my baby I'm worried about hasnt. Any insight would be helpful, thank you.

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Chloe,

My guess is that she is pregnant. However, the nipples will pink up and enlarge when they go into heat.

The brother will probably breed his sisters as they are unspayed.  Also, either of your females could have a=had a season and been bred by the males before you might have noticed.

As it is, approximately 21 days after breeding, the nipples will pink up and become enlarged. This phenomenon only lasts a couple of days and is how we determine the female has probably been bred and taken.

You will just have to keep an eye on her and see how things develop.

My bet is that unless you get them spayed, the females will be having kittens before long.

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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