When Can Male Cat Return to Mother and Kittens?

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, says reunion should come after spaying or neutering.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Posted Dec. 26, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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Q: When can the male cat go back in the room with the mother and kittens?

A: After she’s spayed. Or after he’s neutered. (Preferably both). Otherwise, he can’t (or shouldn’t). Female cats can come into heat even while they’re nursing kittens and can become pregnant again. (I’m assuming you’re trying to avoid this. I hope so.) The mother can be spayed any time, but it’s best to do it after she has stopped producing milk and the mammary glands have shrunk back to near-normal size.  This should happen a few weeks after the kittens are separated from the mother. This entire process can take a few weeks. The male, however, can be quickly neutered at any time, and can go back into the room with the mother and kittens soon afterward

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Karen    Standish, ME

12/29/2008 10:11:40 PM

Always important to spay /neuter.. We adopted a cat 3 years ago that had a stillborn cat at shelter. We brought her home to our home where all our cats are fixed! We took her to be spayed and found out this young cat was with kittens again. She had one male who lived to about 8 weeks then sadly died of a ruptured artery in his nose. We had a home line up and all. The whole thing could have been avoided if the foster home's cats were fixed!! My heart broke! Now she she is a happy kitty but she went through a rough time seeing her kitten laying dead on the floor.The Vet felt it was a congential defeat!

Whisper    Bristow, VA

12/29/2008 7:19:09 PM

Thanks for the info.

LMW    near Philly, PA

12/29/2008 7:15:24 PM

Another good reason to spay/neuter,esp while they're kittens,is that it protects cats..male & female..from reproductive cancers.My dear 13 yr old kitty,who was an unspayed 2 yr old when I adopted her & had her spayed,will have surgery tomorrow,Dec 30, for lumps on her mammaries. Vet says 80-90% chance it's cancer since she wasn't spayed as a kitten.I'm very worried & upset.I pray that if it is cancer,that it hasn't spread. Her former owners did not have her spayed & this is the result. PLEASE SPAY & NEUTER YOUR PETS !!!

Johnna    Decatur, GA

12/29/2008 6:24:02 PM

Is it safe for the kittens to be around a male cat, either neutered or intact?

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