After giving birth how soon can a cat become pregnant again?

We have a wild cat with 3 babies that are about 4 months old. When can the mother cat become pregnant again and when do we need to have the babies spayed and neutered?

Editor's note: Thank you for taking care of these kitties!

The mother cat can become pregnant within two weeks. Interestingly, cats can also become pregnant while pregnant! Please see Dr. Arnold Plotnick's answer on feline pregnancy for more on this.

The kittens should be spayed or neutered as soon as possible, but you'll have to check with your vet about the exact schedule.

Some vets recommend the procedure at 6 months or even one year, but there have been advocates of so-called early spay neuter that recommend much earlier than that.

For example, in this article from the ASPCA...

"It is generally considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old to be spayed or neutered. In animal shelters, surgery is often performed at this time so that kittens can be sterilized prior to adoption."

It's somewhat controversial, but some vets may go by this time table.

And then there's the "Fix at Four" campaign...

Watch on YouTube

My personal choice is to wait until at least 4 months and work with a vet who is in agreement with that time table. Obviously, the mama cat should be fixed as soon as possible!

If the mother cat is too wild to handle and you need help trapping her, you may want to call local rescue groups that do Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) work, find out what vet they work with, and so on.

Here's information on low cost spay and neuter programs in the US.

Keep us updated on their progress!

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Cat Questions.

Want More Kitties in Your Inbox?

I guarantee 100% privacy.

Like this page

Like us on Facebook

Like us on Facebook

Get the book on Amazon...

Meet Our Featured Kitties

Featured kitties September, 2015

10 Cutest Kitten Moments with Marmalade and Cole

10 cutest kitten moments with Marmalade and Cole

23 Cats Who Love Boxes. "Bonus Belle" is my favorite. What's Yours? 

The Rescue of Orange and Gary

The rescue of Orange and Gary

Latest Meows

  1. Cat not using litter box after death of our other cat

    We had two cats and one of them got a urinary obstruction. We had to put him down. Our other cat stopped pooping in the litter box they used together so

    Read More

  2. Kitten driving me insane

    I have 2 five month old male litter mates. They have been neutered. One is content and has never had any litter box problems. The other took a little longer

    Read More

  3. Featured Kitties for September, 2015

    Say meow to the featured kitties for September, 2015. These pictures were all contributed by visitors who want to show off their babies. Enjoy and show them some love!

    Read More

How to Give 7 Maine Coon Kittens an Eye Test

7 Maine Coon kittens

Mama cat adopts orphaned baby bunny

Mama cat adopts baby bunny Bubbles

Which Low Cost Cat Food is the Best?

Which is the best low cost cat food

TJ the Tiger Goes on Vacation

TJ the Tiger at Big Cat Rescue

Morris the Horse Riding cat

Morris the horse riding cat

Cat Welcomes Home Soldier with a Meow and a Hug!

Adorable Orange Kitten Stalks Himself on Video

Orange kitten stalks himself on video

Weatherman Rescues Kitten from Tornado Rubble

Weatherman rescues kitten from tornado rubble

Kevin Richardson Snuggles with Lions

Kevin Richardson snuggles with cubs

Abandoned Puppy + Starving Kitten = ??

Travis puppy and Yoda kitten

Dogs Annoying Cats with Friendship

Dogs annoying cats with friendship

Shhhhh... Do Not Disturb. Adorable Kitten is So Tired!

These Two Flea Infested Kittens Had No Future, Until This Happened

You've Never Seen a Dog Show This Much Love for Foster Kittens. Until Now.

This Great Dane and Kitten Have a Love Story for the Ages. Tissue Alert.