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can a mother cat who has had kittens before and is now spayed still produce milk

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Asked by hoothootchapah at 3:46 PM on Jul. 3, 2011 in Pets

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  • An adult spayed feline cannot produce milk because she has had a hysterectomy (spay). She has no hormones to help her body produce milk.

    Spaying is an "ovariohysterectomy" which means both the overies and uterus are removed and the cervix is tied off.‚Äčspay.html

    Have a great day!


    Answer by SarahFarah at 8:07 PM on Jul. 3, 2011

  • I'm not sure about being spayed. My dog once nurse a kitten but she wasn't spayed and she had had a litter of puppies a few years back.

    Answer by Razzle_Dazzle1 at 10:14 PM on Jul. 3, 2011

  • SarahFarah is correct. But it take approximately 30 days after the spay to release all the hormones completed from her body but juat lime us it take abou a week for the milk to dry up. So the babies. So be completely weened from her before the spay. So.e kittens will still tey to nirse but theu should be separated from the mom fo at least a week before going back in with mom because she can still produce milk until the hormones are gone. Hope this helps. JenW-Vet tech

    Answer by luvmyboys11 at 7:19 AM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • To SarahFarah and luvmyboys ~ since when is the pituitary gland removed along with the uterine horns and ovaries during a feline spay? That was never an option before, nor is it something that even makes sense. It's the pituitary gland that produces prolactin, not the ovaries or uterus. Pseudo pregnancy as well as mammary hyperplasia is absolutely seen in cats (and with dogs/wolves it is a given because of the pack rearing ... all females need to be able to help nurse the pups).

    All it takes for a cat to have either a pseudo pregnancy or lactation is a rise in progesterone along with sensitized mammary tissue. This occurs in cats that are spayed, and those that aren't.

    OP, watch for signs of mastitis or check with your vet. There are drugs that can be given to end milk production.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 6:55 PM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • I would think not but I'm not sure.

    Answer by horsesteelers at 2:30 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

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