Can a spayed feline still nurse her kittens?


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Can a spayed feline still nurser her kittens? Stray feline been spayed seems to still be nuring her kittens, who are also eating on their own.They are about 10 wks. old.

Janice Celmer


Hi – thanks for your email. I'll try to answer your question based on the information that you gave to me. If a cat was nursing her kittens, then spayed, yes, she can still nurse her kitten. If a cat is spayed, had not been nursing previously, she can not nurse the kittens.

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Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.