Virgin cat lactating

Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
I've posted this on the Forums, but have gotten no response, so I'll try asking here. The Magnificent Seven are now three months old and I'm in the process of trying to find them furever homes. They eat both dry and wet food, but still nurse on Leila several times a day. I think that her milk has probably dried up by now, and they're just doing it for TLC. But now they've started nursing on Leila's sister Chibi as well (BTW, neither Leila nor Chibi are spayed because they are show cats and breeding queens), and I discovered yesterday that Chibi has started to lactate, at least from one nipple! (There's absolutely no chance of her being pregnant.) I think it's wonderful that the kittens have two kitty mothers to coddle them, but wonder if this might be dangerous for Chibi. Has anyone else had this experience?

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  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
    Accepted Answer
    Its actually the stimulation from suckling and not the pregnacy/birth that causes a cat to lactate. So because the kittens are suckling on Chibi they've managed to get her to produce milk. It won't do her any harm and she'll stop lactating as soon as they stop suckling.
  • Rosie GallagherRosie Gallagher WellingtonMember Posts: 2
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    Hi, I have a similar "problem" - my neutered male Loki (20 weeks, weaned for 12 wks) has started suckling from my 1yr old speyed queen Isis! They are unrelated and prior to this weren't getting on too famously! Then, the other night, it was suspiciously quiet and i went to find out what was going on and he was latched on to her suckling away and had a big milky face! I couldn't believe it! Neither could the vet (Isis has never had a litter and Loki is weaned)... Vet says its extremely rare but can happen (obviously cause i saw it with my own eyes!) vet says to seperate them as she may get mastitis as she shouldn't really be lactating. But i guess - there's no defining nature! Hope this reassures you that you are not alone - at least your kitties are 'keeping it in the family' - mine are getting on a bit better now tho! lol! x
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