I just find it interesting that people don't apply human standards to other facets of animal care (and this is not directed at you, it's off on a general tangent, so please dont take it personally), but they will balk at abortion of a litter. People will euthanize an animal, or get rid of it for one of many reasons, things you wouldnt do to a family member, but when it comes to killing little cute kittens they will apply the same standards as they do to people.
Ok, I'm off that now, and please dont get upset, I've been dealing with a lot of that kind of stuff and also bleeding hearts that want to endanger people with vicious dogs (post on that to come..) so I'm a little peeved..
Anyway, I have done plenty of rescue where they HAVE given birth (I wont abort if I think its halfway or more, BTW), so a couple tips:
_ she needs to be SECURELY confined, preferably in a room or cage where if she gets out that door she is not loose, but in another room. Cats can be very sneaky especially when they are all weird with hormones.
- DO NOT allow other animals near her when she has the kittens. Some mom cats are very protective and will attack other animals that come near. Some dont, but safer not to press your luck, I still bear scars from ten years ago when I got in the line of fire of a mom cat who spotted my cat nearby.
- She cant be spayed while she is nursing, but she CAN get pregnant while nursing, so she has to stay securely confined until her kittens are weaned, so a minimum of eight weeks.
- start calling the low cost places now, because some have a long wait time. Dont wait til you are ready to do it. Same for the kittens. Also, if you explain that you took in a pregnant cat and are doing all of them, they might be able to give you a bigger break. I had a cat have six kittens this past year (she came with the house and was due any day when we found her) and the shelter did them for $20 each since I was doing seven AND was keeping them here so they didnt have to find them homes.
- make sure mom gets as much food as she needs, those kittens are going to take a lot out of her now and while she is nursing.