It happens too often. A stray cat adopts a family friend or cat. And after a few weeks it turns out that she is pregnant.
In the US alone, there must be millions of sweet but homeless cats. And many of them get pregnant several times a year. No one really knows why, but pregnant bums often adopt a family rather than the other way around. They may be looking for support or a good, warm home for their kittens.
Now, you may not have the space or time for a cat family. Or there is another reason that makes it difficult to have these kittens. But you don’t want to throw this stray dog away. She is expecting babies, isn’t she?
What can you do now?
You could take her to an animal shelter. That is not always a good idea.
Don’t get me wrong: I value animal shelter work. In fact, I got my current cat from one of them, and I’m pretty sure the next one will also come from a shelter. But some animal shelters reportedly put a pregnant stray woman to sleep. You will blame yourself forever if you hear that the cat you brought was killed.
Other shelters will sterilize her. They have a good reason for it. The kitten population is astronomical and the last thing an animal shelter wants is to put five more homeless cats in this world.
But you may have objections against spaying a pregnant cat; after all, it is an abortion at the same time. So a much better idea is to take a pregnant stray woman to a local rescue group. In the US alone, there are dozens of active rescue groups. Not all, but many let the queen have her kittens and find a home for them.
But in the end, perhaps the most satisfying alternative is to keep the cat and let her give birth. Take care of her. Have a vet examine her to see if she is in good health. And get the right information to be prepared for complications.
And remember: stray dogs are used to going wherever they want. So keep the doors closed. Otherwise, you will adopt someone else.