Your cat's birthing process doesn’t necessarily mean it’s over when all those cute and cuddly kitties are out. Your cat will go through a lot of physical changes for days, weeks and some even in months! She'll need extra love, care and attention. And oh! Cat diapers, too. Yes, they are a thing.
Why, you ask?
After giving birth, your cat will experience spotting, a process of discharging natural fluids that are mucus-like & bloody and that is completely normal (no need to panic there). This discharge is called lochia. And lochia absolutely calls for cat diapers so that mama cat won’t be soiling the whelping box bedding (when she's nursing her kitties) or anything at home.
Monitoring the type of lochia your cat expels will help you determine whether her spotting is normal or already a sign of a serious condition that will lead you to seek veterinary health immediately.
Stages of lochia
The spotting of your cat will go through several stages. During the first stage, discharge will be composed of blood and some shreds of fetal membranes. This lasts usually for three to five days. On the second stage, your cat’s lochia will probably become thinner and will turn brown or pink. This will continue for a few more days. And on the last stage, the lochia will now turn whitish or yellowish and this is where the spotting stops.
Just because all kitties are safe now doesn’t mean you can stop taking good care of mother cat. Postpartum care for your female cat is essentially important.
Provide a healthier diet
Mama cat will need all the nutrients she can get as she will be nursing her kitties for many weeks. It is suggested that instead of giving her two large meals, you should provide her several meals a day instead and easy access to fresh water. Increase the amount of food to up to three times of her normal feeding and give her calcium to prevent milk fever.
Monitor at all times
Make sure you regularly check on your cat on the first week after giving birth. Check for any retained fetal membranes, retained placentas, and uterine prolapse. Be cautious to observe whether your cat is in distress - some symptoms might include fever, loss of appetite, weakness, swollen abdomen, dark red gums, neglection of her litter.
House your cat and her kitties in a stress-free environment
While your female cat is lactating and recovering from delivery, stress should be avoided. It is best to not accept any visitors yet, so your cat can gain her strength in no time. Also make sure that no stray cats go near them.
Proper hygiene and cat diapers
Maintain a good hygiene and constantly check her mammary glands for any signs of infection. Inspect and clean them daily. Keep her away from all soiled materials inside the whelping box.
As your cat will continue discharging lochia in the following weeks, in this case, cat diapers is a great option! So that mama cat won’t be soiling the whelping box bedding and everyone's comfortable, dry and happy.
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