Top Things to Look for During your Cat's Pregnancy and Labor

Top Things to Look for During your Cat's Pregnancy and Labor

"Though loss of appetite can occur just before your cat gives birth, it can also be a sign of something serious."

Isn't it exciting when our cats are expecting? But aside from being excited, it's all actually an array of mixed emotions. You're happy and at the same time worried that something might go wrong during your cat's pregnancy and labor.

Don't stress out too much about the things that could go wrong. Here, we have compiled things you should look for during your cat's pregnancy and labor that could signal some complications (and will help you prepare to do the necessary actions!).

DURING PREGNANCY

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Loss of appetite. Though loss of appetite can occur just before your cat gives birth, it can also be a sign of something serious. If your cat is not eating the right amount or not eating at all, she will not be able to get the right vitamins and nutrients to fuel her (and her young).

Remember that a pregnant cat that refuses to eat will face consequences. So work it out and ask your vet to put up the best diet.

Some cats tend to become picky when pregnant and may be enticed to eat canned foods. Depending on how severe your cat's loss of appetite is, your vet may prescribe stimulants or syringe-feeding to make sure your cat gets the nutrition she and her kittens need.

Distressed and Agitated. You'll know something is wrong when your cat is visibly stressed. She's crying and meowing frequently and continuously. When this happens, you'll also notice your cat become more irritable and easily stressed out. She'll also begin to lick her vulva intensely yet she's not delivering any kittens.

If you noticed your cat being stressed out during pregnancy, identify what triggers it. Is it your house guests? Your other pets at home? Those stray animals outside? Loud noises? Whatever it may be, make sure you confine your cat away from whatever irritates her. Keep her in a quiet and comfy room where she will feel relaxed.

Puppies

Increased urination. When your cat is stressed, this will bring about a lot behavioral changes in her. Your once litter box-trained cat may pee/poop and spray in inappropriate areas of your home.

It could be the kittens pressing on her bladder that causes her to urinate more than usual. It can also be about the hormones in the body.

Using cat diapers can be one of the simplest things you can do to prevent your cat from urinating around the house.

It will take some getting used to but since it's breathable, your cat will feel comfortable by then.

Sudden vaginal bleeding. If your cat suddenly bleeds and passes blood clots or has blood in her urine, she could probably be experiencing a miscarriage or a uterine infection. This could greatly affect her kittens if not treated immediately.

Take a trip to your vet immediately. She will perform tests to identify the cause of the miscarriage - bacteria, parasite or environmental factors and will prescribe medicines for recovery.

DURING LABOR

Strong contractions and long hours of waiting . Strong contractions means your cat is trying to 'push' and deliver her kittens. It can be alarming when 3-4 hours has passed and there is intense tension in the abdominal area yet your cat hasn't produced any kittens yet.

This can happen because of several reasons: It can be that her kittens are dead (the kittens must be alive to begin labor), dystocia (the kitten can't be delivered because it is physically blocked in the pelvis), loss of strength in the uterus (the uterus loses strength due to delivery of a large litter).

Call your veterinarian as soon as possible. She might need to inject oxytocin (a hormone that promotes labor) or she might perform a c-section on your cat.

Placentas delivered is not equal to number of kittens. The number of placenta should always equal the number of kittens that were delivered. If it isn't, it means a placenta is retained in your cat's uterus.

If this is so, take your cat to the vet immediately to rule out any progress of infection and for proper treatment.

Still 'bloated' abdomen. After your cat gave birth and you notice that her abdomen is still quite big or 'bloated', this might mean that there are remaining kittens that were not delivered.

You will know if your cat has given birth to ALL her kittens when she begins to stand up and takes care of her young. If she hasn't delivered all kittens yet, she will continue to lie down in the same place. Go to the vet asap to confirm.

Chills and fever. Common signs of infection after giving birth are chills and fever. If left untreated, this may be life-threatening. Consult your vet and never (ever) self-medicate. It is best to know the cause of the infection so that proper treatment and management will be advised.

These are the things you need to look out for. But worrying aside, CONGRATULATIONS! Your cat is now a mom and you are now a grand pet parent. Keep an eye closely on the signs mentioned above and bring her to the vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment. With your love and care, she'll recover quickly and in no time.

"Strong contractions means your cat is trying to 'push' and deliver her kittens. It can be alarming when 3-4 hours has passed and there is intense tension in the abdominal area yet your cat hasn't produced any kittens yet "

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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