Cats are able to have up to 3 litters of kittens every year, if they haven’t been spayed. If you own female cats that have not had her spayed and you discover that the baby is due, it may be quite alarming and thrilling all at the same time. As you look at your cat’s belly swelling and her appearance undergo some strange changes likely to raise one main question in your head What time will she get her kittens?
Technically speaking, a cat can be pregnant for between 63 and 65 days. But, if you’re like many pets, you may not be able to pinpoint the exact date your cat was pregnant. you’ll only be aware when you began to notice that you cat had become pregnant. So, it’s important to learn about some of the signs that may occur just before your cat’s kittens are born.
Her Appetite Changes
In the majority of cases the pregnant cat will have an appetite for food throughout her pregnancy as she’ll require the additional food intake to sustain herself and her growing children.
But, before the time when labor begins her appetite is likely to alter. The changes in her appetite can be a reliable indicator of a pending birth. They are likely to not be as keen on food, and could quit eating for a short time.
Her “Nesting” Begins
Pregnant cats are very focused on the location they have their babies. They will need a place that is well-hidden and secluded, which is why you might see her hanging out in unique spots around the home including in the cabinets, dresser drawers, or on the top shelf in the closet. This can happen anywhere between a couple of hours prior to when labor is scheduled to be a couple of weeks before.
If you observe your cat looking for the perfect spot to deliver her baby the baby, you’ll know her delivery date is moving closer. Pet owners can help their pets by giving them a beautiful, comfortable box, that is usually closed off for their cat to deliver the baby inside. Don’t be too surprised when you make her a “nest” and she decides that it’s not up to her standards.
Her Contractions Begin
Like humans When cats are in the first stages of labor she’ll feel contractions which are designed to force babies into the birth canal so that she will be able to give birth. You will usually be able to detect the contractions or sense them paying close attention to her abdomen, or pressing your fingers on her stomach.
Certain felines may require extra attention prior to giving birth, and could appear slightly more affectionate and dependent than they normally are. If you observe that your cat is experiencing contractions, expect to see kittens very soon.
Know the Signs of Trouble During Labor and Delivery
Most cats won’t have a difficulty with their kittens being born. But, occasionally the cat’s labor and delivery causes issues that could be hazardous for her as well as her kittens. The signs to keep an eye out for are:
The foul-smelling discharge is visually yellow or green
A kitten was confined halfway out for a long period of time.
Constant contractions for more than an hour that do be ineffective and do not produce the delivery
The mother cat is tired or her breathing is slow.
If you notice any of these signs in the birth or during labor it is essential to take your cat to the vet to be examined by a vet. Not doing so can put your cat’s life in danger.
If you give a little love and affection, your feline friend will likely give birth to her newborns without any difficulty whatsoever. If you’d like learn more about how to care for your cat’s pregnant mate, contact us at Sylvan Corners Pet Hospital for assistance.