Saturday, June 25, 2022

How to Help Your Cat in Labour

Hello there, paw parents! Is your cat now pregnant and due to give birth? And it’s your first time taking care of a pregnant cat. You don’t want to muck things up, do you? You don’t need to be concerned. I’ll give you some tips on how to assist your cat through labour.

But first, there are a few things you should be aware of. A cat’s pregnancy lasts approximately two months. Usually, you won’t notice if a cat is pregnant until the cat’s midriff expands. In most cat breeds, a cat will carry two to four kittens or more. If you find your cat’s amniotic sac going to pop or has already popped, it is a sign that your cat is in the first stage of birth. Here is what you can do to help your cat in labour.

Prepare A Nest

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The nest will be the place where your cat gives birth. You can prepare a nest in your room or anywhere in your house enclosed enough for the cat to feel secure. Don’t forget to lay some underpads to absorb blood or amniotic fluid. 


Provide Food and Drink

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Your cat will need the energy to pop out all her kittens. Although naturally, your cat will eat the kittens’ placenta to energize herself. You can give your cat a hand by providing some food and drinks. Feed your cat between the interval of kittens or when she is not in the middle contraction and pushing out her kitten.


Cleaning The Kitten

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When the kitten comes out, a membrane covers its body. The cat’s mom usually will clean the membrane by licking the newborn kitten. However, you also can help her, just in case your cat is too tired to do it. You can wipe away the membrane with a towel. Ensure there is no membrane left on its face so the kitten can breathe. 


Put A Blanket or Towel

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After your cat finishes giving birth, change the underpads with a blanket or towel to keep the kittens warm. You can also add a heating pad under the blanket. Let your cat rests and nurses the kittens on it.


If your cat has problems during labour, such as prolonged contraction without birth, a kitten stuck in the birth canal, or your cat has excessive bleeding after giving birth, I highly recommend you to call for your vet’s help. I hope you find this information helpful!

Maulani Rachma Nursafitri
Hello! Maul's here. My writings here mostly revolve around Kpop, animals, and sometimes movies.

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