A trip to the vets may be a good idea in the early
stages of your Cats pregnancy, in order to cheek your
Cat is in good health. Your vet can normally feel the
foetuses at about 26 days of pregnancy as lumps in your
Cats oviducts. Some vets may use an ultrasound, with this
they can find out if your Cat is pregnant sooner and give
a more accurate count on the size of the litter expected.
After 45 days the kittens will have enough calcium in them
to show on an x-ray. However this is not suggested unless
their is a suspected problem as the process can be stressful
and the radiation dangerous to the unborn kittens.
When to Expect Labor.
If you wish to be present as your Cat gives berth,
you need to start taking your Cats temperature daily. You
should start taking her temperature about 2 weeks before her
due date and try to take her temperature at the same time
each day. With a thermometer, you may like to use a bit of
KY jelly or margarine for lubrication, then insert into the
rectum about a half inch, holding it there for around 3
minutes. A normal temperature should be around 38.3°C and
39°C ( 101F to 102F). If the temperature drops to below
37.8°C (100F) your Cat will be due within the next 24
During your Cats pregnancy you should expect her to put
on around 2 to 4 pounds that will be about 25% more than her
normal weight. Your cat will not normally eat more than she
needs to, however a very over weight cat can struggle giving
Before and During Cat Birth.
It can be 3 days before birth when your cat becomes
anxious and restless looking for a place to give birth. When
this happens it is best to keep her in the room you wish her
to give birth in. The room should be darker than normal and
not to hot or cold. Depending on the floor, be prepared to
clean up the mess. During the 3 days in the room you have
chosen, feed and water her in there so she gets used to it.
When your Cat is about to go into labour she will
continually lick her abdomen and vagina. Normally fluid will
be discharged at this point but your Cat will lick it up
as fast as it comes out. By this time your Cats cervix
will be dilating without any signs of birth.
Your Cat will now loose interest in everything except
licking her self, you may also notice her breathing rate has
increased. It's also very common for your Cat to pace
around the room or site and meyaw loudly. When the time is
rite, she will lay on her side while her uterine
contractions begin. She will then periodically stand and
squat to give berth to her kittens. During this process it
is important not to disturb her, if watching then do so
first kitten should arrive about an hour into labour. This
may take only minutes to happen followed by between 10
minutes to an hour for the next kitten to follow. The kitten
will be inside a jelly membrane sack filled with a clear
fluid, Amniotic Sac. A good mother will straight away start
licking the kitten with force in order to shed the sac off
the kitten allowing the kitten to breath. The forceful
licking also stimulates the kitten to breath by stimulating
the respiratory and circulatory systems.
On the very odd occasion, the mother may not lick her kitten
and remove the sac in order for them to breath. This is when
you step in, taking the kitten in a towel, rubbing them
firmly without forgetting they are a tiny kitten. This is to
stimulate the kitten to breath like the mother should. After
licking her kitten clean and stimulating them to breath, she
will chew the umbilical cord in order to remove it. If the
mother forgets the umbilical cord on any of the kittens, you
can tie the cord off with a piece of dental floss or piece
of string. Then cut the cord around an inch long.
If getting involved can be prevented, its best for the
mother and her kittens. Through the process of berth and the
licking, the mother bonds with her kittens and they are
recognized as her young. This also helps with the mother
producing milk and letting it down.
Before the mother gives birth to the next kitten she would
normally begin nursing the first kitten. If this doesn't
happen, then place the kitten on one of her nipples. The
kitten nursing stimulates the uterus and will make her
contract again resulting in a possible discharge of a bloody
or greenish substance from her vagina. The mother may decide
to eat a few of the afterbirths in which case this is not a
It can take between 2 and 6 hours for all the kittens to all
be born. If birth continues for 7 hours, it may be time to
carefully take the mother and kittens to the vets.
During labour and birth, try to keep from getting involved
as it is important for her to do it her self if possible.
Keep her area dimly lit, calm and quiet. When all the
kittens have been born, you may carefully and quietly clean
up any mess left behind. Also leave a fresh bowl of water
and food next to her as she will not want to leave her
kittens for the first couple of days.