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How to help your cat give birth: the right things to do

How to help your cat give birth: the right things to do
How to help your cat give birth: the right things to do

It’s been a little over 2 months since you lavished the best care on your pregnant cat. But that’s it, you feel it, the time has come for her to give birth. Here are some tips to help your hairball give birth to his little ones so that everything goes well.

Signs that show that your cat is about to give birth

A pregnant cat that is soon to give birth will adopt some unusual behaviors: loss of appetite vomitings a great stir excessive licking of her vulva a desire for isolation making a comfortable “nest” (with clothes, for example) Normally, it is not necessary to drive your cat to the vet at the time of calving, unless its vulva produces a greenish or bloody liquid or if you notice other disturbing symptoms.

The equipment to have nearby To give yourself every chance during this birth, make sure you have all the necessary material around you: a phone loaded with the veterinarian’s number inside a pair of scissors disinfected with alcohol sterile gauzes clean and dry bath towels to clean kittens a transport case to quickly place your cat in case of a problem and take it to the vet one or two baby bottles and powdered milk powder

Good actions to take during the birth

Your cat had her first contractions, the work is started. Take her immediately to her “nest” that she will have created or made (a cardboard box with clean, warm towels may be enough). If you feel that she prefers to go to another place in the house, let her do it. As soon as the cat has expelled its amniotic fluid, the kittens will begin to come out one by one at an interval of 15 to 60 minutes.

If it takes more than an hour, contact your veterinarian immediately. At each birth, the cat will clean her baby from the amniotic pocket in which it will come out and cut the umbilical cord. If she does not clean them, you will need to open the pouch at the level of the head, clean the kittens in the mouth and muzzle with clean gauze and rub gently with a towel to help them breathe.

Signs that show that your cat is about to give birth A pregnant cat that is soon to give birth will adopt some unusual behaviors:

  • loss of appetite
  • vomitings
  • a great stir
  • excessive licking of her vulva
  • a desire for isolation
  • making a comfortable “nest” (with clothes, for example)

Normally, it is not necessary to drive your cat to the vet at the time of calving, unless its vulva produces a greenish or bloody liquid or if you notice other disturbing symptoms.

The equipment to have nearby

To give yourself every chance during this birth, make sure you have all the necessary material around you:

  • a phone loaded with the veterinarian’s number inside
  • a pair of scissors disinfected with alcohol
  • sterile gauzes
  • clean and dry bath towels to clean kittens
  • a transport case to quickly place your cat in case of a problem and take it to the vet
  • one or two baby bottles and powdered milk powder

Good actions to take during the birth

Your cat had her first contractions, the work is started. Take her immediately to her “nest” that she will have created or made (a cardboard box with clean, warm towels may be enough). If you feel that she prefers to go to another place in the house, let her do it. As soon as the cat has expelled its amniotic fluid, the kittens will begin to come out one by one at an interval of 15 to 60 minutes.

If it takes more than an hour, contact your veterinarian immediately. At each birth, the cat will clean her baby from the amniotic pocket in which it will come out and cut the umbilical cord. If she does not clean them, you will need to open the pouch at the level of the head, clean the kittens in the mouth and muzzle with clean gauze and rub gently with a towel to help them breathe.

On the other hand, if your cat does not cut the cord, you will not want to do it yourself. Contact your veterinarian immediately to explain the procedure.

After the birth

After each birth, the cat must absolutely expel her son and feeder to benefit from all the nutrients needed to produce enough milk. Only the consumption of two or three places will suffice for a litter of several kittens. You, too, no longer any kitten or placenta left in the womb of your cat, otherwise it is assured death. Once born and cleaned, the kittens will begin to tap the teats of their mother, a very important step to obtain the necessary antibodies for their survival. It can happen that it is or that several kittens do not manage to hold on to the breasts or that they are not it.

To help, take it gently in your hands and place their head down so that they remain expelled liquid that clogs their lungs. You can also help the kittens to find the breasts in the closeness of their mom’s belly. If nothing is done or their mother is joined, you could give them the bottle. During the 3 weeks that followed the setting, it is normal that the cat continues to have flows. In addition, she will not be able to move, so place her litter box and bowls of water and food in the immediate vicinity of her sleeping and above all, let her rest in peace with her children.

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