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What are Birth Difficulties?

If a “queen” or mother cat is reasonably healthy, it is highly unlikely that she will suffer from birthing difficulties. However, birth difficulties that include mechanical blockage and uterine inertia occur in some cats. Sometimes mechanical blockage happens when the kittens’ diameter is too wide for the queen’s birth canal diameter. Uterine inertia could come about when the uterus is too weak to contract.

Symptoms of Birth Difficulties in Cats

Mechanical blockage and uterine inertia are most likely to take place with older cats, with queens who are obese and, with queens who birth small litters of relatively oversized kittens. These conditions are apt to occur in cat breeds with big heads and flat faces like Persians. It also frequently involves the birth of the first kitten or the last kitten.

If any of the following signs occur, call the veterinarian. It could help to save the life of the kittens as well as the mother

  • No birth of a kitten after one hour of deep straining 
  • A kitten is visible in the birth canal after 10 minutes of strong labor 
  • A constant flow of fresh bleeding occurs 10 minutes during or after kittening
  • Abrupt lethargy and fatigue
  • Rectal temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or below 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius) could mean the queen has an infection
  • If labor ceases and the queen is agitated, anxious or weak
  • Kittens should come down the birth canal 15 minutes to two hours apart. When the amniotic sac surrounding the kitten ruptures, birth of a kitten should take place within 30 minutes. There is cause for alarm if more than three hours pass between kittens. However, if the queen is relaxed and tending to her kittens without showing distress, she and the kittens to come should be fine.

Causes of Birth Difficulties in Cats

Mechanical Blockage: The "diving position" – exiting the birth canal with nose and feet first, and the back next to the vagina’s crown – is regularly how kittens are born. An oversized kitten or a kitten is situated wrong in the birth canal are the two main reasons for mechanical blockage. 

  • The kitten exits backwards from the birth canal with its hind feet or tail and hips showing first. 
  • The backwards position of presenting the tail or rump is called the breech position and if it occurs with the first kitten, it can really present a problem. 
  • Deviated head, where the head of the kitten is curved forward or sideways.

Uterine Inertia: When the uterine muscles become too weak, labor becomes futile. The uterus can’t generate contractions that are strong and effective. Reasons for uterine fatigue include:

  • Having an extremely large litter
  • A single very large kitten in a tiny uterus
  • Distortion of the uterus
  • Surplus of amniotic fluid as the result of a condition called hydrops amnion

Diagnosis of Birth Difficulties in Cats

Abnormal or difficult births in cats are typically caused by several factors, including uterine inertia, the birth canal is too small, the fetus crosses the birth channel in an atypical orientation, and/or the fetus is too large.

Veterinarians pay attention to the following situations and history:

  • Previous history of dystocia or reproductive tract blockage
  • Birth doesn’t occur within at least 24 hours once the rectal temperature drops to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.7 degrees Celcius
  • No kitten is born after the queen suffers severe abdominal contractions that last for more than two hours
  • Pause in labor lasts more than four to six hours
  • Obvious pain of the queen – howling, licking or gnawing at the vulva
  • Odd discharge from the vulva before the kittens are born (possibility the placenta has separated)
  • Pelvic trauma
  • Prior births

The vet could also carry out a sterile digital exam to determine the degree of obstruction in the birth canal as well as the position and presentation of the fetuses. To determine the presence, mass, location and health of the fetuses, the veterinarian could also use radiography or ultrasound scans.

Should labor be prolonged, and the veterinarians cannot see or feel the kitten in the birth canal, an x-ray of the queen will help to determine the relative sizes and positions of the kittens.

A fractured pelvis is detrimental for queens. If a queen with a fractured pelvis becomes pregnant and it wasn’t known she had a fractured pelvis, she will have to undergo a surgery to give birth.

Veterinarians warn that a queen with a pelvic fracture should not get pregnant. X-ray scans, taken prior to pregnancy, are the way to determine if the queen suffers from this malady.

Treatment of Birth Difficulties in Cats

Medication: The source of some forms of uterine inertia is caused by a lack of oxytocin or calcium or both. To stimulate stronger contractions, the veterinarian may inject oxytocin (which is made by the pituitary gland) and calcium gluconate. There is danger associated with such injections, in that the uterus could rupture. 

Cesarean Section: If birthing difficulties can’t be resolved by the use of drugs or obstetric treatment, the veterinarian will determine whether a cesarean section is necessary. The veterinarian will decide if this common procedure, which is used when all sorts of birthing problems are present, is the best choice for the mother. The vet will take the following into consideration:

  • Length of labor 
  • Condition of the queen
  • X-ray and testing results
  • Kittens’ size relative to the queen’s uterus
  • A dry vaginal canal
  • Lack of response to oxytocin

In most cases, a cesarean section presents no problems, especially if the queen is young and healthy. The veterinarian performs the operation under general anesthesia. There may be major problems if the labor is excessive and drawn out and toxicity occurs, i.e. the kittens are stillborn and starting to decay or if the uterus ruptures.

Recovery of Birth Difficulties in Cats

The veterinarian will consider medical management when obstruction of the birth canal and fetuses is constant, the appearance and location of the fetal position are correct, and there is no blockage in the birth canal. To encourage uterine contractions, the veterinarian could prescribe oxytocin. A cesarean section could be done if the oxytocin gets no reaction.

Surgery could be necessary for obstructive dystocia and birth difficulties along with distress or general poor health, extended active labor, primary uterine inertia and if health management is unproductive.

Within three hours of the surgery, the queen is expected to be stable, alert and capable of nursing her kittens. Reasons for having the cesarean section vary and just because the queen had the procedure when she had one litter does not necessarily mean that she will have to have another cesarean section when she has another litter. 

Birth Difficulties Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mew
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

labor difficulties

my cat first started pushing 1 kitten out at 6:30am and it was breach and it took her over an hour to have him and sadly he passed.. i can feel more kittens in her belly but it is now 4:19 and she hasnt had a 2nd one yet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mew should probably be seen by a veterinarian if that much time has gone be between kittens. There are many factors that may be coming into play, and she may need medical attention. Since I cannot see her or provide assistance, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian right away to see what might be going on.

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Lily
Persian
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

pregnent

Hi,i have a 1 year (almost 2)old Persian cat witch is pregnant what are the chances of her having problems since its her first time giving birth.Can u give me any recommendations on what to do i am really worried about her.Give me as much information since this is my and her firts time.

Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Persian cats can be prone to difficult births, as they have short, wide faces. She should have an x-ray at about 45 days of pregnancy to determine how many kittens there are, so that you know if she is having any problems, and to make sure that she is healthy otherwise. I would suggest close communication with your veterinarian throughout the pregnancy to make sure that everything goes well. I hope that everything goes well!

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Padma
Norwegian Forest
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red nipple sign

Hi
We have a 5 and half year old cat appears to be pregnant for the first time. Is there any special help we can give as she is an older cat but first time mum? Just considering at humans in older age more difficult to stretch, etc.She should be now ate end of week 5 in pregnancy so 4 more weeks to go.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are suspecting that Padma is pregnant you should just keep an eye on her especially around the suspected time of queening (birthing) and ensure that she is comfortable; I would recommend checking in with your Veterinarian before that time to get an indication of the number of kittens and to ensure Padma is otherwise in good health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trouble
Unknown
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi I have a cat that is between 10-12 months old. 2 months ago, she delivered a litter of kittens. All 5 were stillborn. She is pregnant again and appears ready to pop. How can I ensure she doesn't lose these kittens also?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for stillborn kittens which may include infections, hormonal conditions among many other factors; without knowing the cause of the stillborn kittens last time, I cannot give you any indication of how to handle this queening more successfully. If you have some concerns, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a check of all kittens to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marley
Non pedigree
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tiredness, pushing,
tiredness, pushing

I have a cat In Labour since 6am she has giving birth to 3 kittens but there are more in her stomach at least another two she has been pushing for 2.5 hours and there’s is no sign of the kitten is there anything I can do to help her? I don’t want to stress her out by taking her to vet with already having 3 kittens (they are healthy and she has fed them all have round stomachs) the Dad to the kittens is a doll face persian

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cat’s typically don’t have any issues with queening and the process is normally uneventful, however in some cases there may be a malpositioned kitten or another cause causing problems; there isn’t anything I can recommend you do at home apart from keep an eye on her but if she is continually pushing unproductively you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination before they close to avoid an out of hours fee if you need to later. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
I don't know
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Delayed labor

My cat had a kitten breeches and it was difficult to get out it was already gone and I'm Not sure if that was the only one she had or the other ones have passed. It started at 5 am yesterday and she has failed to show signs of active labor. She is up and walking around. I'm afraid that they didn't make it and she hasn't gave birth to them. I don't have the money to take her to the vet and I really don't want her to pass because of this

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without palpating Princess’s abdomen, I cannot say whether or not there are any retained kittens or not; you can try gently to feel but if you have no experience in this it would be best not to. If you are having difficulty paying for veterinary care, there are many charity clinics and non-profit organisations which may be able to help. Without examining Princess, I cannot give you much advice unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my cat went into labor earlier yesterday and she gave birth to 8 kittens and they all died and she seems like she went back into labor and is trying to birth more and having difficulties I can't take her to a vet can you tell me anything I can do to help her please

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Daisy
Persian
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Medication Used

Oxytocin

Mam/sir im so much worried. My cat (persian) gave birth to one baby about 1 pm pakistan time and no baby has been born till now. And its 11:47 pm pakistan time. I don know what to do. Cat is eating drinking and caring for baby very finely. And the vet has given her oxytocin injection. I'm told to wait for 3 hours. This is her second litter. She's about 1.5 years old.
The movement of babies is felt and they appear to be at upper part of her belly. Her vegina is closed. And she is bleeding a bit.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally queening in cats is unremarkable and veterinary intervention isn’t required; however in some cases oxytocin or other medications may be used to help facilitate queening, in a very few cases surgical intervention may be required. If she hasn’t had another kitten by now I would return to your Veterinarian for another examination as the health of the mother and remaining kittens may be at risk. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gem
Tiger
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No

Hey,
I recently took my cat to the vet after she ran away for a week to make sure she was okay. Well to my surprise she’s pregnant. However the previous owners told me she was spayed after an “accident” to which her pelvis had gotten broken. Now when I found out I asked if she needed a c section. I was told she didn’t know and that when she goes into labor bring her in then. She goes back to the same vet the 8th can I demand a c section so I know she’s going to be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically a caesarean section is carried out as an emergency procedure in animals and only as an elective in cases of known issues with labour in the past; any decision to have an elective caesarean section would be down to your Veterinarian, I wouldn’t personally in this case but would make an x-ray to check the size/shape of the birthing canal and to count the kittens so we know how many to expect during birth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
Long haired mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Relaxed

Ginger gave birth to 6 kittens but still has 1 or 2 kittens in her belly. It been 7 hours since the last birth. She is relaxed and loving. Shes not acting like shes in pain at all. What should I do? Is this normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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7 hours is a long time between kittens, but cats can be funny with their birth timing. If she does not seem in distress, you may be fine to continue to monitor her. If she is straining and no kittens are coming, then she needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away. If the remaining kittens have not come by tomorrow, it would be best to have her seen. I hope that she is okay.

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ali
mixed
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Birth

my 1 year old cat is having her first litter of kittens the first one's been born for about 45 minutes I would say and she is not able to get it detached I have yet to see another kitten be born but she's looking at me as if she's wanting my help do I try to sever the court myself or do I just let her do her? I feel like I should be doing something to help her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If it has been 45 minutes, and the kitten is still attached, you can use thread to tie off the cord in 2 spots, and cut it in the middle. You just want to make sure that both sides are tied off so it doesn't bleed from either way. Normally cats will do this themselves, but she may just be inexperienced. If she continues to have problems, you should take her to your veterinarian as soon as possible, so that they can help her.

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Garfield
domestic short hair
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pregnant

Cat is pregnant she started bleeding some and birthed a fluid sack.and then she seemed to not be in labour after that and it has been 24 hrs with no kittens and dosent seem to be in labour.cats first litter.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure, without being able to examine Garfield, if she is okay or if she is having problems. i find the bleeding and lack of labor concerning. It would be best to have her seen her seen by a veterinarian, and have x-rays taken, to see if she has kittens that need to be born, or not. I hope that she is okay.

My friends cat gave birth two days ago. But unfortunately it died as did all her previous litters. But last night I noticed she was in labour again. So I sat with her and help deliver two healthy kittens. (Her first ever live babies, and I’m so happy I was there to help) anyway back to my question, the mums nipples are completely dry I’ve been trying to arouse the nipples and keep trying to get kittens to latch. But so far it’s not working. Is there anyone that can give me any advice coz these kittens need to feed and I don’t want to lose them now after they fought so hard to survive. Any advice please?

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Meshi
Bengal cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not having food
Weakness
Released water smells like rotten chicken
Muscle hanging from her back
Releasing huge amount of water and little blood

My cat is in labour since 2 days but yet no child has born. She is getting weaker and not eating since 2 days. She is releasing huge amount of water along with few amount of blood. Some muscle like thing is hanging from her back. What should I do to help her at hone.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please take Meshi to see her Veterinarian as the kittens may have died and she may have a severe infection; also if there are membranes or other tissue hanging from the vagina, it would be best to get her seen as complications may lead to death. She will need at a minimum antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat had her first kitten at 2:30 AM yesterday morning, but it was dead. Either stillborn, or she didn't tear the sac from its face in time, I'm not sure. But it looked regular sized. Now today at 9:00 AM, she had her second kitten. But it was very premature and not nearly as formed as the first. She immediately proceeded to eating that one.... I'm extremely concerned, but she seems to be doing just fine. Eating, drinking, and using the litter box as normal. Cuddling and putting, even. What should I do?

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Squishy
Color Point shorthair Siamese
14 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Small amount ofBleeding from vagina
Small amount ofBleeding from vagin

We found our pregnant feline had passed away in the night. No signs of trauma and no kittens. Just a small amount of blood coming from her vaginal area. She showed no signs of labor that evening. But so we were shocked to find her dead this morning. The best we can guess is that she could birth the first one. This was her first litter and she never even made a nest for them which seemed odd. She was full term and we noticed over the last to day her bloat became excessive. She was eating drinking normally and resting like a normal kitty. I know without an autopsy it will be difficult to determine what happened but we can’t afford it. I was hoping to have some peace of mind as to what happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is uncommon for cats to have difficulty whilst queening and is generally uneventful, it is possible that dystocia (mal position of kitten) could of caused some distress it is difficult to confirm whether that was the specific cause of death or not. I wish I could give you peace of mind but death during queening in a young cat is uncommon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jeremy
Shirazi(long hair breed from middle east)
Nearly 7 years old
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding
Difficult labour

Hi. My precious cat dead after a cesarean surgery. i am so devastated because i already had my cat for nearly 7 years.

Her death made me angry as well since i think the vet didnt do the proper treatment to her.

It started one week ago. I noticed some vaginal discharge. So i start to prepare her a nesting place and keep her away from another cat. But after one day she still didnt give birth. So i decided to bring her to the nearest animal clinic.

At there, the vet told me she is ready anytime since the fetus already went down and her nipple start to produce milk. She just told me to bring her home and monitor. After 2 days still no kitten and the bleeding become more severe. I called the vet again and told her i want to keep my cat at the clinic so if anything serious happen the vet will take care of it.

I left my cat at the clinic for 2 night. After the 3rd day she call me and told me to bring my cat to another clinic to do ultrasound since her clinic didnt have that machine. I just mad because why now? After so many days passed? But she keep saying the kitten still alive i am sure of it. When i left my cat there all she did is just MONITOR. Not a single iv fluid given since my cat had severe bleeding. She should given iv fluid right?

So i went to another clinic. Far from my place. At there ultrasound was done and turned out the kitten already dead for many days! The vet suggest a emergency ceserean surgery. But the price the vet want was too expansive. I didnt have enough money.. i couldnt afford it. So i call the previous clinic and she said she can do that. And she will give me cheaper price.

Without thinking i bring my cat back to the previous clinic. Im just to nervous and i cannot think about anything. The vet said the risk is quite high since my cat is already old. Is she? 7 years old is consider old for a cat?

I cannot think of anything and just let the vet proceed with the surgery. To my suprised she did the surgery at night. And left my cat without being monitor. How was that even a good thing to do? You said this surgery is risky but you just left her alone after the surgery and go home.

That morning i got simple text massage from the vet my cat just passed away when she arrive at the clinic in the morning. I was so devastated. I was mad. When i reached the clinic the vet already wrapped my cat in plastic and put her inside the freezer. I asked her why this happend. But she keep repeating my cat is old over and over again. My cat was perfectly healthy before. I think this happend because the vet delayed the treatment for almost 1 week. There were 3 kitten and the kitten already fused to each other showing that mybe they already dead for days. I told them the last labor my cat had was february this year. A perfect normal labor and 5 kittens were born. After she heard about this she was quite shock.

One more thing the vet do the surgery using lateral approach. Means the incision done at the side of body. Is it possible to do the ceserean surgery using that method?

And i asked her why she didnt start with oxytocin injection for contraction on the day she said my cat is ready anytime. But she keep saying because my cat is old so thats not a good decision. Why the vet rather do the invasive treatment rather than start with the less invasive way first? And why they keep my cat in pain for 1 week? Is it a good way to left my cat alone after the surgery when they said the surgery is risky?

I am really mad. My healthy cat die just like that. Not a single sorry from them. And im blaming myself because i trust them.

Sorry for my english. Im not a native speaker. But i hope to hear some answer. Atleast i know the truth behind the the death of my beloved cat.

Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to comment on the actions of another Veterinarian as I do not know the information or the tests they carried out to reach a diagnosis or to decide to wait for a number of days. Birthing in cats is usually straight forward and occurs without human intervention; occasionally there will be a cat requiring help with birthing and these are treated on a case by case basis. The use of oxytocin too early can cause more complications and may cause irreparable complications that would threaten the life of mother and kittens; again I didn’t see your cat so I cannot comment on whether this was the right choice or not. The delay wasn’t favourable, but without a definite mating date your Veterinarian would have been unable to know if she was due or not; checking for viable kittens should have been done at some point in the process. For the caesarean section, I personally would have carried it out midline (but would spay a cat on the flank) but ultimately choice of surgical site is at the discretion of the surgeon. The age of your cat: at seven year of age we start to look at dogs and cats differently as certain conditions affecting the liver and kidneys as well as other conditions may start to present which is why some Veterinarians will want to perform more vigorous blood tests on animals over seven year old, again at their discretion. Unfortunately I cannot comment in full as I don’t know how your cat was presented to your Veterinarian; we usually determine a cat to be in birthing difficulty if she has been in labour with no birthing, one kitten delivered and other felt inside, gestation is over 68 days, discharge from the vagina or fever. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi my cat had previously had a c section and i was wondering if she would need to get another c section if she were to be pregnant again.

The sac for the first kitten wasn't there just a yellow liquid and the placenta wasn't coming out and it looks like the umbilical cord is stuck I sent her to the vet with my sister and I was wondering how long her stay at the vet would be and what the procedure is to help her

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Cookie
American Wirehair
12 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping a lot no licking of vagina

My pregnant cat is on her 65th day and she hasn’t been licking her gentilia is she okay she has a thick red dark like brown discharge from her vagina as well is she going to give birth soon

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically cats may queen between 58-67 days of pregnancy with 63 days being the average time; if Cookie is otherwise in good spirits I would keep an eye on her for the time being. Dark blood or a dark coloured discharge may appear before queening, so she may be close; if the discharge is smelly or turns pus like visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dory
Black & White donestic
11 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Agitated tail
Relaxed
Purring, panting,
Clear discharge
Eating
sleeping
Vocal
Affectionate

My cat is due today. She is 9 months old and has is carrying her first litter. She’s due today and gone through all of the restless, nesting and affectionate stages over the past 3 days. Today being more vocal than ever. Her waters went at 8:20pm yet there is still no delivery of a kitten yet. She does not appear in distress neither is there any bad smells/discoloured or bloody discharge. She is panting and purring and vocal but seems to be too laid back and going to sleep. Her appetite is still healthy....

Do you have any input as we have been watching her for days and wondering when she’s gonna actually start pushing out the kittens.
Kindest regards
Hazel

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since cats have a range of days where they may give birth, there isn't anything tht you can do other than continue to watch her. If she is having active contractions and not having kittens, she needs to be seen right away by a veteiranarian, but if she is comfortable and acting normally otherwise, you can continue to monitor her.

Hello :)
Thank you for your feedback its much appreciated. I can confirm that dory gave birth to 4 beautiful healthy black & white kittens between the hours of 3:30 & 5:40am :) she is is a very good mum, feeding and cleaning kittens as normal.
Many thanks
Hazel

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Safari
Calio
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Odd behavior

My female cat is acting strange she is usually very shy but she keeps coming up to me and wantin. Me to pet her and acting like she is trying to give birth but she gave birth to a four kittens about a month ago

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Safari and being able to examine her, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but it would be unusual for her to have more kittens at this point. She may have an infection or a problem with her reproductive tract, and she should probably be seen by a veterinarian to be examined and determine what might be happening. They'll be able to look at her and recommend any treatment that she may need.

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Elsa
Im not sure
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dry blood around nipples

My female cat Elsa got pregnant and she just had her baby's may14 it was her first litter she had 5 healthy.. Kittens they seem to be doing well but today I looked at Elsa nipples and it looked as if she had blood around her nipples I just thought it was from the kittens little nails when they are trying to latch on. But I just been stressing out looking on google please help me is this normal is she ok what can I do please help.p.s also it's not a lot of blood it just very little

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not normal but some trauma may occur during nursing, if the scratch is small you should ensure that it stays clean with a dilute antiseptic and try to move kittens which try to nurse from it. If the area becomes warm or you notice any worrying discharge you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Chantillí tiffany
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

contraction

Hello my cat gave birth to a kitten in the afternoon and I know cats give birth in litters though my cat only gave birth to one kitten. Is that normal? It’s been more than 6 hours and I’m not sure if she still has more kittens inside.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible for Luna to have had one kitten, as she is very young to be having kittens. Without an x-ray, it is hard to say whether she has more kittens, but if she stops eating, starts vomiting or seems lethargic, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as she may have a problem that is causing her to not pass the kittens. I hope that she is okay.

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Arianna
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Light pink discharge

I have a 1 yr old queen close to going in labor. My other cat had kittens 3 months ago. One kitten is nursing and my pregnant queen is letting her. Is this ok.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is fine for Arianna to nurse the other kitten, although at 3 months, the kitten should be eating food and not need to nurse. If it is causing irritation to her, is might be best to separate them.

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Scarlett
mixed
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Very traumatuc birth

My cat has had 4 kittens after a very difficult labour. I had to deliver 2 after they became stuck and help her revive the 3rd I saw 3 placentas I'm worried about the 4th. She seems ok nursing eating drinking etc. She may have past the 4th without me noticing. What are the signs of retained placenta?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the fourth placenta was passed without you noticing it and she may have ate it; retained placenta normally presents with fever, weakness, smelly discharge from the vulva, loss of appetite and other symptoms (check the link below to our page on the subject). If you are concerned that Scarlett has a retained placenta, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/retained-placenta

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Charm
Domestic short hairex
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Late labour

Hi. My cat went into labour at 11:00qm yesterdah morning. She didnt have her first until 9pm that night. She is not in stress. She has been eating, drinking and going toliet. Yet, still no kitten. And I can't feel them as much anymore.

What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Charm hasn’t birthed any more kittens since, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination and possible help to move things along as things may get dangerous for mother and unborn kittens; there isn’t anything I can suggest for your to do from home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cinnamon
Lynx Point Siamese
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Excretes cream colored milk

Is it fine for a 6month old kitten to give birth at home? What are the last signs that a queen cat is about to give birth? Mine has her nipples covered with cream-colored milk that has dried up.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A 6 month old cat is very young to be having kittens, and cats are typically pregnant for 60 days. If Cinnamon is producing milk and appears to be pregnant, she may be. Cats usually start to 'nest' and look for a comfortable place before giving birth.

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Madam Dahlia
Domestic Short haired
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Gave birth vaginaly afterC-section

Hello.. I recently rescued a pregnant kitten (she's only 7 months old) from the roadside after being hit in the head by a car .. that was two weeks ago. Thankfully she suffered no broken bones and had an ultrasound to check the kittens heart beats and 2 kittens were detected. We then had her tested for FeLV and FIV and she is Negative. We also had vet to check and he could only feel 2 kittens. On Sunday she started labour and was having difficulty so rushed her in for c section. She had an ultrasound again and again only 2 kittens were detected the scan. Two kittens were removed from her during the section. And she seemed to be doing well noticed her cramping once or twice the day after section but that was to be expected after the surgery. No signs of pushing either. Then this morning I checked on mother and 2 kittens and she had given birth to another kitten. Still born I tried to revive but it was obviously passed on. My question is .. is this a very unusual situation for a cat to give birth vaginaly after a c section? I am waiting for my vet to call back so I can bring her in for a check up. When she delivered the kitten this morning she also delivered the placenta. She is already on pain relief and antibiotics .. is this something that happens .. I don't blame the vet at all I was there when he preformed the surgery he was very carful and at least 3 other vets said there was only 2 kittens ..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is a very unusual situation, for sure! It is possible that there was a kitten in the birth canal that was undetected due to the bones of the pelvis. I think Madam Dahlia is very lucky that you found her and have been able to help her with these things. I hope that she lives a long, stress-free life with you!

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Cally
Manx
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating

hello I live in Grenada, my cat is having trouble giving birth to her kittens
she is not eating and has a blood ball by her private part
she is bleeding and is in pain
she is trying to push the kittens out but is not working

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, there is nothing that I can do for Cally over an email. If she is straining and not being able to have the kittens, she needs to see a veterinarian right away. I hope that she is okay.

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