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What is Early Contractions and Labor?

While a kitten born on or after the 61st day of gestation has good survival odds, contractions and labor before then can endanger both the kitten and its mother.

Pregnancy in cats usually goes smoothly, but premature contractions and labor do happen from time to time. In an ideal situation, a cat would give birth after 63 days of pregnancy. However, factors ranging from stress to bacterial infections can cause a pregnant cat to go into labor too early.

Symptoms of Early Contractions and Labor in Cats

Before a cat fully goes into labor, there are a few tell-tale signs. If a cat is showing these signs before the 61st day of pregnancy, it is likely that the cat is going into premature labor:

  • Bloody vaginal discharge
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loud and frequent vocalizing
  • Hiding
  • Unexplained affection

Causes of Early Contractions and Labor in Cats

The causes of early labor in cats are particularly varied, but can be put into two different categories: stress-related and medical.

Medical

  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Genetic disorders
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Malnutrition
  • Death of a fetus
  • Hormonal imbalances, specifically a sudden drop in progesterone
  • Lyme disease

Stress-Related

  • Loud noises
  • Emotional disturbances like screaming or fighting owners
  • Excessively cold temperatures
  • A recent move
  • Receiving vaccinations while pregnant

Diagnosis of Early Contractions and Labor in Cats

If a cat starts displaying symptoms of early contractions, it is vital that it is brought to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The veterinarian will require a complete medical history of the cat, as well as some information regarding the pregnancy. This includes things like the cat's general health before and during the pregnancy, information about the symptoms being displayed and any stressful incidents that could have contributed to premature labor.

Once the veterinarian has this information, they will begin a physical examination of the cat, while being careful not to cause further stress. Depending upon the results of the physical examination, the veterinarian may need to run any of the following tests: a blood chemical profile, an electrolyte panel or urinalysis.

The blood profile will reveal any issues with progesterone levels, while the urinalysis will show any disorders or diseases that may be causing the early labor. After these tests have been performed, the veterinarian will perform an ultrasound to see if fetal death or abnormal positioning of the fetus could be causing the early labor.

If the kittens are stillborn or die shortly after birth, they may need to be necropsied by the veterinarian to identify the cause of death. This will help determine if the issue could affect the cat later in life as well as ensure the viability of any future pregnancies.

Treatment of Early Contractions and Labor in Cats

At this stage, the cat will most likely require medical treatment either for the underlying disease causing the problem or the stillborn kittens.

Stillborn Kittens: Stillborn kittens will typically need to be surgically removed. The procedure is quite low-risk for the cat, but if other undamaged fetuses are still in the womb, it may prove dangerous for them. 

Other Treatments: Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to stop early labor once it has started. The veterinarian will likely give the cat and any surviving kittens medical attention for any complications, but may not be able to halt the process of the early labor.

Recovery of Early Contractions and Labor in Cats

After the delivery, it is important to keep the cat isolated from other animals for a period of three weeks, with exceptions being made for any surviving kittens, of course. Even animals that live in the home and that the cat knows should be kept at a distance, as the cat will need time to recover from going through labor. As much as possible, the cat should be kept in a warm and quiet room by itself.

After a cat has gone through early labor, it is important to bring it in for a checkup after the three week period. At this point, the cat should be returning to normal, and it can be a sign of other diseases if the cat is still weak or sick after the first three weeks. 

While a cat is nursing its kittens, it is important not to give it any medication without approval from a veterinarian. Many medications can affect the cat's milk and be harmful to kittens.

Early Contractions and Labor Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tab
tabby
1 Day
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Clingy
Spotting
Sleepy
Affection

y cat is pregnant. Not too sure how far as she got out in two occassions. She is either due now or due in couple weeks.
However yssterday morning some bloody gooey discharge wass coming out of her vigina and i thought it my be the cervix plug or something. She then continued spotting throughout the day. I woke up this morning to find she is still spotting blood. Is this normal if she is to go into labour?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Tab is continuing to bleed, she may be having a problem with the kittens, or she may be going into labor. If she is eating and drinking well, and seems normal otherwise, you should be fine to monitor her, but if the spotting continues, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay.

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kitten
Cat
1 Day
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

for kittens born outside, would 80 or above be too hot? i dont want them to suffocate from the heat. im just not sure what the appropriate temperature is to keep them at. can you help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally it is recommended that a queening box is kept around 85-90℉ and reduced to 80℉ after a few days; I don’t think the temperature would be too hot for them but they should ideally be brought inside since the wind or breeze may cause rapid heat loss especially since kittens cannot regulate their body temperature. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
short hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yellowish bloody mucus

So my cat Luna got out around April 8th or so and came back pregnant about April 24th. She has done fine with her pregnancy up until today. Around 5 am this morning I noticed a yellowish, bloody mucus. This continued for about 2 or 3 hours and she then cleaned her self up and I haven’t seen anymore discharge. She doesn’t seem like she’s in pain or anything’s wrong, she’s a very loving cat as it is, but she’s been a lot more loving the last couple days. I’m just not sure if I should be worried about her and her kittens or not

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There is a certain amount of normal discharge that cats have around a pregnancy. If Luna seems fine otherwise, you may be okay to monitor her for any signs of illness. If she becomes lethargic, stops eating, or seems in distress, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian. If you are not sure, a good examination might be a good idea, regardless.

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Felicia
Siamese mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pregnant

Brought home a 2 year old foster pregnant cat today. She's due in a week or two as close as the shelter could say.
She's hiding under a bookcase and has vocalized loudly a few times.
Should I move her to the comfy closet or just hope she comes out when she needs more room?
She hasn't eaten or drank or used the box yet (8 hours) I don't want to stress new foster, but want to make her comfy for delivery.
Thanks very much

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should at least show Felicia the comfortable closet so she knows it is there, she may settle there or go back there later; it can be difficult to not stress a cat especially in a new environment when she is near queening. I would place her in the closet to see if she takes to it, otherwise keep an eye on her and see how she goes for now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Black and white
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Laying on her side
Crying quite a lot
Kittens moving around
Pacing around

My pregnant cat is around 65 days today and I've felt the kittens move quite a lot. She's been groaning and laying on her side. She also keeps licking down there a lot. Is she in labour or no?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Just before labour (queening), a cat will become restless and will be pacing and vocalising; if she is laid down, place your hand on the abdomen and feel for contractions. If you have any doubts, you should call your Veterinarian for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Star
Tortoiseshell cat
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying
Panting
No apitite
seeking extra attention
pasting
Discharge

Today my pregnant cat was doing her usual and following me around but in the bathroom I noticed my cat had a slightly thick short (about an in. Long) string of faintly yellow discharge coming out of her. I took a piece of tissue and wiped it away.. Then I noticed she was consistently crying, pasting & panting.. She'd never panted before that I've ever noticed.. As well as she was doing what she normally does and keep seeking my attention, which I kept giving her because that's what she's used to. But her usual behavior has Noticeably increased since this morning.. So I figured she was going into labor sometime in the next day or so.. But what had me doing research (because I've never had a pregnant animal before) was the fact that out the blue she went in the junkies room in the house and got extremely quiet and hasn't came out since.. I figured she needed some space but how quiet she got is what has bothered me. For the behavior to just suddenly stop, is that normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A slight yellow discharge may occur prior to queening, as long as it isn’t thick or foul smelling; if she has found a quiet place to rest could be an indicator that she is about to start queening. Try to keep an eye on her and if any smelly discharge or other concerning symptoms present you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bayleeigh
Siamese
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weak legs

My pregnant cat appears to be in labor but hasn't had any kittens yet ..she doesn't appear to be in any pain ...although she also isn't doing much moving anymore other than finding other positions to lay comfortably

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bayleeigh, it is difficult to confirm whether or not she is in labour; keep an eye out for any discharge or signs of distress. You didn’t mention how many days pregnant she is; however, cats generally don’t have issues with queening, but if you’re concerned you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nounou
Siamese
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Walk Unevenly
Low Energy
Vaginal Discharge
Premature Labor
Sneezing

My cat got sick and refused to eat 4days before giving premature birth, now it's 5 days after the birth and she's getting worse, she has obloody vaginal discharge, can't walk straight, she sneezed a lot before the problem starts, now she has low temperature, I live in Morocco so the only very incompetent veterinary in our city didn't know what's wrong

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nounou I cannot determine the severity of the symptoms, but she should be receiving supportive and symptomatic care; also she shouldn’t be nursing if she isn’t eating and you should find a kitten milk replacer because Nounou will not be able to give them adequate nutrition. The loss of appetite may be due to an infection or complication from pregnancy or birth; but in the meantime Nounou should be on fluids and should have a blood test to check calcium levels, blood counts etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She's dead.

In fact we think that she has kidney stones, the kidneys are swollen and she doesn't get much urine out, when she does it's bloody.
Thanks for replying.
P.S: the kittens are dead

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Kiki
"Unknown"
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a cat that is pregnant with her 2nd litter. She had a premature birth of one kitten that did not make it. She seems to still be pregnant but not in labor anymore. We're not sure if she's had anymore as she is an outside cat. But she seems to be acting fine. She's very affectionate when I come outside. She follows me and acts completely normal. Should we be worried about her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Kiki is acting quite normally, you may not need to be concerned. Since you have so little information on her, and her possible kittens, she may have had them, she may be going to have them, and she may be okay. If she seems depressed, stops eating, or is having any abnormal discharge, it would be best to have her examined. Since she is an outdoor cat, perhaps you can consider having her spayed so that she doesn't continue to have kittens. That will be better for her, in the long run.

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Taco
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Restless, meowing ,lower temp,

My cat is pregnant. I'm not 100% sure exactly when she got pregnant though. I know it was between the 1st and 13th of may. She had been what we think was nesting. She would roam from one spot to the other, act like she was digging to make a spot for her to lay them lay down for a few then move to the next. 2 days ago we moved her into a bedroom so we knew where she would be and they would be not bothered by other cats in the home. She has been cleaning herself almost non stop yesterday and her temp was 98.3 when we checked. I slept in the room with her the night before because we thought she may have been almost ready. Last night I slept in different room. She was meowing almost non stop the whole night. As soon as I go in the room she stops. I havent noticed any discharge and she continues to move from one spot to another in the room like she can't get comfortable. Babies seem to be moving the same anount... my question is with her tenor being under 100 shouldn't she be in labor anytime ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically we may see a drop in temperature below 100℉ in the 24 hours leading up to queening; keep a close eye on her as she is certainly around the window for going into labour. Keep an eye on her for now, but if she doesn’t start by Friday afternoon you should visit your Veterinarian before they close for the weekend to be on the safe side (and avoid any out of hours fees - although cats normally have no issues with queening). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. Her temp went up to 99.6 yesterday afternoon. Still no kittens. Going to check her temp again today as well. No discharge still and not noticing any milk yet. Her nipples are very swollen and dry though. She isnt eating much so maybe today will be the day.

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Bella
N/a
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shedding more,sleeping alot,hiding

My cat is pregnant an todday i noticed a tiny brown thing sticking out of her. I was carious on if that was a sign of labor? Also im not sure exactly when she got pregnant.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is very hard to say whether or not Bella is starting labor, or if there is a problem that needs to be seen for her, without being able to see her. I would say if her behavior is changing and she seems quieter and more distant, and you noticed this brown thing today, it would probably be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian and make sure that all is well for her.

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Kitten
N/a
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loud frequent meows/ screams
hard stomach
excessively licking vagina lound cr

I believe my cat is goin into early labor and I have no way of getting to the vet or paying for one is there anything I can do from home? I’m studying to be a vet tech but barley just started besides me knowing how to get them to start breathing Nd basic knowledge I know nothing but I do know that she is way to early for a chance of there being any way they could survive so do I just make her as Comfortable as possible and let nature run it’s course

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you aren't able to have her seen by a veterinarian, I'm not sure what else you can do for her besides monitor her and make sure she is comfortable. I'm not sure how many days Kitten is in her pregnancy, but cats typically are pregnant for about 60 days. If she continues to appear to be in labor and is not passing any kittens, and seems painful, then you may need to find a way to have her seen by a veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Dagger
Tuxedo
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Hi my cat dagger is attacking our male cat I feel like she may be pregnant even though her belly has not gotten bigger she recently came into contact with a stray Male in the last few days of her heat and hasn't been in a heat for a month and a half now if she is pregnant I feel like it will be one kitten we also have a another female cat which she doesnt attack. Dagger has been very loving toward us when she usually dont want cuddles but she follows us everywhere and has begun to pant. Will a Cat attack a male cat when going into labor

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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She may do if she is not wanting to be disturbed or she is getting the nest ready for queening; gestation in cats is around nine weeks so keep an eye on her as it would still be early for labour if she is pregnant. If you have any concerns, it is always best to check in with your Veterinarian for a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milly
Turquoise
12 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing, sore belly

My cat is acting strange she keeps moewing at me and i walk with around tge house but she doesnt know where she wants to be only just found out shes pregnant by her belly size not show how far along she is or if anything has happened to the kittens inside her dont know what to do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Milly is pregnant, she will have kittens about 60 days after getting pregnant. She may be displaying normal nesting behavior, but she may be having a problem, It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, and possibly have x-rays taken to determine the number of kittens and make sure that everything is okay. If she is straining and not having any kittens, she needs to be seen at an emergency clinic. I hope that everything goes well for her.

My cat is 60 days pregnant. Today about an hour ago s h e started meowing constantly and rubbing against our legs and wanting me to rub ber belly which she hates normally. She went to her cage where is nesting layed down for 10 min and then she jumped up on our bed and went to sleep and it hasnt happened again yet. Its been 2 hours i think. Could she be in labor?

I need some help my Bengal is heavily pregnant and at my guess she is due any day but today her tail is fluffed up and she is wondering around the house seems like she is scared could this be a sign of labour?

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Mouse
American Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Labor
Premature Labor
Tired
pregnant
broken water/ fluid leak, tiredness

I rescued a pregnant cat about 1 month ago. Started feeling babies move maybe a few days over 2 weeks ago, about 36 hours ago I thought her water had broke because she had a very small amount of pinkish clear fluid leak into the floor and then ever since she's had a small amount of somewhat dry/wet blood around the opening of her vagina. She has been laying in her nesting box for the last 36 hrs (since the fluid leakage) and has only came out to eat and use the restroom. Everything other than that is pretty normal. I haven't seen any noticeable conractions, and she hasn't seemed uncomfortable. Just sleeping, stretching, and doing quite alot of yawning. Since she is a rescue I have no idea when she got pregnant but I would say she is full term or veryclose anyway. Just wondering if these signs mean she is in labor already or why hasn't labor started if she has been this way for almost 48 hours now. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally after waters break we would expect to see a kitten within two hours or so, if she isn’t pushing or showing signs of contractions the fluid may not have been from the waters breaking but something else; since we don’t have any history of Mouse before one month ago we cannot be sure of anything. I would recommend given the situation to visit a Veterinarian (charity clinic, shelter or other type) for a quick examination for peace of mine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
short hair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
Up all night
Mood swing
Need of Attention
Big Appetite
mood swings

My family and I rescued a strey cat from outside and gave her all the vaccinations she needed before we brought her inside... like a week or so later we began to realize that her stomach was getting big and her nipples were swelling... we predicted that she was definitely pregnant! She was definitely pregnant before we brought her in the house, although we don’t know how many weeks she is. I would like to know the signs of labor and be prepared for her pregnancy... I saw the signs of pregnancy on the website... (which she does have all.) But i would like to know the symptoms of when she’s about to go into labor...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically in the 24 hours leading up to queening you’ll notice that there are signs of restlessness, nesting and rectal temperature may drop below 100℉ or 37.8℃; keep an eye on her and try to encourage her to next in a spare room or closet out of the way of activity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Catelyn
Indian domestic cat
16 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
Active
Increased diet
Restless labour

My cat seems to be restless nowdays.. and is trying to get in the closet seeking it as her nest.
But i don't want her to give her labour in closet. Are there any other options to provide a proper nest to my cat instead of letting her to get in my closet. Please help me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you can provide a space that is enclosed, warm, and safe, she may choose it over the closet. Cats instinctively go to safe 'caves' to have kittens, and you may need to adapt the closet so that she is okay having kittens in there.

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Molly
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pregnant

My cat is pregnant, I’m pretty sure it was by her father. And I’m really worried that the cats are gonna be abnormal, or my pregnant cat dying while giving birth because of the babies being abnormal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that the kittens will have some health problems, but there isn't any way to know until the kittens are born, other than possibly an ultrasound that may show obvious abnormalities. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, and cats are pregnant for approximately 60 days, to give you an idea as to when to expect the kittens. I hope that all goes well, and you should probably have her spayed at some point to prevent this from happening again.

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Stormy
Cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hungry
-bloody dischar

I’ve recently taken in a stray cat, whom is very loving. I’ve had her for about three weeks now, about a week ago someone brought to my attention that she is pregnant. She has to be less than a year old, and her stomach isn’t that big. I noticed a little spot of blood discharge what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing how far she is in pregnancy it is difficult to say whether she is near term, possibly aborting or has blood drops due to another cause; I would keep a close eye on her and clean the blood from around the vulva but if there is constant drips of blood or any other concerning symptom you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Caloco
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding stillbirth

I have a cat in labor she has had 1 stillborn from what I seen she is laying in the same area and is still.showing signs of contracts I'm not sure how far she may be but she is very clam is there anything I should worry about she has passed another clear fiuld looking sack. She seems to want me close by and petting her and reassuring her she is fine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Baby hasn’t passed any other kittens by now, you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination to be on the safe side. Cats normally have uneventful queening which requires no intervention, however if there is no progress by know go immediately to your Veterinarian as there is nothing to be done at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shea
Ragdoll simease
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Affectionate

My very pregnant cat is wanting lots of attention and I thought I felt contractions earlier today but she has not gone into labor yet. I dont know how far along she is but she is very big and from what I have read she is at least 6 weeks. I have not seen a vet and I am doing this at home but I don't know what the contractions should feel or look like. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats have kittens about 2 months after they get pregnant, and typically will start nesting and finding a quiet place when they are ready to start labor. Active contractions involve the stomach, and are quite obvious in 'bearing down' behavior. They can have kittens 30-60 minutes apart. If she is actively pushing and in labor for more than 30 minutes with no signs of kittens, that is when she needs to be seen. It would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian before she has the kittens to make sure that she is healthy, and have an x-ray done to see how many kittens there are. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Biggie
Maine Coon
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Disinterested lethargic

Hi. I have 2 queens ( which are sisters). Theyre almost a year old & healthy. Tiny(1) had 4 healthy kittens on Friday night. Biggie (2) Was very excited to be an assistant even though he has two more weeks to go until becoming a mama. To our surprise this morning her amniotic sac was popping out. She cleaned herself and had just ONE ity bity kitty that is hanging on by a thread. Is it possible her being around new kittens put biggie into an early labor & why just one pop out and everyone else stay inside? Ps biggie seemed so excited to become a mama but once her one kitty came out she showed no interest (still isn't) and luckily gets a little milk here and there from the mama with the healthy kittens. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that being around Tiny, the queening experience and possibly a kitten trying to nurse her may have caused an early queening; however, I would highly recommend you take Biggie into your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side and to have an ultrasound to check the health of the remaining kittens. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boots
mixed
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Affectionate
Meowing

My cat is pregnant. She brought me a still born. I dont know how far along she is. She is very affectionate, and won't leave my side. Also meowing alot is labor over or is she still in labor

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Boots, I don't have any way to tell if she is finished having kittens, but it is unusual for a cat to have one kitten. If she is bright and happy, eating and drinking normally, and seems comfortable, she may be finished. If she becomes depressed or lethargic, or stops eating, she may have a problem, and would need to be seen by a veterinarian to see whether she has more kittens or not.

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Sabrina
Chinese
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sucking on blankets.

My 🐈 is around 2. I adopted her with one of her kittens from her first litter when she was a little under one. Her first litter was fine. The second little came about 3 months or so ago. The first baby came out with a broken neck the rest still born. I believe she is queening with her 3ed litter, should I be worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure that you need to be concerned any more than normal for Sabrina. If she has further problems with this litter, it would be a good idea, to make sure that she is okay.

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Lilith
SHORT HAIRED CAT
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weight gain, hard stomach,

I took in a stray male a few months ago and it looked like he was fixed, I already had an non spayed female. My female has been gaining weight, becoming more affectionate, her stomach is harder, and her nipple glands have swelled. Could she possibly be pregnant? My male was trying to hump her for a while but right before she started gaining weight he stopped. Is it also possible that he had a botched neutering?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to botch a cat neutering, but never say never; it is possible that he is still fertile but I doubt it. Another cause may be a false pregnancy where hormonal stimulation causes the appearance of pregnancy when she isn’t. You should have Lilith checked by your Veterinarian to determine whether the cause is pregnancy or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Panther
Unknown
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Affectionate
Not lactating
Loud purring

I'm sure wasn't wrong. I think my cat went into early labor,so far there was only to kittens born. One of them died. She is still pretty big and isnt giving any milk.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you don’t know the date of mating, we cannot be sure about how many days pregnant she is; you should allow her to give birth and monitor her progress as it is possible there are other kittens to come. If you believe it is early or kittens are dying you should visit your Veterinarian for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassy
Calico
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

uncomfortable

My cat is heavily pregnant and is really needy and affectionate and went straight to her kennel. She’s been licking her belly and pacing and wants petted and comforted. Is this the start of labor for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This behaviour may be an indicator of labour especially if she is around nine to ten weeks pregnant, keep an eye on her and look for any changes around the vulva; labour with cats is normally uneventful with minimal complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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fiona
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t eat
Affectionate
frequent grooming

we have three young children in the house and it’s very cramped and i read that stress can induce early labor. we also have another cat , younger, who has taken the birthing box that i gave fiona and now fiona will no longer go in it, she got pregnant sometime between may 9th-may 12th, so i know it’s very close to her due date. she won’t eat, but she’ll drink water. she’s affectionate unless you get too close to her stomach, she’s constantly licking herself. and if she goes into labor i’m not necessarily sure what to do. she’s my sisters cat, but my sister gave me the responsibility of taking care of fiona. she has maybe 3 spots around the house where she loves to lay but i’m still unsure of where she’s going to have her kittens and what to do if she chooses an unsafe spot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Try to encourage Fiona to nest in a cupboard or wardrobe (closet), try to give her somewhere comfortable where the other cat isn’t going to bother her. Stress may induce early queening, but a bit of overcrowding in a home shouldn’t stress her out that much. Try to keep an eye on her and encourage her to find a new nesting place. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brownie
Siamese, Domesticated short hair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing, growling, painting,

My cat I think she's in labor. Yesterday she had some discharge and started painting for a short time.. Today she start painting and heavy breathing but it's been 8 hours ND still no sign of pushing. She seeks attention from her sister who recently gave birth to kittens on June 30th and even helps her lick her kittens. My cat who's in labor keeps meowing and growling.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A cat may be a little agitated for around 24 hours before queening; she may vocalise and change location among other habits during this time, it is important to keep a close eye on her but if she seems to be pushing for more than two hours or so unproductively you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Cats generally have an uneventful queening with few complications, but in a few cases veterinary assistance may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Indy
Ragdoll
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody
Sleepy

I think my cat is going in to labour. This morning there was blood discharge around half 7 but it’s now twenty past nine and no sign of anything. She’s eating away and purring just seems a bit more lazy and wanting to lie down all the time whereas normally follows me around. Just wondering if this is normal? As with another day once the blood came the kittens followed shortly after but with this one there is no sign of anything

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There can be a bit of time between kittens when cats are giving birth. Without knowing more about Indy, I am not able to comment on what might be going on, but if she seems comfortable otherwise and is not in active labor, you may be okay to continue to monitor her for kittens. If she has not started having any kittens within the next few hours, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as the bloody discharge may be a problem. I hope that all goes well for her.

I’ve recently taken in a stray cat, whom is very loving. I’ve had her for about three weeks now, about a week ago someone brought to my attention that she is pregnant. She has to be less than a year old, and her stomach isn’t that big. I noticed a little spot of blood discharge what should I do?

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Irish
Tabby
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Acting strange

What to look for if early labour my cat got out 4 1/2 weeks ago and she did not want anyone to touch her but this morning she is wanting to be with me so what is going on her belly is getting bigger and she has had morning sickness and the last 3 weeks she is eating a lot more. I don't know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gestation period in cats is around 64 to 67 days (varies depending on the literature); typical signs of labor are nesting, milk production, behaviour changes etc… One concern may be the start of pyometra which may occur after two to eight weeks post heat; if you have concerns, visit your Veterinarian to check her over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Queenie
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Decreased hunger
Behavioral change
Nesting
Movement in belly

I think my cat is going into labor any day now. Her mood has changed,she's nesting,you can clearly see her babies move inside her belly now,today it took ages for her to want food and she only ate a little. This is her first time having kittens btw.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite in a pregnant cat may occur just before birthing, any other time before then should be treated as a possible sign of a problem with the pregnancy; but if she is due any moment it may be just normal especially if she is nesting. Keep a close eye on her and visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.purina.co.uk/cats/health-and-nutrition/pregnancy/things-to-look-out-for-during-cat-labour

I'm in need of some advice.
My cats is having her third litter. Her water broke at 11am, her first kitten didn't come till 9:03 that night. It's not 10:18 and she has only had one kitten. Yet she eats, drinks, going toilet. She is not showing any signs of distress. She still has live kittens inside her.

What do I do?

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Tweety
Ragdoll
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying growling
Crying

So I have a pregnant queen. Earlier today I was lying on the couch with her and she started hissing randomly. I thought it may be that she is laying uncomfortable so I moved her over on a more flat part of the couch. Then I fed her and she ate a bit. Now she is heavy breathing and licking her vulva more often. The color of the fluid that is coming out of her is mostly clear and no matter how much she cleans herself it continues to look like the fluid is still coming out. A few minutes ago she was also breathing like a dog with her younger sticking out, and she keeps crying very often. As much as I try to guide her to her nesting box she continues to follow me searching for affection. When she cries I try to comfort her. I feel that she is going into premature labor. I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing exactly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Give Tweety some time, if this is her first queening she may not go to the nesting box until the last moment; if she is not near term you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Since you haven’t indicated how far along she is with the pregnancy it is difficult to weigh in on what you should do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Bicolor cat
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Affectionate

Why is my cat not eating she has not been eating for 4 hours she only drinks water and is hiding in her nest she made a week ago but why is she just hiding and not eating her food?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. 4 hours is not a long time to be not eating, but if Oreo is not eating, and is hiding, it might be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can assess her, determine if she has a problem, and recommend any possible testing or treatments that might be needed. I hope that she is okay.

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Sweety
Not sure
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Labor

My sister brought me a cat in the middle of labor supposedly but the vagina isnt swollen and it just acting nervous could her moving the queen afect labor? And what can i do now to help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The stress of moving a cat my interrupt labour (or queening), if she hasn’t had any kittens by now you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side as I cannot really comment without performing an examination on her myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Took her to vet they gave her something to help with labor and she had 3 babies

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Tabby
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Often tired
Tapeworms
doesnt eat much

We rescue cats at my house we have 32 rescue cats on my property and 12 personal cats. We rescued a cat 3 days ago that is about 55 days pregnant. We are calling her Tabby btw. Since they are rescues they stay in 48 inch dog crates stacked on a wall in a shelter room. I sit in their cages and live on them and Tabby was pooping and a really long string was hanging out of her anus. It was about 5 inches long. So I got a paper towel and grabbed the string and it is a tapeworm. A FIVE INCH TAPEWORM! She was a stray cat so I had no doubt she has worms but I didn't know they were this bad. Can this affect the kittens?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The tapeworms will only affect the kittens through nutrition that she can provide to the kittens, but it would obviously be best to have the tapeworms treated so that she is as healthy as possible.

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