Miscarriage in Cats

Veterinary reviewed by: Dr. Linda Simon, MVB MRCVS

Miscarriage in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

Veterinary reviewed by: Dr. Linda Simon, MVB MRCVS

Miscarriage in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

What is Miscarriage?

Miscarriage in cats occurs when there is either a deliberate or unexplained termination of pregnancy in your cat. Miscarriage may be chemically induced under the supervision and/or advice of your vet. It can also occur for a variety or hormonal or physical reasons. If your cat is in the early stages of pregnancy, you may not notice any signs or symptoms and the fetuses may be reabsorbed by your cat’s body. In later stages, your cat may miscarry and then develop maternal instincts and behaviors, up to developing milk and crying or pacing, looking for kittens. If you expect your cat is miscarrying you should seek immediate veterinary care.

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Miscarriage Average Cost

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Average Cost

$800

Symptoms of Miscarriage in Cats

The symptoms of miscarriage in your cat may be minor if the pregnancy is in the first several weeks. Generally, however, you will see noticeable signs of a miscarriage. These may include:

  • Bloody discharge
  • Disappearance of fetuses previously seen in ultrasound or felt via palpation
  • Abdominal straining
  • Discomfort
  • Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Delivery of premature, dead, or nonviable fetuses
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Causes of Miscarriage in Cats

Miscarriage is a condition that may have a variety of underlying causes. While it may not always be possible, it is important to attempt to diagnose the underlying cause of the miscarriage to rule out potential infections or other conditions that may be life-threatening to your cat. Common causes include:

  • Feline leukemia virus
  • Feline herpesvirus
  • Bacterial disease such as chlamydia
  • Protozoal infections
  • Injury
  • Exposure to chemicals known to induce labor or miscarriage
  • Congenital defects
  • Inbreeding resulting in genetic issues
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Severe stress
  • Hormonal imbalances
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Diagnosis of Miscarriage in Cats

Diagnosis of miscarriage in your cat will begin with a thorough physical exam. If your cat has miscarried at home, you should arrange to bring any aborted fetuses with you for your vet to examine, if possible. The fetuses may provide important clues regarding the underlying cause of the miscarriage. In the initial visit, your vet may choose to order ultrasound or x-ray imaging in order to confirm there are no additional fetuses retained. Living fetuses may need support in order to avoid being miscarried and dead fetuses will need to be removed from the cat in order to avoid infection and potential death to your pet. These images will also allow examination of the internal organs of your cat.

During the initial exam, you should provide a thorough history of your cat’s pregnancy. Approximate date of impregnation and identity of the sire, if known, may be important facts for a proper diagnosis. Onset of symptoms and length of time of any unusual behavior such as lack of eating or your cat beginning to nest, will also be helpful.

Your vet will also order a full blood panel. This will allow your veterinarian to identify the presence of any infection and will provide an analysis of various hormone levels throughout your cat’s body. If there are signs of a cold or infection, various smears from the nose, ears and mouth should also be taken to potentially identify an upper respiratory or other type of infection. A stool sample may also be ordered in order to test for parasites.

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Treatment of Miscarriage in Cats

Treatment of your cat after miscarriage will depend on whether she needs to be stabilized and the underlying cause of the miscarriage. In the event there are retained fetuses, your vet may administer drugs that cause contractions in your cat to help eliminate the remaining tissue. This will be conducted in your veterinarian’s office and will prevent your cat from becoming infected as the fetuses continue to break down inside of the uterus. 

In the case of infection, your vet may choose to prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic pending identification of the exact bacteria causing the infection. If a cold is minor, they may recommend conservative treatment with rest and fluids. With parasites, your vet will prescribe an appropriate parasite therapy. These are typically administered orally in the form of a paste, gel, or tablet.

If the underlying cause is injury, your vet may prescribe pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication to help your cat recover more quickly.

Finally, in some instances, your veterinarian may recommend spaying your cat to prevent future pregnancies. This is especially true if the miscarriage was caused by congenital defects, by hormonal abnormalities that cannot be easily corrected in future pregnancies, or after multiple miscarriages.

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Recovery of Miscarriage in Cats

In most cases, your cat will recover well from a miscarriage as long as she receives proper treatment for the underlying condition. It will be important to administer all of the prescribed medications in the appropriate doses, especially in the case of infection. 

Some cats may need additional support if they seem depressed or lethargic or are pacing and acting agitated. In these cases it may be appropriate to isolate your cat in a quiet, warm and comforting space until the hormones triggered by the miscarriage and labor subside.

Overall, the prognosis for recovery from miscarriage in your cat is good and she should go on to live a long and healthy life.

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Miscarriage Average Cost

From 373 quotes ranging from $200 - $1,200

Average Cost

$800

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Miscarriage Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Persian cat

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Two Years

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what treatment should do for her miscarriage

Aug. 4, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. If she is bright and happy and eating normally, you may not need to do anything other than monitor her. If she is lethargic, not eating or doesn't feel well, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Asami

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American

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4 Years

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I was given a stray about 4 years ago. I negelected taking her to the vet so shes never been examined before. She is over all a healthy cat. I recently moved and she kept venturing out in the neighborhood an behold she become pregnant. Last night she started having contractions and asking fot attention i removed her gently from my bed and madr her a nice comfy spot to birth but nothoing happen. Fast forward to 12 hours later an she has some redish clear mucus come out which she swiftly ate but no new kittens...she was jumping about from a 2 ft cabinet, eating and is still pretty affectnate. I dont feel any kittens moving to be honest but she also doesnt show any signs of pain

Sept. 25, 2018

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