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What is Retained Placenta?

A retained placenta is a very serious and life-threatening condition for a cat as a retained and unremoved placenta will begin to decompose within the cat’s uterus, causing a dangerous bacterial infection that will likely spread to the cat’s bloodstream and throughout the body. A cat that has been unable to pass a placenta must be treated by a veterinarian immediately.

As the fetuses develop within the uterus of the mother cat, often called a queen, each fetus is surrounded by an individual membranous sack that also contains the placenta. During a normal birthing process, the kittens usually emerge from the birth canal while still attached to the placenta, which the queen will remove and often eat instinctively. On occasion, however, kittens will be born without the placenta, which will pass through the birth canal after the kitten is born. If the kitten is not born with its placenta and the placenta does not follow soon after a kitten born without it, the placenta has been retained within the uterus.

Symptoms of Retained Placenta in Cats

There are many symptoms that can alert a pet owner to a retained placenta. The first, yet least reliable, clue is that the number of kittens that have been born and the number of placentas that have been passed do not match. This can be unreliable because it is not uncommon for a mother cat to eat one or more of the placentas. It is believed that cats do this instinctively to prevent smells that would attract predators. It is difficult to be certain regarding the number of placentas that have passed. Symptoms that should alert a pet owner to the possibility that a placenta may have been retained are as follows:

  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Fast heart rate
  • Fever
  • Appetite loss
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Odorous Lochia, a discharge from the vulva which is usually reddish brown in the first days after giving birth but may transition to green if an infection has set into the uterus.
  • Dark red gums
  • Kitten neglect
  • Reduced milk production
  • Bloody discharge for more than a week
  • Bacterial infection of the uterus, usually caused by E. Coli
  • Septic metritis, inflammation of the wall of the uterus
  • Septic shock
  • Death

Causes of Retained Placenta in Cats

Retained placentas are quite rare in cats. When retained placentas do occur in a cat, they often follow an abnormally difficult labor, referred to as dystocia. Dystocia can result if the queen was not healthy when she went into labor, if one or more kittens are in positions that make them difficult to birth, if one or more kittens are abnormally large, if one or more kittens are stillborn and difficult to birth, and if the number of kittens in the litter is unusually large. Any of these factors can result in one or more placentas being retained inside the uterus.

Diagnosis of Retained Placenta in Cats

If your cat has recently given birth and has begun to exhibit some or many of the symptoms listed above, it is imperative that you call your veterinarian or a veterinary emergency hospital immediately as your cat may be in grave danger. The following will likely occur when your cat is seen by the veterinarian. 

  • Your vet will conduct a thorough physical examination including listening to the heartbeat and taking your cat’s body temperature.
  • The vet will likely begin by examining the vulva, observing and smelling the discharge. 
  • A urinalysis will be done to check for signs of infection.
  • Blood tests will be done to determine if your cat has an infection that has spread to the bloodstream. 
  • An ultrasound may be administered in an attempt to locate a possible retained placenta.
  • X-rays may be ordered in addition to or instead of an ultrasound to locate the retained placenta.

Treatment of Retained Placenta in Cats

Upon diagnosing your cat with a retained placenta, your veterinarian may first choose to administer an injection of oxytocin to stimulate contractions of the uterus in order to facilitate the passing of the retained placenta. Your cat will also likely receive intravenous fluids to combat dehydration, which is a risk after any birth but especially after a difficult birth. If the oxytocin does not cause your cat to pass the retained placenta, it may be necessary for the vet to perform a surgical procedure called a celiotomy, which is an incision in the abdomen through which the retained placenta can be removed from the uterus. Dependent upon how strong and widespread the infection is, it may be necessary for the vet to spay your cat, or remove the ovaries and uterus, to prevent further infection. Even if the reproductive organs do not need to be removed for emergency medical reasons your vet may encourage you to have your cat spayed during this procedure to prevent her from having to endure the possibility of another difficult and dangerous labor in the future. 

Recovery of Retained Placenta in Cats

Your cat’s prognosis is largely dependent upon how quickly your cat received veterinary treatment after retaining a placenta and which treatment, whether medical or surgical, your cat required.  If you and your veterinarian discovered the retained placenta before it began to decompose and the placenta then passed after a dose of oxytocin, your cat will likely not have any additional recovery than that which is natural after giving birth. If your cat developed an infection before oxytocin was effective, your cat may be on antibiotics for several days and will likely be lethargic as she rests. A queen that has had a celiotomy will need several days to more than a week to heal from the surgery and may require antibiotics and pain medication. Your veterinarian will advise you as to whether it is safe for the mother to nurse the kittens while she is on medication or if you will need to feed the kittens with a milk replacement that can often be purchased through your vet’s office or at a pet store. The queen and her kittens will likely need to be re-examined by the veterinarian in the days or weeks following to ensure that your cat has healed and that the infection has subsided.

Retained Placenta Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Piki
Persian piki bree
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Neglection

Newly borned kitten has a placenta attached with it. It is like a piece of meat half of its size attached wth its belly.it ooks like a placenta.
The mother cat is neglecting it.
She gave birth to five kittens. 1 of them was not born fully. I could see it being born inside a piece of meat. 2 kittns were really big for a size of a normal kitten. 1 of them is the one I've mentioned above.
The mother cat is neglecting that kitten what should I do?
Is that thing attached to the kitten a serious issue?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the umbilical cord did not detach from the placenta, it is uncommon but does occur. Tie two knots tightly with some sterilised string (from a sewing kit boiled in water) or plain dental floss in the umbilical cord an inch from the belly (2.5cm) and around half inch part (1cm) then cut between the two knots with sterilised scissors (boil some metal scissors in water for 5 minutes); any doubts and you should visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Maine Coon
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is barely a year old, we adopted her from a man heading to a kill shelter. We've had her for 6 months. She must have been pregnant when we took her in. She popped out a cute, grey, litte fuzzball yesterday. But only ONE kitten? Its been 24 hours an she is taking care of the baby. Eating, but not drinking. And even wants to play and be lovey with us. Her belly went down in size tremendously, but feels there could be maybe one more kitten in there. Ive heard of interupted labor, but is that whats really happening with my Ms.Lady?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lady I cannot say whether or not there are retained kittens, you could try to have a feel by feeling gently but it would be best to have her checked by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side as I cannot give you any assurances unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucyfur
Siamese
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My queen,as of yesterday, has finished giving birth to five very healthy kittens. Today, I tried to give her water to eat with her tuna and she refused it. Is she okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not normal for a cat to lose their appetite after birthing as they are normally hungry afterwards, if Lucyfur hasn’t eaten within 24 hours of queening you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side to check for any retained kittens, placenta or anything else concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hatchi
Tuxedo
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

passing cottage cheese like matter

Delivered 3 stillborn breech 4 days ago ... is now passing a cottage cheese type matter. What is it? I am massaging her to help her tummy and vaginal area as she's passing it. I've had cats for years and a few litters but have never seen this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what the cottage cheese material is, but it does not sound normal. Since she had stillborn kittens, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian. She may have a uterine infection, a retained placenta or kitten, and she may need medical therapy. I hope that she is okay.

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Marie
mixed
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

My cat just had kittens today she had 3 but only two of them had there placenta the 3rd one's cord broke and the placenta is still inside the momma cat who I think still has one kitten but wont push what does that mean

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Marie may need help getting that placenta and/or kitten out. A retained placenta or kitten can make a cat very sick, and it wold be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to determine if she has a problem and give her medications to help, if so.

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Kitty
Burmilla
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach grow
Dry milk

Hi yes my cat Kitty stomach is growing bigger. Well wider and seems to be like her previous pregnancy. Her nipples seemed to hae gotten larger as they just seemed to have gotten smaller. Dried milk is also appearing on her nipples. Is she pregnet?v

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pregnancy is a possibility especially if she has been around intact male cats; however other causes like hormonal conditions, tumours among other conditions may also lead to symptoms of pregnancy when she isn’t pregnant. You should monitor Kitty for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Athena
tabby
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

Ok my cat had her first litter yesterday and she had a very hard time pushing them out, it was to the point when I tried to help her she tried to attack me which is very unlike her. She had what I thought was only gonna be 4 so I left her be and went outside and when I came back about 10mins later she had pushed a 5th one out and it was still in the sack just laying there and it was stillborn. She ate the sack from it then didnt acknowledge it any after. Her tummy is still very swollen and feels like there might be another inside and she acts like she wants attention but growls at you when you do. I'm not sure what I should do in this instance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be best to have an x-ray taken of Athena to determine if there are any more kittens. Cats can become very ill if they are unable to get those kittens out. Any veterinarian should be able to examine her and take an x-ray for you. I hope that she is okay.

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Cleo
Siamese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
lack of appetite
Lack Of Coordination

Cleo gave birth for the second time ( last year was the first one). She has four kittens and the placentas came out with them. It seems so normal for the first two day. Until now her fourth day after giving birth, she seems like losing her appetite, she don't want to eat and even drink a bit amount of water. And worst she vomitted, a clear fluid with a some bubbles with it and sticky like slime. I'm worrying if there's a retained kitten inside her body somehow. In addition to that she's like lacking of energy, she just pooped a while ago, about an hour and it is not firm.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I agree with you, Cleo doesn't sound like she is a normal healthy cat after having her kittens. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they can examine her, take an x-ray to see if she has retained a kitten or has an infection, and assess her overall condition to determine what might be going on. I hope that she is okay.

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Grey
Manx Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood, Occasional Contractions

My cat had one kitten yesterday and overnight pushed out a stillborn. She currently has fresh blood coming out and a string that looks like it may be part of the placenta trying to come out. I need to know what the likelihood is of her pushing out another dead kitten or that she still has its placenta inside her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without palpating Grey’s abdomen, I cannot say whether or not there are more kittens to come; if the placenta hasn’t passed by now you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination especially if you are able to feel another kitten in the abdomen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Goldie
Dont know
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

My cat had two stillborn kittens 10 days ago but seems to be very pregnant still. Is this possible. She is moving around and eating normal but does seem subdued.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be unlikely that Goldie would still have live kittens after the two were stillborn 10 days ago. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, and possibly have x-rays to determine what is going on with her belly. I hope that she is okay.

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Chencha
Maine Coon
3 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cord outside vagina

my cat, chencha, had 3 kittens overnight. over 12 hours after she had the first kitten, came another. The kitten was stillborn and she ate him for the nutrients. However she didn't eat the entire kitten and part of it as well as a white cord is still attached to her. we believe it is his umbilical cord. we can't afford a vet, how can we help her without hurting her? Will it pass?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cord is still connected, the placenta is retained; many times the placenta will follow soon after the kitten but sometimes the placenta is retained. Whilst I understand that veterinary services are expensive, simply pulling on the cord will most likely do more harm than good; there is not always an at home treatment available unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

she seems to be doing a lot better now. her 3 remaining kittens are now eating and are getting nice and full. Chencha has also been eating and drinking water, walking, and doing well. there's no sign of kitten rejection and you can't tell anything is wrong with her. does this mean it passed? also, thank you for not pushing me to take her to a veterinary, you're the first. I have quite a budget, although i have savin s specifically for my cats. anyway, thank you.

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Socks
Black and white
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no energy

My cat gave birth to I know two stillborn kittens and she ate both. It's been 5 days and she can barely walk or stand. She is very wobbly. She hasn't ate much of anything since either. What could be wrong. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Socks I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are; but retained kittens, retained placenta, infection, hormonal conditions (from pregnancy) among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. Since Socks had stillborn kittens, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Mix breed
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Kittens outside placenta inside
Stopped pushing

My cat is currently,having her first litter. She has 2 kitten laying outside of her, but the umbilical cord and placenta is still inside and she has stopped pushing, is there anything I can Do to help her besides taking her to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may take a little time for the placenta to be expelled, but you should take Daisy into your Veterinarian if there is no movement within two hours or so; there is little you can do at home and if you pull on the umbilical cord it may just break. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kittie
Burmilla
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness.

She hasn't been eating her regular food but once i give he something else thats not regular she eats it. All her kittens died and she hasn't been really active anymore. This is her first litter and my first experience with any animal birth. Should i be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittie should be seen by a veterinarian. IT isn't normal for her to not want to eat or to be less active after having kittens, and there may be a complication such as a retained placenta or a mummified kitten. A veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine if she is okay or if she needs any treatment, and help her recover.

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Puff
Unsure
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

post birth
Bloody

My cat gave birth to 5 kittens Friday night. It is now sunday night and she just randomly started having blood come from her. I didnt notice at first until i saw it on my blanket and on the floor. She is tending to her kittens fine. laying with them, feeding them, cleaning them. She is also using the bathroom, eating and drinking as normal. she seems normal besides the blood but the blood is concerning me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bleeding for two days after birth isn’t unusual as long as it isn’t large quantities, the bleeding should reduce over the next day or two; if the bleeding continues or you suspect that Puff may have a retained placenta or kitten you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Idk
1 Day
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cats look weak
No feeding

My kitten had four kittens. One of them was born yesterday. That one was meowing while she was born, and I believe feeding. This morning, we thought she was dead. At 12 pm she started meowing, but she still looks dead now, without moving AT ALL. Today the 3 kittens were born, and I don’t know if they’ve been fed. One of them is meowing like crazy, but my cat doesn’t seem to be caring about them. Btw they are very small, maybe premature. They weren’t born with an umbilical cord. Please help!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Daisy or the kittens, I can't offer much help over an email. They should be seen by a veterinarian. They'll be able to look at them, determine what might be going on with them, and offer recommendations for things that you can do, as well as show you how to bottle feed the kittens to keep them alive, if that is needed.

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Dancer
Ragdoll
14 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Birth

Dancer gave birth to 6 kittens last night, the birth was expected and she was nesting in our wardrobe with towels set up and the sliding door closed.
It’s her first litter and the birthing process seemed fine with no intervention needed and throughout the night she was nursing the babies and they seemed to be successfully suckeling..
Today, however, she seems disinterested and is scratching at our door to get out. I let her out and it seems as though she has forgotten about them, I leave her out for 20 mins and I put her back in because I’m scared they will get neglected. I don’t observe her in there so I can’t be sure whether she’s tending to them or not when I lock her in here..
I just need some advise. Is she likely to not know what to do? Do we need to intervien? Is it normal for her to want a break and alone time and will she tend to the babies when needed? And are the babies okay alone for a certain period of time?

Thanks,
Nate

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some queens are attentive whilst others are not, if she is not an attentive queen you should make sure that the kittens are kept warm with a head pad or hot water bottle (no warmer than body temperature); if she is neglecting the kittens you should try to place her in the nest and place the kittens to nurse. If you are still having issues you should visit your Veterinarian to check her over to see if there is any reason for her to be on her feet than tending to her kittens. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flora
Persian
1 Year and 11 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

My cat gave birth to 3 kittens this morning starting at approximately 5 to 5.30am and the final kitten was at 8.40am. It is now 10.30am in my country. So basically all of the kittens were still connected to the mother via the umbilical cord and she did not attempt to cut them off so my mom had to intervene and cut the cords off herself using a pair of clean scissors. They did not seem to be in pain when my mom cut the cords off so thats good? However, we did not see any of the placentae come out until now so we're a little worried. The mother cat does not show any signs of distress and is currently sleeping as she is tired after birth. And we are not sure if she's done giving birth because she still appears to have something in her tummy. Her kittens are nursing well as I speak.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Flora hasn’t passed any placenta by now, you should take her into your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if the placenta came out and she ate it or it was retained and requires treatment. I cannot give you anymore guidance than this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Calico
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat Luna just gave birth a week ago and lost all of the kittens. About 2 days ago she started acting weird, meloncholy,lithargic,she's randomly more affectionate,and other times she just hides. She hasn't been eating or drinking much, but she has large amounts of drool. There is also red irratation around her nipple and on the opening red that looks like blood. She keeps licking her vaginal area and it looks like there is discharge. Luna's heart rate is more rapid then normal and I'm not sure what to do or if I should seek medical attention. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Luna’s history, it would be advisable to have your Veterinarian check her over; the loss of the kittens may have been due to an infection or other complication which is causing the symptoms she is presenting with now. A physical examination and a check of the reproductive tract would be advisable, your Veterinarian may choose to treat medically but may recommend an ovariohysterectomy (spay). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trixie
Not sure
16 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing fast

My cat had kittens almost 48 hours ago she delivered from 4am to 6am and she expelled a placenta about 3 hours ago should I be worried or take her in to a hospital. She seems fine, she's feeding her kittens and cleaning them but she was panting a little

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally the placenta follows with or shortly after each kitten. If there has been some discharge or membranes expelled two days after queening there may be a risk of infection from the retained placenta. Symptoms to look out for are fever, fetid discharge, swollen abdomen, loss of appetite, increased heart rate etc… If you have any concerns visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat stopped contractions at least 10 hours ago but the last kitten is still attached via the cord to the placenta which is still inside her. Should I cut the cord and wait if still no expulsion then call the vet?

My cat gave birth a week ago. She has lost most of her hair and she walks with her back arched and her legs far apart. Any clue of what is wrong with her?

My cat had th same thing last kitten 3 hours ago it was hanging out by its core for almost an hour she bit it off anyways bc she kept trying to move and the kitten was stuck to her.. I’m worried the placenta is in there still she had a little bit of bloody discharge and is kind of showing signs of pushing I’m going to keep watching her and look out for these symptoms ..how long should I wait though in this kind of circumstance to expect her to expel the placenta? She’s an experienced mother I’ve seen her chew the cord before with kitten attached never thought much of it usually she goes off and hides to have kittens and I only get a sneak peak so maybe I am worrying too much? Just wait and see? She’s nursing doesn’t seem too distressed and is eating and drinking but it’s just like I can tell she needs to get it out idk 😢

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