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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

Bella
Siamese
2 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

My cat gave birth to 3 kittens last night and everything was fine until this morning. I observed she is panting and drooling a bit. Should I be worried? This is her first litter.

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Annabell
Cat
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

kitten

My cat is in labor has given birth to one kitten so far and she hasn’t cut the the cord and it’s still attached to the inside of her when should I worry it’s been one hour so far

She doesn’t seem stress she’s relaxing right now and I can feel the other kittens moving still kitten is eating as well

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Piki
Persian piki bree
14 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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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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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Fuzzy
Persian
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat delivered three kittens on Friday, out of which one did not make it. Initially she eat well, but now after 24hrs she has stop eating or drinking milk. I’m worried because if she does not eat how she will
Be able to feed the kittens.. also at night she move around crying n looking for something , not sure .. we can’t understand what she wants? Any advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Fuzzy is looking for the other kitten, but I cannot say for certain; queening is a very stressful process and sends hormones everywhere. You should try to keep Fuzzy calm and encourage her to eat (if even from your hand), I cannot tell if there are any retained membranes or other issues without examining her first. If there is no improvement in her condition (eating, drinking etc…) you should visit your Veterinarian Monday morning, if the issue gets worse you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meiling
Siamese
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hello my cat gave birth to 7 kittens I have only accounted for 6 placentas. While I understand its possible she ate one without me noticing, can I wait until morning to seek vet appt for her? Or is that waiting to long? Its 12:30 am here

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is amazing how fast a cat can consume a placenta and it is possible that she did; however it would be good to check in with your Veterinarian in the morning to be on the safe side if one placenta is missing, normally we don’t have issues with cats (dogs more common) but it is important to be sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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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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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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Leppy
tabby
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Possible lethargy
Change in eye colour
Bleeding

My cat had a litter of three kittens. Each had a placenta attached to them, except the third one. She was too tired to force it out, I think. This was her very first litter. I did not see if the placenta was expelled later on or not. But, now her green eyes seems yellowish with weakness and she keeps bleeding slightly from time to time. Could she have retained her placenta? What should be done to relieve her? I cannot bear her loss at all!
Also, there aren't any vets open today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes, once a placenta has been passed, a new mother will eat it before you have chance to see it; however, if there is a retained placenta there isn’t anything I can recommend that you can do at home to treat this or any change in the eye colour. If you have an Emergency Veterinarian near you I would recommend you visit, otherwise to visit first thing on Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucyfur
Siamese
1 Year
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
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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CeCe
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Labor
heavy breath

My year old cat went into labor sometime this morning had her first kitten around 1pm. It is now 4pm and she had her 4th kitten 20mins ago but it is still attached to her and she has not passed the placenta yet. I’m pretty sure she has atleast 2 more kittens. She is breathing some what heavily. Also she doesn’t like it if I leave the room she sort of cries if I’m gone for to long then stops once I come back. Is everything ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally queening is a simple process with few cases needing veterinary attention, it has been a few hours since you asked this question and if CeCe still hasn’t passed the placenta you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; if the kitten is still attached you may boil some string and use it to tie off four places 5mm apart 1/5 inch and cut with some boiled scissors between the middle two ties. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raven
American Shorthair
Two Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

My cat had four kittens. The first two came out fine with the placenta, but the third one came out and the cord broke the placenta never came. Thirty minutes later she had another kitten with the placenta. Is it bad that she didn’t have the other placenta with the third baby?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Raven may have passed the placenta when you didn't notice, and cats will sometimes eat these. If she shows signs of lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, looses her appetite, or seems painful, she should be seen by your veterinarian, but otherwise she may be okay.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lexi
Calico
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat Lexi had her first kitten but as she was moving around the umbilical cord broke and the placenta never came, twenty minutes later she had her second kitten with the placenta. She ate the second placenta but I fear the first one never came out. I have watched her the whole time without leaving the room and I’m positive she didn’t eat the first one without me noticing. Is there a chance with more babies to come that the first placenta will eventually be pushed out ? Or should I take her to the vet once I fell all of her babies are out and the placenta is unaccounted for ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Lexi is having more kittens, that placenta should be pushed out with one of them. If she is eating and drinking and bright and happy and nursing well, you may not have anything to worry about. If she is depressed, not eating, or vomiting, then she should be seen by a veterinarian.

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Lady
Pygmy Forest cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bulge in belly

My cat gave birth to six healthy kittens and one stillborn three weeks ago (almost four weeks ago). She isn’t acting strangely at all but I noticed just now I could feel a moving lump in her belly that was the size and shape of a kitten. When it moved it made bubble sounds like digestion sounds. Could this be a stick kitten after 3 and a half weeks??? She is a miniature breed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re finding a moveable mass in the abdomen you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, without feeling the mass myself and possibly taking an x-ray I cannot determine specifically what it is; a retained kitten is possible but normally we would see other symptoms if this was the case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What would those other symptoms be? It doesn’t move when I touch it but it moves on it’s own

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Minnie
Shorthaired inside cat
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody discharge

My cat is a house cat but has sneaked out twice once last year and got pregnant everything was fine but the second time she got out was 2 months ago! She had one kitten on Saturday I can still feel more inside! She also had a bloody discharge that she licked away quickly. Will she deliver kittens by herself or will she need help. She is eating drinking using litter tray and looking after her kitten.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Minnie has not had any more kittens since Saturday, and has a bloody discharge, she should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. 4 days between kittens is not normal, and she may need help. You might consider spaying her, to keep her from getting pregnant again. I hope that she is okay.

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Amara
dsh
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Contractions like belly movement
Contractions

Our 8 month old cat had kittens yesterday (Saturday) and still seems to be having contractions but I’m pretty positive I can’t feel a kitten. I’m concerned there is a retained placenta. Is there anything I can do to help her pass it before taking her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that there is a retained placenta, you should visit your Veterinarian there isn’t anything I can recommend for you to do at home especially since we’re not sure if there is a retained placenta or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hope
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

contraction

How to tell if my cat still has more kittens inside? I feel she might,though my roommate says no.
My reason for thinking so is she still has a few bulges areas that looks like there might be..
she had 5 yesterday, then took a break to let them eat and for her to rest up.. today it looked like she was having contractions again..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Hope is still having contractions, she may still have more kittens, and without x-rays, there isnt really any way to know if she will continue to have kittens besides waiting, watching her, and seeing what happens. If she is having contractions and no kittens are coming, she may need to be seen by a veterinarian.

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Nugget
tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

My cat just gave birth to 4 kittens. I believe all of the placentas came out, she ate them pretty quickly. How ever, its been about 12 hours since birth and her belly is moving up and down fast (panting). Is this normal? My cat has eaten a little but, drank a little bit of water, and seems to be relatively attentive, but definitely tired. What should i do, if anything?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Queening is a painful process and some panting and other breathing changes are to be expected, you should keep an eye on Nugget and visit your Veterinarian for an examination if you have any concerns. Queening is normally uneventful and doesn’t require human intervention, but visit your Veterinarian if you’re concerned, think there may be a retained placenta or notice any symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Light
Cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

She acts fine but has barely used litterbox

My cat had 2 babies a little over 30 hours ago. First one went well. Second came out head first and I believe the placenta did not come out. I watched carefully and never saw the placenta Expell. Now she has thick bloody mucus coming out in small amounts. Almost like she is losing her mucus plug again. Is this normal? She also looks like she is still pregnant.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Light I cannot say whether there is a retained placenta, more kittens or any other complication; it is possible that any passed placenta was eaten by Light before you noticed it was passed. Some discharge is normal after queening with blood and fluid being expelled, but I cannot give you any assurances as I cannot examine her; if you are concerned you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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babiez
chaterux
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing
meowing lethargic

my cat had 3 stillborn kittens and 2 living, i think 3 or 4 days ago and now shes been acting weird
any time she leaves the kittens shes busy with me coming up and meowing like shes trying to tell me something, i go to check the kittens and theyre fine, today she started tossing herself on her side and doing the worm how cats do when they're playful, but she looks like somethings bothering her im worried about her but i dont have enough money for the vet and dont want them to kill her if i take her an d cant pay

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A Veterinarian should not euthanise your cat if you’re unable to pay, they may not release her to you or may start debt recovery; however you should try to visit a charity clinic or other organisation if you’re concerned as I am not able to give you any assurances without examining her first. The behaviour may be just due to hormonal changes after queening or missing some kittens; keep an eye on her for now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinaryteam.dvm360.com/what-say-when-pet-owners-cant-pay-veterinary-care

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Bebo
Indian billi
7 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss Of Appetite,
Loss of Appetite

A female stray cat I feed was found by me with an injury on her hind leg below the hock..took her to a vet..he prescribed cefpodoxime, Meloxicam and dmag spray.she was pregnant so I asked him regarding it so he said he wasn't sure and the bones weren't broken just to give the medication.didn't do a closed dressing.she had a big belly and I was sure she was pregnant so I gave her the spray nd dint give meds...on the 4 the day I noticed hole in the bone sized 1x1 cm so I applied curcumin ointment and gave her the meds prescribed..now today morning I found her with two kittens they were feeding..I found a piece of flesh beside a kitten so I moved it so it seemed to b attached to one of the kittens...the cat has not been eating since the day of injury(5days) and I was force feeding her with a 5ml syringe but she wasn't allowing me and it was a struggle...when I found her with her kittens I thought she mind need to eat something so I placed milk near her nose and she didn't even care so I dipped Cotton and applied to her lips so she licks them I did that 3 times and then she got up from her kittens and and is sitting a bit away from them facing away from kittens..IAM scared that is she rejecting her kittens because I went near them? What should I do about the piece of flesh near the kitten that seems attached by a thread like thing? IAM also worried about her leg the paw of the affected leg have become blue black..she walks but with her paw of the injured hind leg turned a bit..and these 4 days a kind of a foulish different smell was emanating from her...I don't know what to do..IAM from India we do not have any good vet facilities here and I don't even know if the guy I took her to was a real vet...could you please suggest something..and the cat is a first time mother.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I wish that I could be more help to Bebo, but it is very difficult without being able to see her. I'm not sure what the flesh piece is that is attached to the kitten, I'm not sure whether the wound that you describe is healing normally, and I am concerned that she isn't eating and has a foul smell. She wouldn't reject the kittens because you were near them, but she may not feel well and may not want to nurse them. Theoretically, to be able to give the medications that you were given, the person that you saw should have been a veterinarian, and since that is the only option, it would be best to have her seen again, as they can look at her, and the kittens, and try to figure out what might be going on with her. I hope that mother and kittens are all okay.

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Athena
tabby
18 Months
Mild condition
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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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Kit kat
Mixed black
11 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Looking side to side
Meowing
Walked backwards

My cat just stood up and walked towards me then stopped and started walking backwards meowing and looking over her right shoulder than her left shoulder and did that a few times while walking backwards she just gave birth 2 days ago that was weird I don't know why she did that but I'm really worried about her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be various different behavioural changes after queening and there will be hormonal influences as well; without examining Kit Kat I cannot say whether there are any issues from the queening or pregnancy to be concerned about. You should keep a close eye on her for the time being but if any other strange behaviour occurs or you notice any symptoms (vaginal discharge, fever or anything else) visit your Veterinarian. 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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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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Lily
moggy
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Panting

My cat has recently given birth to a kitten (around 2 or more hours ago now) it was a bit of a struggle and the kitten came out tail first and for a while didn't move etc, I couldn't really see what was happening because my cat was being protective but I don't remember seeing a placenta or anything like, or an umbilical cord or anything attached to the kitten. She seems ok at the moment but I'm concerned about whether this is still inside her especially due to the difficult birth, or whether the cat has eaten it whilst she was snuggling/cleaning the kitten for the first 20 minutes or so. Any information would be greatly appreciated

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lily may have eaten the placenta, it is quite common for cats to do so. If she seems lethargic, isn't eating, or seems to not be feeling well, it may be a good idea to have an examination with a veterinarian. If she is eating well, nursing her kitten, and seems bright and happy, she may be perfectly fine. You will want to keep a close eye on her for a few days for any signs that might be worrisome.

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Socks
Black and white
1 Year
Moderate condition
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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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Gizmo
Ragdoll Tabby miz
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ball in tummy when I rub

Cat just gave birth to 3kittens on Saturday. She started to come out to eat and use the restroom. She lays in front of me so I can rub her. When I do, I can feel like a ball or something firm. I think it makes her uncomfortable. With her 3kittens I left her alone after the first one, and it was fast. I'm not entirely sure if she delivered the placentas. She ate the first one but that is all I saw.

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Puff
Unsure
1 Year
Mild condition
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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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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

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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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Bebo
Indian billi
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding from vulva

Medication Used

Cefpodoxime

My injured cat who had lost her appetite completely and was being forcefed by me gave birth on the morning of 7th to two kittens..I found their 2 placentas attached to their umbilical cords and had to cut them myself...she wasn't feeding her kittens so I had to give them to another lactating cat who took care of them..she started eating food normally and appeared energetic from the next morning i.e on 8th...so today 3 days after she gave birth I noticed a little fresh thick red discharge from her vulva just now and a few drops are Still coming..it is not gushing though...should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is somewhat normal to have discharge for a few days after giving birth, and she sounds like she is doing better than she has for awhile. If she remains bright and happy with a good appetite, you may be fine to monitor the bleeding to make sure that it slows down and stops. If she becomes lethargic or pale, or the bleeding isn't stopping over a few hours, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian.

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Lady
Maine Coon
8 Months
Moderate condition
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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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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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