This article will discuss how much time a cat gives birth. Pregnancy usually lasts up to 2.5 months. In the early stages of pregnancy in a cat, a decrease in appetite, vomiting cramps, nausea, a change in the color of the nipples (they become bright pink) can be noted. With palpation of the tummy, you can feel the kitten after 2-3 weeks.
It is not recommended to take birth in cats on your own, it is better to entrust your pet to an experienced specialist in order to avoid death. Particular attention should be paid to young and still not giving birth to cats.
How to handle born kittens
The cat begins to get nervous and look for a suitable place for future kittens after 1.5 months of pregnancy. A week before the upcoming motherhood, there is a sharp increase in the mammary glands and almost zero activity. Sometimes from the genitals you may notice small discharge of a transparent or whitish hue.
The cat, like women, has the hormone progesterone, a deficiency of which can be accompanied by an unexpected estrus (menstrual cycle). In the prenatal period, a domestic cat needs to measure basal temperature 2 times a day.
How to prepare a domestic cat for the upcoming birth
To prevent possible stress in the cat, in the room where the birth will take place, there should not be anyone from the outsiders.
A signal of the beginning of the birth process is the frequent licking by the future mother of her tummy and genitals, the temperature is slightly lowered, she begins to completely refuse food and begins to look after the future nest for newborn kittens.
It is better to prepare a house for kittens in advance, otherwise the woman in labor will choose a wardrobe or bed. It is better to choose a suitable box in advance so that the cat has time to adapt to a new home. During childbirth, it is necessary to ensure that near the box there is always clean and fresh water, sterile gloves and scissors, disposable dry wipes.
Cat birth step by step
At the first stage of the birth process, the expectant mother will restlessly mess around in her nest, sometimes even starting to cover his floor with her own hair. The appearance of small tremors, rapid breathing, an accelerated heartbeat, the release of milk from the papillae.
Typically, a cat gives birth to kittens up to twenty-four hours, but if this is the first birth of a domestic cat, then it may take longer to give birth. The need to call a veterinarian arises when the process of labor itself is very difficult. It will be much easier to give birth to a young cat a second time, and the process of giving birth to kittens will be much simpler and faster.
At the second stage, water begins to drain, at this time the cat mainly lies on its stomach or back (in very rare cases, it can stand on its paws).
As soon as the kitten’s head has appeared, it is possible to detect up to 15 minutes (it is during this time that a kitten should be born). If in the allotted time the kitten could not get out, then it is urgent to call a specialist who will stimulate the process of labor and help with childbirth. Sometimes, due to the owners' irresponsibility, giving birth to cats at home is fatal for mom.
Typically, the cat itself frees the newborn kittens from the fetal bladder and umbilical cord, but if she did not, then the owner needs to do it yourself.
After the birth of a kitten, usually after it comes the afterbirth, one kitten after one kitten. If the last remains inside the mother, then this will lead to the occurrence of inflammatory processes in the genitals. The cat usually eats up the afterbirth itself, sometimes it is accompanied by vomiting spasms and an upset digestive system (diarrhea).
The third stage of labor is relatively calm. This is the stage when the uterus is relaxed and there is a break between the birth of kittens.
Duration of birth in a cat
The interval between the birth of kittens can vary from fifteen minutes to forty-eight hours. In time, the cat gives birth to about seven to eight hours, the first time the cat gives birth to 24 hours.
What to do if a cat has complications during childbirth
Complications may arise due to:
- Elderly women in labor;
- Obesity in the expectant mother;
- If the cat was exposed to stress during the prenatal period;
- Weak contractions;
- Obstruction of the birth canal.
In this case, it is urgent to call a doctor to eliminate the complications that have occurred. If the kitten’s head has come out and the body is stuck, it is necessary to help the kitten to be born with clean hands. In emergency cases, the veterinarian can make an incision to facilitate the delivery of a cat or even a cesarean section, and inject a contractions stimulator into it.
How to handle born kittens
After making sure that all kittens are freed from the fetal bladder, it is necessary to clean their airways. This can be done with a regular syringe without a needle or with a back massage. Then all kittens must be rubbed with a soft clean towel.
Newborn kittens are still deprived of sight and hearing and rely only on the owl's sense of smell and instincts, so they find their mother’s milk by smell.
Kittens Life By Week:
- In the second week of life, kittens open their eyes and gain weight;
- After 4 weeks, the kittens are already getting stronger and can play and crawl on their own;
- In the same period (4 weeks) the first teeth appear in kittens;
- At 8-12 weeks, kittens experience little stress, as the cat stops feeding them milk;
- After 5 months, the kittens successfully start a war for the territory (start marking the corners);
- After six months of life, the kittens become completely independent and do not need a mother;
When taking birth in a cat, you need to remember that each has its own individual characteristics. Therefore, childbirth in each takes place in its own order, in which the body is programmed. If a cat gives birth for the first time, then the owner must constantly be near the woman in labor and be at the same time in a calm state. Cats are great empaths and are able to take on the anxiety and nervousness of the owner.