How can I tell if my cat is in labor????

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Hannaberry, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Hannaberry

    Hannaberry Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2012
    How can i tell if my cat is in labor......It's a week till she is do.[​IMG]
  2. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    It's been quite a few years since I had a cat with kittens but I do remember them being very clingy and wanting a lot of affection from me right before giving birth. They will lose interest in food - start pacing around - they will make their "bed" where they plan on giving birth - sometimes will become talkative and noisy.

    Here's a website that might give you more info. Good luck!
  3. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012
    Actually had a cat have kittens about two months ago. It was my first time so I did a lot of searching.

    Here are a few links that helped me.

    The thing that first got me to realize that my cat was in labor, was that I was pretty sure she was having contractions. So I checked to see about some of the other signs. How old is your cat? Mine was only about 8-9 months when she had hers and she rejected them because she was so young.
  4. sometimes they will pant
  5. Hannaberry

    Hannaberry Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2012
    My cat is a 1 year old........How many cats can she have???
  6. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    The typical size for a litter of kittens is 3 to 5, and young cats are supposed to have smaller litters, but some cats don't read the rules. Squeaky and Tiger's mother was less than a year old, and she had 9![​IMG]
  7. Hannaberry

    Hannaberry Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2012
  8. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Good luck! Kittens are sure cute, but please be responsible and spay her after this. There are a lot of great cats and kittens who are put down because there are far too many cats and not nearly enough homes. [​IMG]
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    X2! Cat's can have multiple litters per year and can reproduce by 6 months of age or so; If not spayed, this one litter now could easily result in about 100 or more new kittens within the next the math. [​IMG]It's mind boggling.
  10. turtlynne

    turtlynne Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2009
    I agree...and I will tell you what I have told pregnant women about labor(am old retired midwife0) - you WILL know! don't laugh - I really know you will - make sure she has some privacy and water to drink. If she is outside she will hide...maybe bring her in so you can observe. Go with her flow if she seems to want or not want your attention be respectful - most momma kittys do just fine without our 'help'. I agree about check link noted above for limits of normal but again she will most ikely do just fine - be sure to 'treat' her when all seems done and I usually feed my nursing cat moms( I foster moms and kittens for local SPCA) kitten food for extra oomph! Have fun! is awesome experience - but once will be enough.

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