Cats are naturally very independent creatures. They are perfectly capable of doing their own business, even major ones like giving birth to kittens. However, being the cat lovers that we are, we can’t help but worry. We can’t help but try to be helpful to our cats are they give life to even more fur babies.
In a previous post, we have outlined tell-tale signs if your cat is pregnant. This week, we came up with a guide on how to be helpful and supportive in your cat’s journey to motherhood:
- Signs your cat is nearing labor.
- Your cat is refusing to eat.
- Your feline friend acts out of the normal like being fidgety or uneasy as opposed to the her calm and confident demeanor.
- Take the cat’s temperature. Her reading will be around 37.8 degrees Celcius about a day before the labor begins.
- Your cat is looking for a quiet and enclosed area. She may already have prepared a “nest” of towels and soft objects in this area previously.
- Once contractions commence, labor is by the door.
- Once the discharge starts flowing, kittens should start plopping shortly. If the discharge is heavy, black or blood-tainted, contact your vet immediately.
- Keeping a close eye and assisting during delivery.
- The mother cat should proceed to tear the amniotic sac by licking as soon as each kitten comes out. The licking should continue to clean each newborn and effectively prompt them to take their first breath.
If your cat doesn’t do these, take a cloth or a tissue to break the amniotic sac yourself. Continue rubbing until the little kitten is clean and takes its first breath. Make sure to clean the kitten properly especially the mouth, eyes and nose. Rub the kitten against the grain of their fur to dry them.
- The cat will chew on the umbilical cord to sever it. If she doesn’t, do it yourself, wearing surgical gloves, tie dental floss around the umbilical cord about two inches away from the newborn and another tie about 1 inch further away from the first tie. Cut on the space in between.
- Keep the kittens warm. Heating pads under layers of towels would keep them warm on their first hours in the world.
- Bring your cat to the vet not more than 24 hours after giving birth to rule out any complications.
Your cat giving birth to kittens is definitely a big event and milestone that will bring you closer together. It is an opportunity for you to show your care and kindness as your cat goes through one of the most vulnerable stages of her life. You reading this article is a sign that you deeply care and with that fact, your cat is in good hands.