Have you known for a while now that your cat is pregnant? If this is the first time that you will be going through the birth of a litter of kittens, then you may be wondering how you are going to be able to handle the situation.
You may also be curious as to how you should properly prepare your mother cat for the exciting event of giving birth.
Prepare a Nesting Box For Your Cat
When the day of labor starts getting near, you may want to make sure you have a few things handy to help prepare the mother cat for labor. One of these things is a nesting box.
What this actually is, is a box or another private and protected area where your cat can give birth in peace away from other cats or maybe your dog if you have one.
You can use a shallow box for this which is what most people use. It should be a box that is easy for your cat to get in and out of, yet still offer the protection and privacy she may need while she is giving birth.
Be sure to put a blanket, towel, or a cat bed inside the box so she is completely comfortable with her surroundings.
You may not want to use a new blanket or towel because there will probably be a little bleeding involved. Your female companion is, after all, giving birth.
Another thing that will work is a pet carrier. This was me and my cat’s preferred nesting box. It offers protection, easy access, and is large enough to accommodate the birthing process.
I will usually take off the door that is attached to the carrier to be sure that the momma cat does not get trapped inside.
Just be sure that whatever you use as a nesting box, leave it out ahead of time so your cat can get used to it. Sometimes she may find another area that suits her better, but nonetheless, she will make the final decision.
Signs Your Cat Is About To Give Birth
Right before your cat goes into labor, she will likely become very vocal. And what I mean by this is that you’re absolutely going to know that something is up with your cat because she will not stop meowing.
Your cat may also give off a foul smelling odor. I believe this occurs as a result of her water breaking. What you are smelling is most likely amniotic fluid.
This is the first sign I noticed when my cat gave birth for the first time. The odor was so strong that I almost vomited.
Another sign that your cat is about to give birth is that she may be extra extra affectionate towards you. She may rub up on you constantly while she is also being super vocal.
If your cat has been pregnant for a while and she all of a sudden starts doing this, your cat is most likely about to give birth to a litter of kittens.
Potential Problems Your Cat May Have
Sometimes, not everything happens in a perfect manner when your cat is giving birth. Make sure you monitor your cat during and after the labor process so you can spot potential problems from happening.
This is a very important thing for you to monitor. I am extremely grateful that I knew to monitor potential problems with my cat, as it most likely saved her life.
One morning, I noticed my feline companion had given birth to three kittens, but she was nowhere near them. I looked everywhere for her and I eventually found her in my bedroom closet quietly hiding. She seemed pretty lethargic as well.
I originally had scooped her up to bring her back to her litter of kittens, but she did not seem all that interested in taking care of them.
In fact, she went right back to hiding in my bedroom closet. At this point, I called my veterinarian and they advised me to bring her in right away. And boy am I glad I did.
After they took an x-ray, it was discovered that she had another kitten stuck inside of her. The veterinarians weren’t able to tell if this kitten was dead or alive.
At first they gave her special medication to help induce her labor. They were hoping she would just push it out naturally, but unfortunately that wasn’t able to happen.
They ended up performing an emergency surgery on her so they could manually remove the kitten from her womb.
It ended up being a deceased kitten. They not only removed her dead kitten, but also spayed her, therefore preventing this type of thing from ever happening again.
Had I not known to watch out for any potential issues, my cat may have died from an infection due to the decaying kitten that was stuck inside of her.
What To Expect After Your Cat Has Given Birth
After your cat gives birth, she will likely be constantly nursing or cuddling with her kittens. She might even lose her appetite a little bit.
She may also decide that the nesting box you prepared for her isn’t good enough, and she will likely move her kittens to other areas that she deems better.
I once left my desk drawer open overnight and the next morning when I went to shut the drawer, I found a litter of meowing kittens inside all huddled up on top of torn and crinkled paperwork that my cat had decided to make into a nesting area. It was quite cute, but I still had to remove them for obvious reasons.
Another thing to look out for after your cat gives birth is to make sure any male cats you have are monitored.
Tom cats have been known to kill baby kittens, especially if those kittens are not their own. They can sense whether or not the kittens are their own DNA.
I’m not sure how that actually works. I’m quite certain that there is some science that goes into it, but that is beyond the scope of this article. The point is, monitor your male cats to prevent any “accidents” from happening.