No More Stillborn Kittens: Pregnant Cat Care
No More Stillborn Kittens: Pregnant Cat Care . “I named all the kittens, even though they all died at birth.” “My pregnant cat has a bloody discharge.” “I had five kittens, but only one lived.”
These are just some of the scary stories I’ve heard in the past few weeks. People who love cats were hoping for a healthy litter, but instead they got dead kittens or a sick mother cat.
Even though most cats give birth without major problems, there are many things that can go wrong when a cat is pregnant or giving birth.
There are a lot of things that could go wrong, like infections in the womb, the death of the fetuses, a spontaneous abortion, the development of the fetus outside of the womb, a kitten suffocating right after birth, or a kitten getting stuck in the birth canal.
It’s easy for experienced breeders and trained vets to spot these kinds of problems. But for a regular pet lover, things are different. A lot of female cats only have one litter in their lifetime.
Some people take their pregnant cat to the vet right away, even if it’s just a little tired of walking around. Some people wait too long because they don’t know what comes out of their cat’s vagina. Or they don’t know how to cut the umbilical cord without causing a lot of bleeding.
All of this comes down to this: if you know how to spot problems, you can do a lot to stop the worst from happening. Then, your cat might not even need to see a vet, which is good news for both your cat and your wallet.
And if you know what to do, you can save the life of a kitten if something goes wrong during birth. Yes, you can learn these things too!
When it comes to most health problems, time is of the essence. But it’s just as important to learn when you have a pregnant pet.
Spend some time reading about cats that are pregnant. Talk to a pro who breeds animals. Once you know your cat is pregnant, talk to your vet about what to do.
Don’t just sit back and think everything is fine. With some time and work, you can keep yourself and your cat from going through something terrible.