You’re Having A Kitten!

You're Having A Kitten!

You're Having A Kitten!
You’re Having A Kitten!

You’re Having A Kitten!

You’re Having A Kitten! . So you’re having kittens! Your pregnant mother cat, sometimes known as a “Queen,” is, in this case, the responsible party. After conducting considerable research on the internet for pointers on what to anticipate following the birth of our cat’s kittens, I discovered that the best way to learn is via actual experience. With that out of the way, I really hope that some of these insights on the birth of our kitties can help you with your own experience.

The Fundamentals:

As was said previously, a pregnant cat is referred to as a Queen. The average length of time for a queen to carry her young is between 56 and 63 days. In general, a queen may give birth to anywhere from two to six kittens, and even occasionally more. Our cat possessed all three. Age of the Queen, body size of the Queen, number of male cats who mated with the Queen, number of male cats that mated with her, and genetics are some of the elements that affect the size of the litter.

If your Queen’s pregnancy progresses normally, then providing for her needs should be business as usual. Make sure she has plenty of food and clean water available to her at all times. It is advised that she be given kitten food since it has a greater calorie content and will provide her body with the additional nourishment it requires. In addition to that, you should keep offering the kitten food even when she is breastfeeding.

Give her lots of room to go about, especially outside of the house if that’s an option. Keep her active and in shape for the time leading up to and following the birth.

If she has a particular space in the house that she enjoys spending time in, you should have it ready for her in advance by adding things like old towels and shirts. The closer she gets to the start of labour, however, the more likely it is that her delivery location may shift. When it came to our cat, she made her decision just minutes before giving birth to her first offspring. She would not have her kittens anywhere else except beneath my bed, despite the fact that I had prepared a spot for them in my closet as well as a large box. If at all possible, keep her food and drink close by, as well as her litter box. If a mother cat is attentive and interested in her offspring, she will not be absent from her litter for an extended period of time.

Pre-Labor:

It’s possible that your Queen’s behaviour will shift in the days leading up to the start of active labour. It’s possible that she’ll pull a complete about-face. If she came across as distant and self-reliant, she can suddenly become too affectionate, clinging, and needy, expressing a need to be hugged and to be in close proximity to you. If she was the warm and fuzzy sort in the past, she could become cold and desire to be alone herself in the future. If she starts acting differently, it’s probably just a matter of days until she gives birth.

It’s possible that her appetite will diminish. This is very typical behaviour. Maintain the provision of both food and clean water.

The Process of Labor and Delivery:

On the day of labour, you will most likely see significant alterations in the manner in which your Queen behaves. It’s possible that she’ll start meowing, speaking really loudly and frequently, and becoming a little bit crazy. Additionally, it’s possible that she’ll be looking for her nest. It is in everyone’s best interest to provide her the freedom to give birth wherever she feels most comfortable, unless the location is unsafe. Wherever she decides to put the kittens, it is probable that she will leave them there for several days to weeks; however, if she is anything like our cat, she may transfer them more than once.

You’ll notice a greenish liquid right before the first kitten is born to the litter. It’s nothing to worry about; she’ll take care of it. When you see this, you will know that the delivery is only a few minutes or hours away at most. You’ll be able to tell what she need, such as if she wants to be left alone or whether she wants you to be close by.

When it came to our cat, I made the decision to let her have her first litter on my bed, surrounded by plenty of towels. She absolutely adored it whenever I would rub her tummy in a soothing manner. I engaged in conversation with her and offered assistance to her if she required it.

If you have never seen a live birth before, you should get ready to feel a lot of excitement. If you want to view the baby, you shouldn’t stay gone for too long since once the labour is in full force, the delivery process will go very quickly. You will first observe a ball that is black and moist. That little furball in the bag is the kitten. There is nothing you can do but watch once the cat has wiggled its way out of the box. The mother will snip the umbilical cord, consume the contents of the sac, and then lick the infant to encourage it to breathe. In the first few minutes after birth, if you don’t notice the baby breathing, you shouldn’t freak out. In the event that more than four to five minutes have passed and the infant remains unresponsive, you should get in touch with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

After cutting the umbilical chord, the mother will next deliver the placenta, which she will consume afterward. It is a good source of nutrition, and there is nothing else you need to do until she gives birth to her litter. After that, you may gently tidy up and let her be supplied the assurance that everything is in order.

After she has given birth to her litter and you have verified that both the mother and her offspring are healthy, you are free to leave her alone. The mother cat will continue to check on her offspring to ensure that they are healthy and alert even after they begin nursing on their own. Maintain close proximity to her during the first day or so, if at all feasible, and ensure that she has access to food and water at all times.

Have fun with your new family, but be prepared for a lot of transitions in the coming weeks.

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