Cat question..need answer quick

  1. this is just the most informative place on the internet, imho..
    even about birthin' cats..

    my daughter's cat has been in labor all day..has not left her "nest".
    I'm concerned because she has not come out to eat and drink..
    should i move the water and food to her?

    Last edit by nurs4kids on Feb 25, '03
  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   baseline
    YO Vettech!!!

    I have no idea how long cats should be in labor! Has she had any kittens yet?
  4. by   nurs4kids
    yeah..i think..
    best we can see.. she was definitely cleaning SOMETHING off..
    hate to move the bed and frighten her, so we haven't. It also has tons of toys under it, so the view is not the best.
  5. by   kittyw
    Has she had any kittens? If not, and she's in labor (my cat just looked like she hurt) - my vet said more than 30 min between kittens with active labor - to call the vet.

    My cat totally ignored the food and water for a while so I'm figuring this is normal behavior. I got to watch her have her four kittens ... it was soooo sweet.

    -----> Ok... she probably won't come out for a while. I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to move the food and water close to her so she doesn't have to leave her kittens.
  6. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Have had lots and lots of baby kittens, mom cat usually doesn't eat or drink much during labor and I've seen them labor for up to 20 hours. Hope you have fun with the little furry friends and that all goes well.
  7. by   kids
    I PM'd you...sorry I abandoned you in your moment of vet says to call if no kitten after 45 minutes of active pushing.

    BTW...I forgot to tell you...they spend a LOT of time with their noses in their 'good deal' when they are in labor.
  8. by   kids
    Where is vettech when we need her???!!!
  9. by   hoolahan
    Leave the post, I love this discovery channel stuff on here!!

    I agree, move the food to her, not the basket. She will keep herself NPO as long as is needed, animals just know this stuff.

    I remember my dog took about 6 hours to birth seven pups, and didn't leave the basket to eat/drink.

    One not pleasanrt side effect was that while nursing, she had to go out to poop every few hours, poor thing.

    If she is a first time mommy, they are usually a little anxious and don't like to leave the brood for long, but after a few days, they get the hang of it, and they will think nothing of jumping up and abandoning those babes for a few minutes peace to eat in another room. Leave her food and water close for a few days, when you see her taking a break, you will know you can move it back to her regular spot.

    Cuddle a kitty for me!
  10. by   hoolahan
    Better yet, I want one named after me!
  11. by   sunnygirl272
    Queening Cats

    Labor and delivery have three stages. In the first stage, the cervix is being dilated and softened. She may moan, meow, or pant during labor. She may make frequent trips to the litter box, and she may show nesting behavior such as rearranging the towels in the nesting box. She may lick her mammary and perineal area more vigorously. Abdominal contractions are not evident in this stage. She may be restless, secretive, and try to hide. This is why the box is in a quiet area in the house. The lights can be dimmed if she is more comfortable. Stage 1 may take 12-24 hours and ends when the first kitten passes into the pelvic canal.

    The queen is able to delay parturition, if she is moved to a strange place or strange people or animals are around. She may also stop delivery for several hours between kittens, if she perceives any disturbance to the delivery area.

    Stage two starts when she begins actively pushing to deliver the first kitten. The first kitten tends to take the longest, as it needs to fully dilate the cervix. She may deliver standing, laying, or squatting. The abdominal muscles assist in the delivery. She should deliver within 15-30 minutes of the start of contractions. Normally, 3-5 strong contractions are necessary to deliver each kitten.

    The amniotic fluid (water bubble) is seen first. The kitten may come head first or rear paws first. Either way is normal. As soon as the kitten is born, the queen should remove the sac from its face. She will clean herself, the newborn, and the birthing area. Her licking stimulates the kitten to breath and start moving. The kitten should be breathing and moving within seconds. The queen will tear the umbilical cord an inch or two away from the kitten's body. If she does not, clamp the cord between two hemostats and cut it or tear it between the hemostats. If the umbilical cord bleeds, tie it off with the suture. Kittens have gotten tangled in the umbilical cord, and if it dries tangled around the leg, they may lose the leg. Make sure to remove the placenta and cord, if the queen does not. If you need to pick up the kitten, keep it in a head-down position to allow fluid to drain out of the lungs and nasal passages.

    A kitten that had a difficult time being born may be weak or not breathing when finally delivered. The bulb syringe should be used to clear the airways. Some breeders will 'swing' the kitten downward between their own legs. Be very careful if you elect to do so. Kittens have been thrown across rooms when the person loses hold of them. The pressure of the swing helps to clear the airways, but it will also swing the brain against the skull. When fluid has been removed from the air passages, the kitten needs to be roughly but carefully rubbed with a cloth to stimulate the breathing. Try CPR on a nonbreathing kitten for at least 5 minutes to see if it will breathe. Some kittens, especially if born by c-section, need 20 minutes of work to survive. Once the kitten starts giving lusty cries and moving, the immediate danger should be past.

    At this point, the kitten can be presented to the mother. Allowing the mother to lick the kitten will continue to stimulate respirations.

    Kittens may attempt to start nursing right away or may take several minutes to recover from birth. Some queens do not nurse kittens until all the kittens are delivered.

    Stage three is the delivery of the placenta. Each kitten has a placenta and it is usually delivered with the kitten. Keep track of the placentas on the notepad, as she may have two kittens and then two placentas. The queen will usually eat the placenta. After two or three, the owner can remove some of them to prevent her from eating them all. The placenta does offer nourishment to the queen, but too many may cause diarrhea or vomiting.

    She will repeat the second and third stages of labor until all the kittens are born. Some queens will have all the kittens within an hour and others will take several hours for each kitten. Expect about 2-6 hours to deliver all the kittens. If she is resting comfortably and caring for the kittens that have already arrived, just watch her. If she is continuing to contract and does not deliver another kitten within half an hour, contact your veterinarian right away.

    She may like a drink of fresh water or small amount of food during labor and delivery.

    Allow the kittens to nurse between deliveries, if the queen will allow. This will stimulate release of the hormone oxytocin which will help in the delivery of the next kitten as well as the "let down" of milk. The kittens are only able to absorb the colostrum through their intestines for the first 24 hours of life. After that time, they are no longer able to get any immunity from the dam. The queen should be licking their perineal area and abdomen to stimulate urination and defecation. She will continue this for 2-3 weeks.
  12. by   Lausana
    Yeah, don't delete!! I can't wait to hear the juicy details, literally, of kitty's post partum placenta eating snack!

  13. by   kittyw
  14. by   nurs4kids
    welllll, lausana..sorry to say <not really> by the time i uncovered her, we had six CLEAN kittens.

    I had to move the bed to get to her/them. Sorry, nancy, I know you've already heard this story...
    So, I moved the bed and she was sooooooooooo sweet..
    I offered her food and water, which she accepted. While she was eating, I placed the kittens (they're soooooo cute) in the basket I'd prepared and took them to a different room. She delivered in the kid's room..and that place should be condemned..even for cats (toys everywhere). I then, took her and her food to the basket. She ate a few more bites then stepped into the basket and frantically searched for this one kitten. Upon finding it, she picked it up and returned to the kid's room..under their bed. Soooooo, I carried the basket w/ the remaining 5 kittens to the bedside. For the next 30 or so mins, she would come out and check on the ones in the basket and quickly return to the one under the bed. Once, she attempted to pick up one in the basket and then appeared to change her mind. This went on for a while and finally I decided to return all the kittens to her under the bed. She seemed happy. The kitten she was so protective of APPEARS healthy..and is not the runt, so I don't understand her protection. Anyhooo..I'm so amazed at this cat. Somehow, she'd found a few baby wipes (okay, this isn't really shocking) and she'd delivered on the wipes. There is NO blood on my carpet..the ONLY blood or gore I found was on the wipes. She can stay .
    I'm a little concerned about her choice of "nest" because my dear precious children <ahem> jump on the beds (vote me mom of the year, okay?). I'm afraid they'll terrorize her and the kittens. I dunno, I'm sure Jon jumped on it today while she was in labor. When I realized where she was and what was going on, I gated them (the kids) out of their room.

    anyone want a black cat?? heather???