The arrival of kittens to your home involves several issues to consider, from the care of the pregnant cat to that of newborns.
The gestation of a cat usually lasts between 63 and 67 days, But it can be difficult to know exactly how long she’s been pregnant, unless we take her to the vet.
If you observed any of these symptoms, you will confirm that your family will soon be enlarged:
– The pregnant cat can go through a stage of vomiting.
– Her tummy grew and her breasts protrude.
– Gained weight: depending on the number of kittens you are going to have, you can gain between 1 and 2 kg.
Ideally, your pregnant cat should have a room or space for her towards the end of pregnancy.
Females can become aggressive in the past two weeks, Leave it in its space and keep it away from children. The room has to be warm (about 22 ° C) to make you feel comfortable and reduce the risk of hypothermia.
You must prepare a delivery box where the cat can have her kittens. It can be a cardboard box big enough for her to lie on and with the walls high enough so that the kittens can’t get out. Line it with plastic and then with newspaper, which can be easily removed if it gets dirty. Cover with a blanket.
The delivery box Must be warmer than the rest of the room to protect kittens in its most fragile moments during the first days of life.
Signs of labor
She will appear restless and display strange behavior like constantly following or avoiding you. It will also meow a lot and will be groomed frequently.
When she is ready to give birth, she will scratch the birthing box and settle into it, and it will start to purr loudly. When you see a reddish discharge come out, it won’t take long for the first kittens and their placentas to appear, usually in less than an hour.
During labor, your cat will “cry” and sound distressed, something that is completely normal. You are likely to see a kitten born every 10 to 60 minutes, and your cat may eat the placenta and chew the cubs’ umbilical cords. If after two hours of seeing the flow there are no signs of newborns, contact a vet, since you may have to attend labor.
Cats are very good at taking care of themselves during childbirth: checking it every 15 minutes is perfect. If you experience any type of stress, it will stop your own labor and even prevent it for hours or days.
Signs of a healthy newborn kitten
Once the kittens are born, they should crawl to the mother immediately and start suckling. It’s good keep cat’s milk on hand for those who cannot. If your mom doesn’t lick them after you’ve eaten, You will have to massage them with a wet compress to facilitate digestion and excretion.
Keep the room quiet and warm, with the door closed. Between 15% and 20% of new mothers go into heat a few days after giving birth and can go out looking for a partner, which can leave kittens in a vulnerable situation.
Delivering your cat at home can help her feel relaxed and stress-free, and her litter will have the best possible start. But it is important that you talk to your vet for advice.