Kitties Making Kitties
It’s official, we are in the thick of kitten season. Pregnant mamma cats are showing up everywhere. Litters of young kittens are flooding animal shelters and rescues. All too often the “well, my cat got out of the house one night” story is told. Please spay or neuter your kitties so you don’t end up with a pregnant cat!
Should you happen to become the caretaker of a pregnant cat, it is important to learn how to care for the mamma cat. You will need to become a good midwife! Keeping the mamma cat well fed with high quality protein and reducing stress as much as possible will help the pregnancy go smoothly. Make sure that you visit the veterinarian too! They are your best resource for helping the mamma kitty through both the pregnancy and the delivery.
The day the kittens are finally born could be a long one for the mamma cat. There are 3 stages of labor that she must go through . The first is when the contractions start and she must find a good place to give birth to her kittens. You won’t notice the contractions, but you will notice that she suddenly has a burst of energy and seems restless. The second and third stages of labor happen over and over as each kitten is born. The second stage is when the kitten is born and the third is the passing of the placenta that immediately follows. The best thing for any human to do is to sit and watch patiently, providing gentle encouragement as necessary. Unless you are sure there is a problem, there is no need to intervene.
For more information on how to care of a pregnant cat, please read my post How to Help a Pregnant Cat.
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