The delivery process of a cat is a phase which can cause great agitation to feline caregivers. It is a process which occurs mostly internally for the cat. With the inability for cats to communicate verbally, it may be difficult for us to know how well the labor is going. This inadequate communication increases our anxiety as we want to ensure everything goes smoothly and that both mother and kittens are healthy. To help reduce our anxiety and increase our helpfulness, we might have a few questions we need answered.
At AnimalWised we discuss how long it usually takes for a cat to give birth. In doing so, we can help cat owners know if the animals in their care are proceeding normally or if there is cause for concern. If the latter is the case, then the assistance of a veterinary health professional is advised.
Signs that a cat is in labor
The average gestation period of a pregnant cat is between 62 and 65 days. They breed an average of four kittens. They can give birth several times a year, but are usually more fertile during the brighter months. During their pregnancy it is recommended that the cat is taken to a veterinarian for various reasons. The vet will help us to prevent any complications, establish anapproximate date of birth and encourage a healthy development of the pregnancy.
Changing a cat’s diet during their pregnancy is necessary to ensure they are best able to adapt to their body’s new needs. We should notice that their general food intake increases as the pregnancy proceeds, until a few days before labor. At this point the amount of food they will eat will decrease or they may even stop eating altogether.
Approximating the time of birth is related to changes in the cat’s body temperature. By measuring it, a vert can have an idea of the probable birth date. There are other indications that a cat may give birth, such as preparing a nesting space. This is where the cat seeks out a sheltered and safe space to both give birth and begin rearing the kittens. We can help by making a bed with soft materials and placing it in a warm place away from any drafts or other possible impediments. However, they may choose their own place and you shouldn’t force them to go somewhere they don’t want. Their security is paramount.
Before a cat give’s birth, we may notice some symptoms of unease. They may scratch the ground, turn over on themselves, repeatedly get up and down or similar. We will also notice their general activity decreases and they will spend more time lying down. Now that we know how to have a clear idea when a cat is going to go into labor, we can discuss more about the actual event.