It’s happened to all cat owners, the kitten was not sterilized on time and on a walk around your yard met the neighbor’s cat or maybe it was that you adopted this little cat on the street because you could not resist. The fact is that after a couple of weeks discover that the girl is a little fatter and notes that her tits are rosier than before. Your intuition is correct: your cat is pregnant. And what are you doing now?
Care during pregnancy: The first step is to take it to the vet, he will have blood tests to see if the cat is in good health for the process, especially if the cat is adopted street as probably you have no vaccinations. It will also help to tell how advanced is in your state and depending on that date, know more or less when the delivery will be. The gestation period is approximately 9 weeks. After 45 days you can make an X-ray test for the amount and size of the kittens.
NOTE: If you think you can not deal with a pregnant cat and their consequences, your vet can help you with some solutions, the first being safe sterilize the cat, a process that can be done even when pregnant thus avoiding going through the same situation in couple of months. But if you think that this whole event is a wonderful experience, it’s time to take care of it and enjoy every moment.
Your veterinarian will prescribe prenatal vitamins or medicines for your cat ONLY if needed. It will also tell you if you need to eat food for kittens for its high content of protein and calcium.
The last 2 weeks of pregnancy: Here the fun begins. Your cat will begin to desperately find a place where you feel comfortable to give birth. If your cat enters and leaves the house, from this moment it remains cloistered. This step is very important because you do not want to leave to give birth outside where you can not monitor.
To prevent the cat has kittens inside a clothes drawer, believe a safe and welcoming space. Look for an area where you can lock up where there is heavy traffic of people (like your room). Place a cardboard box with one side cut so she can get in and out easily. Fill the box with towels or blankets to keep warm. If possible, put a lamp above the box to warm. In the room should be your plate of food, fresh water and litter box but none of them immediately adjacent to the carton. Remember that cats are very maniacs and the smell of food or the sandbox can get angry and take to find a new place to give birth.
During these weeks you will notice changes in their attitude. If you have always been good loving, it may not listen to you and prefer to be alone, if you are a little shy might chase you like a shadow throughout the house. None of this should alarm you, she is preparing for her new role as mother.
The day of delivery: As is so difficult to know the official day that will give birth, you have to get carried away by signs that she will give. Such as their titties will enlarge and perhaps leave them milk, you may put no appetite and do not accept food and finally will prefer to be in its box ronrroneando and waiting.
And we know that for thousands of years giving birth to kittens cats carry without help from us humans. And although you must rely on nature, and the catlike instincts, you should have on hand in case certain details if needed
• The number and address of the veterinarian: Whether the office or clinic 24-hour emergency
• Clean towels
• Antiseptic solution
If your cat is longhaired, recórtale with time anal area, the rear and near the titties legs.
During childbirth it is important to remain calm. Avoid unnecessary noise and if you talk it very quietly.
labor begins: You will know that your cat begins “break source” and the liquid starts out clear and darkens. Contractions are every 15 minutes, accelerating up every 15 seconds. The first kitten will make its appearance at about the time to start, wrapped in a sack with amniotic fluid. The cat break the bag and take out the kitten and immediately start cleaning the face so you can breathe. Then the umbilical cord and amniotic fluid sac eat. The next kitten will close 30 minutes later. After his placenta each kitten will your cat also be eaten. It is important to bring the cat and placenta count: the amount should be the same. Missing a placenta, he calls your veterinarian.
Reasons why you should intervene
1. If the kitten is born and your cat does not break the sack after a few minutes, breaks the sack and límpiale baby’s face with a clean towel so you can breathe. Tie the umbilical cord with thread to 1 inch apart and cut the rest with scissors, passing antiseptic solution to prevent infection. After that, he places the baby with her mother.
2. You must call the vet if one of the following occurs
• If your cat has not given birth after 70 days
• Your cat has contractions for more than 30 minutes without birth
• If contractions are not normal
• If after the first born, your cat lies and no more nothing happens
• Your cat starts vomiting, feeling weak and in pain
• Eliminates yellowish liquid white or there is excessive bleeding
• The cat does not remove placentas
After delivery: If any of the kittens was born dead, your cat will eat. It sounds unpleasant, but is a law of nature. If the idea seems too far-fetched, check in advance with your vet to find out how to get rid Kitty responsibly.
Kittens are born deaf and blind but with his keen sense of smell. So they find her mommy and immediately begin to take milk. This first milk, called colostrum, is extremely important because it contains antibodies that the mother happens to the kids to give initial protection against disease as their immune system is not yet developed.
Finally, if the new family seems to be in good health do not bother them much. Leave them alone at least for the first two weeks of life. Just sit to admire and proud to see your cat turned into a toda madre feel.