Have you a cat? Have you ever helped your cat birth her kitten? What will you do when one day you should help a pregnant cat? Here, we will give you some information about “queening” technique. It is a technique that you should do if you want to help and assist your lovely pregnant cat birth her kitten. Don’t worry because you need not do anything when the birth process, you only need to encourage your lovely cat. Okay, let’s begin
Some Signs Your Cats Are Birthing
First is nesting. Some days before her birth her kitten. Your cat will look for a safe and quiet place. It can be one or two days before she has her kitten. So, you need to prepare a good place for her. You may make it from a cardboard box or any boxes that you think they are good. Do not forget to put some blankets or towels in the box.
Second is different behavior. You will see your cat has different behavior as usually. It can be panting, restless pacing or excessive grooming.
The third is her Physical before the birth. Check your cat’s physical, is her body has drop temperature? Is she vomiting? Are her nipples pinker or larger?
Fourth is the birth process. Contraction will begin. You may see her amniotic sac, blood, and other fluid.
How To Provide Birthing Area
Here are the things you must do to provide the area:
- Line the box with an absorbent pads
- Stimulate the kitten with a clean towel if needed
- You also can use paper towels to stimulate them
- Prepare some extra box from the number of a kitten that you expected. It can be used to placing the kitten while the mother still birthing. Do not forget to put a heating pad with some towels or blanket in the bottom of the box. It will keep your kitten from being chilled. You also need to put a clean towel on the top of the box. It will keep out the draft and hold the head. Remember, never put the box on the heating place directly.
- Put soiled towels in a laundry basket or box.
During the birthing, there are some processes that you will see, include uterine contraction. It needed to push the fetus out. In the same time, the placenta can be removed too after the birth. It only needs within 24 hours.
The amniotic sac is the place where the kittens are born and remove it is the mother’s job. But, you need to check it, it is removed by their mother or not. If the mother does not remove it, you can cut it carefully and helping the kittens breathing by stimulating them using a dry towel. You just need rubbing them by gently. You also need to make sure that all their placentas are removed because if the placenta is still maintained, you will need veterinary intervention.
Next is the mother will help their kittens to breathe by stimulating them using her rough tongue. She also will cut their cord from their body. It is about one inch from their body. Sometimes she also eats their placentas and the kitten will be attracted to her nipples immediately.
Usually, the pregnant cat needs about ten to sixty minute to pass between the births. If you sure that your cat still has a kitten but your cat is a delay for more than maximal two hours, you should bring your lovely cat to the veterinarian for examined.
For additional information, you must examine the parent cat and the kitten by bringing them to a veterinarian after 24 hours from giving birth if the mother does not need to be bathed immediately after the kittens are weaned.
The Total Birthing Process
Commonly, the pregnant cat needs up to 6 hours to birth all her kittens. As we told before that the cat needs to take sometimes from 10 to 60 minutes between her births, but the first kitten should bear within an hour while active labor starts. When the mother takes times between her births, she will use it to rest and clean her kitten that already born. But, if you put the born kitten in another box from the mother, do not forget to place the kitten back to her mother and helping them find their mother’s nipples. If you want to give the kitten with some offer food, this is a good time to do it. You can give them plain yogurt or other substitute cat milk. Do not forget to bring the parent cat and the kitten to the veterinarian after the labor.
The Common Problems In Childbirth
Some complication maybe occurs in birthing processes, even we know that most pregnant cats can deliver their kitten by themselves. Here are some examples of complication:
First is the longest contraction without birth. When your cat takes more than 30 minutes of strong contraction, you should take her and the kitten to a veterinarian.
Second is retained placenta. As we told before that you should check and the count is the mother cat cross each placenta or not, it causes infection in mother cat’s uterus if the mother does not cross all of the placentas (each kitten has one placenta). If you doubt in the number of placentae, you can bring the mother cat and the kitten to the veterinarian.
Third is hidden kitten is in birth channel. When you see that the kitten nest in the birth canal for more than ten minutes, you should help her because your intervention is needed. Call your veterinarian if your kittens in the birth canal for more than two minutes.
Fourth is a stillborn kitten. Even this complication rarely happens. You only need to help the kitten by removing it from the area so that the mother can continue her birth without any trouble.
Fifth is postpartum bleeding. Postpartum bleeding when the birthing process is normal but when you found that it is excessive, you need to bring your pregnant cat to your veterinarian.
When you sure that the kittens are already born. You still need to make sure that all of them have enough food. Do not forget to care for them and call your veterinarian when you found any problem with them.