Cats are glorious creatures that give their owners a tremendous amount of pleasure. Taking care of a cat is a massive responsibility and one that should never be taken too lightly especially if you are hoping to breed from her. Making sure a pregnant cat is healthy and happy is essential because if she is stressed out at all, it could have an impact her unborn kittens.
It's towards the end of your cat's pregnancy that extra care needs to be taken which includes making sure she's in a quiet and cosy environment that she feels safe in. The last two weeks can be a worrying time as she searches for the best place to give birth to her kittens and it's a time when you need to keep a watchful eye on her. Ideally, you should keep her in so that she doesn't sneak away to have her kittens outdoors in a place that might not be that safe for her offspring. It might be an ideal to invest in a birthing box for her which most good pet stores sell these days although you can also buy them online.
Most pregnancies go without any hiccups, but this doesn't mean you should not keep a close eye on things as discreetly as you can. Things can go wrong and if you know about it, you can act that much quicker should veterinary intervention be needed at any time before, during and after she has given birth. Signs there may be something wrong include the following:
The key to any sort of intervention when a cat is birthing is to keep things to a minimum and to make sure your hands and anything you use is ultra-clean. It's also essential to contact the vet if you have to help your cat and to do so as soon as possible because when new born kittens are handled, they are more at risk of developing an infection or being rejected by their mothers. In short, it's best to get mother and her chickens checked out by the vet as soon as possible.
There are certain things to watch out when your cat is giving birth which could indicate she is having problems and would therefore require veterinary help which includes the following:
Occasionally, kittens need to be delivered by caesarean section because of a blockage or maybe because like Persians, their heads are very big which makes it harder for mothers to give birth to their offspring normally.
It's an exciting time when a cat is about to give birth to kittens, but it can be a worrying time too. Most of the time cats give birth without any complications, but if there is a problem it's best to know what to do and when to call the vet. The quicker you can help your cat the better and the less stressful things would be for her. A vet would advise you on what to do and let you know whether you should take your pregnant cat along to the surgery so they can examine her. If necessary, they may have to perform a caesarean section if she is having problems giving birth to her kittens herself and this means she would have to stay at the surgery until the vet thinks it's safe for her and the kittens to go home.