How to Prepare for the Birth of a Cat
If your pet is about to give birth, you must prepare in advance. In this article, we will give you some tips so you can assist in the birth of a cat if she needs your help.
Steps to help in the birth of a cat
Nature is indeed “wise” and animals know very well how to manage alone in most cases. When it comes to the birth of a cat, unless there are complications, we must let it give birth by itself. However, there are things we can do to make this moment as traumatic as possible.
1. Calculate the date of delivery
Once you have confirmed that your cat is pregnant when taken to the veterinarian, the next step is to count when it will be approximately the date of delivery. Gestation in domestic cats is 65 days; Mark on the calendar a few days before to start preparing everything.
2. Offer a ‘nest’
So that the birth of a cat is carried out pleasantly for her, she must have a nesting place: warm, safe, quiet and cozy. A few days before giving birth you will see that he wants to ‘get in’ anywhere: inside the closet, on the sofa, behind some furniture …
The best places for the cat to have her kittens are in the bathroom or the laundry room. Make sure it is a place where nobody bothers you, including dogs or children. And better if that environment of the house is far from the daily movement.
3. Build a crib
A cardboard box with newspaper, towels and old blankets is the best place to give birth to a cat. She needs to be comfortable and warm all the time, and these materials are perfect. Keep in mind that the chosen elements must be clean and not have a very strong smell since at birth the kittens recognize their mother through smell.
Some cat owners with a lot of hair – such as the Angora, Norwegian forest or Himalayan breeds – choose to cut or shave the genital area a little to facilitate the work; also around the nipples so kittens can feed. Consult with the veterinarian if this is possible.
4. Leave food and water
Feeding and hydration can not be missing in the vicinity of the cat’s nest. Remember to change the water daily and avoid being very close to the cardboard box so that it does not get wet if you accidentally turn it over.
As for your food, in stores, you can get special feed for pregnant cats, or choose one of very good quality, full of nutrients.
5. Keep distance
In the birth of a cat, she needs tranquility and being alone, but some extra help never hurts, especially if there are complications. We recommend that you have clean and dry blankets or towels on hand if necessary, and the mobile phone nearby in case you have to call the veterinarian.
6. Pay attention to the cat’s cues
During childbirth, there will be unequivocal signs of what is happening. Usually, the work takes between 12 and 24 hours. A few hours before starting he will groom himself excessively (especially the vulva), he will pant, he will be apathetic, he will not want to eat, he will cry, or he will meow intensely, and he will seek to hide in his nest.
7. Watch the births
If you have taken your cat to the vet, and they have done an ultrasound, you will surely know how many kittens she will give birth. Pay close attention to the number of babies born and analyze the status of each one, always from afar.
You should prevent some complications, such as if you see that the cat is strong for more than half an hour and no pup leaves, or if after birth it breaks the amniotic sac that envelops them.