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Early Contractions and Labor in Cats



If your cat is going into labor early, immediately contact your veterinarian or call the nearest emergency veterinarian for guidance. Your cat will most probably require medical treatment, either for an illness or to remove stillborn fetuses.


Living and Management


If your cat is pregnant you should not expose your cat to other animals in the three weeks before delivery and in the three weeks after giving birth. Even animals that have been living in your own house in close proximity with your cat should be segregated from your cat during this vulnerable time. As much as possible, keep your cat isolated in a warm, quiet room, where she can create a nesting area for herself and her kittens.


Some cats feel the need to hide in a closet or secluded spot, while others have no problems giving birth out in the open. If you can, provide both options to your cat. Do not give your cat any medications during pregnancy without first consulting with your veterinarian. This includes flea medications and vaccinations. If your veterinarian is treating your cat for anything, make sure to tell the doctor that your cat is pregnant. For example, you may allow your veterinarian to deworm your cat while it is pregnant, as long as you inform your veterinarian about the pregnancy.


Do not board your cat or otherwise move it during pregnancy unless you have no other option.


If your cat has bloody vaginal discharge while still preterm, call your veterinarian for advice immediately. You may want to consider taking your cat to the veterinarian for a pregnancy check-up at 30 days of pregnancy to confirm the pregnancy is progressing as it should.


Most of the same precautions regarding medicines and vaccination hold true for the time following birth, while your cat is nursing her kittens. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your cat anything that might make its way into her bloodstream and milk.



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