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How do I know if my cat is having problems with her pregnancy?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra - How do I know if my cat is having problems with her pregnancy?

Sara B.


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email Sara. There are several indicators of pregnancy problems. If a cat is lethargic, vomiting or not eating during the pregnancy – that is cause for concern. If a cat is having difficulty giving birth (the medical term is dystocia) – she should be examined by a veterinarian. Signs of problems include:

  • The first stage of labor lasting longer than 24 hours.
  • No baby has been produced after 60 minutes of continuous, hard pushing.
  • More than 4 hours from the delivery of the last baby (although some cats can go longer – especially if disturbed).
  • A baby stuck in the birth canal that does not pass after 15 minutes.
  • Profound lethargy or exhaustion in the mother.
  • Abnormal bleeding.
  • Foul discharge from the vulva.

    A couple articles that might be helpful to you are Pregnancy in Cats and Dystocia - Difficult Birth in Cats.
    Best of luck!

    Dr. Debra



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