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Is she nearly there...?

post #1 of 26
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Hi all, my first post here!

Smokey is very pregnant...she's absolutely huge now! We're not sure of her due date, but there's a couple of things that have made me think she's ready to give birth fairly soon. Last night I noticed she had a mucus-like discharge, not sure whether I should be worried about this or not or whether it's a sign she's almost ready to give birth? Her belly also seems to have dropped in the last few days, and I can feel the kittens wriggling inside.

Any other signs I should be looking out for? And is the mucus thing ok, do you think?

Thanks!
post #2 of 26
Hi and welcome. I have been reading lots on the net about this as my cat is due very soon too. The mucus thing is the first sign that labour will begin shortly. She will go off food hunt around for a nesting place next. Then she will have her babies. Make sure she has a nice nesting box. Good luck. Is this the first time, it is for me, i am really excited, i cant wait for Snowy to have her kittens. If you are worried at all then there are loads of people on here that will help.
post #3 of 26
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by emmorticia View Post
Hi all, my first post here!

Smokey is very pregnant...she's absolutely huge now! We're not sure of her due date, but there's a couple of things that have made me think she's ready to give birth fairly soon. Last night I noticed she had a mucus-like discharge, not sure whether I should be worried about this or not or whether it's a sign she's almost ready to give birth? Her belly also seems to have dropped in the last few days, and I can feel the kittens wriggling inside.

Any other signs I should be looking out for? And is the mucus thing ok, do you think?

Thanks!
Welcome to TCS...the thread that Jan provided will give you very good information. Just remember, now is a critical time to keep your cat strictly indoors only. She will need to remain indoors until she has fully weaned her kittens and can be spayed. Keep us posted on the situaiton.

Katie
post #5 of 26
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Yup, we've kept her inside for the last 2 weeks, as we aren't sure when her due date is. She's really not happy with us, she loves being outside! (and it means we need to start cleaning her litter tray again!)

She's not given birth yet, but she's being a lot more docile, and you can see the kittens moving around inside her belly when she's lying down. I heard that cats are supposed to lose their appetite just before, though, and she still seems to be eating as much as ever. I was hoping it would be this weekend, as I don't want to be at work when it happens - she doesn't seem to want to leave my side at the moment!
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by emmorticia View Post
Yup, we've kept her inside for the last 2 weeks, as we aren't sure when her due date is. She's really not happy with us, she loves being outside! (and it means we need to start cleaning her litter tray again!)

She's not given birth yet, but she's being a lot more docile, and you can see the kittens moving around inside her belly when she's lying down. I heard that cats are supposed to lose their appetite just before, though, and she still seems to be eating as much as ever. I was hoping it would be this weekend, as I don't want to be at work when it happens - she doesn't seem to want to leave my side at the moment!
If you do not know her exact date of mating...it will be more difficult to determine her due date (although it does sound like she is close). Once she gives birth...I would really recommend confining her and her kittens to a room. We've had individuals on this site that have had cats slip back outside even when watched...so it's best not to risk another pregnancy by confining her until she is spayed.

Katie
post #7 of 26
Hi there, is this her first litter???

i found that an extra large dog kennel was really helpful and still is with Mittens and her kittens because she doesn't really like to be confined to one room and we also have another mamma and another litter, so that is the way it has to be. Plus if you keep her in the kennel with the kitten and let her out for a while here and there, then there is less chances of her getting out again, espcially if she's used to being an outdoor cat.

Another queen I had gave birth to her litter and then a short while after, she went into heat again and clawed through a window screen and I haven't been able to find her since despite much searching, so I always just mention to everyone to be extra careful.

Goodluck with your litter.
post #8 of 26
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Thanks all, this is really useful! She's still not given birth yet...thought she might while we were at work today, but she's holding off! We reckon she's somewhere around 62 days or so now. It's her first litter, and we're assuming she'll be able to cope on her own, but still want to be there! Funny thing is, she can still be quite active (came home about 10 mins ago and she ran pretty fast into the kitchen to be fed!) so not really sure when it's going to happen!

We've put a cardboard box in the bedroom lined with towels, and it's been there for a few weeks, so hopefully she'll decide to give birth there - she's been getting into it voluntarily quite a lot. The sides are quite high, so she has no trouble jumping in but the kittens shouldn't be able to get out. There's no risk of her getting outside - we have both an internal and an external front door, and we've kept all the windows bolted shut for the last couple of weeks!

Here's hoping it'll happen soon...
post #9 of 26
any updates???
post #10 of 26
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Not as yet...she's still not given birth! Got home from work about half an hour ago, and she's being fairly vocal, especially when using her litter tray. Am hoping tonight is going to be the night, but who knows!!
post #11 of 26
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Oops, also meant to ask...what does it look like when a queen is having contractions? Have tried looking it up on the Internet but can't find anything!!!
post #12 of 26
If I remember correctly, they look like waves that go across her belly and sides.
post #13 of 26
I know with Mittens, her contractions were really that visable, but I could tell because she'd start to pant and get this weird look on her face (her first litter)
post #14 of 26
When the cat goes into labor her stomach will push up toward her ribs in a big, hard ball. That's the best way to describe it. Don't worry, when the time comes, you'll know. If your cat is anything like mine, she will make SURE you know! Right before my cat went into labor she jumped up onto the couch and layed down next to me(a white couch mind you). I was petting her and had my hand on her tummy so I could feel the babies when suddenly it knotted up and got really hard. I thought one of the babies had REALLY moved and then as I watched I noticed her stomach relax and do it all over again. I knew she was in labor so I just picker her up(remember, WHITE couch) and placed her into her birthing box.

It was scary at first, but she instinctively knew what to do.
post #15 of 26
Oh yeah, keep your eye on her if you notice her going into the litter box alot. First time mother cats sometimes confuse labor with having to go to the bathroom and may give birth to a kitten in the litter box. I read somewhere that someone actually replaced the liter in the litter box with torn newspaper just incase a kitten WAS born in there. Just though I would mention that. Good luck!
post #16 of 26
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Well, still no kittens! She's become a lot more lethargic though, seems to spend most of her time lying stretched out on the bed and she looks so uncomfortable! Poor baby keeps making sighing noises, I bet she can't wait till they're out! Kittens are still moving inside, so I'm not too worried yet...
post #17 of 26
any sign yet
post #18 of 26
Expect a yowl, she will let you know. Cats are fiercely protective when giving birth. All you can do is watch from a distance. Has she been eating or drinking? leave a bowl of water near her, she won't want to go too far. Keep us all informed
post #19 of 26
Neither of my females were protective while giving birth. I actually had to stay next to the birthing box the entire time when my second female gave birth. If I tried to walk away she would follow me, IN THE MIDDLE OF LABOR! She must have known she would need me because, sure enough, with the first 2 kittens she couldn't reach them after they were born and so I have to remove the sacs and clean them off for her otherwise they would have died.

I guess every cat is different.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
She's being quite protective...am getting the occasional bite from her! Leaving her well alone now, when she'll let me. She's still following me around a bit. Yes, she's eating, but not a huge amount - nowhere near as much as normal!
post #21 of 26
Hmmm...this may not be good.

I notised you said she is becoming more lethargic and also biting. Does she seem to be in pain at all? Also, feel her ears and paws, do they feel unusually hot?

My female cat was preggers about 2 1/2 months ago and was almost due when I noticed she had on and off discharge, became lethargic, hardly ate, and suddenly started meowing/growling/bitnig if I tried to pick her up or touched her. After 2 days she didn't change and I called the vet he told me to bring her in immediately. Turns out she had tried to abort one of her kitens and it got trapped in the birth canal. The kitten had died and begun to rot(that cause the lethergy and high temp). As a result they had to do an emergency c-section and were unable to save any of the kittens because, although they were still alive, they had already begun the decompose and were beyond saving. Had I waited any longer I would have lost the mama cat too.

If possible, take the mama cat's temp. If it is above 103, take her to the vet IMMEDIATELY! If you can't take her temp, then feel her paws and ears, if they feel too hot, again, please take her to the vet because it sounds like she may be in the same situation as my cat was.
post #22 of 26
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:S hope all's ok. She only complains sometimes when I've got my hand on her belly to feel the kittens. In terms of the lethargic thing...it's more that she's spending a lot of time asleep in our bedroom, but she still runs after me when she needs feeding, and was happy to play with a bit of string earlier. Think she's ok, but you've got me worried now!

The minimum number of days she's gone now is 63 - am going to keep a close eye on her though to make sure she seems ok
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by emmorticia View Post
:S hope all's ok. She only complains sometimes when I've got my hand on her belly to feel the kittens. In terms of the lethargic thing...it's more that she's spending a lot of time asleep in our bedroom, but she still runs after me when she needs feeding, and was happy to play with a bit of string earlier. Think she's ok, but you've got me worried now!

The minimum number of days she's gone now is 63 - am going to keep a close eye on her though to make sure she seems ok
Once she has her kittens...I recommend that you keep her food and litterbox in the same room as where you have her nesting box. That way...as the kittens get older, they can see mom using the litterbox and eating the kitten food which will try to mimic her which will make the weaning process easier.

Katie
post #24 of 26
You said she is playing and running after you so I wuold say she's probably fine. Did you chack for the temp? With my cay it all happened pretty fast. I mean, it was a VERY dramatic change in her behavior. After 2 days she wouldn't get up to eat, she wouldn't play, she wouldn't do ANYTHING! I had to force feed her food and water.

Sorry if I worried you for no reason...I guess you could say that I'm paranoid about it. I mean, they say complications in feline pregnancies are really rare so when it happened to me it really hit home. I just don't ever want to see that happen to someone else because it's awful. So, I figure if I see someone post about their preggers cat and it sounds like they could possible be going through what I did I will always tell them what happened to my cat so they can know what to watch out for...just in case. Mainly it's because I know that if I had brough my cat to the vet just a day earlier they could have saved the kittens. It's my fault. Anyways, what happened happened and all I can do now is try and help it from happening to someone else. Again, sorry if I freaked you out. LOL!
post #25 of 26
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It's fine, no need to apologise! Still no kittens as yet today (surprise surprise), but she has been hiding in various places in the bedroom today (next to our bookcase, behind the wardrobe, and even in her nesting box!) I've not seen any milk leaking, but she's definitely full of milk now - big swellings behind each nipple! Wish she'd hurry up...
post #26 of 26
Ahhhh...the classic waiting game

This is the best part, enjoy it.(cause I know the cat sure is!)

Think about it, these are the last few days you have for at least the next 3 months that you have peace and quiet. After the kittens are born(depending on how may), you will have about 2 weeks of cute kittens that are sweet and don't get into trouble, but let me tell you...as soon as their eyes are open, they immediately begin LOOKING for trouble. LOL!

Anyways! Have fun while you can and enjoy your affectionate, preggers mama cat while she is still preggers and you can feel the kittens moving inside, etc...

Also, have fun waiting!(let me tell you ahead of time, these next few days will feel like an eternity!)
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