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I have a cat that is pregnant. We think she got pregant somewhere between June 1 - 3, 2003. That would mean she is supposed to give birth any minute now. Are there any signs that would give us a clue as to when she will go into labour? We are really anxious as we are moving provinces next Wednesday and want her to have the kittens before that time. Also, any advice on how to make the move less stressful. We have about a four hour drive, one-night stay in a hotel and then move into our new house the next day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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My mother cat laid around for a couple days breathing heavily. Then she started to almost pant, and purr! I looked and she had discharge on her private. It took her hours to have them. She will lick up everything and eat the placenta. Making her a box might not do any good if she has chosen another location to have them.

Are you planning on taking the whole kitncaboodle in the car and hotel? Good luck. Please don't let the car get too hot, and don't let her freak out and run off. I know you'll be worried and checking on them the whole way. When you get to your new home, make sure she stays in for several days, even weeks, or she might get confused and run off. Good luck with your kitty family and your move.
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Well, have you prepared a box for her? Cats pregnance usually lasts 58-72 days. We noticed the beginning of process when she came into our bed and first kitten was born there. But it's much better to have a box with ironed textile inside.

The week before birth kittens were very active in our cat that's how we found out that we had a week only
post #4 of 7
and about mooving - if your cat with kitten will be in box, it will be esier to moove them all.I mean - you take the box with cats inside, keep it in hands all way long, put the box in our new place - and here you are - everything's over!

But do be careful - the cat can start seeking for safe place and hide her kitten. That's why it's better to lock your kitty for first time in the new room and left her with litter box and food and so on in silence.
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When cats are in labor they are sometimes very restless and will start panting and meowing nonstop. You will definitely know when its time. My cat was in labor for 14 hours before she delivered her first kitten.

Before you move, keep the cat and kittens in a comfortable box lined with soft blankets. The sides should be low enough where mom can get out of, but high enough so the kittens cant. So, then just put the entire box in your car for the move, it's best if you keep petting mom for the trip to calm her.

Once, you get to your new house, put the box,food and litter in a seperate room so she wont be disturbed, and she will slowly become acclimated to her new home.
post #7 of 7
Get a large dog crate and put the litterbox food and box for kittens inside it. This way there is a door to close so you can take them to the new home secure. I would not let the mother cat out again period. She could be lost, attacked by dogs, poisined, shot by neighbor kids, or attacked by the cats that live there now.

Unless she is a breeding queen in a breeding program she will need to be fixed when the kittens are 5-6 weeks old. You can begin to wean the kittens then with soft food.

Other things to worry about. If she hasn't had kittens before and is less than a year and a half she may reject the kittens. There is also the added stress of the move that may cause her to reject as well. You will be faced with feeding, cleaning, and keeping the kittens warm/cool. They will need to be fed every 2 hours around the clock. The kitten formula must be warm to the touch and not heated with the microwave as it can cause burns. After each feeding the kitten needs their tummy gently rubbed and the little bottom rubbed to cause them to pee and potty. Use a moist warm washrag to do this.

To help her de-stress during the trip, bring some feliway spray for her crate. Make sure one of your sweaty work out shirts are with her. Your scent is the best calming agent you can have. Keep the temp in the car as comfortable as possible. If it gets too hot, ziplock some ice into plastic bags and lay them on top of the carrier. The cold will filter down to the queen and kittens.

Good luck and let us know how things turnout.
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