My cat is going to have her kittens in the next week or two and I don't know how to tell when she is going into labor,and when she is ready to give birth.
How can I tell when my cat is going into labor?
Some cats show obvious symptoms and some don't. There is some excellent information in this thread.
Thank you so much for the thread! My cat is an outside cat so I can't keep my eye on her all the time.
But I'm going to start locking her up at nights. So if she has her kittens in the middle of the night nothing will get them.
She had one litter of kittens last year. She had them in July in the middle of the night so I had no way to tell that she was in labor. Maybe she will have them in the middle of the day this time!
I did just wanted to add that she was NOT my cat at first, a poor stray that someone had dumped and I thought at first was the neighbors, but after all those kittens I HAD to do something. She became my cat after that. One set of kittens were only 4 weeks old when she got pregnant again, so be careful. Better yet, DON'T let her out and bring her in ASAP after the kittens are weaned, it's not a good life to be pregnant and raising kittens all the time.
Aw, give me a break! Poor girl! [edit, I saw now your nextcoming comment too :) ]
Yeah, spaying / neutering is the trick for all, if you arent an active, serious breeder. And no serious breeder would never ever do more than thrice in two years. Typically one a year. Possibly two in a year, if very small litters.
FouMinou, I would suggest you lock her in inside 24/7 from now. Safest and best so.
Unless she is shrieking and begging to go out - as you dont want her to be high stressed either...
Prepare some birthing nests in some nice, calm, not disturbed part of the house, so she sees them and recognizes. And nice laying places, and toys, so she wants to stay inside...
Is she used to use a litter inside? Many outgoing cats do all theirs outside...
If no, begin to train her to do her inside.
And as the others said, please plan on spaying her when everyting is said and done, and the kittens more or less weaned. Usually when the spaying of moms is done the kittens are about 8 weeks.
Yes, I am going to get her spayed as soon as the kittens are weaned. I was going to get her and her 6 kittens from last year Spayed/Nuetered. I just did not do it in time. All of her Kittens are going to be Spayed and Nuetered in May.
And maybe she will to if she can.
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