|Originally posted by HockeyChick1989
Hi im new to the boards, and having a pregnant kitty.
(1)How long does she carry the Kittens?
(2)Will we have to help her have them?
(3)I know I have to give her a place to have the kittens, a box with blankets maybe?
(4)I'm just kind of afraid too because a friend of mine just had kittens and all of his kittens died (im not quite sure he knew what he was doing either).
Thanks ahead for any help!
Welcome to TCS!!! First...if you can afford it take her to the vet!! She needs a check up. Sometimes vets can notice things wrong before its too late. Also is she inside or outside? she really needs to be inside. Some of my Tomcats mated with one of my females the night her water broke. Luckily I was there. They could've seriously harmed her. Oh and some toms will mate with with kittens and accidentally kill them. Inside you can protect her from toms and the elements.
(1)Unless you know how long she has had them, you cant know for sure. It's usually around 3 months total.
(2)It's best to stay nearby and check on her regularly. They can have problems and you will need to be there. If something goes wrong you can call your vet for questions, or better yet be able to take her there. My last litter was the only one with problems...the umbiblical cords were hung around her back foot. I had to cut the cords lose, seperate them, and that could've never been done without keeping an eye on them. If I wasnt there, the kittens would've died cause they couldnt reach her to nurse. She would've also lost circulation to her paw. If you have to asist make sure you are sterile and that anything u use is sterile. Dont handle the kittens unless you have to because they need help. Dont play with them or seperate them from mother.It will be several weeks before you can play with them. Also, some cats prefer to be left alone. If she doesnt seem to want you there then check on her without disturbing her..just so you can make sure everything's ok.
(3)This again depends on inside or outside. Outside her natural instinct is to find someplace. Depending on her dependency on you she may not follow her instinct like she should. The cat that the toms wouldnt leave alont came to us and meowing untill I scooped her up as gently as I could a put her in a large storage size cardboard box. Yours if outside will either want to be alone or want to be with you. It's best to make a box just incase. Just make sure to line the bottom with old clean scentless towels, or newspaper. Just dont shred the paper. Lay it flat. The reason the umbiblicals got hung on my last kittens was the afterbirth(which by the way the mother will eat and needs to cause its full of nutrients.)stuck to the paper pieces and she could'nt eat it and chew off the cords. If inside you can do the same thing. Oh and cats prefer a dark and silent place to have their kittens if inside, so provide plenty of opportunities like closets.
(4)That can happen sometimes even if the person knew what they were doing. Expect deaths. Even if you do everything you learn to do, it can still happen. Weakness, inability to nurse cause of weakness, defect, illness and injury....even the mother can accidentally smother or purposefully smother if she notices it's too weak to survive. Prepare yourself for this. Make sure you keep intouch with your vet if you notice problems.
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