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Please help my kitty is in labor

post #1 of 24
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My 1 1/2 year old kitty is in labor and I don't know how to help her. She won't leave my side. This is her first litter. Is there anything I can do. Is she in alot of pain? She's panting alot. Should I let her have water at all? Thanks for any advice you can give.
post #2 of 24
okay unfortunaly none of our resident experts on pregnant kitties is online right now, but I will do my best to help you until someone comes on line.

I know what Gaye would recommend first, and that would be to take a deep breath and try and remain as calm as you can.

Have you got a nesting box set up for her? can you see contractions? I think water is fine to give her... try and make her as comfortable as you can... I am right here with you to help as much as I can.
post #3 of 24
you need to make sure she has several warm nesting boxes to choose from when the time comes and you need to remain as calm as you can, as the cat will pick up on your anxiety.

Its important to remember that your girl will let you know what she needs - most feline births can smoothly without our intervention.
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
She pulled a blanket under my dresser last week and that is where she has went to now. Will I hear her? How will I know if she's having problems? I have had 4 kids of my own but I can talk and I feel so helpless.
post #5 of 24
are you able to take one of the drawers out of your dresser so that you can see her? Just stick with us here - we will be able to help you know if it seems like she is having problems, but honestly, as I said, most feline births dont need our help... the Mum cat will know what to do.

Remember to take a deep breath... its likely to be a long process still. Can you tell if she is having contractions? or can you not see her?
post #6 of 24
hi, i will try and help too, one of my cats just had kittens on the 6th. she had two and i got so much help from this site! the only thing i really did to help her was when the first kitten was born i freaked out bc i didnt think it was breathing, it was trying, i just rubbed its back for about a second but then the mom (sasha) took over from there. im surprised how much instinct kicks in for them. she will know what to do!! kittie
post #7 of 24
thanks for jumping in kittie - i remember following Sashas birth

Hopefully the OP sticks here with us and we can help out as much as we can
post #8 of 24
i went crazy when she was having them.... it was my first time too!!! lol i didnt know what to expect/what was going on.... i will help as much as i can. but one thing i did learn looking back... she has instincts and it is new for her so her acting different will subside (which it pretty much has)
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
She has calmed down alot earlier she was pacing and meowing but now she has pulled her blanket behind a chair. I have tried giving her a box, a laundry basket,ect. but she seems determined to go either behind the chair or the dresser and both places its really difficult to see her. How long are they usually in labor for?
post #10 of 24
well just let her go where she wants to go... where-ever she is comfortable and keep an eye on her.

Do you know when she is due? Has she been checked out by a vet?
post #11 of 24
i completely agree with the thought of letting her do what she wants. where she is most comforetable i think it would be easiest on her during delivery.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
She just had the first one and I freaked. She came to me with it still in her and i had to pull it out but its breathing and she is cleaning it so i'll just wait and see what happens next.
post #13 of 24

great news!!!!
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
So far there are 2 an all black one and a black one with white arms. I am so excited!!!!!!!
post #15 of 24
YAY! CONGRATS!!!! sorry didnt see there was a 2nd page already! disreguard what i had posted!
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
I know this is probably a stupid question but will she have them all one after the other? Its been a hour since the 2nd one was born and she moved them already. Is she done her belly, is still huge.
post #17 of 24
From what I have heard there can be as much as 8 hours or more between the birth of each kitten so just hang in there.
post #18 of 24
you should post pictures of the new mom when she is done giving birth
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
Now there are 3. Unfortunatly I can post a pic I don't have a digital cam. But they are all beautiful.
post #20 of 24
Anymore updates? Sometimes you can tell if there are more because you can see or feel them moving. Do you think she is all done? How exciting .
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by huggles
okay unfortunaly none of our resident experts on pregnant kitties is online right now, but I will do my best to help you until someone comes on line.

I know what Gaye would recommend first, and that would be to take a deep breath and try and remain as calm as you can.

Have you got a nesting box set up for her? can you see contractions? I think water is fine to give her... try and make her as comfortable as you can... I am right here with you to help as much as I can.
*chuckle* Oh lud, please don't tell me I am becoming *gasp* predictable????


Kittycouple4, I really am getting here a bit after the fact, but I trust that everything went smoothly and that by now, you have a litter of fat, happy, lusty little babies being well-looked after by an attentive mother. Let us know how it goes, won't you?

~gf~
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone. Thank you so much for all of your help yesterday, I was so lost. Sorry that I haven't gotten back sooner but Hubby came home and we were basking in the glory of having grandkitties. They are just so pretty. 1 black, 1 tiger striped, and 2 black & white. Sissy (momma cat) is a very pretty grey & white strpied, so I was hoping that there would be a grey one but I am very happy. Everything went great and after the first 2 she was a pro. Thanks again for all of the thoughtfulness and help.
post #23 of 24
i am very happy to hear everything went great! sorry i wasnt able to really help! congradulations on your extension of your family!!!!
post #24 of 24
so pleased to read that everything went well
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