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post #1 of 25
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My cat gave birth to one kitten 25 hours ago. Since then she has been fine. No more signs of labor. She is eating. She is running around. Just like she always is. I have felt her belly and still feel kicking around. I took her to the vet and he said to wait it out another 11 hours and then c section. Has anyone had a cat who has done this or can give me some helpful advice so I don't worry.Thanks.
post #2 of 25
Do you know if she was bred more than once. I believe it's possible for kittens of different ages to be in the uterus and be born at separate times. But I think only the veterinarian would be able to tell that - most likely with an ultrasound. Is the mother acting exhausted?
post #3 of 25
Hi, our cat had kittens earlier this month. She went 4 hours between births and i called the vet and he told me to bring her if nothing happened in the next hour. I brought her in and he gave her a shot (well 2) of something to help her give birth. He said if the shot didnt work within an hour he would have to do a c-section. he also told me that she was pretty much refusing to work with her contractions bc this was her first litter and the first kitten that gave birth to her hurt so much she didnt want to do it again. my advice is see if he can give her a shot, though he is the dr and he knows best. i wish you the best of luck!!!!
post #4 of 25
Good point, KittieKitten. I wouldn't want the vet to go straight to a c-section without trying some hormones or, as I suggested earlier, making sure the kitten still inside is actually due.
post #5 of 25
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Nope she is acting fine. The multiple breedings could definitely be a factor though because we also have the daddy cat at our house. Me and my husband decided to let them have a litter together before we neutered her and him. We got them at the same time from different owners. And I did think it was odd the doctor didn't mention the shot because as far as I can tell the labor has stopped and that would get it going again. If I wait it out it will be 3 a.m. when I have to take her to the clinic.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by shadowmerlin
Nope she is acting fine. The multiple breedings could definitely be a factor though because we also have the daddy cat at our house. Me and my husband decided to let them have a litter together before we neutered her and him. We got them at the same time from different owners. And I did think it was odd the doctor didn't mention the shot because as far as I can tell the labor has stopped and that would get it going again. If I wait it out it will be 3 a.m. when I have to take her to the clinic.
Since you have both dad and mom....please keep the male away from your female until she has been spayed. Cats can become pregnant again as early as a week after giving birth. A neutered male can take a month before he is no longer producing active sperm. Best thing to do is keep him in a seperate room and set up his neuter appointment as soon as possible.

Katie
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the tip. I definitely don't want that happening again.
post #8 of 25
If your vet counseled waiting, then by all means, follow his advice. However, once that has been done, I would mention to him that you would prefer to attempt inducing the birth first. If that is unsuccessful, then and only then would I consider the c-section as the last resort.
post #9 of 25
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Thanks. That is what me and my husband are going to push but first a ultrasound to make sure they are all ready to come out in case it is indeed a multiple conception thing. We don't want to induce anything that isn't ready.
post #10 of 25
Oh absolutely have the ultrasound first! Of course we wouldn't want to take the little biscuits out before they are done! *smile*
post #11 of 25
And make sure you let us know what happens!!!
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by shadowmerlin
My cat gave birth to one kitten 25 hours ago. Since then she has been fine. No more signs of labor. She is eating. She is running around. Just like she always is. I have felt her belly and still feel kicking around. I took her to the vet and he said to wait it out another 11 hours and then c section. Has anyone had a cat who has done this or can give me some helpful advice so I don't worry.Thanks.
I have never had a cat do that. In humans you should deliver within 24 hours.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Cheryl999
I have never had a cat do that. In humans you should deliver within 24 hours.
Yes, but cats are different from humans in that they can conceive multiple kittens from multiple partners at different times. So, if Cat A bred her twice on Monday, she could conceive kittens on Monday. Then Cat A breeds her again on Monday a week later. She could conceive kittens then which would be a week behind the first conception ... it happens. Strange but true.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by gayef
Yes, but cats are different from humans in that they can conceive multiple kittens from multiple partners at different times. So, if Cat A bred her twice on Monday, she could conceive kittens on Monday. Then Cat A breeds her again on Monday a week later. She could conceive kittens then which would be a week behind the first conception ... it happens. Strange but true.
Not only that, but there can be 2 different daddys (or more). My Elsa's kittens HAD to have had 2 different dads for the colors they came out.

(Oh, how I WISH someone told my daughter it had to be 24 hours!!! It took her 40 hours to get into the world, LOL!!!!)
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by kluchetta
(Oh, how I WISH someone told my daughter it had to be 24 hours!!! It took her 40 hours to get into the world, LOL!!!!)
Yes, but now you have all that much more to make her feel guilty when you need to. *evil grin*
post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yes I am just glad she is not in labor or at least from what it appears pretty comfortable with it if she is. I was in labor for 18 hours and felt every second of it.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by gayef
Yes, but now you have all that much more to make her feel guilty when you need to. *evil grin*
Heh, heh, heh, *rubs hands* I think I might need that some time!
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yes my son was 10'10. 18 hours labor. 2 1/2 weeks overdue. I can make him feel guilty anytime I please. *smile*
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by shadowmerlin
Yes my son was 10'10. 18 hours labor. 2 1/2 weeks overdue. I can make him feel guilty anytime I please. *smile*
WHAT???!!! 10 POUNDS? OMG.
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yes luckily it was ceserean. He was too big to drop out the right way. Of course it took the doctors ONLY 18 hours to figure that out. Grrrr.
post #21 of 25
Oh goodness, the worst of both worlds! First you get extremely tired, then they cut you open. My first was a Caesarean (breech), but my second (daughter) was natural.
post #22 of 25
My mom always teased my mom for having a big baby 8lb4oz. Then she went and had 10lb4oz baby! She can't talk anymore after that! No ceceran either...don't know how she did it...
post #23 of 25
A family friend has big (and late) babies...the latest was about 11 pounds at birth (two weeks late), but the one before, a girl, was 13 pounds...

I never knew that cats could have multiple-conceptions like that! I had pretty much figured out that multiple toms could have at a queen, but I didn't know that if one cat impregnanted her on one day, and another on a week or so later, that she'd go into labour twice (or more, depending). huh!
post #24 of 25
Our cat Bailey went into labor this past Wednesday at about 8pm, had one kitten very quickly, and then no more. She wasn't in labor, she was acting normally but we could still feel kittens kicking around in there. She didn't have the other 2 kittens until 1am Friday morning and they are all just fine. I was worried because she went so long between births, but the fact that she wasn't actively laboring made me feel a little better. Anyhoo....mommy and babies are doing fine now.
post #25 of 25
I have never had a cat have kittens at different times. My queens first litter was five and they were all born with-in 45 mins to an hour. I had 1 very tiny kitten and assumed it was because of different conceptions, but all were born
at the same time.

My brother was like 10 or 11 pounds. Born natural with a cord around his neck, with a really long labor, very late, I don't think I could have done it!
My daughter was 5lbs 12 1/4oz, she was also 10days early, and from the time my water broke till she was born was just under 9 hours (no labor after my water broke for two hours, so it was mabey 7 hours of just pain) and it was all I could take, she is my first and last!
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