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Marigold is in labor!

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I think.

Never having had a pregnant queen before, it's hard for me to judge. She's been unusually cuddly and clingy all day today, following me around and crying at me. Then tonight after supper she started breathing pretty fast, sometimes outright panting. Since then, she's had several unsuccessful trips to the litter pan and is still pacing. She keeps trying to get under my bed, but I've blocked it all off. I've set up a box in my closet with shredded newspaper and two of my old shirts (no longer wanted) in it and she seems to keep going back into it to dig around. Aside from that she seems to be making rounds from the middle of the floor, to the bed to check if it's unblocked yet, back to the closet, to the litter box, repeat.

There's a little bit of reddish-pinkish glop coming out of her vagina (sorta like a clot when you have your period only not nearly as bloody). And she's grooming her belly a good deal. She's also purring alot (which is not something she does normally, she's fairly reserved).

So... labor? How long before I can expect to see some kittens?

Rose
post #2 of 32
Hi,

Hows it going?

Im no expert but my cat Boo had her first baby within an hour of having the show. It definately sounds like your kitty is close. Boo would pant on and off for a few hours before the birth. Can you see her contracting at all?

Boo breathed open mouthed too and was constantly stretching like she had just woken up. She was incredibly restless and wanted me by her side at all times.

I know cats purr when they are in pain too so that could be a good sign.

Hope all is well, cant wait to hear update.
post #3 of 32
How's your baby doing? Is there any babies yet?
post #4 of 32
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Originally Posted by red_velvet_rose
I think.

Never having had a pregnant queen before, it's hard for me to judge. She's been unusually cuddly and clingy all day today, following me around and crying at me. Then tonight after supper she started breathing pretty fast, sometimes outright panting. Since then, she's had several unsuccessful trips to the litter pan and is still pacing. She keeps trying to get under my bed, but I've blocked it all off. I've set up a box in my closet with shredded newspaper and two of my old shirts (no longer wanted) in it and she seems to keep going back into it to dig around. Aside from that she seems to be making rounds from the middle of the floor, to the bed to check if it's unblocked yet, back to the closet, to the litter box, repeat.

There's a little bit of reddish-pinkish glop coming out of her vagina (sorta like a clot when you have your period only not nearly as bloody). And she's grooming her belly a good deal. She's also purring alot (which is not something she does normally, she's fairly reserved).

So... labor? How long before I can expect to see some kittens?

Rose
Rose...it does sound like it is close....I would get her set up in the room where you have set up her nesting box and food/litter to ensure that she doesn't have the kittens in an unsafe location. Remember...now is the time to keep her confined indoors only and away from intact males until she has weaned her kittens and is spayed.

Katie
post #5 of 32
Thread Starter 
Morning now and still nothing. She's still being clingy and pacing from her nesting box to ont top of my bed, spending about fifteens minutes in each location before moving again. (She'd prolly stay in her box if I sat in the closet with her, but I can't sit in there for long without my legs falling asleep.)

Right now she's winding about my legs, still meowing a lot. I don't have a thermometer to take her temp with, so I have no idea if her temp has dropped.

She's not straining at all that I can tell. (What exactly entails straining in a cat?)

Rose
post #6 of 32
when she lays down on her side, and looks to be stretching, thats straining to push, or at least how Icis looked when she did it,lol. Ice was that way too, talking alot, and wrapping herself around me at every chance.

do you know how far along she is in the pregnancy ( in days) ?
post #7 of 32
Sounds like Marigold is very close....anytime now. How are things going?
post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 
As far as I can tell, her contractions are about 2 minutes apart. (What that means for cats, I have no idea.) I don't know how far along she is since we found her wandering in our backyard on Mother's Day. She hasn't been exposed to any unaltered male cats since then, so she had to have been mated earlier that May 14th. I think she's right on track though because we started feeling the kittens move about two weeks ago, maybe a little more.

I've got dental floss, alcohol, a pair of surgeon's scissors, a log book, pencil, and a scale ready for when they come. She seems to just want to be pet while she's in her box. If I leave the closet (where the box is located) she follows me and cries.

I'll let everyone know when we have kittens!

Rose
post #9 of 32
PICTURES!!! dont forget to post pics lol
post #10 of 32
It's not unusual for early labor to continue for a long time, it sounds like you will have kittens very very soon. Just let momma cat deal with them, they usually require no assistance, but if they do it sounds like you're ready
post #11 of 32
Thread Starter 
Two kittens so far! No pictures yet because I don't think Mom would appreciate a flash right now. The first one is an orange tabby and weighed 94 grams, the second is lighter, cream maybe and weighs 100 grams. Still a few more to go!

Rose
post #12 of 32
oh cool, Good Luck momma, you can do it,, cant wait for pics
post #13 of 32
Thread Starter 
Here's a few pics to start...

Marigold as of last night, showing off her big belly.


First two kittens fighting over a nipple and showing how different their coats are....


Finally decided who got what nipple...


The cream one (second born)...


More pics as we get more babies!

Rose
post #14 of 32
Yeah Momma Kitty! I was going to say so very close, but then you already know that huh, Cool I can't wait, but maybe I can because I don't have all that stuff I don't even know how in the world to tell if she is contracting. I don't have a scale. What kind of scale do I need! Ooh Lord! All I need is an excuse to shop for them right now,

Congrats new mommy keep us posted!
post #15 of 32
omg they are too cute!! I Love them!!!! more pics more pics! how is she doing through the labour> did she need assistance
post #16 of 32
Thread Starter 
Have a third baby now! A little smaller than the others, weighing 86 grams, but feisty. This one seems to be a cream color too.

Not sure if she's done yet or if there's another one in there. How can I tell? There was 20 minutes between the first and second kittens. Then an hour between the second and third. She hasn't needed any help at all, ate the placentas and chewed the cord herself. The kittens have been very strong so far and went for nursing right away. Marigold doesn't seem distress, just tired and is still panting.

Mom suckling the three babies


Three


In order ; Two, One, and Three


Rose
post #17 of 32
you can tell if there is another by placing your hands on either side of her belly and gently pressing. If you feel movement, there is another! Icis went 10 hours from the first baby to the last. by the time the last came out, she was to tired to even clean ot break the sac, so i did, tied off the cord , cut it, then she cleaned him.
post #18 of 32
AWWWW, how adorable the little ones are. You have both red and cream.....that is neat. Love the pics. GO MARIGOLD GO!!!
post #19 of 32
LOVE the red one,,wow so cute!!!!!!
post #20 of 32
Thread Starter 
Total is now four! Got another red male. (So far we have two red males, one male cream, and one female cream.)

The placenta for the fourth hasn't come out yet, but I don't think she's done. I think theres one more kitten inside of her yet.

Rose
post #21 of 32
Marigold is beautiful! Just like the flower. I am envious, you have red baby boys. Please post lost of pics so we can watch them grow up.
post #22 of 32
Oh, how precious! Thanks for taking Marigold in and caring for her!

A pointer I learned here at TCS is that the kittens little claws can catch in the loops of a towel. So better to put a pillow case over towels or newspaper. You need to put fresh bedding in after the delivery is complete anyhow.

Oh, I'm getting broody!
post #23 of 32
Only 1 girl....typical....LOL! My girls tend to have mostly boys too. In my very first litter I was hoping for a girl and what did my queen do.....she had 4 boys......but I wouldn't change anything now....she is a good momma and it looks like your Marigold is too.... More pics please
post #24 of 32
dId Marigold have just 4? The 4 of them are beautiful i have 4 orange tabby's all males i love them to death i dont want to get rid of them but my husband says we dont need to have all of them when there is a few loveing people that want them lol
post #25 of 32
Thread Starter 
Now it's five. Looks like two red males. Two cream males. And one cream female. How am I ever going to tell the boys of each color apart? They're even pretty similar in size and weight.

Any ideas?

Rose
post #26 of 32
You could put different color nail polish on one of their paws, or you could tie a different color piece of string around their neck.
post #27 of 32
Thread Starter 
Final count! Six!

Two red males
Three cream males
One cream female.

Obviously we have a cream colored tom running around somewhere in the neighborhood. I will find him and trap him and neuter him and put him back!!!!

Mom is resting fine on her fresh bedding and the kittens are all nursing happily. The heaviest kittens weighed 100 grams each, the smallest are 86 grams each... so no very undersized kitties. All of the placentas are accounted for.

Pics will be forthcoming when all the kittens are dry.

Rose
post #28 of 32
Wow, congrats!! Sounds like a big day for Marigold, how's she holding up?

6 kittens huh? I hope she's one of these cats who has 8 nipples, otherwise there'll be a few fights

Can't wait to see more pics
post #29 of 32
Oh, good job Marigold! Can't wait for your pics... but you both get some rest first.
post #30 of 32
Thread Starter 
OK, pics of the whole litter! (Taken while mum was eating.)

Kitty mosh pit!


I swear there are six kittens in this pile...


See, count them!


Same pic with their names as it stand now.



Rose
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