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post #1 of 18
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I need some help fast so please read this if you can!!

My cat started suddenly giving birth and she's only pregnant for about six weeks. I don't know for sure because I saw her with a cat a few times in the beginning of June and after that she was home all the time and started showing signs of pregnancy.

I read that you can feel the little ones move at five weeks of pregnancy and I kept on touching her tummy but didn't feel anything (I had a pregnant cat before so I know what it's supposed to feel like. That cat got stolen before she gave birth though - long story.). I started getting worried but thought that I didn't get the date right so maybe it's not time for them to move yet.

Today, however, I started seeing a few spots of blood on our carpet and then I saw another spot on the floor. I was going to go to an animal hospital to get her checked but they don't work on sundays and I read somewhere that it's normal to have a bit of blood come out during pregnancy.

This evening I noticed her starting to whine a bit and then she layed down on the floor and looked like she was pushing so I quickly got a blanket out and a box. She went upstairs before anything happened and went under the bed. One moment she was licking herself and the next she moved and there was a dead kitten there. There's supposed to be another one but she never gave birth to that one.

Right now she's laying under the bed and resting. So my question is:
Is there a chance the other kitten might survive? Is it possible for her to keep on carrying the little one until her due date, or is it a "if she started giving birth she won't stop now" sort of thing? And if she can't continue on carrying the kitten in her tummy then is there a way it can survive when she gives birth to it?

I'm really sorry if I posted in the wrong place or if this has been posted already before. I need help quickly and don't know what to do. I wasn't expecting her to have problems and now I'm lost. Thank you all in advance for any advice you can give me. I really appriciate it!
post #2 of 18
I do believe i have read something like that before where the mom will give birth to a baby that is still born and then not have the rest of them until it is the time to have them. But i am sure someone will come along that knows more then i do. And i am so sorry about the lil baby and mommy
post #3 of 18
Maybe she wont have the other one until due time. I don't know much but cats are NOT like humans when it comes to giving birth exactly. If she hasn't shown any more signs of labor maybe there was something wrong with the baby, maybe she will have the other one on time. I have seen it happen. One baby born too other and the other on time, but I don't know. I will be sending prayers for you baby. Someone will be on here and answering your question with more details who is more knowledgeable I'm sure of it.
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by Black-Kitty
I need some help fast so please read this if you can!!

My cat started suddenly giving birth and she's only pregnant for about six weeks. I don't know for sure because I saw her with a cat a few times in the beginning of June and after that she was home all the time and started showing signs of pregnancy.

I read that you can feel the little ones move at five weeks of pregnancy and I kept on touching her tummy but didn't feel anything (I had a pregnant cat before so I know what it's supposed to feel like. That cat got stolen before she gave birth though - long story.). I started getting worried but thought that I didn't get the date right so maybe it's not time for them to move yet.

Today, however, I started seeing a few spots of blood on our carpet and then I saw another spot on the floor. I was going to go to an animal hospital to get her checked but they don't work on sundays and I read somewhere that it's normal to have a bit of blood come out during pregnancy.

This evening I noticed her starting to whine a bit and then she layed down on the floor and looked like she was pushing so I quickly got a blanket out and a box. She went upstairs before anything happened and went under the bed. One moment she was licking herself and the next she moved and there was a dead kitten there. There's supposed to be another one but she never gave birth to that one.

Right now she's laying under the bed and resting. So my question is:
Is there a chance the other kitten might survive? Is it possible for her to keep on carrying the little one until her due date, or is it a "if she started giving birth she won't stop now" sort of thing? And if she can't continue on carrying the kitten in her tummy then is there a way it can survive when she gives birth to it?

I'm really sorry if I posted in the wrong place or if this has been posted already before. I need help quickly and don't know what to do. I wasn't expecting her to have problems and now I'm lost. Thank you all in advance for any advice you can give me. I really appriciate it!
Are you certain that she did not mate earlier?? Once contractions start, usually that means that all viable kittens are delivered. I would keep an eye out for your girl to see if she has additional contractions. If you are concerned, I would contact your vet tomorrow.

Also, it is very important that your cat remain indoors only and away from intact males until she is spayed.

Katie
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you all very much for the quick replies, prayers and help.

She doesn't look like she'll be going into labor again, at least not anytime soon. So I'm hoping she can carry the kitten until the due date and give birth to a healthy kitten.

She was laying under the bed but she just got out and she doesn't seem like she's preparing to give birth again, but we'll see.

I'm going to keep a close eye on her and hope for the best. *crosses fingers*

I'm beyond happy that she -at least- wasn't in pain while giving birth. It was quick and easy.

Thank you again for your help!
post #6 of 18
YQW and I would def. keep a very close close eye on her and keep her from under that bed because I would hate for her to have a baby while you sleep, or while you are gone and you not know it. I don't know why momma cats pic the most unopportune places to have their babies, but she probably picked it because it was quiet and dark. But if possible please contact her vet and ask her/him what to do as well.
post #7 of 18
She may wait 24 hours before delivering the next kitten. Because of this unexpected development- kitten death, I would keep a close eye on her and if she hasn't had another one by tomorrow afternoon I would take her to the vet. Also consider getting her spayed since she doesn't seem to give birth easily. The other kitten can be absorbed within her if it isn't alive, but a vet would be the best course of action for you and her based on your posting.
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by Black-Kitty
Thank you all very much for the quick replies, prayers and help.

She doesn't look like she'll be going into labor again, at least not anytime soon. So I'm hoping she can carry the kitten until the due date and give birth to a healthy kitten.

She was laying under the bed but she just got out and she doesn't seem like she's preparing to give birth again, but we'll see.

I'm going to keep a close eye on her and hope for the best. *crosses fingers*

I'm beyond happy that she -at least- wasn't in pain while giving birth. It was quick and easy.

Thank you again for your help!
I am truly not aware of a case where a cat gave birth and then gave birth weeks later. I would also caution you to contact your vet if she does not have her second kitten within 24 hours...better to be on the safe side.

Katie
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok so, we got through the night and this is what happened:

After my cat gave birth she kept laying under the bed for a while and then she got out, went downstairs to eat, went to the bathroom and then started playing. She's acting like she always does and isn't showing any signs of possibly going into labor anytime soon.

About two days before she went into labor she started acting really sweet towards everyone and was constantly rubbing against us, being EXTREMELY nice to the dog (she was grooming him, for god's sake! ) and jumping on the couch to lay down right beside me (wich she doesn't do often because she's usually more comfortable laying down in a big space on the couch). She's not doing this anymore, just acting like she usually does. I stayed up with her half the night and didn't notice any unusual behavior from her, just the usual things she always does.

I'm still going to call the vet as soon as the animal hospital opens this morning. I'm still confused as to what exactly happened there and what's going to happen next so it's a must for me to contact the vet. I'm still somewhat in the shock state because it happened so fast.

Thank you again for all your support and help. It's greatly appriciated.
post #10 of 18
It is possible that there was only that one kitten.

I would take her to the vet regardless, because if she delivered one, her cervix is open and she may develop an infection, pyometra etc

If there is another dead kitten in there, it will need to be removed ASAP or the mom can die too.

Good luck, please keep us posted!
post #11 of 18
Possible, however it sounds like she aborted or miscarriaged. I'd get her to a vet pronto.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by pondwader
It is possible that there was only that one kitten.
Yep, you were right. We just got back from the vet. He did an X-ray and when he came back he said "I couldn't have better news for you", it showed she has no kittens in her tummy wich means there was only one.

I was sure she had another one but the vet couldn't feel anything so I agreed to pay for the X-ray (it's quite expensive) just to be 100% sure. Everything is fine with her and the vet just told me to make sure she gets enough food and water, wich she does because she didn't stop eating even before she gave birth!

I'm sad in a way because this is my second pregnant cat and I was hoping i'd get to see her kittens alive and healthy because I didn't get the chance to see my other cat's little ones, nor the cat (after she got stolen). Plus, I was planning on keeping them both (of course she only had one but I kept thinking there were two of them). I'm extremely happy that my kitty is well, though! And I just want her to be healthy and happy.

Now I'm planning on getting her spayed in a month or so. Whenever she's well enough (the vet told me to wait about four weeks) and as soon as I have the money to do so.

Thank you all very much for everything!
post #13 of 18
happy for you, but sad too. poor lil thing.
post #14 of 18
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I'm sad in a way because this is my second pregnant cat and I was hoping i'd get to see her kittens alive and healthy because I didn't get the chance to see my other cat's little ones, nor the cat (after she got stolen). Plus, I was planning on keeping them both (of course she only had one but I kept thinking there were two of them). I'm extremely happy that my kitty is well, though! And I just want her to be healthy and happy.

Now I'm planning on getting her spayed in a month or so. Whenever she's well enough (the vet told me to wait about four weeks) and as soon as I have the money to do so.

Thank you all very much for everything!
I'm glad it is all ok for your girl. I can appreciate that you are feeling a bit sad at the moment. One thing that is very important now is to make sure she doesn't get outside again between now and when you plan to spay her.

Although it may not be the right time now..you could always foster a pregnant cat for a shelter or rescue group. You would be saving a life and most rescue groups cover the vet costs. We've had several fosters do this for our rescue and they really enjoyed the experience.

Katie
post #15 of 18
I'm glad your kitty is okay. I know you may be a little sad but at least mama kitty is doing good And just be so so so so sure to try and keep her from escaping at all cost until you spay her.
post #16 of 18
Im so sorry for your loss.....Im sending lots of hugs your way.

Im glad momma cat is ok and doing well now. She deserves a rest after what she has been through.

x x x x x
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TNR1
I'm glad it is all ok for your girl. I can appreciate that you are feeling a bit sad at the moment. One thing that is very important now is to make sure she doesn't get outside again between now and when you plan to spay her.

Although it may not be the right time now..you could always foster a pregnant cat for a shelter or rescue group. You would be saving a life and most rescue groups cover the vet costs. We've had several fosters do this for our rescue and they really enjoyed the experience.

Katie
The time she got out was when someone left the door open because there was really good weather outside. Since she got back we make sure the door is closed at all times and she doesn't look like she want's to get out anyway. But if she did, we still keep the door closed because it's hot outside and we turn the A/C on. She only went out when the door to the backyard was open so it's no problem to keep it closed. Other than that time she got out, she's an indoor cat all the way.

As for fostering a pregnant cat - I think it's a wonderful idea. Even though this is not the time to do it, I'll still keep it in mind for when I'm ready to do that. Thank you for the suggestion, I haven't really thought of that myself.

ETA: Thank you everyone for the support, hugs and nice comments.
post #18 of 18
Keep her inside, she has already gone into a small heat (from your above description) and she will be going into another one soon. If she gets outside, you can lose her and she will be pregnant because it is still kitten season.
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