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- Let's make a reservation right away that we are talking about problem cats - in the sense of childbirth
Video: Pregnancy And Childbirth In Cats
Let's make a reservation right away that we are talking about problem cats - in the sense of childbirth
A narrow pelvis, a big difference in size between the future cat-dad and the cat itself, the first birth, the experience of difficult childbirth in the prehistory … Cats of the EKSH type, not extreme, with a small proportion of closely related crossbreeding in the pedigree - in a word, cats are like cats - most often give birth themselves, but from the owner only moral support is required, and even then not always: you come, and the kittens are already there, licked, dry, the umbilical cords have been bitten where necessary, everyone sucks their mother and does not know grief. But the Persians-extremals, the Siamese of a new type, the extreme orientals, the Rex have the same light skeleton … in a word, those breeds that are still unable to survive in nature - there are problems … a big belly - a cat looks like an enema with legs) and a consistently long gestation period (for many Persians - even more than 70 days - at a rate of 60-65).Kittens then turn out to be large, the cat itself practically cannot give birth to them at all - you need to help.
Most often, a cat (especially one that has given birth), no matter how stupid “in life” she is, things like a problem pregnancy feel good on her own. Usually this means that the cat does not want to give birth without the owner, literally waits for him so that "you can start", and when he is at home, he does not take a step in the last hours before childbirth and with the onset of contractions decisively calls him to the nest - to take delivery … (Often the most ordinary, quite healthy cats behave the same way - if the general "mentality" in the house is built correctly and the cat feels like a kitten in basic situations, and the owner - a mother).
Nevertheless, it is worth knowing (regularly writing down) the timing of leaks and mating in order to be ready (at least from the second birth) for the day when "this" happens: do not leave the cat alone for a long time, free these days for the main thing - right up to vacation or sick leave. Skipping "this" is fraught with anything, up to….:(
If you nevertheless “missed” the moment of conception, then the day when the cat is going to give birth - with careful observation of the animal - is still impossible to miss. Place the box for the nest in advance, lay a cloth that is obviously uncomfortable for the cat in one layer - so that it is tough. Then you will certainly notice that she is more willing to spend time in the box than anywhere else - this is the first sign. And, of course, closets with clothes and other “convenient” places for making a family nest should be closed.
A week before giving birth, it is best to start feeding the cat less than she wants - twice. Then the kittens will be born slightly smaller (which will facilitate the birth itself, but will not affect the final size of the kittens, given genetically). A day or two before giving birth - only very light food (yolk, some chicken meat …).
You should have in advance - a couple of insulin syringes, an ampoule of oxytocin from a "human" pharmacy, a pack of newspapers or hygroscopic large napkins, alcohol, cotton wool, sharp scissors, bright light and, most importantly, a lot of patience and not an ounce of disgust. If the latter is still difficult to achieve, it will be a little unpleasant for you to actually deliver. However, sincere love for the beast rejects all this, and, as a rule, a loving owner does an excellent job, no matter how squeamish he may be. Well, except that it is difficult to get him to do real mouth-to-mouth breathing for a newborn kitten …
In many cats, water begins to drain a few hours before the first contractions. (Yellow or transparent liquid from under the tail.) But it also happens that - almost immediately before childbirth. In any case, if she walks around the apartment, asks for food, observes others with clear eyes, it is not yet time to give birth. Before giving birth, it seems to her "prettier" - she begins to continuously "rattle" her song, lays down in the nest - or walks on your heels and meows invitingly.
The contractions began. Disconnect your phone! Ruthlessly shoot all strangers on the territory of the house.
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Wash what can and should be washed around the nest - including your hands.Take a book (radio, TV, player), sit closer to the nest, turn on a bright light and get ready to be with the woman in childbirth without separation - most often this is the most important thing, and that's enough. If you have a friendly - at least - relationship with your cat (not to mention the attitude towards you as a mother), the cat feels calm and confident, and this is three quarters of success. Talk to her as much as possible, gently and unhurriedly, stroke her tummy from the throat and down. (If you "feel qi" - drive there, down the line of the nipples - and qi too. If you are so special that you can distinguish a sign, drive pure yin). As soon as you feel that she is already pushing and the birth canal begins to open, place a stop under your hind legs - your palm, for example, so that she can rest - lying on her side or on her back, or even squatting - as her instinct tells her.Have tissues or toilet paper handy. If the cat is slightly crumpled - nothing, this is normal, calmly wipe it off and do not let it out of the nest.
A bubble appeared. Usually, the membranes rupture when passing through the birth canal, or the cat removes it by licking the kitten. If you can see the head of a kitten in it - this is already good, most likely, this means that minimal help is needed. But even if there is a tail, we are not afraid, we have everything at hand. I am sure that in the absence of severe pathology, you can help give birth to any cat - without a cesarean section. There are precedents.