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Is Your Cat About To Give Birth? 7 Surefire Cat Labor Signs.

Jan 23, 2008
You've waited for weeks, your cat has become rounder and rounder, you're excited about the forthcoming birth of her kittens - but how can you tell when the time has arrived? Suddenly it seems that your cat starts to act differnetly and you need to know if this is really It.

Are her kittens about to be born?

How can you tell?

Are there labor signs you can look for?

Cat lovers the world over do their very best to make sure that their beloved pets receive the best care possible. But when our feline friends become ill -- or in this case, are due to give birth to kittens - we begin to feel very anxious and out of control as we realise that we simply don't know enough about the situation.

After all, we're cat owners, not vets! You need to know what to expect and you need to know what to do.

Your cat is due to go into labour around the 64th day of her pregnancy, although it is very unlikely that you will be able to be that accurate in your calculations. Instead, you will have to rely on your ability to 'read the signs' of the stages of pregnancy and of her impending labor.

Firstly, you are likely to have noticed that your cat's appetite will have almost doubled in the past weeks or so and you will be able to see her kittens moving around in her abdomen quite clearly.

Also, she will have been displaying 'nesting' behaviour - looking for a safe, warm and quite place in which to give birth. Hopefully, you will have already provided a suitable 'nesting box' for her to use, otherwise you may find that she has chosen to give birth in the middle of your bed!

Then, as your cat's labor is about to start, her appetite will reduce significantly - or even disappear completely.

Sign number three is that of 'clingy' behavior. Your cat will want to be with you all the time, looking for affection. As time brings her closer to the actual birth, she may start pacing around and seem particularly nervous or even excitable.

A further and very distinct sign that your cat is very close to going into labour is that she will begin to 'call' to you. Even if you have never been present when a cat is giving birth, you won't be able to mistake this particular sound!

As the birth draws near, your cat will start cleaning her rear end as she feels her body changing in preparation for the delivery of her kittens.

And finally, when your soon-to-be mother cat starts to feel the first twinges of her labor, she will appear to be uneasy and will repeatedly go in and out of her nesting box, 'treading' on the nesting material that you have already provided.

When you witness this last behavior, you can be certain that the birth of your new kittens has begun. Your beautiful cat is in labor!

But remember, this is when your presence is vital. You will need to have prepared yourself to be on hand to help if things should go wrong. It is your responsibility to have become familiar with what is normal and what is not, during the birthing process. If you know what to expect - good or bad - you will be able to remain calm and in control and give your cat the very best care that she deserves.
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