Cat is 1 year old and expecting


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Old 03-12-12, 04:37 PM
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Cat is 1 year old and expecting

I have a cat that is 1 year old and is a small cat. She came into a heat and a cat got to her and now shes expecting. Shes getting bigger due to the babies and seams to have lost her appetite now. shes hiding under the couch. Will she be able to handle birth and take care of the babies?
 
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Old 03-13-12, 06:49 AM
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Flirty,

It sounds like she is about to have the kittens. Normally the queen (pregnant female) will go into hiding in a place she feels will be safe to give birth. Many times they will stop eating a day or so before.

I would watch her very closely and make sure she doesn't get into trouble giving birth. Usually, once labor starts, and you will be able to tell if you feel her side for a few moments, the kittens come fairly soon. Usually if she is in labor and hasn't birthed a kitten within an hour or so, you may want to contact your vet.

Here is a fairly good article about what to expect:

The Stages of Feline Labor - When Your Cat Gives Birth

Good luck and keep a close eye on her as most likely you're about to be a kitty grandparent.
 
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I was just concerned cause shes so small and young. She ended having only 2 kittens due to her size. She is very protective of the babies. The other 2 cats I had that had kittens weren't this protective. She does not like the dad cat near the babies . But shes fine and eating allot.
 
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Old 03-25-12, 05:42 PM
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Do keep any male cats away from the kittens. It is quite normal for tom cats to kill kittens, so she is perfectly normal in keeping him away from them. I used to think it was an old wives tale, but confirmed with my vet after sadly losing a litter myself.
 
 

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