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

   By: Jane Tompsett

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

Jane Tompsett

Ok, so you know that your cat is nearing the end of her pregnancy by the size of her abdomen but you don't know just when to expect the birth to start. All of a sudden, you notice that she is acting differently. Is this it? Is your cat in labor?

Are her kittens about to be born?

How will you know for sure?

What signs of labor can you expect to see?

Every cat owner wants to make sure that their pets are well cared for. But we can begin to feel very anxious and out of our depth when they fall ill - or in this case, are about to deliver kittens - and we realise that we don't know how best to help.

After all, few of us have veterinary skills! You need to know what signs to look out for and you need to know straight away.

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.

You will also see 'nesting' behavior where your cat will be actively searching for a safe, warm and secure place for her to give birth in. You should have already prepared a 'nesting box' that will meet with her approval, otherwise you may find that she thinks that under your bed is the place she wants to be!

Then, as your cat nears the start of her labor, her appetite will reduce dramatically. It may even disappear completely.

The third sign of your cat's labour is that she may become particularly 'clingy' and want to be around you constantly, seeking your affection.As she gets closer to the time that her labour begins in earnest, you may find that your cat starts pacing about, appearing nervous or particularly excitable.

Another, unmistakable sign of impending labor, is 'calling'. If you have never heard your cat make this sound before, don't worry, you won't be able to mistake it!

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, as your lovely cat begins to feel the initial twinges of her labor, she will naturally start to feel anxious and you will see her going in and out of her nesting box again and again. She will attempt to arrange her nesting material to her liking and this is known as 'treading'.

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 the hard work doesn't stop there - for you or your cat. To give your cat the very best care, you will need to learn just what you need to know to help her through the actual birth process and how you can best care for your cute, newborn kittens. So if you make sure that you have prepared for every situation, you will be able to be in control at all times and on hand with immediate and appropriate help, should your cat need it.

Be sure that you are 100% equipped to help your expectant cat give birth to her kittens. Learn all you need to know about cat labor signs and subscribe to Jane Tompsett's free Cat Owners Confidential newsletter by following these links.

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