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How can I tell if my cat is producing any milk or her newborn

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HI, How can I tell if my cat is producing any milk or her newborn cats born 2 hrs ago. im not noticing any leaking and the newborn kittens when placed on the nipple are not even trying to suckle. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 1 year ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help. Congratulations on Coco's new family. The kittens are also quite tired from the birth, but will soon start suckling. How long ago did her queening begin?
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 1 year ago.
Just reread your question and I see that queening started about 2 hours ago.
You can check for colostrum by milking a mammary gland to see if any milk is produced. If her milk hasn't let down yet, keep the kittens close to her for warmth and to help stimulate Coco.
Expert:  Dr. Barbara replied 1 year ago.
Has Coco had her next kitten yet. . .you said you thought she was having more.

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