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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H for short. I understand you have a pregnant cat. This can be an exciting yet worrisome time for any owner.
So to start I have to inquire how many kittens is mom having? Hopefully you had an x-ray done to tell, otherwise you can only guess when mom is finished with the labor process. - Dr. H
Ok. But there could still be some inside of her. Cats in particular are in no rush with labor. They can take up to 1-2 days to finish the labor process. We can only assume she is done.
Yes 1 kitten is rare but not unheard of. The kitten that is there is it moving around ok and are the airways cleared out (throat, nose). Usually I recommend using a suction bulb to clear things out.
It doesn't sound like momma cat is in distress so I would recommend monitoring her for now. She could potentially still have contractions later if she has any more kitten left.
Ok great, but not feeding from mom. Hmm. Is she lactating?
No she could have more later today, but the complete labor can take up to 2 days in extreme labors, yes it sure can! I know it is hard to believe but some healthy kittens have been born up to 2 days later, sporadically.
Which is why monitoring mom for any signs of distress during the labor is the most tedious job when it comes to cats. They are completely different than a dogs labor which is over pretty fast in comparison.
Oh she does not have milk let-down. That is why kitten can't nurse. Looks like you may be forced to nurse this kitten on your own unfortunately.
Has mom been on kitten food for the past 3-4 weeks of her pregnancy? Kitten food is important for proper milk let-down.
Yes. Once your cat starts to have contractions, the kittens are born pretty quickly. However, the intervals between the contractions is what causes the whole labor process to be long.
At this point there is a good chance she won't have let-down. I would prepare to nurse the kitten with over the counter kitten formula that can be purchased at your Petstore such as this one http://www.petsmart.com/food-health/milk-replacers/gnc-pets-premium-kitten-milk-replacer-enriched-powder-zid36-12335/cat-36-catid-200031?var_id=36-12335&_t=pfm%3Dsearch
- Dr. H
You have to feed kittens every 2-3 hrs and mom should be able to handle the rest, which is stimulating kitten to urinate and defecate. You will have to do this until kitten is around 2-3 weeks old then you can cut back on feedings. Here is a website that goes through helping kittens with milk replacement scheduling and weaning. http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=576&S=0&EVetID=0
So I would start nursing right away. Kitten will still continue to cuddle with momma cat and if she were to spontaneously have milk let-down then she will be right there, but she needs to eat right away for her health.
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