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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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She's pregnant. Possibly in labour, and is panting! It's

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She's pregnant. Possibly in labour, and is panting! It's cold here, so she's not hot.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. We need to be extra careful with pregnancies, so we'll need to connect you with the Veterinarian ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: She's fairly old, and is trying to pick up other cats like they're kittens.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 3 months ago.

Hello,

It is completely normal for a cat to pick up others kittens when she is in labor due to hormones so just ignore that behavior

Cats have two uterine horns so mommy can have kittens in each.The nursing by the baby should bring on further contractions so you want to encourage that. Also allow her to eat the afterbirth as that brings on contractions as well

It can actually take 30 hours or more for a cat to complete a four kitten(average) delivery. When she is done she will want to eat as they feel starved. She CAN have more up to 30 hours later.

A cats appetite is the best barometer of her health because if they are sick or in pain, they will not eat.

A baby happy and nursing indicates she is producing good milk.

I would not worry unless she appears upset,has pale gums, seems in pain, has an odorous discharge or another several hours goes by with obvious labor and no production of babies. Otherwise she should be fine.

Sometimes cats can develop uterine infection, the symptoms are:

pain, fever, odorous discharge, in appetite and pale gums.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1366&articleid=919

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Terri