Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

She is a older cat and is going into labor i already saw…

Customer Question
She is a older...

She is a older cat and is going into labor i already saw some water and she is trying to push and now she is patting like a dog between contactions this is her first time ever having kittens what should i do

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the kitten's name?

Her name is mama

Veterinarian's Assistant: This sounds important. The vet will definitely help you with this. I'm going to connect you with a vet who has 3889 happy customers and a 4.6 out of 5 Rating. Anything else we should know before I connect you?

She continues to push but nothing yet

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
3/21/2017
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1,984
Experience: Veterinarian at Kingsland Blvd Animal Clinic
Verified

Hi I am Dr. Denney. I am currently reviewing your post now. Please give me a few minutes to type my response. Thank you for trusting us with your question.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

How old is Mama?

When did active labor start?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Care During Pregnancy

The female cat has relatively few needs during pregnancy. She will need a food that is approved for growth (i.e., a food appropriate for kittens) as she will need the extra calories, particularly after delivery when she is nursing. Her metabolic demand during nursing will triple and she will especially need the extra calories then.

Most mother cats will seek their own nesting area in the last week or so of pregnancy. If you wish to help her, expect her to require soft bedding, an area with minimal human traffic and separation from other pets in the home.

Labor

Several hours (and perhaps a whole day) of restlessness, grooming, nesting, pacing, panting, vomiting, and crying indicates that labor has begun. Like the dog, there is often a drop in body temperature (to less than 99 degrees F) indicating contractions will commence in the next 12 to 36 hours but this is not as reliable a finding as in the female dog. The female cat secludes herself in her selected nest area and begins to purr.

The above first stage of labor progresses to the second stage of labor with the initiation of hard contractions and the birth of a kitten. The third stage of labor refers to the passing of the placenta. The entire litter is born usually within 6 hours with kittens every 30 to 60 minutes. If she is stressed or distracted she is able to stop her labor and restart the next day. The new mother usually eats the placenta and membranes of the kitten’s sac. There is no benefit to this behavior so if you wish, you may remove these tissues from the nest and prevent her from eating them but be careful not to tug on the umbilical cords if you cut them as this can damage the baby’s internal organs. Do not attempt to move her and the kittens to a “better” nest spot after labor has started. This may stress her into curtailing her labor or worse may scare her into neglecting the litter.

Strong contractions for more than 60 minutes without producing a kitten indicates she needs help and should see the vet right away.

Most of the time labor is normal and goes off without a hitch. Kittens may begin solid food around age 4 weeks of age and may be adopted to new homes at age 8 weeks.

Vaginal discharge is normal for up to 3 weeks post-partum. This discharge is typically black or reddish and consists mostly of old blood. If the discharge seems particularly bloody, have the vet assess her blood loss. If the discharge looks like pus, she may have a uterine infection. Bring her to the vet; she may need to be spayed right away.

Complications Surrounding Labor and Pregnancy

Vaginal Bleeding
Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is not normal and suggests that she is aborting the litter. If this is occurring late in pregnancy (the 8th week) she may be delivering the litter prematurely and a cesarean section is likely necessary. In either case, have the vet check her to assess the blood loss and decide what to do.

Dystocia
If she has been having strong contractions for greater than 60 minutes, she needs assistance in passing the kitten. Bring her and any kittens delivered to the vet’s office right away.

Retained Placenta/Metritis
If the mother cat retains the placenta , she can develop an infection, fever or appetite loss, and neglect the kittens. If this occurs, she will need to see the vet right away, possibly be hospitalized and will probably need to be spayed to remove the infection.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I have her for about almost 7 years and I didn't even know that she was pregnant this is her first time and I am very concerned what should I do and she started around 430
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I want you to read what I have typed above. If she just started at 4:30 and it is now 4:40 we are ok and it can take some time for the first baby to arrive.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

How is she doing?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

If my information was helpful I would be most appreciative if you could take the time to rate my assistance so I can be credited by the site for helping you.

I am also here for additional questions you may have. Just reach out to me here and I will be more than happy to assist you.

Kind regards,

Dr. Meghan Denney

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Meghan Denney
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Meghan Denney Your Own Question
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1,984
1,984 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Veterinarian at Kingsland Blvd Animal Clinic

Dr. Meghan Denney is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,951 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,790 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,604 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,791 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,941 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
My cat wont move. Hes just laying on his side. He threw
My cat won't move. He's just laying on his side. He threw up the night before, but now he's just not moving much at all. He won't eat or drink, or even meow. Just looks at me. What's wrong with him?… read more
Dr. Marie
Dr. Marie
Small Animal Veterinarian
DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
1,135 satisfied customers
Our cat ate half a cymbalta capsule(anti-depressant) of 30
Our cat ate half a cymbalta capsule(anti-depressant) of 30 mg. He weighs 10 pounds. We called ASPCA poison center. They said it would not posion him, just act as a sedative. This happened about 10PM l… read more
Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
4,674 satisfied customers
our kitten is breathing, but not moving...she is limp but occasionally
our kitten is breathing, but not moving...she is limp but occasionally moves her head, what can I do?… read more
Dr. Lajos
Dr. Lajos
Veterinary Pathologist
Doctoral Degree
857 satisfied customers
I recently changed my cats' food to Purina ProPlan Focus
I recently changed my cats' food to Purina ProPlan Focus because one of my cats had a urinary issue. She has been fine, possibly due to the extra hydration, rather than the food itself since I have be… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,455 satisfied customers
3year oldfemale cat has vomited day food that is not
3year oldfemale cat has vomited day food that is not digested. Food is kept outa … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
712 satisfied customers
Looking for possible human food products for senior felines
Looking for possible human food products for senior felines have 3 seniors 18 years plus one with lung tumors and over active Thyroid presently … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,455 satisfied customers
Vomited a hair ball, this mornings food and it had a small
Vomited a hair ball, this mornings food and it had a small piece of onion in it. He is very uncomfortable and lethargic. … read more
Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt
Associate Veterinarian
DVM
939 satisfied customers
My cat keeps throwing up food and water. We did a food
Sammy, 3 years old not sure if its a hairball issue or food issue … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,791 satisfied customers
What is the min of food toprevet liver probs in a cat that
What is the min amt of food toprevet liver probs in a cat that has stopped eating? My kitty ate 10-15 pcs kibble today and a few bites of tuna.… read more
Dr. Andy
Dr. Andy
Medical Director
Doctoral Degree
4,790 satisfied customers
My do is in Royal Caniin gastrointestinal food due to
My do is in Royal Caniin gastrointestinal food due to sensitive stomach. Would it be okay to give her freeze dried beef chews for a treat? It's Stella and Chewys brand and I wanted to try a treat that… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,490 satisfied customers
She is not wanting food or treats and a little lethargic.
she is not wanting food or treats and a little lethargic. the only thing I had done differently was plug in an air freshener a couple of days ago. I have since taken it out of the house and opened som… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
Food recommendation for a 7yr old 4lb Maltese with a
Food recommendation for a 7yr old 4lb Maltese with a sensitive stomach. She is currently on Royal Caniin gastrointestinal formula. The issue with this food is that she is quite the picky eater and if … read more
divealot1
divealot1
DVM
8 satisfied customers
Need advice as to best dry food and wet food for 3 year old
Need advice as to best dry food and wet food for 3 year old healthy female cat I just adopted. A petite 6.5 lbs. … read more
CalCatDoc
CalCatDoc
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
536 satisfied customers
can one give a sick cat Ensure If so what flavor and how
can one give a sick cat Ensure? If so what flavor and how much?… read more
Dr. Dave
Dr. Dave
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,213 satisfied customers
my cat hasnt pooped in a week. i have no money to take him
my cat hasn't pooped in a week. i have no money to take him to the vet. i want to know what things i can try at home to get him to poop. can he have human laxatives or a fleet enema? what a bout a sup… read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
57,087 satisfied customers
How long does anesthesia last in cats?
JACustomer: I have a male cat of 3.5 years old. How long can the effects of anesthesia take to wear off?… read more
Dr.Fiona
Dr.Fiona
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,587 satisfied customers
My cat hasnt ate or drank anything all day. She is just laying
My cat hasn't ate or drank anything all day. She is just laying around and actually lets us pet her. She usually will get up and leave when we try to pet her. Her nose is dry and we can't get her to d… read more
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,186 satisfied customers
my cat seems to be dragging his back leg on the ground and
my cat seems to be dragging his back leg on the ground and cannot run or jump properly dragging paw so the fur part dragging on ground do i need to see a vet thought he might have been hit but no sign… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,475 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x