Mating cats :
February is the month of mating cats, and there are many signs that affect the cat during the mating period, including meowing annoyingly, wandering around the house a lot, lifting her tail up and others, and after the end of the mating process, the cat’s pregnancy begins and lasts for at most two months, and there are many signs that show the approaching birth, which we will mention in this article.
Signs of approaching childbirth :
The cat begins to attach itself well, especially at the place of the nipples, the genital opening.
- The cat becomes very nervous and anxious.
- She begins to wander around the House.
- She loses her desire to eat and therefore loses her appetite. The cat’s temperature drops twenty-four hours before her birth.
- The cat begins to look for quiet places, away from overcrowding.
- She starts meowing loudly and annoyingly.
- You feel pains and stomach cramps. Discharge from the cat’s uterus appears.
Stages of the cat’s birth :
The first stage :
The cat begins to feel colic and severe abdominal pain, and she also begins to breathe rapidly as a result of cervical dilatation, in addition to pelvic tendons, and in this case, it is preferable for the breeder to stay next to the cat, and talk to her in a calm voice so that she does not feel anxious.
The second stage :
The cat stretches out on her chest or on one of the sides at this stage, then begins to stretch her legs forward, due to severe uterine contractions, then pushes her young out, then cleans them to get rid of the mucous membranes from them so as to allow them to breathe, after which she cuts the umbilical cord.
- In case the birth process is not completed, it is preferable to take the cat to a veterinarian so that he can give birth to the kittens gently and calmly.
- The duration when each cat comes out takes about twenty minutes, and if this is not possible, it is better to take the cat to a veterinarian.
The third stage :
The cat begins to eat the placenta after the birth process, as some scientists have confirmed that the placenta contains many nutrients and hormones, which have a big role in supplying the cat with energy.
The fourth stage :
The cat breastfeeds her kittens and cleans them, but it should be noted that some cats may sometimes become very nervous, and therefore cannot clean and hang their children, so it is preferable for the breeder to intervene quickly and clean the kittens with a dry towel, to ensure that they do not catch a cold. Some cats may develop vaginal bleeding or the appearance of some discharge from their uterus, so it is preferable to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
How to care for a cat after childbirth :
- Offer her healthy eating, preferably containing all the nutrients she needs. Let her take a break, preferably for at least two hours.
- Thoroughly clean them from dirt stuck on them, especially at the place of nipples.
How to care for kittens :
- Keep her away from the cold and ventilated place, so as not to catch a cold. When kittens refuse to feed from their mother’s breast, it is preferable to offer her diluted milk in a dropper.
- Take care to clean them periodically, to ensure that they are not infected with various diseases.