Pregnant Cat , Advice needed

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Me again smile
I worked out the dates for my cat & she was due yesterday & yet their is still no sign of labour or Nesting at all .
She is still waddling about , eating & drinking .
Should I take her to the vets , I don't want to stress her out though .
Should she be nesting at all ?

Sorry I sound useless , I just haven't done this before & didn't even know she was pregnant until I took her to be neutered sad

Anybody ?

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 19:47:42

Hi crazy

There's quite a substantial range in apparent gestation periods, partly because of cats' 'induced ovulation'. What numbers/dates did you use?

And how the heck did you know all the occasions when she was doing the deed????

Is she showing any of the other signs of imminent labour?

ItsYoniYappy Wed 01-May-13 19:48:46

Do you know how many day pregnant she is?

What day is she on, they can go to day 69-70.

ItsYoniYappy Wed 01-May-13 19:50:23

Sorry should have made that clearer.

I had girls go from day 64-69, different cats went on different days. If she seem to be pushing or struggling then take her to the vet, if she waddling around eating and sleeping and grooming herself she is fine.

Do you have a birthing box set up for her?

I only know the date as she managed to get out one day which was the 23rd of March

I have a birthing box but she isn't in the slightest bit interested .
Should I be worried that she is not nesting ?

Just worked it out she is on day 63/64

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 20:49:38

She could have 2 or 3 days to go yet anyway. It sounds from what you say as if she's quite relaxed at the moment? (unlike you!) Have you checked for the other signs ?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 01-May-13 20:50:58

We had this with toddles cat last year, the vet was all c-section this and complications that. Toddles cat pushed them out just fine.

Not sure it did toddle too much good though. She was pg too.

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 20:51:58

PS - eg is she producing any milk yet, or being extra cuddly and affectionate? Those sorts of things.

Nope she still detests me & not been extra cuddly with Dp (she is very much a man's cat envy )

What other signs could I look for ?

Oh & she is very relaxed unlike me grin

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 21:44:38

Larger teats and then milk being produced, nesting, odd behaviour (including wanting to be more private), licking her genitalia, restlessness - several sort of signs. (Her temperature will also go down beforehand but I'm guessing you won't want t be measuring that.)

It could be a few days off yet.

I can't remember clearly but - this is her first litter and she's quite young?

she is 12/13 months maybe older as she was abandoned & yeah its her first litter

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 21:49:04

12/13 months is better than some of the youngsters that get pregnant when they are really small - 5 or 6 months some of them. She's a better size - and I guess pretty healthy?

Yeah she is healthy though because she is a Maine Coon cross she is still rather small unfortunately though she doesn't let it stop her as she is still very energetic .
Her belly seems to get wider everyday , that's disgusting letting cats so young get pregnant sad

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 21:54:56

Yes. It is.

I'd relax just a little, Crazy. She could have a few days to go so just keep a weather eye on her and make sure she knows about her box etc.

Will try & relax
Thanks Cozie thanks

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 22:08:40

Good luck to you all - and tell DP to do some of the stress sharing as well!

Any serious problems, come back - there's usually someone around - or to the vet. She'll likely manage fine herself though.

Dp just thinks I'm over reacting but I think he is worried as well just not showing it , Anywho thanks for all the advice & calming me down a bit

ItsYoniYappy Thu 02-May-13 06:18:49

You have to worry grin It's part of having kittens, I have 4 breeding books and everytime a cat was pregnant would take the books to bed with me every night and read all all about what stage we she was at.

When she goes into labour her tummy will tighten, often my girls used to stretch their back leg, as if trying to remove the pains/tightening. One girl was very vocal and didn't like me leaving her, another purred and padded me all the was through it and another liked to be left alone to do her thing.

grin you sound like me yoni
with all the books

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 12:31:20

How's she doing today? Any signs?

Still no signs though she is been slightly more affectionate

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 13:36:34

Maybe she's on the build up then.

I should warn you that birthing box or no birthing box, she'll likely decide where she wants to give birth. Just be flexible!

Yeah that much I do know , her favourite spot is behind the couch so I'm half expecting her to go there.
What should I do if she doesn't go in the birthing box ? thanks

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 16:04:35

Why not put the birthing box behind the couch in her favourite spot so that she gets used to it? You'll likely want to restrict her movements in the last while anyway so that she doesn't have free run of the house - and if her immediate requirements are being met in the sitting room, you've got a good chance she'll use it.

It's a really small gap , I haven't the slightest clue how she fits in their & I've no way of moving the sofa out due to lack of space

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 16:22:49

OK - can you move the sofa back so that there's no space at all so that she doesn't have them there and you can't get in or she squashes the newborns ? The if your BB is a cardboard box, say, put it out of the main thoroughfare somewhere and cover it with a towel or some coverlet so that it's nice and dark and den-like.

Nope its got an arched back (the sofa that is) might try & put it in the conservatory out of the way

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 17:12:03

Ah well - any other rooms you could easily confine her to when you reckon her time is near?

I think the conservatory would be best as I can still keep an eye on her , she is very restless as she has just been wondering round all day & usually she sleeps all day

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 18:20:57

That's one of the signs. Hope you and DP are ready for a few all-nighters?

I'm already on all fighters with a poorly Ds so I'm use to it smile

Fighters hmm I meant Nighters

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 18:54:22


Myself, I think I'd get all her stuff in the conservatory then and put her in it - so that she can get accustomed to it if nothing else. Check the temperature as well to make sure that it's OK for kits. (It's still pretty cold some nights in certain places.)

It's never cold in my conservatory always seems to be just right in their , have moved all her stuff in to the conservatory though she won't let me lock her in their completely so ill just have to keep an eye on her

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 19:18:07

Keep a close one then if she's restless. Last thing you want is for her to escape into the great outdoors at this juncture.

Best of luck.


Thanks Cozie their is no chance in her getting out as my other 2 cats are guarding her grin

ItsYoniYappy Thu 02-May-13 19:32:24

Ha! She will wait until tonight no doubt.

One of my girl woke me up padding on me, I was half asleep (5am) STBXH had left for work and she was purring so I thought she was just coming to say hello, then she lay down and pushed out her first baby, on my bed!!

I moved here over to her birthing box and sat beside her, she had 9, 8 survived, I thought she was never going to stop, it was my biggest ever litter, anyway, her box was at the other side of my bed but she getting out and carrying her kittens back to me on the bed (even when I got up) so I ended up moving her box to right beside my bed and lying down with her and voila she sopped carrying the 1/2 day old babies!

I miss having kittens. envy

grin I'm looking forward to it , will post some pics when she has had them & settled down

QueenStromba Thu 02-May-13 20:31:37

Do you mean the 3rd of March? The 23rd was only 40 days ago.

Ooh a live kitten birth thread smile

ItsYoniYappy Thu 02-May-13 20:43:37

I'm sometimes awake during the night so any worries pop on but she will be fine. smile

I had around erm... sorry I have lost count, quite a few cats pregnancies, I had 4 girls at one point and my boy.

I meant 23rd of Feb lol

Actually yes Queenstromba the 3rd of March , my maths is terrible grin

Thanks yappi will keep that in mind when I start panicking grin

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 21:07:28

I think we'll all just acknowledge that she's thoroughly ready to pop, eh?


Yes certainly cozie

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