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How long can cats labour?

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VictorianSqualor Sun 13-Jul-08 17:26:47

My cat had kittens at some point yesterday, probably starting early evening.

She has had four so far, these were all born by 7:30am this morning when I found her.

It feels like there is still a kitten inside of her and every now and then I catch her panting, mouth open and breathing really rapidly.

How long do I give her to see if she is going to have another kitten?

Ecmo Sun 13-Jul-08 17:37:40

I think she needs to see a vet. It sounds to me like the last kitten is stuck. There shouldn't be that long a gap between kittens.

belgo Sun 13-Jul-08 17:38:33

yes get her to the vet. Hope she's ok.

VictorianSqualor Sun 13-Jul-08 17:42:32

I've done some research and apparently it's perfectly ok to have two different deliverieshmm and can be up to 24hours apart, especially if the labour is interrupted which could have been what I did this morning when I found her she seems well enough apart from this panting now and then.

belgo Sun 13-Jul-08 17:43:46

can you phone the vet and ask?

Ecmo Sun 13-Jul-08 17:46:36

found this
'It usually takes two to six hours for the entire litter to be delivered. If labor persists beyond seven hours it is wise to take the mother and the kittens to a veterinary center.'

VictorianSqualor Sun 13-Jul-08 18:01:02 this is what I was reading]]
DP can't drive as he has had two beers so we are going to keep an eye on her and see if his mum can take us to the vest if she doesn't seem better.
Apparently the hard lump could just be her uterus.

VictorianSqualor Sun 13-Jul-08 22:35:25

Apparently it's a possible stalled labour, as she is feeding the kittens and herself fine and nothing is in the birth canal there is a chance that when I moved her this morning she was still in labour and stopped because of the movement etc being stressful and now she is calmer re-starting the labour.
If there are no more kittens byt tomorrow or no improvement she has to go to be X-Rayed.

ilovethecake Mon 14-Jul-08 09:24:57

How is she doing?

VictorianSqualor Mon 14-Jul-08 09:51:33

She's fine now, can't feel any kittens, no more panting, her breathing has calmed down etc.
Called the vets they said she was probably just stressed yesterday and as long as we're happy that she is doing fine she doesn't need to go in, but if she deteriorates or we think we can feel kittens then to take her in.

ilovethecake Mon 14-Jul-08 23:19:40

Hi, I'm glad all is going well, what colour are they?

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