Meet Tiki who came to the vet hospital as she was unable to give birth. Her family sensed something was wrong as there were no kittens yet her sac was visible.
While most deliveries go without a hitch, veterinary research indicates that if your cat has been in hard labour for an hour and has not delivered a kitten, you should be concerned. Please don’t be convinced that hard labour can continue for more than two hours. It may be a simple problem where your vet can manually turn a kitten into a better delivery position. However, it could mean the kittens are too large to deliver or a torn uterus. In any case, a cat could labour forever and not deliver. Sometimes a cat needs a ceasarean but sometimes she just needs more expert help.
Once having a consultation with the veterinarians Tiki was taken for emergency ceasarean surgery. Her recovery was quick and she was a natural and protective queen for her four kittens.
We share a short list of points that can often signal difficulty with your cat’s pregnancy. If you notice any of these, or are generally concerned, contact your vet immediately:
Signs of cat labour problems
1. Loss of interest in food. A drop in appetite can occur just prior to delivery, but she should be bright and well in every other way throughout her term
2. Distressed, agitated, crying more than usual
3. Noticeably licking her private area without producing any kittens
4. Abnormal, bad-smelling vaginal discharge or bleeding while in labour
5. More toilet visits and/or passes blood or squats without producing pee. These could signal a uterine infection, which could potentially affect her kittens if left untreated.
After care for emergency cat cesarean
After leaving hospital care for your cat by double checking that she:
- Starts feel better
Signs of swelling, excessive discharge, lethargy, weakness, or lack of appetite may indicate a problem such as infection or peritonitis caused by infected fluids leaking into the stomach. Bring her to a veterinarian if there is any concern that she is not continuing to improve at home.
At the emergency hospital every night we share amazing, traumatic and often unique experiences with families. A heartwarming quote from Tikis family. ‘We love our Tiki and are so happy she survived this ordeal.The kids gave up the Christmas money for her, which has made us so proud of them. All Kittens have good homes to go to.xx’