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My cat is pregnant and just lost her mucous plug.  But in the past week, she's had a few incidents of scant, creamy yellow discharge appearing.  
I've just read about pyometra so of course, now I'm concerned.  The babies are active and I'm feeling formed lumps.  Mama is healthy, but small - 5 lbs before pregnancy, and less than a year old. She was relinquished to me from her owner when they learned she was pregnant. She also has untreated tapeworms.
Is there a chance she could have pyometra based on the earlier episodes of discharge?
Thank you so much!

Hi Rhonda,

What's most important here is how far along is she and do you have a vet on standby?

Is she is close to 63 days then she is close to giving birth. One way to tell for sure is to take her temperature for 3 days running. If it drops to 99 degrees from 101.5 (normal for cats) then her labor would start in 48-72 hours. When it's been 99 degrees for a couple of days in a row then then she will start labor in 24-48 hours.

Now most cats, even small, under age new moms, usually have no problems giving birth. She will only have 2-4 at most due to her size.

But because she is small, and the kittens might be large if there are only 3 or two, then they might get stuck and you will need to rush her to the vets or you stand to lose them all.

That's why you need a vet on call. I hope that she is currently vaccinated and on kitten food right now. She will need that for herself and for the milk.
Once the babies are weaned at 5-6 weeks old you can continue to feed them the kitten food and feed her a high quality adult food. She can be spayed when they are 3- 6 weeks old.

It's really rare for a cat to have a live litter and pyometra. Pyometra means the entire uterus is filled with pus, so there is no way kittens can be alive in that.

Cats will lose a few plugs when they get closer to birth. Their uterus's are shaped like a Tuning fork with the cervix and vagina the stem of the fork.

Call your vet and get them informed and ready and get a big box and fill it with sheets that have no rips or flannel pillow cases with no rips in them. Do not use towels. Threads from towns and ripped cloth can wrap around tiny toes and rip them off.

Good luck and let me know how she does. She is just adorable!!  

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