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Is dry nipples a sign that she is getting ready to gve birth

Hello Heidi

I wouldn't say its necessarily a sign they are about to have their kittens.

The Mum may do a lot of nesting in the last few days approaching the birth and then get very clingy with you as she may want you with her for the event.  There may be some discharge up to 24/48 hours before the birth so watch out for that.

The only indication you may get from the nipples is that you should feel the milk glands filling in readiness and if you give the nipples a gentle squeeze you may see some milk.

I hope all goes well.


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I can give answers on cat breeding and showing having 'served' over 30 years in this particular field. I head up a Yahoo Group and also a cat club (NBA Cat Club) devoted to educating novices in the correct way to breed, and also show with both GCCF and TICA on a regular basis, and am well versed with the show world, having been involved in the management of the major GCCF Supreme Show in the UK for over 25 years. Genetics however is not my strong point.


30 years of continuous cat breeding and showing with two major organisations.

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Normal middle school education, and college. Best education credentials I have are raw experience of 30 years

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