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QUESTION: My cat had a litter of 4 healthy kittens just about 3 months ago.She was impregnated again and gave birth yesterday.There was only two babies born half an hour apart.I didn't stay to watch if the placenta came out.I thought there would be more babies but to my surprise that was it.I left her to attend to her kittens.Today her stomach is swollen and hard like she's still in labour.She doesn't complain when I touch it and she is very loving when she gets a scratch.I'm worried that there could be more inside her but they stuck?Is there anything I can do at home to assist.Its weekend now and I am not in a financial state to afford a vet.!!Please tell me I can help her without a vet?

ANSWER: Arne,

First of all, your cat needs to be spayed. If she is bred every time she comes into heat, she will eventually have more and more trouble!!!!!!!!!

Remember, I am not a vet, but we have bred many, mnay litters over the years, with pretty good success overall and some miserable failures. So, let's see what can be done.  

Female cats have 2 horns in the uterus.  It is not unusual for them to "empty" one horn of the uterus and then go back after some time Usually between 4 and 48 hoiurs and empty the second horn. So, if there are no kittens by MOnday, you had best have the vet do a quick check and see what is going on. If she is done, you have wasted a vet appointment, if she is not finished but having a problem, the vet will have to rectify the situation or you will lose the mama cat.

Please let me know what ends up happening.

Concerned regards... Norm.


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QUESTION: Thanks for responding.I understand that a cat has 2 horns but today the main concern is that she gave birth on Thursday,wich means its been more than 48hours by now.She seems fine eats well goes to the loo like normal and very very friendly.The idea was to spaid her straight after the first litter but by the time I got there it was too late.I hope its not a serious situation.I would be devastated if something goes wrong.Will keep you posted. Thanks Arne

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Arne,

The problem is that many females go into a "lactation heat" about 3-5 weeks after giving birth.  They are fertile during this heat.

Also, when we feel that the queen is finished giving birth, we get her an oxytocin shot (oxytocin is a hormone that will flush the uterus, help shrink and condition the uterus and aid in milk production). If she is not finished, the oxytocin will help bring down the rest of the kittens while the birth canal is still wide open.

I appreciate your letting me know that she appears to be doing all right!!!!!!

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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