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My adopted stray saw the vet 3 weeks ago, for Rabies vaccine and he estimated 3 weeks till delivery.  Yesterday she passed a "sack" that was fluid filled.  She did have a little bloody show.  This morning she ate very well and did not seem to be in labor.  Is this normal???

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Pat,

I am not a vet, but I wonder about giving a Rabies vaccine 3 weeks from kitten delivery. It is not common but does happen that if the female conceived a kitten after the bulk of the litter is conceived, this can happen. The cat uterus has 2 horns, so it is possible she passed the fluid sack out of the one horn and the kittens in the other horn is OK.  Sometimes the female will go a day or two between emptying one horn of the uterus and the other horn. I would keep an eye on her and see what happens in the next day or two.

One thing to know is she now indoors or still out of doors at this point?

By now, I would expect her to be going into labor.  Do you know all the signs?

If not, I can give you a quick information dump on what to expect.

Please let me know how she is doing.

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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