How cats behave before giving birth — signs to assist
The appearance of the offspring of a beloved pet is always important event. If the animal is going to give birth for the first time, cares more. How to find out exactly what "has already begun"? How cats behave before giving birth? Whether it is necessary to provide assistance? All of this should be read before the hour "X" at the right moment to be fully prepared.
What happens to the cat
The main symptom of the approaching event – the behavior of the cat prior to giving birth. The changes started about a day. The main "events" occur in the uterus, accompanied by pain. It should be borne in mind that the same symptoms are characteristic not only for normal childbirth, but also for premature and miscarriage. Distinction of pathology from the normal flow of events – time frame. Normal everything goes pretty fast.
To be able to help the animal, you must know how cats behave before giving birth and what happens to them. Often just before birth appears a clot of mucus from the cervix. It is not easy to notice, as occurs often during bowel movements. In addition, the animal is constantly licking, so most owners just miss this moment. Sign of impending birth are contractions that can be seen even without probing. After about half an hour the first kitten should come out.
The behavior of cats
Knowing when to begin labor, it is very important to carefully observe animals. How cats behave before giving birth, will help to provide assistance. In addition to biological characteristics appear and behavioural changes: the animal arches her back, tries to spend all the time near the master. If it is not ready, she tries to make a nest. If it is ready, the animal, the delivery of which will begin in the near future will be to attract the owner, hoping he will be able to help. It is therefore important not only to observe how cats behave before giving birth, but knowing the date of birth. This estimated time should not leave the animal unattended.
Preparation for childbirth
Help cat is not only to study the behavior of the cat prior to delivery, but also in preparing a comfortable nest. Suitable for that special house for cats or a clean box that does not emit any odors. The box should be large enough that it could accommodate the entire cat family. The walls should be high enough, preferably the top cover, cut an entrance in the side of the box. Thus, the house should be dry, clean and dark. In this case the cat should be able to enter and exit at any time convenient to her.
Inside you should put a soft fabric. While it should not be too soft that kittens are unable to get confused. Before the birth the nest should leave the tough fabric – so you can track the approach of childbirth. In normal condition the animal will not lie on this hard, whereas before the birth, she won't care anymore.
Important: if the cat doesn't even leave an uncomfortable "nests", so it's time.
Most often the animals are on their own to cope with the appearance of progeny. However, if this is the first birth of cats at home, the characteristics and behavior of cats to indicate their approach, prepare materials that may be useful:
— scissors with round tips, pre-sterilized
— oxytocin in ampoules, syringe
Help requires each cat before giving birth. How it behaves in this case – makes clear about the need for intervention in the process. To use drugs only in the most extreme cases. If your contractions are mild or last a very long time – needs an injection of oxytocin.
Help an animal
It is important to know that most of the animals independently to cope with childbirth. Watching birth in cats, signs, stages, assistance should be provided only in emergency situations. An injection of oxytocin do 0.2 of the cube. However, it is recommended to do only after the birth of the second kitten. More than once in 40 minutes, chop oxytocin should not be.
Complications of these animals are quite rare, but should be ready for them:
— If the head of a kitten appeared, but the rest of the parts are not in a hurry, worth a try to lubricate the visible parts of baby genitals and cats with vaseline.
— If after birth the cat is not trying to break the SAC, you need to do it yourself. In order to ensure that a child began to breathe, bend it so that its hind legs touched the breast. If necessary, bend it several times.
— If the placenta came out after the appearance of the kitten, it is necessary to remove yourself.
— If the kitten is too large or located incorrectly to call the vet is necessary. Attempts to self-help can lead to the death of not only the fetus but also the mother.
— If the animal does not have the strength for further labour, if contractions are too weak, need to stimulate their oxytocin.
Sometimes the selection in childbirth too intense mixed with blood, the animal was disoriented, consciousness is clouded, the temperature is rising – I need to call a specialist. If this is not possible, you need to get advice on the phone – the doctor will advise you on what to do in this situation.
Once the kittens, the light must be maintained in the cabin high temperature should not be below 29 C. For the next 30 days is to reduce it slowly, bringing to room: 3 degrees every week. If the temperature in the house above 29 additional measures to take is not necessary.
It is important to follow the diet of the mother — it should be balanced and complete. It is worth considering that the cat should be fed the cubs, so should be given special feed for lactating animals.