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    Helping Kitten Birth

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011

    Kitten birth usually goes very smoothly, you will very rarely need to help with the birth of kittens. You should only intervene with kitten birth if absolutely necessary. This article will give you some information on the most common scenarios which might occur during kitten birth which would mean you intervening.


    Kitten Birth – Kitten Becoming Stuck


    If a kitten or bubble (part of the birth sac) is visible but doesn’t move for more than ten minutes then you might need to lend a hand. You will need to get a clean dampened cloth and break the bubble. Hold the kitten’s head or feet and when you see a contraction you will need to try and pull the kitten out. The contraction will look like a ripple moving down the mother cat’s body. If the cat cries out loudly, or the kitten doesn’t move then you should contact a vet immediately.


    Kitten Birth – Suffocating Kitten


    When the kitten is born it will be inside the birth sac. If the mother does not remove this sac within a few minutes then the kitten will begin to suffocate. Use a clean damp cloth and wash the kittens face so it can breathe. Take a warm dry towel and rub the kitten to stimulate breathing and circulation. Tie the umbilical cord with cotton a couple of centimetres from the kitten’s body and cut the cord with a disinfected pair of scissors.


    Kitten Birth – Exhaustion, Collapse or Miscarriage


    Reasons to call a vet:

    • If the mother appears exhausted.
    • If there is a bright red bloody discharge for longer than 10 minutes.
    • If there are 20 minutes of intense contractions without any kittens.


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