3. The Cat Is Straining, But Not Delivering The Kitten
Straining usually lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and then the kitten is delivered. After the first kitten, kittens arrive every 15 minutes to an hour. If you observe your cat straining for a longer period of time and not delivering a kitten, that’s a major issue.
4. The Cat Being Restless Many Hours After “Finishing Labor”
The Cat Not Being Focused On Nursing Her Newborn Kittens
7. The Last Placenta Has Not Come Out
Delivering the placenta, often known as “afterbirth”, is a normal and necessary part of feline labor. Each kitten has its own placenta and the mother cat frequently eats them, as they are high in the essential nutrients a cat needs in order to restore its energy.
If a cat is experiencing a raised body temperature, vomiting, lethargy or not using the litter box properly, that is a potential sign that something is wrong with the laboring process, such as dystocia.
If you know your cat has a dead kitten inside her womb, it is extremely important for your cat to deliver the dead kitten. That can happen either naturally or via C-section with your veterinarian.