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lilylover
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posted 02-12-2004 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lilylover     Edit/Delete Message
I have taken in a stray cat and on the 28th december my mum realised she was pregnant.
This isn't a problem (i've had pregnant cats in the past) but i cannot remember at what stage she would start showing.
Its been about six and a half weeks since we realised she was pregnant and sill not showing signs of having her babys. She is really big now.

Could anyone enlighten me so i could perhaps try and work out when babys will be born?

Thanks for your help

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charmedagain
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posted 02-12-2004 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmedagain     Edit/Delete Message
Hi The pinking of the nipples and the hair loss around the nipples can been seen around 21 days after mating. If she is pregnant when she lies on her back her tummy will look very large and oval shaped at around 7-8weeks into the pregnancy You will find if she is near her due date she will be a little restless and maybe looking for a suitable place to give birth.

You will notice a sagging of the breasts 2-3 days prior to birth. Her food intake will decrease and she will become more restless, and may even have difficulty breathing. About 24 hours prior to labor, body temperature will drop below 100F (normal 101.5 F). Now she will probably select an area to have the babies! Make sure this area is private, warm and clean.

A mucus discharge will pass from the vulva and then turn to a greenish color. Contractions will soon start, and the kittens will soon be born.


A check by your vet will be able to determine roughly when she should give birth an x-ray or ultra sound scan will aslo be helpful as to the number of kittens and to check for any obstructions that might slow down the birth.

hope this has helped.

Mike
boro_lad1976@hotmail.com

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lilylover
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posted 02-12-2004 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lilylover     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for your advice
My mum had said she thought it was roughly about three weeks in that the pinking would be noticable which was six 1/2 weeks ago.
(this is one of the signs we looked for)
I have been through this before (5 years ago) but i just couldn't remember about the pinking.(women normally rember these things!!)

The cat has been pretty restless the last three days and i have only just noticed she has not eaten much today. So i would guess in the next few days the kittens will be born. To be honest i feel like an expectant dad!!!

I can't wait

Thanks again

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