If you have a Persian cat who is pregnant, then you must be worried about what to do to take care of her and make this pregnancy stage easier for you. Keep on reading to find out everything that you need to know about a cat and her pregnancy. How Long Does It Take A Persian Cat To Give Birth? Here’s what we know.
All cats have a similar pregnancy and gestation period. It is usually between 64 to 71 days. Many cats give birth on the 63rd day or somewhere around it, but if it is past 70 days you need not worry. However, a trip to the vet is a must at all stages.
It is recommended that you keep track of your cat in heat and her breeding patterns. A vet consultation after 2-3 weeks of breeding will confirm any suspicions of pregnancy and then you can prepare for the kittens that will be coming.
How To Know If A Cat Is In Heat?
The estrus cycle in cats comes 2-4 times per year and lasts for about fifteen days, with the chance of stretching up to twenty-two days. Female cats get sexually developed at the age of four months, after which their estrus cycle will be recurring i.e., they will be in heat until mating occurs. There are some telltale signs of a cat being in heat.
These signs include the Persian cat demanding more attention and affection, rubbing up against you, other people, and even furniture. They will also roll around on the floor, and make a lot of purring noises.
Keep a lookout for these signs to know that your Persian cat is in heat and breeding the season is upon her.
How Long Does It Take A Persian Cat To Give Birth?
If this is your Persian cat’s first pregnancy, it might take her up to thirty–six hours of labour in the first stage to give birth to her litter.
The second stage will be easier as the uterine muscles become stronger and the contractions are more frequent. The Persian cat will be able to pop out her kittens one by one efficiently.
Each kitten will be preceded by the bursting of the water bag which allows lubrication. A kitten will take five to thirty minutes to come out entirely, and it will become easier with each kitten.
The second stage is followed by the third one. The third stage of labour involves the passing of the green mucous-like placenta, signifying the end of the birth of kittens. Usually, one membrane is passed out after each kitten but sometimes the rapid pace of each kitten popping out of the mother will lead to accumulation that gets discharged at the end.
What happens next is normal and you should not get scared. The mother cat will wipe the nose and face of her kittens, get rid of the amniotic ac around them, bite off the umbilical cord and then end up eating the afterbirth.
If for some reason your cat is unable to bite the amniotic sac or seems uninterested in doing so, use a towel and tear open the sacs off of each kitten so that they can breathe. Do not use anything sharp as kittens are very fragile. Help wipe the kittens off and observe the mother. If she shows any inclination towards cutting off the umbilical cord, that’s great; if not, make sure you cut them off gently and palace them in a corner.
It is important to note that while cats are fully capable of birthing kittens on their own, first-time pregnancies should be monitored by the owner so that all the complications are taken care of.
Always keep the vet’s number handy and make sure you are ready for all kinds of situations. If it is the first time for your cat, you will have to be careful and extra attentive to what changes are taking place.
More or less, the labour and this entire birthing process involving all three stages will take around 5 hours, so you should be ready for a long day.
What Are Some Signs That My Cat Is Going Into Labour?
Here are some sure tell-tale signs that your cat is about to go into labour. This way you can prepare a space for her to give birth, or take her to the vet if complications arise.
There will be a fall in temperature
A cat’s usual temperature is between 100 F to 102 F but when she goes into labour, it can drop to 98-99 F.
Make sure you keep a box for your cat to nest in. It should be away from other pets, children, and other disturbing influences. Since your cat will be unable to regulate her temperature, make sure it is in an appropriately warm room.
Decrease in appetite
The cat will stop eating entirely about 24 hours before her labour, so keep a lookout for this sure tell-tale sign.
Increase in the size of mammary glands
About a couple of days, before your cat will go into labour, you can see her mammary glands increase in size, and she will start producing milk as well.
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What Should I Do To Make My Pregnant Cat Feel Comfortable?
Having a pregnant Persian cat is a tough thing. While these cats are gentle and docile, pregnancy can take a toll on them.
You need to remember a few things now that you have a pregnant Persian cat. She will eat more than usual because she is not eating for just one person now.
You will have to make sure she is not in an overwhelming environment and has space to relax and be herself. You will also have to go for regular checkups at the vet and make sure you adhere to all the instructions the doctor gives you.
Coming back to the point of eating, you will have to feed your cat premium kitten food, which is available at the vet or at good pet food stores. You will have to keep feeding your cat this while she is pregnant and afterwards when the kittens are weaning. These specialized cat foods have more nutrients and will help your Persian cat grow and be healthy, and also make sure the kittens are healthy as well.
We hope you and your cat have a safe and healthy first time experiencing her birth. Make sure you are always in touch with a vet and keep observing your cat for all-minute changes as well.