Thursday, July 30, 2009

What time in the Day do cats usually go into labor/give birth?

I have a pregnant female orange tabby/mix ( My avatar) and I wanted to know when I should expect Kittens. Like do they usually have them in the morning, evening, night, afternoon, etc. If you know please help me out.
There's really no one time more common than another.
She'll deliver when she and the kittens are ready.
Just watch for the signs,e.g. her trying to find the safest spot to deliver and digging through those spots.
Keep her close around her due date, especially after you see the kittens lowering and moving more to the rear in her body, creating indentations above them in her flanks; most often delivery is only a day away then.
the cat that I had gave birth to her litters at night.
I think cats often go into labor during the evening or night. When your cat comes up missing... you know she has hidden herself somewhere to go into labor! Good Luck!
I'v had multiple cats deliver %26 there was never a set time of day. Just watch for her nesting (making a place to deliver by pawing %26 arranging whatever shes going to deliver on), loss of appetite sometimes is a sign, low moaning %26 licking her genitalia area. Good Luck! :-)
i think in the night, well my dog gave birth in the morning
Hi, I've had 3 cats who had litters of kittens. Two of the litters came in the morning. But Spot had her babies around 6 in the evening. I think it is much like for humans and can start any time of day or nite.
Let me say first, I'm no expert; but I did own a mama cat, that gave birth usually once a year, and had/have neighbors who also have had unspayed females, and so have seen them give birth.
There seems to be no set time; I've known kittens to be born first thing in he morning, in the wee hours, and just about every time in-between. However, especially in house cats that are very close to their owners, or young and inexperienced, there seems to be a tendency for them to give birth when they are not alone-that is,when someone in their human family is home-for moral support, and the very occasional emergency.
The usual time between conception and birth is nine weeks; but some breeds, like the Siamese, have a longer gestation period, of up to twelve weeks.
If you can guess at the general time, and want to be home for the actual event, watch for signs of nest-building-no, nothing gathered from trees or bushes; but if she has suddenly taken a liking to a certain spot in the house, which is relatively dark and quiet, the time will usually be within a week; when she begins to cry at unusual times, in an unusual 'voice', panic if she is kept away from her favorite spot; seeks the companionship of the person she feels closest to; you will probably see kittens in a matter of hours.
In the vast majority of cases, the mother cat needs no help; but it's best for someone to be on hand, in case of unforeseen problems, or just for moral support, if she requests it. In the latter case, speak to her gently, pet her a little, but don't interfere in the birthing process. Once the first kitten is safely delivered, the mother will probably want to be left alone with her new family, and if they all appear healthy and content, it's best not to interfere, for at least the first 2 to 3 weeks, except to continue to feed the mother at her usual time, keep her groomed, and, just give her the attention and affection you always have. Then you can begin, tentatively, to touch and play with the kittens, introduce friends (especially ones who may want to adopt a kitten), and bring around semi-solid food, mixed with milk, to help in the weaning process.
But you shouldn't give them away until they are at least eight weeks old; they may seem strong and independent, but they need their mom, for their first two months.
Well, I probably answered every question but the one asked-to that, there is no set time, but someone in the family usually happens to be home for the birthing process. Maybe cats have a special timing system, which can help put off the birthing process until she is comfortably attended by her favorite people.
Anyhow, since your cat is now visibly showing definite signs of upcoming motherhood, expect the new arrivals within a month. And...congratulations!
Like most have said, they can have them at anytime.
Get her spayed when the kittens are weaned!

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