Is this cat in labor?
I live in an area with a rather large stray cat colony, because of an irresponsible neighbor. One of the cats, whom we've managed to tame to a descent extent, became pregnant at the beginning of March, or sometime around then, possibly before.
She's very large at the moment because she's so pregnant. I brought her inside so that the kittens could be socialized, and she's been doing nothing but laying around, wanting to be petted for the last two weeks. Early this morning, though, she started meowing like she was in pain. She meows several times, every ten minutes or so, sounding very distressed and growls viciously at my sister's cat.
I remember reading somewhere that a cat in labor will start crying. Could she be in labor?
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A cat about to give birth does exhibit certain signs. Her appetite may increase dramatically and then, as the time nears, disappear altogether. She will begin to look around your home for a safe, quiet, place to give birth. Provide her with her own room if possible and keep other pets and curious onlookers away as she will harm the kittens if she feels threatened. Provide her with towels and/or newpapers to tear up to make her nest. She may begin to lick her bottom. She may also become very clilngy with you. She may also seem nervous and restless. The meowing is called "calling" and she's letting you know she's about to have her kittens. Most cats handle giving birth without a hitch. Just keep an eye on her, from a distance, and let her go about the business. If you have a vet on board, you may want to give them a call, with the weekend coming up, to ask for an number to call in an emergency. And if you have not yet reported your neighbor to animal control, now is the time to do so.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/16/10. Helpful? / 3