9 Signs of Labor For Cats

Signs of Labor For Cats

If your cat is pregnant, and you think It’s going to give birth at any moment, continue reading because when the moment arrives you will detect it with some infallible points that today we want to share with you.

First of all, you should know how long a cat is pregnant for, and it is approximately two months, normally no more than 65 days. A birth in which 3 and 6 kittens are usually born.

So after 55 days, do not lose sight of your cat, to see if it shows the signs that we are now going to explain to you and that will reveal the immediacy of delivery.

Feeding during the gestation of the cat and after giving birth

Pregnancy is going to be a wonderfully exhausting stage for your cat, however, one of the ways to help the future mother is to provide it with the nutritional support It needs. choosing a suitable feeding plan during pregnancy that guarantees the correct development of the kittens and provides the mother with the necessary energy to cope with the delivery and breastfeeding of Its babies.

Signs of Labor For Cats

Signs that your cat is going to give birth

When your cat is pregnant or about to give birth, be vigilant. There are many warning signs that can indicate potential complications. Knowing what to watch out for can be of great help.

These signs are an alarm signal, they do not manifest themselves in the same way in all cats, so some may present some signs or others.

Search for a nest, nest behavior

On the dates close to which your cat is going to give birth, It adopts a behavior with signs of nesting. It’s when your pregnant cat is looking around the house for a place to have Its kittens, to create a burrow, and It will usually do it in small and dimly lit places where It feels comfortable.

It dodges or seeks you insistently

Although the two reactions are opposite, these can occur at the moment in which the cat is going to give birth, everything will depend on how the relationship between you is, if It trusts you It will approach you to give It security, contrary to if It does not trust you enough, that is when It will hide to have her kittens.

Agitation before delivery

If you observe your cat very restless, does not settle anywhere, goes from one place to another, constantly changes position, or has behaviors like that, get ready because It’s going to give birth soon.

 Licking on the vulva

Cats that are going to give birth before giving birth normally lick their genital area.

Does not want to eat

If you notice that your cat is upset and restless and you think It’s going to give birth, put food for It, and if It’s inappetent, it is another indicative sign that the delivery is near.

On the other hand, there have been cases of cats that eat before giving birth, and even between giving birth.

Take her temperature

If you think the day of delivery is approaching, take Its temperature the days before. If it falls between 100 to 96.8F, delivery is close.


Some cats do it before giving birth, while others do not.

Fluid discharge from the vulva

If you observe a yellowish or whitish liquid that comes out of Its genital area, it will mean that It’s about to give birth, since this flow towards the previous plug to close the entrance to Its uterus and as protection of the kittens from the outside elements.


It is the key moment and when everything will start. You will see Its belly contract as well as Its abdomen with repeating intervals of contractions. If you notice that It has signs of complaining with grimaces on its muzzle, do not worry because it is because of the pain of contractions and it is inevitable.

When to call the Veterinary?

When it comes to your pet, the golden rule is to consult your veterinarian if there is any doubt. If, during the birth, you feel that something is wrong (prolonged efforts without expelling kittens, bleeding, or smelly or colorless discharge), do not hesitate to call your veterinary clinic.

Signs of Labor For Cats
About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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