How do cats act when they are about to give birth?
As an owner of a female cat who has had 7 liters of kittens, I consider myself an expert with respect to your question.
First thing you need to do is to get a box that is big enough for both, your cat and the kittens. (at leas 18 inches wide and 24 inches long by 8 inches deep.)
Second, place a towel in the bottom of the box.
Third, place the box where you need it to be - preferably in an out of the way place where your cat can get to it as well as food, water and her liter box when she needs to.
Fourth, Take her to the box and sit her just outside of it. (Don't put her in it.) Show her the box - and maybe put a little cat-nip in the box, but it has to be her idea to get in it and feel comfortable. When it's time, she'll begin looking for a suitable place to give birth. The plan is to get her to use the box and not deliver under the living room couch.
When she gets in the box, stroke her and speak to her in a calm voice. Let her know that it is OK to be in the box. She'll get to like the box and will probably sleep in it the night before having her kittens - to show it is now her territory.
If she has the kittens outside of the box, wait a couple of hours after she gives birth and take all of the kittens to the box. She'll follow.
Feb 05, 2010 |
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