Step 3: Birthing the kitten

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Reyka had her first kitten at 11:30 am on a Saturday. I had just gotten out of bed and saw her in the bathroom with what looked like a black water balloon coming out of her.

Kittens are born in a sac that looks just like a water balloon (only with fluid and a kitten inside). Since the smaller the object, the easier it is to push out a small hole, it is nice to the mom cat if you gently pop the sac. I carefully pinched each with my thumb and pointer finger, being careful not to pinch the kitten.

Kittens can be born either head or rear feet first so don't worry if the kitten's legs are the first part out. The mom cat will have about 4-6 contractions about 10 minutes apart as she is birthing the kittens. I am not sure if cats have contractions much before giving birth because I was asleep all Saturday morning.

To help birth the kitten, gently ease it out of the mom cat as she is contracting. It also helps to stroke downward on her belly to encourage her to push the kitten out. The kitten should be fully out of her mom within about 15 minutes (about 2-6 sets of contractions). If it seems to be taking longer, contact a vet.

New mom cats can get very frightened by having kittens and enjoy being petted and comforted during delivery. Reyka purred while delivering her kittens, which seemed a bit odd.
botoole911 year ago

i agree w/ jessyratfink. purring is done not only when happy, but its a healing mechanism. weird, right?

hi just woundring if you can move newborn kittens into a box if she does not have them in there
It is unwise to move the kittens. Your human smell may transfer, and the mother may end up rejecting the litter - even if she knows you and usually trusts you. The mother will move her kittens when she wants.

If you absolutely *MUST* move the kittens, first wash your hands in unscented soap and dry them with a clean towel (fresh from the linen closet because one you have used recently will have your smell). Wear gloves while you move the kittens, and make sure that the mother can see you and her babies the whole time.

If the mother can't see you while you move the kittens, she may freak out that one of her babies has disappeared. Even if she finally sorts out where they went, her agitation may transfer onto the kittens themselves, and she may not provide the best possible care after that.

Again, it's best if you don't move them, but following the above guidelines are important if you have no choice.
puttin8 years ago
Hello I am Michelle right now and as of last night August 23, since 12 am my tabby cat and I having been in labor she is meowing different tones and I have been rubbing her tummy and she has had contractions ever since 12 am and it has been almost 12 hrs this is not her first litter this is her 3rd litter and it has been the same every time. I am no talking her through it as if she were a human and she understands every word of it seems true mothers have true instincts.
She probably purred because she was in pain. Cats tend to do that to comfort themselves.