Birth & Delivery
Articles about the birth and delivery of kittens
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- * Acupuncture Can Save Your Newborn
This article teaches you an acupuncture technique you can easily learn which may save the life of your newborn kitten!
- * Bedding For The Birthing Box
Choose the perfect bedding for your cat's birthing box.
- * Birth Of A Kitten
This photo essay shows a typical birth of a kitten from the first contraction through delivery.
- * Birth of A Kitten (Breech Presentation)
While most kittens are born head first, it is also quite common for a kitten to be born tail first, a position called a breech birth. This article includes a series of photos showing a kitten being born breech....
- * Birthing Box
There are a variety of possibilities available to use as a cat's birthing box, ranging from a humble cardboard box to a custom built delivery bed. This article looks at the pros and cons of the best options available...
- * Birthing Problems
Learn which birthing behavior falls within the range of 'normal' . . . and more importantly learn the warning signs that a queen needs help to deliver her kittens safely.
- * Birthing Process Made Easy
Whether you are a newbie or an old hand at delivering kittens, this is an excellent article for refining your mid-wife-ing skills. It covers everything from before delivery of the kittens, cutting the cord, right up to the kittens snuggling up to their mo
- * Birthing Protocol For Newborn Kittens
With kitten season in full swing this is an ideal time to refresh your birthing routine by reviewing the protocol to follow during the birth of each kitten. A good birthing protocol will maximize every kitten's chance of being born healthy and minimize possible problems in the first fragile weeks of its life . . .
- * Cannibalism
Few things are as upsetting and frightening to a breeder than a mother cat who inexplicably eats her newborns.
- * Clearing A Newborn Kitten's Airway
A kitten may have amniotic fluids in its mouth and nose directly at its birth. It is essential that these fluids are cleared from the newborn's airways in order for it to breathe. Learn the techniques to clear the kitten's airways through a series of photos and instructions.
- * Cutting The Umbilical Cord
Cutting the cord of a newborn is the most common 'surgery' the cat breeder is called upon to perform. Enjoy a step-by-step description of the process, complete with photographs.
- * Cutting The Umbilical Cord - When To Do It
There is increasing evidence that it may be better to wait longer before cutting a newborn kitten's umbilical cord. Learn why...
- * Difficult Birth
A Siamese breeder shares her experience with the delivery of a very large kitten...
- * Dopram
A few drops of this medication may save your newborn kitten by helping it take its first breath.
- * Interrupted Labor
How long should it take a female cat to delivery her kittens? It varies. Some cats experience an "interrupted labor" in which they deliver part of a litter before resting for a considerable time before delivering the next kitten. Learn what to do when a queen stops her labor but obviously has kittens still to come.
- Kitten Due Date Calculator
Simply type in the date of the first day your queen was bred, and her Due Date will be calculated for you.
- * Kitten Play Pen
Convert a used baby play pen into a terrific, easy care kitten corral.
- * Mummified Fetus Case History
Follow the experience of one breeder as her Persian cat, Star, gives birth to five healthy kittens - and two mummified fetuses ...
- * Mummified Fetus In Cats
While not common, occasionally a pregnant cat may give birth to a mummified fetus along with fully developed, healthy kittens. Learn more about this condition and its causes ...
- * New Mother Cats Making Mistakes
Have you ever considered how confusing and frightening it must be to a cat the first time she gives birth? She has only her instincts to tell her what to do. Sometimes, instinct is not enough to prevent the new mom from making a fatal mistake...
- * Newborn Loses Tail
This is the story of what happened when a mother cat who accidentally bit off her newborn's tail...
- * Newborn With Strangled Foot
A kitten is born with its umbilical cord wrapped around its foot, cutting off the circulation.
- * Oxytocin
Learn when to use oxytocin to help your pregnant queen deliver her kittens safely.
- * Post-Delivery Queen
Knowing what is 'normal' behavior in a female cat following the delivery of her kittens is important in determining whether or not to intervene in her care of her newborn litter...
- * Premature Births
Discover the cause of premature births, plus the signs and prognosis of various degrees of premature birth in kittens.
- * Retained Placenta
If your cat gives birth and retains a placenta, it can be a serious risk to her health.
- * Reviving A Newborn Kitten
One of the critical skills every breeder should learn is the various techniques for helping a newborn kitten to start breathing.
- * Should You Help Your Cat Give Birth?
Do you believe in helping your pregnant queen deliver her kittens? Or do you mostly leave her alone to have her babies? Learn the pros and cons of each style. . .
- * Stuck Kitten
When a pregnant queen goes into labor, if a kitten becomes lodged in her birth canal, it may be necessary for the cat breeder to step in. This article describes the techniques you can use to help a "stuck" kitten be born safely.
- * Swinging A Newborn Kitten To Clear Its Airway
You can use centrifugal force to remove fluids from the mouth nose, throat or even the lungs of a newborn kitten. Learn this simple technique that may save the life of a kitten...
- * Three Stages of Labor
By understanding the three stages of labor you will know better what to expect when your cat delivers her kittens...
- * Uterine Inertia
Uterine inertia is the failure of the muscles of the queen's uterus to deliver her kittens. Recognizing the problem quickly and providing knowledgeable care will give the queen the best chance of delivering live healthy babies. Learn more . . .
- * What Should You Have in your Birthing Kit?
Some breeders have the bare basics in their birthing kit. Look in someone else's 'kit' and they are almost prepared to perform a Caesarian section. What should you have in a your birthing kit?
- * What To Do If The Placenta Does Not Accompany The Birth Of The Kitten
Do you know what to when a kitten is born but remains attached to its placenta and the placenta is still inside the mother? Learn the best way to handle this situation.
- * X-ray Your Pregnant Cat To Count Kittens
There are several advantages to knowing exactly how many kittens your pregnant cat is expecting. Learn how to count kittens on an x-ray...
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