My Cat Had A Dead Kitten About 3 Hours Ago And Is Not Having Signs Of Labor Any More, Is This Normal?

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Well, obviously not an ideal situation, but as long as mom cat isn't acting strangely and doesn't appear to be unusually stressed or in pain, you can hold off for a while and hope that nature takes it's course.  Queens have the ability to delay or even stop labor for a period of time is disrupted or disturbed, and given that she was a stray, it's not surprising that she's a bit jumpy about things.   For now, just try to keep her calm and give her space and privacy.. If she wants to keep the kitten for a little while let her, otherwise she's likely to delay even longer pining and looking for it... Once she has another or two... Stealthily sneak it out while she's preoccupied.
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She could be carrying dead kittens, do you feel anything? Will she let you touch her stomach for a while a feel for movement? If so, then she's just taking her time having babies. Perhaps having a dead one temporarily put off her labour. Babies can be born with 24 hours in between or minutes. My Queen had a baby at 7pm last night, another at midnight, and I can feel another one moving (only after many many minutes), so she's going to have another one eventually and it's been almost 11 hours. Your cat could have been impregnated at different times, or by different cats. So some could be born today, more tomorrow. Is she bleeding from her hole? Some bleeding is natural and discharge, but does she smell foul smelling or have blood pools when she sits, or a steady stream, even small, coming from her?
As for the dead one, there were measures to take in case it actually wasnt dead, probably too late now. But when she has her others, I agree, take the dead one stealthily away and dispose of it.
Oh, I just noticed, your post is from 11 months ago - HOW DID THINGS GO? Update please - the good and the bad, I'm really curious to know he things turned our for her.
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My cat Ginger, a stray, ran away from the house nearly a month ago. She turned up here a couple days ago, came in ate some food. She was huge. Pregnent, I presummed. She arrived back on the door step this evening. She lounged around on the couch, then was lying next to our dog. I noticed her and went over to pet her, and hug her. I came within a foot of touching her, and she started belting out very loud meows and wails. A couple minutes later, it looked like two kittens, and one of them seemed to be inside out. She ate that one, and now one hour later is not giving birth. The other kitten looked ok, but hasn't moved. It's not breathing. I pulled Ginger out, she's curled up with it in a box, and felt her belly, she's purring. Poor mom cat wants to be with the dead kitty. I guess, I'll wait till the next ones come. More updates later
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My cat had her first kitten 4 hours ago which was born dead and I removed it straight away and she is still showing now signs of having any more she is still upsatirs asleep I can still feel she has more kittens inside her but she wont let me feel long enough to see if they are moving
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No no cats don't eat there young!!! You need to remove the dead kitten. Other wise he may just lie there if the mother decides to move her family somewhere else in the house or yard then the dead on will just lay there, she won't move it call your vet and ask him they will tell you this
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My cat lacey had a dead kitten at 3 in the morning today and there are no more signs but her stomach is huge, so I think theres dead kittens but at least one will live.
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If you do not remove it, the mother will eat it to dispose of it
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3 day old kittens were killed, now what do I do for the mother kitty.  She keeps looking and crying for them.
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I have seen kittens and puppies born before and this is not normal. Its possible she is carrying around more dead kittens. You need to take her to the vet now. The stomach should not be hard and the cat should not be walking around. Please bury the dead kitten out of respect for it's soul and the mother as it will cause her anxiety.

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