My Cat Only Had One Kitten. Is That Normal?


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James Parnell answered
My cat only had one kitten. Is that normal?

No, it's not normal, and is highly unusual, but it is possible.

The average size of a cat's litter varies between three and five kittens. Sometimes, very young or small cats have been known to give birth to a single kitten, however.

I would advise you to take your cat to a veterinary professional as soon as possible - as some sort of complication during labor may have caused the rest of the litter to remain in the womb, which is very serious problem, both for the kittens and for the mother cat.

If this is found to be the case, then a vet will perform an emergency cesarian section on your cat.

  • You should monitor the mother cat extremely closely, and check to see if she is any form of pain or discomfort.
  • It would be a good idea to take her to the vet anyway, as complications of labor can come on rather quickly.
  • You should also regularly check on the mother cat's interaction with her kitten. Hopefully, she will have cut the umbilical cord herself and will have started to clean the kitten.
  • Sometimes there can be a rather long period of time between the delivery of each kitten.
Anna Phillips Profile
Anna Phillips answered
Generally, no. When my current cat only birthed one kitten, I took her to the vet. Her cervix had closed, preventing the other kittens from being born properly. She needed a C-section to remove the kittens and prevent a possibly lethal infection.

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