How Long Should My Cat Be In Labor For?

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The whole labour period for a cat should take about 6 hours. When cats give birth the process is called ‘queening’ with the cat being referred to as the ‘queen’. If the queening goes on for longer than 7 hours the queen and all the kittens should be taken for a check up at the vet. This is a precautionary measure even it seems that any kittens born after the 7 hour window are quite healthy.
     During the labour it is likely that little assistance will be necessary. It is not uncommon for a cat to give birth at night whilst the owner is sleeping. However, it is important to prepare for an impending birth and to know of signs to look out for in case of complications. First and foremost it is essential that a pregnant cat is examined by a veterinarian to ascertain her overall health.
    Pregnant cats will show signs of nesting a few days before the birth of the kittens. She will search for a quiet secluded place to give birth. It should be generally unused by anyone else and extra food, water and a litter box should be moved into it. The cat will need somewhere to sleep so a cardboard box or laundry basket lined with towels should be placed in the room as well. The cat is likely to sleep in this box prior to giving birth to mark it with her scent, which the kittens will then recognise. It is important that the cat will be able to get into the box in her pregnant state.
     If possible it is advisable to count the placentas, which come out of the cat during queening. If one is retained veterinary intervention is necessary. The placentas may come out with each kitten or within 24 hours of the birthing process.
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ray of light answered
Gestation period for the cats is normally 63 days. Then your cat will be in labor for around 18 to 24 hours. Cat labor has 3 stages. The fist stage lasts for 6 to 12 hours, when the cat starts showing the sign of pain. Its placenta get dilated in this stage. Then the 2nd labor stage starts, with the beginning of contraction. The cat delivers its first kitten within 1 to 2hours. Then there might be a resting period with a duration of 30 minutes to 4 hours, and other kittens are also delivered after that.
The third stage of labor consists of removal of placenta. It begins 10 to 15 minutes after birth.
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My cat had a kitten yesterday at 2:35pm and was still having contraction like movements in her stomach all night.... Now we're at 9:30pm, over 1day 7hrs later, but having spoke 2 the local emergency vet, he tells me she may have gotten pregnant on different days so may take a while..... Very helpful and put my mind at rest a bit
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My cat is having her babies right now and I was just wondering how long this could take and 24 hours seems like a very long time 4 cat are we sure that it could take so long?
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It should only take 6-12 hours at most
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Your cat should NOT be in labor anymore than about 12 hours. The babies should come between 10 minutes and an hour apart. If your can't has gone over the 12 hours, the kittens are taking longer than an hour in between (someone mentioned it had been 24 hours), YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY!
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My cat was meowing at me this morning and following me more than usual, I know she is about due. I checked her before I left to work this morning and she had a little bit of mucus coming out, do you know how close she is to birth? I'm going home on lunch at 11 to check on her.
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Stop taking internet advice! If you are concerned with your pets condition you need to call a vet or an emergency vet. Each cat is different, you cannot compare one to another. It takes 2 sec. To dial a phone and explain the situation to a professional and see if you need to bring your pet in or not. Be responsible!

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My cat has had kittens before this time it isn't like the last meaning, I thought she had all her kittens and then about 10 hours later had another one, the kitten had a hard time breathing, I thought it would die but she licked it and licked it and it seems o.k. Now how can I tell if she has other kittens in her? She had 6 the last litter.Also there is no nipple from the other cats nursing the milk is trying to come in and its hard and poking out. Its like her last litter sucked the nipples right off her. I was going to get it fixed but it got out before I could takeher in this time there wlll be no getting out!!! She is getting fixed!!
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My cat is in labor now shes been like it for 4 hours its starting to piss me off :L what happened if she doesnt deliver??
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So we have this cat who has been in labor, bleeding for over 24 hours now and she hasnt  had a kitten yet, what should I do??

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