Can A Cat's Labor Stop After Having One Kitten And Start Up Later To Have More Kittens?

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This can happen as a cat can be in labor for up to 24 hours so it can have a few kittens in this period of time. So for example one kitten could be delivered early in the morning but one could come along six or seven hours after. You need to make sure your cat is in a comfortable position when she is going into labor. A cat will only usually only be in labor for two or three hours but you should be aware that this is only a rough estimation and you should be prepared for a much longer period.
You have to ensure that all the kittens are healthy and of course they are breathing on their own. During the process labor the cat may start to pant and purr but these are normal circumstances. You should make sure you have plenty of towels as well as newspapers and a basket for your cat and the kittens that are coming into the world. If for any reason you feel there may be more kittens to come out or your cat is still in labor for a considerable amount of time then it is advisable to consult your vet.
When the kittens are delivered they are each in an amniotic sac that usually breaks open after your cat gives birth. If it doesn't break on its own, the mother will break it and she will be responsible for cutting the umbilical cord as well as eating the placenta. The number of kittens in a litter varies from cat to cat but on average it is around three to six kittens in a litter, though there are some cases where up to 10 kittens have been delivered.
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My momma cat has done that exact thing with the three litters she has had in her lifetime. The first time she delivered one kitten, wait over an hour for the next, Then continued. But to the familiy's suprise, the next day she delivered a healthy kitten! Her third and last labor, she had the first kitten at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and did not continue labor until the following night....well after 7:30. The first kitten was so big, I think she wanted a little rest and recovery!!! But all babies were healthy and we have never lost any kitten with her odd ways of delivering
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My cat had 3kittens 2 was born wednesday, she then went back to normal, saturday came around, and she entered the room and gave birth again within minutes, her baby was alive, the other 2 passed away,
I rang the vet and he told me cats are never normally in labour and giving birth for more than 24hours,

on another occasion my other cat went into labour on the friday night and gave birth sunday morning

shows what vets know
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My cat had kittens this morning at 3am her 5th kitten at half 5, shes still breathin really heavily and keeps meowing at me and wanting my attention, does this mean shes still in labour???? Or am I just being stupid because thats a 10hr gap and shes already had 5?????
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My cat gave birth to two kittens and one died and the other is having trouble eating by the bottle cause the mother doesn't want to sit still long enough to feed it.  The mother still has kittens inside and hasn't given birth yet. It has been 1 1/2 days. Is it normal? I need help, I don't want another kitten to die.
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terry rossignol answered
It can but make sure you check to make sure there is not one stuck in the birth canal. If she is struggling help her out slowly when she is pushing.gently pull the kitten out very slow.If she starts leaking green stuff then get her to the vet!
Kimberly Midkiff Profile
My 11 month old kitten gave birth at 130pm today to 1 healthy kitten, it is her first litter and seems a little frightened. It seems like she has stopped her labor, when should I start to be concerned?
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My can had five kittens .130 this morning I got up this morning and she is still breathing heavy can she start to have more  kittens the five are doing great
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My cat had 2 kittens sometime around 5pm yesterday - the first had die but the other is good - today ( about 3 pm ] she is back to normal but I'm pretty sure she has more , her last litter she had 6 !
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My cat gave birth at 8 in the morning, at 8 at night she started pushing again and had another one. Still waiting on more as she is still in labour; I was shocked as I thought labour couldn't start up again but it clearly can :)

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