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Sun, Mar 31, 2024

Polly just gave birth to one kitten about 5 hours ago but hasn't had anymore but still seems pregnant.


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It's not uncommon for there to be a delay between the birth of kittens, especially if it's your cat Polly's first litter. However, if Polly gave birth to one kitten five hours ago and seems to still be pregnant without delivering the rest, it's important to monitor her closely for signs of distress or complications.

Firstly, ensure that Polly is in a quiet, comfortable, and warm environment to help her feel secure and relaxed, which can facilitate the birthing process. Make sure she has access to fresh water and is in a clean area. If she's receptive, you can gently pet her to provide comfort.

Cats can actively be in labor for several hours, and the time between kittens can sometimes be up to two hours. However, if it's been five hours since the last kitten was born, this could indicate a potential issue such as uterine inertia (where the contractions have slowed down or stopped) or an obstruction caused by a kitten that is positioned unfavorably.

Keep an eye on Polly for any signs of straining without producing a kitten, excessive vocalization, bleeding, or a foul-smelling discharge, which could indicate an emergency situation. If she appears lethargic, has a decreased appetite, or you notice any of these signs, it's critical to seek immediate veterinary care.

In the meantime, it's also important to ensure that the newborn kitten is nursing properly and staying warm. Newborn kittens are unable to regulate their body temperature, so maintaining a warm environment is crucial.

If Polly is calm and not showing any signs of distress, you can continue to monitor her, but be prepared to act quickly if her condition changes. If she has been actively trying to deliver more kittens for more than an hour without success, this is a sign that she may need medical intervention.

Remember, while it's important to give Polly space to birth naturally, you should also be prepared to provide assistance if necessary. Keep your veterinarian's contact information close at hand in case you need to call for advice or to arrange for an emergency visit.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.