Sun, Mar 10, 2024

buttercup had escaped while our house was ybder renovation and got pregnant, today was the day her birthing process was assdumed to begin, at430pm she stRlarted producing discharge and a big splash of water but has had no other signs of labor

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The discharge is likely the mucus plug being expelled, and the splash of water is probably the breaking of the amniotic sac, which is a normal part of the birthing process. It's not uncommon for there to be a pause between these initial signs and the commencement of active labor, where contractions and the delivery of kittens occur.

Ensure she has access to fresh water, but don't be concerned if she doesn't eat much; this is normal behavior for a cat in labor.

However, there are certain situations where immediate veterinary attention is required. If Buttercup has intense, continuous contractions for more than an hour without producing a kitten, this could be a sign of dystocia, or difficult birth, which is an emergency. Additionally, if she seems lethargic, has a fever, or if there is a foul-smelling discharge, these could be signs of an infection or other complications that need urgent veterinary care.

If Buttercup has been in labor for more than 24 hours without delivering all her kittens, or if more than two hours pass between the births of kittens and you suspect there are more to come, these are also reasons to seek veterinary assistance.

Remember to keep the environment calm and stress-free, and monitor Buttercup closely for the progression of labor and the health of both her and her kittens once they are born. Ensure the kittens are nursing properly and that Buttercup is cleaning them and herself.

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