Black stuff around pregnant cat nipple

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Hi my cat is pregnant and is very close to giving birth but I discovered some worrying problem this morning. I saw some black stuff around her nipples which I tried to wipe off with a wet towel but failed. Does anyone know what it is?
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Yes, it’s a normal change in pigmentation caused by her estrogen. It is normal in pregnant cats and may fade once she is done nursing and is spayed. It is nothing to worry about.

Is this the same cat who had kittens earlier this spring?
 
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Yes same cat
Also the anus has black stuff around it as well
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Hi, my pregnant cat is close to giving birth but she refuses to nest in a space I provided her. I made a tent for her in which she can give birth with lots of blanket underneath with training pads on top. She used it well and spent lot of time resting and sleeping in it initially (around week 7) but then close to birth which is now (week9) she hides underneath sofa and spend days in there. I don't want her to give birth under the sofa. Anyway I can change her?
 
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Hi! Can you block off access to underneath the sofa? However, at the same time can you give her a closet? She apparently doesn't think the tent area is quiet/safe enough.
 
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Hi! Can you block off access to underneath the sofa? However, at the same time can you give her a closet? She apparently doesn't think the tent area is quiet/safe enough.
She gave birth under the sofa this evening
I moved the babies to the nesting tent and then she nurses them in there without moving them. And I've blocked the sofa now
However I have some problem with the newborn
There are 4 kittens and their weights are like 55g, 58g, 80g, 90g significantly underweight compared to my last litter (they were 90-110g range) and they also were slower to latch on (had to help one of them (55g one) to latch on myself) Do you think all will survive?
 

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Keep helping them to latch on and keep weighing them. If they continue to gain there's hope :vibes::crossfingers: can you feed mama kitten food for the extra nutrition, which will benefit the babies?
 

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Please let this be her last litter. This is back to back litters and is very unhealthy for mom to live this way and very hard on her body to constantly be pregnant and nursing.

Do you have a low cost spay clinic in your area? If you give your city and state I will find the closest one for you.
 

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These kittens are premature and it may be the result of your cat having back to back pregnancies and litters. Her body has not had time to recover well enough to support a full term pregnancy and bigger kittens.

You may need to syringe feed the tiniest kittens if they are not latching. Here is a helpful video:
Syringe Feeding — Kitten Lady

Please get mom on the books to be spayed 8 weeks from now so that she has no more kittens after this litter.
 
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These kittens are premature and it may be the result of your cat having back to back pregnancies and litters. Her body has not had time to recover well enough to support a full term pregnancy and bigger kittens.

You may need to syringe feed the tiniest kittens if they are not latching. Here is a helpful video:
Syringe Feeding — Kitten Lady

Please get mom on the books to be spayed 8 weeks from now so that she has no more kittens after this litter.
Will do. The kittens are nursing well and have gained weight - all of them around 130g-150g
 

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Thank goodness they are nursing well and gaining! I was very concerned. It sounds like all four are doing well and their weights are coming up to normal range for the first week. I hope they continue to do well.

Thank you for the update and keep us posted. And do not let mom out or around intact males to conceive again in the meantime. So relieved to hear all is well!
 
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