My cat is overdue and hasn't gone into labour.

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So, my cat's name is Dusk, she's just over a year old. I know she should have had her kittens a week and a half ago as she started producing milk then. But she hasn't shown any signs of going into labour, we would take her to a vet, but unfortunately we're a bit financially unstable at the moment. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
 

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Do you have a plan to deal with potential complications? Breech births can cost a cat their life. If a baby gets stuck in the canal a cesarean is needed or the mother will die. Please find a vet who you can have on standby at least. Ask about a payment plan if money is an issue.
 

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Milk production can start two weeks before delivery, so your cat isn't necessarily overdue if you're just basing it on that. Have the babies "dropped" (position shifts down shortly before birth)? When did she mate?
 
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Milk production can start two weeks before delivery, so your cat isn't necessarily overdue if you're just basing it on that. Have the babies "dropped" (position shifts down shortly before birth)? When did she mate?
Well, I'm not just basing it off of milk production. We're unsure of the exact day that she got pregnant, but her sister got pregnant after her. Dusk was showing her pregnancy first, then a few weeks later Dawn was showing that she was pregnant. Dawn has already had her kittens which is the main reason of concern. As we are sure that Dusk for pregnant first.
 

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Had you ever felt the kittens move?? If not, it could even be a false pregnancy, based on impressions from your description...

Do the sisters have contact with each other? Ie do this preg sees and connects with the babies? Such could be itself cause her to get milk...
 
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Had you ever felt the kittens move?? If not, it could even be a false pregnancy, based on impressions from your description...

Do the sisters have contact with each other? Ie do this preg sees and connects with the babies? Such could be itself cause her to get milk...
Yes, I have felt the kittens move. They do have contact with one another, but Dusk was producing milk before Dawn gave birth.
 

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Yes, I have felt the kittens move. They do have contact with one another, but Dusk was producing milk before Dawn gave birth.
How long have you felt the kitten movements? Normally they are felt about two weeks before delivery. People used with handling their cat can sometimes feel them full 3 weeks before.

Has she dropped? Ie suddenly seems less pregnant?

Normally, cats manage a little too long pregnancy better than a too short pregnancy. Premature kittens are in great danger (and so, a too hasty done cesarean is dangerous to kittens). So this is unlike humans.
That said, way too long pregnancies DO occur and have its dangers.
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If your calculations are right, its surely best and safest to cantact a vet; preferably a vet knowleable in cat obstetrics.

If you dont have any such possibilities, I hope you can try and wait it out, but the safest course is to contact a vet, and let him perhaps provoke birth process.
During the time, be sure she gets lotsa with calcium; whatever you have at home and she eats.

Too little calcium causes weak labor. Vitamine E wont hurt either.
 

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So, my cat's name is Dusk, she's just over a year old. I know she should have had her kittens a week and a half ago as she started producing milk then. But she hasn't shown any signs of going into labour, we would take her to a vet, but unfortunately we're a bit financially unstable at the moment. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
Is there an update on this?
 

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So, my cat's name is Dusk, she's just over a year old. I know she should have had her kittens a week and a half ago as she started producing milk then. But she hasn't shown any signs of going into labour, we would take her to a vet, but unfortunately we're a bit financially unstable at the moment. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
When my cat was close to giving birth I put her into the box where she gave birth so she could start nesting and getting ready and comfortable. Not sure if you have done this yet but I put mine into a large carrier or a box that gives her security and let's her know it's okay to have those kittens.
 
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How long have you felt the kitten movements? Normally they are felt about two weeks before delivery. People used with handling their cat can sometimes feel them full 3 weeks before.

Has she dropped? Ie suddenly seems less pregnant?

Normally, cats manage a little too long pregnancy better than a too short pregnancy. Premature kittens are in great danger (and so, a too hasty done cesarean is dangerous to kittens). So this is unlike humans.
That said, way too long pregnancies DO occur and have its dangers.
.

If your calculations are right, its surely best and safest to cantact a vet; preferably a vet knowleable in cat obstetrics.

If you dont have any such possibilities, I hope you can try and wait it out, but the safest course is to contact a vet, and let him perhaps provoke birth process.
During the time, be sure she gets lotsa with calcium; whatever you have at home and she eats.

Too little calcium causes weak labor. Vitamine E wont hurt either.
As I said in my initial post, we financially unstable. I'd take her to the vet if I was able, but I'm also underage and do not have a license. I've been trying to figure out what exactly to do, your advice feels really helpful to me, but whatever choice we make will be the one of my mother. I have felt the kittens moving for the past few weeks. I'm pretty knowledgeable with cat pregnancies as, well, I've lived with cats my entire life. My mother had cats before I was born so I've been around quite a lot of pregnancies. I don't think they've dropped though, she still seems really pregnant.
 
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Is there an update on this?
Hi, sorry, I didn't get any notifications. So far, Dusk is still pregnant and I am, of course, simply trying to get as much info as I can to ensure she's doing okay. But, one of the main things we've noticed with her is that she really wants to have them outside. We haven't let her outside, since it is extremely dangerous where I live and we want to ensure she delivers safely and that all are safe.
 

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I think you should mention to your mother that spaying/neutering all your cats will be -- literally-- thousands of times cheaper than allowing them to keep having litters. If she can't afford to take a cat to the vet, how can she afford 5x more mouths to feed and litter to buy? What is her plan if one of the cats is dying of something easily treatable?
 
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I think you should mention to your mother that spaying/neutering all your cats will be -- literally-- thousands of times cheaper than allowing them to keep having litters. If she can't afford to take a cat to the vet, how can she afford 5x more mouths to feed and litter to buy? What is her plan if one of the cats is dying of something easily treatable?
We were planning on getting the fixed, but we didn't do it in time. Any cats we get, we spay/neuter them. We tried to ensure they were away from any other cats while in heat, but they made it out.
 

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Does she seem in distress? Eating well, no vaginal discharge? Have you called around to other vets to see if they offer payment plans? You can also contact rescues to see if they can help. Some can offer rescue rates.
 
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Does she seem in distress? Eating well, no vaginal discharge? Have you called around to other vets to see if they offer payment plans? You can also contact rescues to see if they can help. Some can offer rescue rates.
Nope, she hasn't seemed distressed in anyway, and I haven't noticed any discharge. She is eating great as well. I'll talk with my mother. Thank you for the advice.
 
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