Young stray cat in labor for three days

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Hello.

There’s a young stray cat that was found pregnant and has been kept in the ladies bathroom. The cat apparently had one kitten three days ago, and that kitten died. Since then, this cat has been panting and acting as though in labor still three days later this is still going on. The person that has the cat, took her to a local veterinarian. I guess this is for the labor and started and the local vet didn’t think the cat was pregnant. Surprise. Since the labor has started three days ago, they did call over to the clerk and the vet told them that, due to cats being able to become pregnant from multiple tongues that sometimes there are weeks in between the delivery of kittens.

I have never in my life heard that. I would think since this cat has been in labor for three days now, that it is an emergency. Of course now people don’t have any money .

A friend of mine that does cat rescue, etc. called me regarding this cat. Other than telling her to take the cat to the vet, I really don’t know what to say.

Any insight or any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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My cat has birthed 4 kittens 5 days ago, and now she is painting and laboring again.
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The fact that the cat continues to be in labor is a huge warning sign to me because I don't think that these are two separate litters with separate delivery dates which would explain what is going on.

Regardless of what the backstory is, the cat is in distress and this is an emergency if your friend is able to help in any way.
 

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A lot of these 'rescuers' have 'off the record' contacts - ask your friend if she knows of any that could be contacted. There are a couple in my area that have established relationships with some of the vets who are willing to take installment payments. They don't advertise their resources because they get enough stuff dumped on them as it is, but they will do what they can when asked.

This cat could even have a dead baby in the birth canal, just as one example of what could be going on.
 
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Yes, I am thinking dead baby or babies as well. I told her it was an emergency and she needs to take the cat to the ER. I think she may relinquish the cat to the humane society. I am not sure.

I hate getting calls like this because, my hands are tied. There is nothing I can do other than tell them to take her to the vet.

As for the vet office that said it’s normal, they never cease to amaze me with their lack of knowledge about cats. They also told one person that lily toxicity wasn’t the problem when they brought their cat in after eating a lily leaf and the cat was vomiting. Unfortunately the cat died.

Such a frustrating situation for this momma cat who is just a kitten herself.
 
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I didn’t get a response from my last inquiry. This happens allot. Frustrating.
 

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End is good, everything is good, as the proverb says... Luck cats do have 9 lives as the proverb says. Lets hope everything goes forward and up from here. Momma is of course exhausted and surely sore.

But yeah, although its true shorter or longer pauses in the delivery may occur, seldom problem - it demands there are no visible problems, and momma happily busying herself with the first kittens... IF so, we too advice to observe, but calmly wait it out.... Whatever the rescuer thinks there is someone lefter, or KNOWS there are kittens left.

But a delivery ongoing without results after the first was born, is alarming, and should be vet assisted. Often a cesarean. Yes.


Ps. I hear, before the delivery, they took the cat to a local veterinarian... What did he did? Gave labor stimulating medicines? That is perhaps why he wasnt worried. He knew the result although not optimal, could happen with a long labor, longer than an natural labor....


ps 2. Momma gets tired. A quick remedy is if she eats or drinks; a) calcium rich fluids b) glucose sugar. In USA it will often be droplets of white caro sugar, on the gums inside of the lips... Or if you have real glucose sugar, add this to whatever fluid she drinks. glucose sugar proper isnt much sweet, so its always possible to add to say, goats milk, yoghurt, kmr...
This tip shouldnt not be INSTEAD of taking to the vet. But if you cant reach the vet, or the vet recommended as here, to wait the labor out - this can be tried.
 

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The vet they took her to was 2 weeks ago. He said she wasn’t pregnant.
ouch. doesnt seem to be any very reliable vet…. I get mixed feelings: our official policy is to not come with medical advices, but recommend vet visit. This policy become with time somewhat loosened up, as many of our forumites are rescuers, not themselves owing the cat. others hadnt no vet nearby. or simply not afford. still; we try do our part, but quite a few of vets; arent doing their part. being sloppy, incompetent - or unnecessarily costly. I feel ashamed.

not even mentioning, ifva vet cant some treatment; why they almost never send to a specialist? or phone and ask? doctors do.
 
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It’s hard when getting information not just second hand but third or fourth hand. Allot of times people have selective hearing and will say the vet said nothing is wrong, when in fact they said more testing is needed to determine what’s wrong and the owners declined due to cost. But, this particular vet I think is much more of a dog vet.

I have texted back and forth with the rescue lady about other things, but when I ask about the Calico with the kittens, she changes the subject and doesn’t tell me how they are.
 

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No, this is kitten season every single year. It seems to last longer and longer and many of the stories can be quite sad. Working the Pregnant Cats and Kittens forum can be a real challenge at times, yet I really enjoy it. But it’s not just this year, and there are many more months to go yet this year.
 
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This year, where I am, it is worse than last year, and that year was worse than the year before. It's been this way since I worked at the Humane Society back in 1982. Each year gets worse with more unwanted cats and kittens. It is really sad.
 
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