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Inducing labor in cats

October 27th, 2003, 02:58 PM
My cat had her water break yesterday morning, she still has not gone into labor, it has now been about 30 hours, I can still feel lots of movement in her belly and she does not appear unwell at all but I am very concerned about her. She is still purring and wants her belly rubbed often. I would like to know if there is any way I can induce labor, I've tried massaging her belly but it doesn't seem to be working. My vet says she needs to either have a c-section or be euthanised. Neither option sits well with me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, I have been told that maybe her membrane healed and she is reproducing water, I know this is possible in humans but is it possible in felines?

Lucky Rescue
October 27th, 2003, 07:53 PM
Your cat needs EMERGENCY medical treatment!! The vet has given you your options, so don't let your cat lie there and suffer any more. Cats often purr when in great distress, pain, or near death. Purring is NOT always an indication of happiness.

Why don't you want her to have a C-section? You can have her spayed at the same time and make sure this never happens again.

She has only you to depend on to take proper care of her. Please do it.

October 27th, 2003, 08:05 PM
I know my cat and she is not suffering in any way. It's not that I don't want her to have a c-section it's that I have a family to take care of and cannot spend over a months pay on a vet bill. As I said, I was hoping to get advice on inducing her somehow.

Lucky Rescue
October 27th, 2003, 08:13 PM
Originally posted by angelgirl0001
I know my cat and she is not suffering in any way. It's not that I don't want her to have a c-section it's that I have a family to take care of and cannot spend over a months pay on a vet bill. As I said, I was hoping to get advice on inducing her somehow.

Only a vet can induce her. A drug called Oxytocin is necessary, but if the vet says she cannot give birth vaginally, then that is not an option.

Ask your vet about making payments, or taking postdated cheques. When you let an animal become pregnant, complications during birth are always possible and we must be prepared to pay for that.

October 27th, 2003, 08:18 PM
Luckyrescue, I have noticed in other posts you have mentioned "letting" the cat become pregnant. If you have ever encountered a child you know that animals are sometimes let out by accident. I saw no need to spend money I do not have on fixing an indoor cat and just because I don't have alot of money does not mean my children should not have a pet. I'm not sure you think before replying to posts, or else you have alot of money to spend on your animals, a luxury most of us don't share. If anyone else has any suggestions on inducing my cat naturally I would certainly appreciate the helpful feedback.

October 27th, 2003, 09:25 PM
Luckyrescue is trying to help you but you don't seem to understand so I will try and explain this to you. You took on the responsibility of this cat, I am sure that was a conscious decision that you made. Like all choices you make in life you should realize that with making that choice you are also accepting responsibility for the consequences of that choice. When you take on a pet you should think about the very real chance you will need to make trips to the vet. By not getting her spayed you should have also accepted that if she got pregnant somehow you would take responsibility for that. I am not a wealthy person either and I have dogs, but I do not take on more than what I can handle and I know my limits financially.

just because I don't have a lot of money does not mean my children should not have a pet.
I'm sorry but if you don't have the money to take care of it (I am not saying you need to be rich) properly than no, you shouldn't have a pet. Be an adult about it, sometimes we can't afford all the things we would like to have and if that means saying no to your children than so be it.

I don't think money is really the issue here, you made the choices you did and now you need to do the responsible thing, do you have any idea what kind of agony your cat could be going through right now? I am very experienced in these issues and I can tell you right now there is something wrong, 30 hours in labour is WAY too long and chances are there is a dead kitten stuck and blocking the way for the rest of them to come out, chances are things will not get better on there own and if you do not take her to the vet for a section she and all the kittens will die. Doing things to induce labour are going to make things worse as this sounds like there is an obstruction of some sort. Please take her in and explain to your vet maybe they can work something out with you. If you can't do that then go surrender her to the SPCA and they will take care of her there. Good luck to you, we are not trying to be mean but many of us have aided in whelping etc and we know the signs of danger. Please do the right thing.

October 27th, 2003, 09:49 PM
Unfortunately people on my town do not see things as others may. None of the vets here will take payment plans and the SPCA will not take in animals from the owner without a substantial payment. I understand what you are both saying however, rather than answering the reason for my post, you have chosen to "lecture" me on the resposibilities of owning a pet. However, the responsibilites of feeding my children come first. If I could take my cat to the SPCA to have her helped I would. As I have said that is not an option. I am still hoping someone can give me an idea on how to induce her naturally.

October 27th, 2003, 10:56 PM
Ok. I understand what you are saying and I do feel for your situation. I have said what I have needed to say on that matter in relation to responsible ownership. I am telling you from a experienced point of view that, no you cannot induce her naturally, in this situation it is far to dangerous. There are certain exercises that can be done to stimulate labour by a person who knows what they are doing in a safe environment... I will not recommend those to you as you are not experienced in this and you have basically said you refuse to take her to the vet. I will not be liable for this. I know you have made your choice in this but please do not take advise from people on this over the net... in this situation you will do far more harm than good. Here is a precautionary article for you to read and keep in mind when taking information over the internet. Again, good luck to you.

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October 28th, 2003, 01:45 PM
thank you for your advice, I am definitely not solely relying on advice from the net. I have spoken with my vet over the phone and I believe that somehow her membrane has healed as the babies are still alive, they would most definitely have been dead at this point if there was a problem. I am more experienced with human pregnancy and did not know whether this was possible but as it has been now about 50 hours and they are still kicking around alot. I feel that this must be what happened and that is why she did not go into labor. Rest assured that if she is suffering in any way due to a problem with the babies that I will at least have her euthanised rather than let her suffer.