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Provide a box with bedding in a quiet place for the delivery a week before the kittens are due. Schedule a visit with your veterinarian about the 45th day of pregnancy for a physical exam and possible x-rays or deworming.

Pregnancy lasts for 56 to 69 days from the time of a fertile mating. The temperature drops to less than 99F, 12 to 36 hours before the kittens are born.
  • Stage 1 Labor: Lasts for 2 to 24 hours. Signs include restlessness, grooming, pacing, panting, vomiting, crying, poor appetite, hiding, and nesting with loud purring. The cervix is dilating during this stage.

  • Stage 2 Labor: Usually lasts for 2 to 6 hours, and can rarely last for several days. The queen may cry loudly during this stage. If the queen pushes hard for more than 30 minutes, or if a kitten is stuck partway out, then the queen should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

  • Stage 3 Labor: Passage of the placenta. Generally occurs after each kitten is born. It is recommended that the queen and kittens be checked by your veterinarian after the kittens have been delivered.
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