This part is probably the most difficult! Sometimes, the owner of a cat that’s lived on the streets never manages to do that during the entire life of the pet. So, we advise you not to seek tips to teach a cat to like being petted. Instead, try working naturally. For example, feed the cat and, at the same time, attempt to stroke it with your hand. The animal might jump aside or stretch itself on the floor, but just hold your hand in the air, showing that you mean no harm to the animal, and after a while, the cat will nuzzle your hand.
Don’t try to pet or stroke the cat forcibly, just touch its head a little.
If the cat is obstinately not allowing you to pet it, then... play with it! Offer the animal an interesting toy and sooner or later, it will surely reply.
The same techniques are used to teach a cat to sit in your lap: if the animal trusts you, then pick it up with your hands, but do so carefully and never hold a cat against its will. If the cat is trying to escape from you, then have some patience and attention and wait until the cat approaches you by itself. This is much better than frightening the animal from the first day and later wondering how to tame a cat which distrusts you.
What to Do if a Cat is in Labor
Every cat owner must have an understanding on what to do if his pet is in labor. Support the cat with care when it needs you most, and it will definitely reward you with its healthy babies...
It is not Very Difficult to Tell if the Moment has Come for Your Cat to Give Birth to its Offspring
If the pregnancy has gone by without visible problems, then probably the labor will happen naturally, without the need for any assistance.
First of all, it is necessary to find a place for the birth to happen. It is important that the cat gives birth in a safe environment after picking a comfortable spot for itself. You may then make a special soft bed for your cat from some clothes, and a few days before labor occurs, train your cat to spend time there. It is best for such a bed to be located in a cozy corner, where the cat will feel safe and experience no discomfort.
The first labor is the most difficult, both for the owner and for the cat.
This is because the cat does not exactly know what to do and how to act.
For this reason, you may observe your pet acting in strange and unexpected ways, even beginning to panic. You must remember that each cat goes through labor in its own way. Some animals do require the presence of their owner and his understanding and aid. Then other animals may actually escape social interaction, try to hide and endure this process alone.
If your cat has started to hyperventilate, dig into the bedding or display any other signs of disturbance – then labor is approaching. At this point, the only thing the owner should be doing is simply watching the cat's behavior and sometimes stroking its back and sides from head to tail. Soon, you shall see muscle contractions, which mean that the labor is in the first stage. When you notice unusual lumps in the belly, that means that the kittens are moving along the cervix. At this moment, you should never touch the cat's belly because that may change the positioning of the kittens.
In the interim, between the contractions, you could bring the cat some water, but do not attempt to feed it.
Soon after this, the cat will take a position which seems most comfortable to it. You may notice a yellow-green or pink liquid exiting the cat's vulva. Do not be alarmed because this liquid is necessary to lubricate the cervix. Later on, you will see the membrane. It may be either intact or a little torn. When the cat has the next contraction, the membrane bubble will exit halfway.
Even though the bubble surrounds the kitten, it is transparent, and you may see which way the kitten is exiting. If the kitten's butt or head is first, then everything is going as planned. But if you see the kitten's back or neck, then you must assist by turning the baby around into the correct position. To do this, gently turn its body around with your fingers.
Be sure to use sterile surgical gloves, otherwise you may introduce an infection. If you have difficulty doing this, it is best to call a vet.
If the membrane is torn, and the kitten is exiting with its rear first, then you need to help get it out, because the kitten might suffocate. But in doing this, don’t jerk any part or limb of the baby. You may only pull gently during a contraction.
When the kitten is born, the mother cat will do everything that is necessary: lick and clean it, bite through the umbilical cord and stimulate its breathing. It will probably eat the placenta. Inspect the cat to make sure that no part of the placenta stays inside its body as this may cause serious problems.
When the kitten is born, the owner must check to see if it is breathing. If the baby's breathing is slow and weak, or it is not breathing at all, then you must wrap it in a cloth and hold it with its head down. Then, while holding its head up with your hand, gently shake the kitten.
If you notice some sort of disease in the mother or babies, immediately call the veterinarian.
After the litter is born, leave the babies with their mother, so she will be able to feed and clean them.
Congratulate your feline pet on the work it has done. What it needs most of all is your care and support.
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