It takes up to seven hours for a cat to give birth to a litter of kittens. Once active labor begins, the first kitten normally arrives within an hour, with about 15 minutes between the birth of each kitten. More »

Signs that a cat is giving birth include restlessness, increased vocalization and vomiting. A cat actively looks for a quiet, private place to have her kittens, often choosing a closet or a pile of clothing as her nest. More »

Interesting facts about cats and kitten include that cats sleep between 16 and 18 hours a day, they cannot see in complete darkness and use whiskers in dark conditions. A group of kittens is called a kindle, while a grou... More »

The average length of time between a cat's last estrus, or heat, cycle and the birth of her kittens is between 60 and 65 days. It could, however, be as short as 58 days or as long as 71 days. More »

When a cat is ready to have her kittens, she usually licks her vagina and abdomen incessantly, as explained by veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines. She also loses her appetite, grows restless, becomes anxious and wanders around t... More »

Use a small amount of Benadryl every eight hours to keep a cat sedated. A typical cat requires 0.5 to 2.1 milligrams per pound, but the exact dosage and health of the cat should be discussed with a veterinarian. More »

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Kittens can purr not long after birth, sometimes as soon as their second day out of the womb. Purring in very young kittens is associated with suckling. While the kitten feeds from its mother, it purrs, and its mother of... More »