In most cases, delivery in cats takes place without any special complications. But it also happens that in the process of childbirth unforeseen circumstances arise that threaten serious complications for both the animal and future kittens. Unlike other pet pets - dogs, cats do not use their tongue to increase the area of evaporation and adjust the temperature indicators of the body. If a cat often breathes with an open mouth after the end of the birth process, this can indicate serious problems with the animal’s health and requires immediate attention to a veterinarian.
Causes of frequent breathing after childbirth
Childbirth for a cat is quite a difficult and dangerous period of life, because it is possible to infect the birth canal with various pathogenic microorganisms or get injured. After the end of normal birth, the cat breathes more often for 5-15 minutes. If frequent breathing is observed much longer, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Due to the fact that the animal may begin to have complications. An animal can often breathe after giving birth due to severe stress.
Other dangerous complications with fever are:
- placenta retention;
- unborn dead fetus inside the uterus;
- breast inflammation;
Characteristic changes during the rehabilitation period of a cat after childbirth depend directly on how the birth process went. An important recommendation is to go to the veterinarian immediately after the cat gives birth to kittens. This is necessary to monitor the condition of the animal and exclude possible pathological conditions.
Note! In the first week after birth, it is necessary to monitor the temperature indicators of the cat's body. Measurements are taken once a day. A rise in temperature above 39.5 degrees is an occasion to consult a veterinarian.
Dead fetus or placenta retention
The first sign of this pathological condition is fever, restless cat behavior and dragging kittens. The animal often breathes with an open mouth, refuses to eat. It is important to monitor the process of childbirth, and it is best to record how many kittens were born and the number of released afterbirths. An alarming sign if one of the following has not come out.
Important! It is worth remembering that conducting an ultrasound examination does not always give a positive result. The fact is that the uterus after childbirth is enlarged and may contain blood clots, taken for not leaving the last.
When diagnosing a delay in the afterbirth, conservative treatment is carried out, which includes the use of medications. After treatment, the placenta leaves in the form of lochia for several days. In certain cases, surgery is used.
The dead fetus in the uterus is another dangerous complication that threatens the death of the animal. The fetus is removed operatively after conservative techniques have not yielded positive results during the first 24 hours after giving birth to a cat.
Type of complication affecting the mammary glands and ducts. This pathology is expressed in the form of a strong compaction of the mammary glands, their redness and soreness. It occurs due to infection of the milk lobes through microcracks on the nipples as a result of bruises, bumps or scratches.
Due to the increase in body temperature, the cat begins to breathe faster, trying to normalize heat transfer. In addition, one of the signs of mastitis in a cat is upset stool in young animals. A similar complication can develop against the background of hormonal imbalance, severe hypothermia and a weak sucking reflex in born kittens. If stagnation of colostrum, blood impurities or a change in the density of milk is found, it is necessary to consult a qualified doctor for advice.
Eclampsia (milk tetany)
One of the most dangerous pathological conditions in a cat, arising in the period before childbirth or immediately after them. This acute nervous process is caused by a lack of an important trace element in the blood - calcium. A sharp decrease in calcium causes a seizure in cats. Eclampsia develops after childbirth and during lactation. It is very rare that eclampsia may occur several months after delivery.
- The main symptoms of eclampsia in cats are:
- rapid breathing;
- fear and anxiety;
- convulsive phenomena;
- clenching of the jaws;
- neck extension;
- foamy discharge from the mouth.
In the process of carrying kittens, the cat's body spends colossal reserves of calcium. With a lack of calcium in the body of a pregnant cat, calcium is used stable, located in the bone structures. This process is called calcium leaching.
Treatment is carried out exclusively under the supervision of a veterinarian. For therapy, medications are used that stabilize the exchange of calcium ions between bone structures and blood, increase the activity of the organic component of the bone base and increase the interaction of calcium with cells of bone structures.
A careful attitude of the owner to the state of his pet and timely prevention of consequences will help maintain the health of cats and small kittens. It is necessary to observe the general condition of the newly made mother and her offspring, not only in the first hours after childbirth, but also for several weeks after. With a fever, rapid breathing, fear and anxiety in a cat, you need to contact a veterinary clinic.