Cat Emergency Prevention

Kitten Season Approaching | Dystocia In Cats and What You Need to Know

Here at Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we help pet owners of Western New York who are facing pet emergencies. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any situation that presents itself with your pet. We always suggest giving us a call if you are in fear that your animal is in danger, and we can provide comprehensive care at a moment’s notice. Here on our blog, we aim to help pet owners better understand what CAN go wrong, before it does, and what you need to know about common pet emergencies. 

In today’s blog, we want to talk about Dystocia, as this season is often a heavy breeding season for cats, what some call “kitten season.” 

What is Dystocia?

Essentially dystocia is defined as the inability to expel fetus from the uterus and birth canal at the expected time of parturition. This situation is grave because lack of immediate attention can risk morbidity and mortality to the mother and fetus. 

Our pets are our best friends, and when something is wrong with them, it would be nice if they could tell us in our human language so we can better assist them! Understanding this is something that requires intricate care and professional treatment, dystocia is something we handle at VEC. 

Read More: When Things Go Wrong | Common Pet Emergencies

What Causes Dystocia?

Every case deserves specific attention, but a few common causes for dystocia would be:

  • Pelvic Obstruction
  • Oversized Fetus
  • Fetal Malpresentation
  • Fetal Death

By definition, dystocia can be classified according to the issue being related to obstruction of the birth canal, or a functional deficiency of the uterine muscle. Obstructive dystocia is related to the disproportion of the size of the kitten and the maternal birth canal. Functional dystocia is also known as “inertia” and can be either primary or secondary. Primary could be related to stress, obesity, ill health, old age, or certain drugs. This is one of the most common causes of dystocia in cats. 

In the event that you have a cat that is pregnant and appears to be in distress or is in labor for a long period of time without birthing a kitten, don’t be afraid to give us a call. Understanding that many people have seen or experienced a litter of kittens being born, this doesn’t mean every cat birth is the same, or without risk. In the event that you happen to experience an emergency before, during, or after a cat giving birth, please know that you can always call us here at Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Choosing to ask a professional can potentially save your cat and her kittens’ lives! 

Learn More About Other Issues with Cat Pregnancy From DVM360

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