Can cats have miscarriages?
As with all animals, cat miscarriage is a possibility. It not highly common for cats to experience an abortion or miscarriage, but it may be due to a number of reasons.
It’s important for the cat to get evaluated promptly afterward, in order to make sure more serious causal health conditions don’t exist.
A miscarriage in cats happens when there is either an unexplained or deliberate termination of pregnancy in the cat.
If initially unexplained, it can occur due to a variety of physical or hormonal reasons. As in humans, miscarriage can happen in the early stage of pregnancy, you might not notice any symptoms and the fetuses might be reabsorbed by the body of the cat.
In the later stages, the cat might miscarry and develop maternal behaviors and instincts –up to the development of milk and pacing or crying, looking for its kittens. If you happen to expect that the cat is miscarrying, it is best to seek immediate vet care.
Causes of miscarriage in cats
If your cat has had a miscarriage, you want to discover the cause. This is to rule out any potential infections or other conditions, which might also be lethal to the she-cat.
The common causes of miscarriage in cats:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Severe stress
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Congenital defects
- Exposure to various chemicals known to induce miscarriage or labor
- Protozoal infections
- A bacterial disease, just like chlamydia
- Feline herpes virus
- Feline leukemia virus
Symptoms of Cat Miscarriage
The symptoms of miscarriage in cats might be minor if the pregnancy is in its first few weeks. However, in the later stages, you may see some noticeable signs of miscarriage.
These might include the following:
- Stillborn kittens
- Abdominal straining
- The disappearance of fetuses formerly seen on ultrasound or felt through a palpation
- Bloody discharge
Prognosis of Cat Miscarriage
The prognosis of miscarriage in cats may start with a complete physical exam.
If the cat has experienced a miscarriage at home, it’s to bring the cat fetus for the vet to examine them. The stillborn kittens might provide vital clues about the main cause of the miscarriage.
In the first visit, the vet might choose to do an x-ray or ultrasound to confirm if there are no retained fetuses. Anything remaining of the pregnancy should be removed from the cat’s womb to avoid any infection or possible death. These images may also exclude any injury to the internal organs of the cat.
You will need to provide a complete history of the pregnancy of the cat including the estimated date of the impregnation and information about the Tomcat. Anything else, such as the onset of symptoms and unusual behavior, such as diminished appetite, may also be helpful.
The vet may order a full blood test as well. This may help the vet to recognize the existence of any infection and provide insight into hormone levels. In the event that there are signs of an infection or cold, numerous smears from the ears, nose, and mouth must be taken as well – to potentially identify any upper respiratory or some other types of infection.
Additionally, a sample of its stool might be required as well, in order to test for any parasites.
Treatments for cat miscarriages
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The treatment will depend on what caused the miscarriage.
If there are baby kittens still inside the cat, the vet might administer medications that cause contractions to help to eliminate them. This may be conducted in the vet’s office and may prevent the cat from getting an infection.
In case of infection, the vet might choose to recommend broad-spectrum antibiotics awaiting the identification of the bacteria that causes the infection. If parasites caused the condition, the veterinarian may prescribe a proper de-wormer.
If the miscarriage was the result of an injury, such as a fall or a catfight, the vet might prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or pain medication to help the cat to recover more promptly.
Lastly, in some cases, the vet might suggest spaying the cat to prevent any further pregnancies. This is important if the miscarriage is due to congenital defects, or hormonal abnormalities, which cannot be corrected easily in future pregnancies.