Said Doctor kristina.karelina in cats bleeding from the vagina or unusual vaginal discharge. prolapse of the uterus (womb) – straining can occasionally cause the uterus to be pushed out. disturbing behavior – normally queens spend most of the time with the litter for at least two weeks and are usually very calm after the birth, Remove the dead kitten from the area so the mother can continue uninterrupted with birthing the other kittens. Postpartum hemorrhaging: Although some bleeding after giving birth is normal, excessive bleeding or hemorrhaging is an emergency and requires immediate veterinarian attention.
The process of giving birth to kittens is stressful both physically and mentally for cats. Most cats bleed from the vulva after giving birth, and cats bleed more and for longer periods of time if it is the first birth. After 48 hours from delivery, the bleeding gradually decreases, but a small amount of bleeding is still normal.
Bleeding After Birth
There are a number of reasons that cats bleed after giving birth. Like other mammals, a cat’s uterus must contract back down to its normal size. The cat is frequently expelling excess tissue and after birth as well. Normal birth can cause small tears in the vulva, resulting in bleeding.
Abnormal, excessive bleeding can be a sign of several complications. The riskiest of these is postpartum hemorrhage which occurs shortly after birth. 48 hours after a cat gives birth, hemorrhage is unlikely, but excessive bleeding can indicate an infection, uterine rupture or tearing, a retained placenta, or a retained kitten.
Normal bleeding should be light spotting with occasional watery discharge that is green, yellow, or clear. The bleeding may stop and then start again, but the quantity of blood and the frequency of bleeding should gradually decrease over several days. A small amount of blood 48 hours after delivery is normal and bleeding may continue for several days thereafter. Cats who are nursing their kittens, eating, moving around and that is not lethargic are experiencing normal postpartum bleeding.
A cat that is bleeding large quantities of blood needs immediate veterinary care. If your cat is not nursing or eating, seems to be in pain or is lethargic, contact an emergency veterinary clinic. A foul odor along with bleeding frequently indicates an infection or retained kitten. If the bleeding continues for more than a week postpartum or if the bleeding stops for a day and then starts again, there may be something wrong. When in doubt about whether or not bleeding is normal, consult a veterinarian.