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.
As each kitten is born, the mother cat stimulates it to breathe by licking it with her rough tongue. She severs the umbilical cord with her teeth and often eats the placenta. During the time between the birth of each kitten, the mother rests, cleans the kittens already born and allows them to nurse. Most cats do not require any assistance in the birthing process.Learn More
More than likely, a black and white cat is a tuxedo cat. A tuxedo cat is a form of bicolor, meaning a cat with two colors.Full Answer >
Cats lie upside down for two very different reasons. A cat may lie upside down, often even hanging its head down when being held, to show complete trust and contentment in its surroundings. However, a cat may also lie belly-up as a sign that it's upset and ready to fight.Full Answer >
Siamese cats are reputed to be one of the longest-lived purebred cats, although their average lifespan of 13 to 14 years is well within the overall cat average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Very well-cared-for Siamese cats can live into their early 20s.Full Answer >
Kittens feed strictly off the mother cat for the first few weeks of life. Bottle-feeding using a milk replacement must be used if the kitten has been separated from the mother, has been rejected, or if the mother cannot produce enough milk.Full Answer >