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When to wait and when to panic about a difficult cat birth
Knowing when to worry and when to wait

While many authors hold the opinion that complications during parturition (birth) are uncommon in cats, some claim that as selective breeding advances, these issues are becoming more prevalent.
In a survey of more than 700 breeding cats, it was discovered that cats with extremes in conformation, like Siamese and Persians, had much higher rates of dystocia (difficult births), with 10% and 7.1% of births affected, respectively, compared to only 2.3% of births affected in cats with normal conformation. Therefore, it is crucial for breeders to understand the specifics of normal parturition so they can spot a problem when it occurs.

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