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Experience:  DVM from Iowa State University in 1994; actively engaged in private regular and emergency practice since that time.
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My bengal had all the signs of pregnancy (pink nipples,

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Hi my bengal had all the signs of pregnancy (pink nipples, milk etc) but couldn't feel any kittens. She would have been due Friday and had contractions at 3am sat morning but all she delivered was a small amount of what looked like part of a placenta. She is well in herself and eating drinking etc. I have monitored her all weekend and no further signs of labour although she does have a small amount of bloody discharge (no smell). I'm wondering if she has miscarried and the kittens were reabsorbed some time ago.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Hello,I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about your bengal cat. I'm so sorry she's got you worried, but glad you're looking for the information you need.You may join the conversation at any time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY. That way we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided and are happy to give me a positive rating. You've already hit the nail on the head here, I'm afraid. The scenario you describe in which she miscarried and reabsorbed the kittens some time ago is quite likely. It's also possible that there never were kittens (or at least more than the beginnings of one you saw delivered). Unfortunately, the possibilities of what is occurring here range widely. Anytime a cat cycles any degree of false pregnancy can result, including nipple development and milk production, even if there are no kittens. In the case of a false pregnancy, however, I would not expect the labor and delivery of any tissue whatsoever. That being said, I think it's important to have a thorough examination performed on your cat. She may have retained placentas or fetal tissue. It's even possible she may still be pregnant (although not very likely). The only way to know for sure is to have an exam and ultrasound performed.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
I am relieved to hear she is eating well and otherwise acting normal. Some of the potential problems that could be going on here could end up making her quite ill. I'm so sorry things didn't work out this time.Is there anything else I can help you with?
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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you that's very helpful. I am a small breeder so want to make sure all my cats are healthy before considering breeding again. Can I just ask what tests I can perform (lab tests) to help element any problems with my girls/boys. I will get her checked out too.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Hello. Thanks for your reply and your rating. I would recommend having the following tests done prior to breeding:-routine physical examination-urinalysis-baseline CBC, chemistry profile (including T4)-FeLV/FIV testAdditionally, make sure everyone is being dewormed regularly, including pregnant queens.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Also, it's important to keep in mind that there doesn't necessarily have to be anything wrong for a pregnancy to fail to go as hoped/planned. It's simply one of those things that's not entirely within our control. I hope things go better next time. Thank you again!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you I really appreciate your help.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for using our website. Don't hesitate to request me if you have any additional questions in the future. I'm happy to help.