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How long after a cat begins leaking milk shall i expect

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how long after a cat begins leaking milk shall i expect birth
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
The presence of milk letdown isn't an accurate indication of impending parturition because it can occur as early as two weeks prior to parturition. The gestation length in cats is 65-66 days with a wide normal range. Thankfully, dystocia (difficult birth) is uncommon (incidence of 0.22%). Normal parturition can take greater than 24 hours with a median length of 8 hours and range of 4 -42 hours. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.