If you have a queen expecting a litter soon, you
should have a
queening supplies and make preparations at least 10-14 days ahead of
the due date. Below are the suggested queening supplies you should have:
• Delivery box
could be a laundry basket, or a cardboard box, or a brand new (never
used) hooded litter box. Line it with soft blankets. Don’t use anything
that the kittens could get tangled in or lost in. That could be small
or torn blankets or shredded paper. Prep it so it will give privacy to
• A second box
to put kittens
during siblings deliveryThis might be necessary if the queen is moving
a lot. It protects the new kittens from being squashed or accidentally
suffocated by the queen. This box should be lined with a heating pad.
Never put the new kittens directly on the heating pad! This will burn
them. The basket should be covered by another 1-2 towels to keep the
heat in. Watch the temperature, don’t let it get too hot.
• A stack of soft, clean towel
should be handy to clean the kittens if necessary. A white or light
colored towel will show any color of discharge or placenta. Paper
towels works well too.
Rectal thermometer to monitor the queen's temperature
• Lubricating (petroleum) jelly
For lubricating the rectal thermometer
• Household thermometer
To monitor the air temperature in the delivery box and more importantly
if you are using the second box to put kittens out of the queens way
while she gave birth to the siblings.
• Fresh water
For the queen. Queening can be rather thirsty you know.
• Sterile hemostats and blunt-end
To cut the umbilical cord if necessary
• Alcohol and matches
To sterilize the hemostats and scissors
• Heavy sewing thread
Or dental floss, or suture (surgical thread) to tie umbilical cords if
• Several pairs of sterile surgical
In case you have to cut the umbilical cord or to move the kittens.
• Rubber pediatric bulb syringe
Can be used to clear the kittens’ airways in case the kitten is not
breathing after being born.
• Surgical antiseptic scrub/iodine
• Tube feeder
syringe, bottle and nipple, and kitten milk replacement such as KMR
• Gram scale
To weigh newborns
• Nail polish
To mark kittens for identification if it so happens the kittens look
all the same to you.
• High-quality kitten food, yogurt,
and/or vanilla ice cream
To offer the queen during and after delivery
• Phone number for the emergency
and the regular veterinary clinic number.
• Books and information
on delivery and care of newborn kittens
• Watch or clock
To record times of delivery
• Pen and note pad
To mark the arrival time, sex, weight, color, and markings, and if the
placenta was expelled.
have your queening supplies ready in the delivery room once you begin
to confine your queen.
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