Why has my Cat Only had One Kitten?

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: May 1, 2018
Why has my Cat Only had One Kitten?

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It can be worrying if the cat you have bred gives birth to a single kitten; after all, cats are usually known to produce a big litter. Does this concern you?

In this AnimalWised article we will go over the different reasons as to why has your cat only had one kitten; the truth is that this is more common than you might think. Read on and discover the reasons for this occurrence as well as some factors that may prevent this from happening.

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What are the causes of a single kitten litter?

As is the case with other mammals, there are many factors that can influence pregnancy: Age, good status of physical health, quality of sperm, food, and the success rate of mating are some examples. Whatever the reason for having a single kitten, do not worry, it's nothing serious and happens on many occasions.

You should be aware that pregnancy is a very delicate state for any animal. It is very important that you set a minimum age before getting your female cat to procreate. Moreover, you must do your best to ensure her well-being, putting her at ease and always feeding her well.

Why has my Cat Only had One Kitten? - What are the causes of a single kitten litter?

Obviously, there is nobody better to advise you on this than your veterinary. They can dismiss any symptoms of illness in your cat, run any tests if necessary, and give you some tips on feline pregnancy.

Alternatives to breeding

You probably know that there are shelters for cats in your city or country. If you are passionate about having kittens or are looking to expand the family, why not go to one of these places?

You should know that breeding a cat is neither easy nor advisable: While your cat may suffer from discomfort during pregnancy, there are millions of small kittens wanting someone to care for them as you would for yours.

It's beautiful to have and raise a child of your beloved pet: You will be thinking there is a little piece of them in the new born kitten, but the truth is that you are taking away the opportunity to adopt another cat that was unwanted and who could make you perfectly happy as well.

Why has my Cat Only had One Kitten? - Alternatives to breeding

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Lily Ann
This didn’t help me at all please give out more info
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Hi Lilly Ann,

What is it you need to know and we'll try to help you!
My cat gave birth on Sunday. To my surprise, there was only one?! She’s acting normally but I’ve never heard of that happening. She was actually at the vet a month prior and they said she wasn’t pregnant. I’m happy I read the article because I was really worried. Thank you
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Hi Val!

We’re glad to hear the article helped you, if you have anymore questions please don’t hesitate to ask here at AnimalWised
Cory Hill
Cat started laubour last night still only one kitten 24 hours later?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Cory,

It is possible your cat has only one kitten in their litter. If your cat is still in labor, then they may have a obstruction or some other complication. If it is 24 hours later and they are still healthy and behaving normally (or as you would expect after giving birth), it is probable they only have one kitten to birth.

However, we cannot diagnose a problem nor can we confirm the health of your cat. If you are unsure, then you will need to check with a veterinarian. We hope all is well!

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