Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Induction of parturition

Contributor(s): Prof Gary England, Rob Lofstedt, Carlos Pinto


  • Practitioners are occasionally asked to induce parturition in cats.
  • Although this is a common technique in farm animals, it is not routinely practiced in companion animals for two main reasons:
    • The endocrinology of feline parturition is poorly understood. Protocols to safely induce parturition are limited. 
    • Feline neonates are relatively immature compared to neonates of other domestic animal species; thus, premature induction of parturition might lead to elevated incidents of neonatal morbidity and mortality.


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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • García Mitacek M C, Stornelli M C, Praderio R et al (2012) Efficacy of cloprostenol or aglepristone at 21-22 and 35-38 days of gestation for pregnancy termination in queens. Reprod Domest Anim 47 (Suppl 6), 200-203 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Christiansen I J (1984) Reproduction in the Dog and Cat. London: Bailliere Tindall, p 269. ISBN 0 7020 0918 0.