Helping your cat to bring kittens into the world can be a wonderful experience. Here's what you need to know about your cat's pregnancy.
Do you know what to expect when your cat is expecting? If not, don’t fret! From general health concerns, to home pregnancy testing, to typical pregnancy symptoms, the ins and outs of caring for a pregnant cat don’t need to overwhelm.
Remember, the only sure way to avoid a heap of kittens is to get your cats spayed or neutered.
When your cat is pregnant, you want to make sure she is as healthy and strong as she possibly can be. This will not only help protect her from complications during gestation and labor, it will help her soon-to-be-born kittens stay healthy as well.
Most pregnant cats need little help when it comes to birthing kittens—after all they’ve been doing it on their own for millions of years—and problems during pregnancy and labor are few and minor. Mostly, what your cat will need from you is a warm, quiet, safe spot to have her babies; as well as patience as she goes through a number of physical and mental changes. A high-calorie cat food, or kitten food, can help her stay strong. Of course, should you notice your cat in distress at any time while carrying her kittens, don’t hesitate to make an emergency visit to the vet.
Some symptoms of pregnancy will be visible to you at home, beginning at about 3 or 4 weeks of gestation. These symptoms can be physical, such as a swollen belly, or swollen and pink nipples. Your pregnant cat may experience morning sickness. She may even appear to be more emotional, just like we see in pregnant humans. Hormonal changes, as well as discomfort from the expanding uterus, can cause your cat to change her behavior, habits, and mood.
In addition to the presence of the above symptoms, and the procedures commonly used at the vet to determine feline pregnancy, there are also tests kits that you can use at home, or in concert with your vet, to detect pregnancy. These home pregnancy test kits become viable at about 24 days after insemination. Ask your vet if these tests are right for you.
There’s a lot of information to keep track of, especially for those folks with a pregnant feline for the first time. To help keep track of what happens during feline pregnancy, use our convenient cat pregnancy calendar. This way, you’ll never be caught off guard as your favorite kitty goes through the process of becoming a mother cat.
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.