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How Long Are Cats Pregnant - What You Need To Know!

Updated on May 2, 2011

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How Long Are Cats Pregnant For?

So your cat is going to have kittens and you're curious about how long are cats pregnant and all the other details of a cat gestation. In addition to being shocked that your queen somehow managed to get pregnant even although she's an inside cat, you'd like some knowledge on how long a cat's pregnancy lasts.

Maybe it was all those visits you arranged with friend's tom that did the trick, or perhaps you've found a pregnant stray and you fell in love with her. The how it came about doesn't matter any longer. What counts now is getting all the information you need to know to assist your pregnant queen and coming kittens.

A pregnant cat has a gestation period of approximately 60 to 67 days. She could have new batch of kittens nearly every 2 months. That's 6 times a year. Take that another step, and assuming she has 6 kittens each time, she can deliver about 36 kittens a year. So that's how come Bob Barker was always telling his television audience to have their pets spayed and neutered!

In addition to knowing how long cats are pregnant for...A few other changes will happen. You could be able to tell at once that she's pregnant by her nipples swelling up and turning rosier in color. Breeders refer to this as "pinking". Much similar to a human mother to be, a queen can have times of morning sickness for a bit while. But if this keeps going, the queen needs to be seen be a vet, because something may be wrong.

When she's reached the 17th to 20 the day into her pregnancy a veterinarian will be able to find the babies inside of her. An ultrasound can be performed as soon as 2 weeks to determine how many kittens she's going to have. As soon as 3 weeks heartbeats can be detected. If your queen is fit prior to becoming pregnant you might not need to take her to the vet during the pregnancy. But, whenever she's going to have a large litter or is having any problems you'll want to get her checked out by a vet.

Your cat's personality could alter too during the pregnancy. She could crave a lot more affection from you now as her mothering instincts begin to be greater. By all means make a point she gets all the love and attention she needs. Some pregnant females actually do the opposite and will want to hide for 2 months. Much like a female human during maternity cats have hormones and a lot of body changes taking place. Occasionally a female cat during pregnancy simply feels really tired, and would like to be left alone.

During your cat's gestation she will likewise be nesting. Once she begins looking for a cozy spot to give birth to her kittens, then it's time to make a warm cozy place for the delivering process. She may just make a delivering area on her own, by adopting some old clothes left in a pile in a corner. Watch her cautiously in the concluding days since she will be very uneasy and may begin traveling a lot more in search of a good place to give birth.

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      Coco 

      6 years ago

      I am ashamed to say that I let my sweet cat get pregnant...just didn't get her spayed in time. However, already have three people who want one of the kittens. You can believe as soon as she is finished nursing she will be spayed. I have to say that I am looking forward to those precious babies!!

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      koko 

      7 years ago

      thank you soo much for putting this info out it will be so useful:)

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Awwww. It really is a sweet thing to see a mother cat and her kittens. But, as you said and Bob Barker said and we all know, if it isn't an accident or a newly adopted cat who turns out to be pregnant then, we must Spay that beautiful baby so that no more babies are born. Wish it wasn't this way because I love all cats/kittens and it's a shame that there isn't a wonderful, loving home for All born into this harsh world. thank you for another wonderful hub...voted UP and USEFUL!

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