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The Pregnant Cat & How Do I Know If My Cat Is Pregnant?

Updated on February 8, 2018

How do I know if my cat is pregnant?
The cat is fertile at an age of about half a year. An average pregnancy lasts for 64 days. There is not much to see during the first two weeks of her pregnancy. Sometimes the nipples turn pink and the cat is slightly more affectionate. The following weeks she eats and sleeps more than usual. Her belly is getting a bit rounder.

Have a pregnancy test carried out by your veterinarian from the 22nd day of her pregnancy. So you know for sure whether your cat is pregnant or not.

How many kittens does my cat expect?
One litter is larger than the other, on average there are 3 to 7 kittens. It is useful to know before the delivery how many kittens your cat expects. The vet has two ways to determine the number:

  • x-ray
  • echo

X-ray: an X-ray will be made from week 6 of gestation. An X-ray has the disadvantage that the vet sees how many kittens there are, but not if they all live.
Echo: an ultrasound will be made after the 34th day of the pregnancy. Your vet will immediately see how many kittens are expected and whether they are all alive.

What and how much can my pregnant cat eat?
Give your pregnant cat responsible, nutritious meals. Enough lime, minerals and vitamins are extra important for her during this period. If you notice that your cat is hungry, take care of extra portions. Prefer to distribute several small portions over the day, which is better than 2 large meals.
Especially the last two weeks of the pregnancy, your cat needs extra nutrition. Avoid organ meat and raw food for your cat. Organ meat contains too much vitamin A, which can cause abnormalities in the unborn kittens. Raw meat sometimes contains harmful bacteria and substances.

What should I pay attention to during the pregnancy of my cat?
Pay extra attention to these matters during pregnancy:

  • Treat your pregnant cat and her sleeping place against fleas. Ask the vet for the right product.
  • Protect the mother cat and her unborn kittens by regularly deworming her. The last four weeks of the pregnancy you do this best weekly.

Which pregnancy ailments occur in cats?
Cats also sometimes suffer from pregnancy ailments. The most common are morning sickness and fatigue. The cat spits her meal in the morning and spends most of the day asleep. Does your cat look very sluggish or does she give away a lot? Consult the veterinarian.

How do I prepare for the delivery of my cat?
Most of the cats do not need any help from us during the delivery. But good preparation is always wise. Make sure you have the following items in your home:

  • whelping box
  • mattress with cover
  • deworming cures
  • small cloth and cotton swabs
  • scissors with a blunt tip
  • disinfectant
  • Vaseline
  • clean cloths
  • scale

What can I do in the last weeks of the pregnancy?
In recent weeks the mother cat is looking for a suitable place for her kittens. Preferably a sheltered spot, so she can give birth in peace. Put the whelping box ready. This is how they get used to it and you prevent them from creeping into your wardrobe.
Place a mattress with cover on the bottom of the whelping box. This place is only for her. Do not allow other pets or children to climb in.
The last two weeks of pregnancy your cat needs more rest. Not too much visitors and do not lift her too often.
Does your cat tend to dig outside a site? Then keep her in the last two weeks.

© 2018 Fawad Ahmad


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