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What to Expect When Your Cat Is Pregnant

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Perhaps you’ve read a book while waiting for the joy of your baby’s birth. Are you aware of the procedure for your cat’s kitten when it becomes pregnant?

Don’t fill your dish full of Fluffy by putting in ice cream or pickles. 

A cat’s mommy is getting ready to give birth to kittens, also known as “queening.” A female cat can get pregnant at least four months old unless they’ve been spayed to prevent this from occurring.

Queens will continue to go into heat for up to three weeks between spring and the fall season, meaning they’re in a position to reproduce more often than they would otherwise.

The kitten’s birth can last between 64-and 65 days. Thus, a cat may have kittens despite being only six months old.

Are They Pregnant?

The best method to determine this is to book an appointment to see your veterinarian. They will be able to verify that kittens may be on their way and provide an idea of the number they will be in the following ways:

  • The feeling of your cat’s belly can be helpful but isn’t always 100% accurate.
  • Ultrasound can confirm pregnancy on day 16. Ultrasound can’t reveal the number of kittens your cat has.
  • X-rays can help determine how many kittens you can be expecting, but they’re not always reliable and shouldn’t be taken before your pet is 42 days pregnant. It is generally not before 55 weeks.

There are some clues you might observe, as well.

The cat’s belly can become large about 30 days after they have a mate. Another sign is evident when the pregnancy progresses between 2 and 3 weeks after the conception, and their nipples expand and become red (also known as “pinking up”).

Caring for Your Pregnant Queen

It’s not common, but during the first few weeks of pregnancy, your kitten could be suffering from “morning sickness” that might manifest as an inability to eat or vomiting. If it continues, go to the veterinarian. As hormones surge and the changes in the uterus, they could exhibit signs of fatigue. The symptoms will gradually diminish after the first couple of weeks are over.

Like many females having a bun to put to bake (or for a cat, about four buns in a litter), your cat could require additional food and calories when anticipating.

They’ll consume about 1.5 times their usual diet as their pregnancy comes to an end, so make sure they’re always able to get access to their regular diet. Your veterinarian may recommend feeding your cat’s kitten during pregnancy or food labelled for lactating and pregnant cats during their pregnancy, and throughout the time you nurse your kitten.

Infections can be spread to kittens before their birth, so be sure to keep track of the schedule of vaccinations for your pet. If your cat’s pregnancy is due for their usual vaccination, deworming/flea treatment, or needs medication, talk to your veterinarian first to ensure that the treatment is suitable for the cat. It is advised to have a vaccination before you breed, as many vaccines aren’t safe to administer during pregnancy.

Tips to Prepare for the Big Day

Your home should be a relaxing space for the upcoming birth. If you typically allow your cat to go out and play, you should stop it so that they don’t go into labour while on a walk.

A couple of weeks before the date of birth is set, you could observe your cat acting differently when they are in nesting mode. To aid them, search your home to find a suitable place to birth them. Choose a medium-sized container with a narrow opening and then cover it with newspapers, old towels, and comfortable blankets. It will be an inviting place for the mother and the kittens to come.

The nest box is within a calm area of your home. Your cat’s pregnant mother should frequent it, even before the birth, so that they become accustomed to the place and are comfortable.

Remember that you can guide your cat in every way feasible and create the ideal birthing location; however, they will have to do what they’re planning to do. It will happen if they wish to have their baby in a basket of laundry or behind the garbage disposal, or at the closet’s back.

If you find that the cat is nesting, bring them to the vet for its last prenatal check-up. The vet will provide additional information on how you can prepare for the birth, check the mother and kittens’ health, and inform you of what you should do if there’s an emergency at birth.

Two signs to tell you that the big day is near: Cats usually stop eating within 24 hours of giving birth, and their temperature dips to below 100 F. The kittens will be your kittens shortly!

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