If you have a pregnant cat at home, it’s important that you know how to take care of her. Having a nest of kittens at home can be cute but challenging as well. Make sure you to take the necessary steps to help your “soon to be cat mom” to feel as comfortable as possible! In this blog we will first discuss how you can tell if your cat is pregnant and what you can expect during the stages of her pregnancy.
Just like humans, cats have periods where it’s easier to become pregnant. This is referred to as “being in season” or in “heat”. This can happen about once every three weeks, so there are plenty of possibilities for your cat to become a mom! If you have enough with one cat in your family, you can read our previous blog about spaying or neutering your cat.
There a few signs that can indicate your cat may be pregnant, but the best way to find out is to make an appointment with your vet. They will be able to tell you not only whether your cat is pregnant, but also how many kittens are on the way! Here are some other signs or clues that you may notice:
- Your cat’s tummy will start to swell. Pregnancy is only one of the causes behind abdominal swelling, so monitor it closely to see how it evolves. Avoid to touch it, because you could hurt the mom or her unborn kittens.
- Roughly 2 or 3 weeks after conceiving, their nipples will enlarge and become red. This is known as “pinking-up”.
- Your cat may go through a stage of vomiting, similar to morning sickness in humans. They will also start eating more.
- Sometimes pregnant cats will purr more than usual and look for extra attention from you.
Pregnancy for humans lasts for about 280 days or 40 weeks. Cats on the other hand don’t need this much time. A cat pregnancy usually lasts between 63 to 67 days, or roughly two months. It’s difficult to exactly define the gestation period. Cat’s can already get pregnant when they are only as young as 4 months old!
When a cat gets ready to have kittens, this process is called “queening”, so threat them like the queens they are! Two weeks before the due date, your cat will go into nesting mode. You can help them by creating the perfect relaxing spot for the future mother and her kittens. A box with a low opening and some towels or soft blankets will definitely be appreciated! Don’t forget cats will be cats. If they prefer another spot that looks a lot less conformable in your home, don’t feel offended.
It’s always a good idea to bring a final prenatal visit to the vet. They will be able to give you all the necessary information you need and guide you through all the steps.
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