A Pregnant Cat
Your cat is preparing to give birth to a baby! Do you know how to ensure that your cat has all she needs during giving birth, though?
A pregnant cat will need special care to get through her pregnancy and give birth to a healthy litter of kittens. Here is a quick guide to cat pregnancy, along with suggestions for keeping the mother cat happy and healthy.
Siamese cats frequently give birth at around 71 days into the pregnancy, while most cats give birth between days 63 and 69 on average. Cat pregnancies typically last 65 days. But kittens born before day 60 typically aren’t strong enough to survive.
Because they are feeding both themselves and their litter of kittens, pregnant cats, like expectant moms, need extra nutrition. Feed your cat a meal made from kitten formula that contains more calories and nutrients than regular adult formulas because she will require a lot more calories than usual, and these needs will only increase throughout the pregnancy.
You should prepare to increase the amount you feed your cat as well as the formula you give her, especially as her pregnancy nears its end.
Morning Sickness in Cats
When a cat is pregnant, morning sickness can occasionally occur. It usually begins in the third or fourth week of the pregnancy as a result of hormonal changes and uterine distention. She may opt not to eat since she doesn’t care if she vomits in the end. In this case, you can carefully move the kittens to the shelter you made once they are born.
Establish a Birthing Site
Just before she is ready to give birth, offer your cat a box or other suitable shelter so that she can experience childbirth and care for the kittens. To make it more comfortable, line it with soft blankets or towels; these are easy to replenish or clean. Make sure your cat is aware that the shelter is there for her to use, and place it in a peaceful, comfortable area.
Your cat may decide to give birth somewhere else despite your best attempts to offer a safe setting. If the cat stays longer than two days without eating or drinking, take her to the doctor. This should only last a few days. The mother won’t harm or abandon the babies if you take care of them, so you can be sure you can handle them.
Your pet may require help.
Even though your cat can produce her litter on her own, the following warning signs suggest that she needs immediate veterinary care:
She’s been having contractions for the past 15 to 20 minutes, but she hasn’t given birth to a kitten yet.
She can deliver a kitten in one to two minutes, but there is a protruding placental fragment or part of a fetus.
More than two hours pass in between kittens.
The woman gets an offensive-smelling vulva discharge after giving birth.
After giving birth, the mother exhibits unusual behavior, has trouble eating, vomits or has convulsions.
Working with your veterinarian
When taking care of a pregnant cat and the kittens she will give birth to, it is a good idea to stay in touch with your veterinarian. He can ensure that the cat’s pregnancy is going well and that the kittens are developing normally. He’ll figure out how to feel her abdomen without jeopardizing the pregnancy, so leave it to him to handle it.
Having this expert support network on hand both during and after the pregnancy would make it easier to finish the task and guarantee the welfare of your cats.
Quelques mots sur reproduction
It’s important to keep in mind that only qualified, seasoned breeders who have a complete understanding of the breeds they are growing should breed cats since there are simply too many cats in shelters and on the streets worldwide. You shouldn’t let your cats reproduce just to see the birth process, get a free kitten, or profit from the kittens. Please consider spaying and neutering your cats instead. When you’re ready to bring a kitten home, contact local animal shelters and rescue organizations to choose a pet to adopt and help save a life.