How To Tell If Your Cat Is Pregnant
Are you wondering if your feline friend is pregnant? According to WebMD, a female feline can get pregnant when she is as young as 4 months old. If you have a female feline who isn’t spayed and has access to male felines, then chances are good that she is going to get pregnant at some point.
The Signs Of A Cat In Heat
Like humans, female felines have periods of peak fertility when they can become pregnant. They can go into heat about once every 2 or 3 weeks, so there are plenty of opportunities for your feline friend to get pregnant.
A female cat in heat will be obsessed in going out and finding a mate. She will meow loudly and roll around on the ground a lot during this season. She can be very restless as well! A female feline in heat will often direct her amorous feelings towards anyone and objects such as the furnitures.
If you want to avoid an unexpected litter of kittens, it’s best to spay your cat before her first season.
The Signs Of A Pregnant Cat And How To Take Care Of Her
To find out whether your cat is pregnant, here are some signs to look out for:
1.Bigger tummy and weight gain
Your cat’s belly will get large around 30 days after she mates.
However, feeling your cat’s belly is not always accurate. Ultrasound can confirm your cat’s pregnancy after day 16. Note that ultrasound cannot tell you how many kittens she is carrying. Although X-rays can determine the number of kittens to expect, they are not always accurate.
Depending in the number of kittens she is carrying, your cat will gradually gain weight.
2.Nipples swell and become rosier in colour
A pregnant feline will start to develop inflated nipples or mammaries about 2 or 3 weeks after fertilisation. The mammaries may become swollen, pinker or darker – this process is known as “pinking up”. Mammaries transform in this way so that the little furballs can find them more easily when feeding on their mother’s milk.
In the earliest stages of pregnancy, a cat may have “morning sickness”. If the vomiting continues or is frequent, a trip to the vet is needed.
She may become more affectionate than normal, purr more and frequently seek extra attention from you.
Your pregnant queen may need extra food and calories. According to WebMD, a pregnant cat will eat about 1.5 times her normal diet as her pregnancy draws to a close. She may eat more often but in less quantities, so be sure to prepare for multiple feedings throughout the day.
Once the pregnancy has been confirmed, it’s best to consult your vet on your cat’s diet and medical care. Your pregnant queen needs a nutrient-rich diet and clean water at all times. Your vet will probably advise you to feed your feline kitten food throughout her pregnancy and during the period she is nursing her young.
Keep in mind that viruses can spread to kittens before they’re born. Thus, it’s important to keep up with your cat’s vaccination schedule. In general, it is best to vaccinate your cat prior to breeding because most vaccines are not safe to give during her pregnancy. If she needs flea treatment or other medication, check with your vet first to make sure the treatment is safe for her. Meanwhile, it’s important to keep your pregnant cat indoors in order to minimize risks to her and her fetuses.