Cat Pregnancy Information
Congratulations your cat is pregnant. This is a reason to rejoice but cat pregnancy also increases the anxiety of the owner. It leaves you thinking and planning how to manage the pregnancy of your dear cat.
I am sure every owner is anxious for the safety of his cat while it is pregnant. So many questions and doubts shred the mind of the owner – how to keep the cat safe during pregnancy, how to take care of its nutritional requirement, whether will it deliver safely, and so on. While your cat’s pregnancy is nothing much to get anxious you must have the basic awareness to deal with the situation successfully.
Just as human beings cats also need immense care when pregnant. The owner should take care to provide the cat with a very congenial atmosphere. The cat should not get the stress of any kind due to changes in the environment, or a new pet entry. The cat should be provided the best possible medical care and a regular check-up with the vet. So when you discover that your cat is pregnant the first step is to decide on a suitable vet and follow a regular check-up schedule.
Here are the basic facts related to a cat’s pregnancy:
How to make out whether the cat is pregnant?
For the owners who are breeding the cat, it is easier to detect the pregnancy. Otherwise, you have to look for other symptoms like weight gain, enlarged nipples, morning sickness, nesting activity, and increased appetite.
What to do once you discover it’s pregnant?
The first step is to take it to a vet and confirm its pregnancy. Make a follow-up schedule with the vet and take the cat for a timely check-up. Ask your vet for the nutritional supplements required and any extra care needed. Ensure that everything is normal in your cat’s pregnancy and it is going to deliver easily.
What is the gestation period for cats?
The gestation period for cats is between 60 – 67 days. However, on average most of the cats deliver close to the 63rd day.
What precautions should be taken during a cat’s pregnancy?
- Provide a very hygienic atmosphere to pregnant cats.
- Stop your cat from eating filth or garbage. In case she catches any infection the treatment becomes difficult during pregnancy.
- No vaccination should be given to cats during the gestation phase. All important vaccines should be completed before pregnancy.
- Provide very nutritious food to the pregnant cat so that the kitten is born healthy.
- Prepare a nesting area for your pregnant cat and move the cat there at least one week before delivery. Provide a warm blanket and mattress and keep the area a little secluded. The area should be warm to ensure a comfortable delivery.
How do you know that the delivery is going to start?
- The cat losses its appetite
- The cat keeps itself busy in the nesting area
- They might start licking their vagina and abdomen
- Breathing starts rapidly
- Cats start getting anxious and restless
What can be treated as an emergency during labor?
- If the cat fails to deliver after 3 hours of contractions
- If you see bright-red bleeding during labor
- Failure to deliver even after 66 days
- Foul smell discharge during labor
If any of the above complications arise you must rush to the vet. Cat pregnancy is not a complicated procedure. It is very natural and animals are good at doing it without human help. However, as owners, you just need to be attentive and provide that extra care to your cat.
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