April 9, 2010

My Cat is Pregnant, What Should I Do?

Filed under: cat becoming pregnant,cat pregnancy,pregnant cats — Dr. Amber Reed @ 9:15 am

my cat is pregnantPet cats should be spayed or neutered. Not only does “fixing” your cat prevent future diseases, it also helps to control the population of stray cats. Nevertheless, cat pregnancy happens and if your cat becomes pregnant it’s your responsibility to care for the mother and her unborn kittens. Typically, cat pregnancy lasts for about 65 days and during this time you’ll need to protect the mother and her health.

One of your first responsibilities during your cat’s pregnancy is grooming. Especially when the mother is carrying a large litter, she may not be able to groom herself properly. Grooming is an important aspect of your cat’s health and safety so if you notice your pregnant cat having difficulty grooming, be sure to brush her more often and wipe her backside with a warm, damp cloth.

In addition to grooming, you need to make sure your pregnant cat is receiving the proper nutrition. Speak to your veterinarian about special dietary needs of pregnant cats and how you can ensure that your pregnant cat is properly fed. Pregnant cats will typically eat about 25 per cent more calories and nutrients than usual. Also, during pregnancy cats may have a voracious appetite so take care not to over-feed her. You usually won’t need to provide your cat with vitamin supplements unless specifically recommended by your veterinarian.

Finally, during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy, you’ll need to be vigilant about your cat’s behavior. When your cat is preparing to give birth, she will look for an appropriate place for labor as well as post-natal care of her infants. Another sign that labor is imminent is a temperature drop of about 1°C in your cat. When you start to notice these behaviors it’s time to get ready for labor.

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