What To Expect When Your Cat Is Expecting
January 9, 2020
Your baby is having a baby and you don’t know what to do? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about pregnancy in cats.
How Can You Tell Your Cat Is Pregnant?
- Around 15-18 days of a cat being pregnant her nipples may become enlarged and red.
- Your cat may experience some vomiting.
- She will start to develop a bump.
- Depending on the number of kittens your cat is carrying she will gain between 1-2kg.
- Naturally because she’s eating for two (or three, or four, or five!) her appetite will increase.
- Pregnant cats can become more lovey dovey and seek extra attention from you.
If you are worried your cat is showing these signs but she could be unwell and not pregnant, take her to the vet. They can do an ultrasound and give you peace of mind. If she is pregnant the vet can also give you an indication of how many kittens she’s carrying.
How Can You Tell Your Cat Is Going Into Labour?
- Some cats stop eating or eat less a couple of days beforehand.
- When the time is near your cat may become more vocal and meow loudly. She may also appear restless and keep licking her private area.
- She’ll look for a quiet place in the house to settle down. So be prepared! You can use a cardboard box or a plastic box and line it with blankets. Bear in mind you’ll need to throw the box and blankets away as they’ll be covered in blood. Don’t do this straight away as you don’t want to move the kittens too soon. Give it four days then have another comfy box ready for them.
- The delivery will start with abdominal contractions and some discharge.
- The first kitten should arrive about an hour into labour. Then around every 15 to 20 minutes the next kitten will arrive.
Cats generally don’t need any fuss when they’re in labour, her natural instinct will kick in and you just need to keep an eye to make sure the kittens are not getting squashed.
Bear in mind that cats go into heat once every three weeks, which means they can get pregnant again very quickly.
The best thing you can do for your cat is get her spayed to avoid having an unexpected litter of kittens.