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Is Your Cat Pregnant?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT KITTENSThe gestation period for a cat is from 58 to 65 days or nine weeks. You won’t notice any physical changes in your cat during the first half of this period. ┬áMost cats have an average of two to five kittens. There are some signs to look for in order to tell if your cat may be pregnant.

  • Enlarged nipples
  • Weight gain
  • Increased appetite
  • Nesting behavior
  • Increased affection

Some cats may exhibit morning sickness. If you suspect that your cat may be pregnant, take her to the vet for a prenatal checkup. Make sure her diet is high in nutrients. Approximately three weeks before she is due, add a premium kitten food to her diet. Increase the amount of kitten food each week so the last week of pregnancy, she should be entirely on the kitten food. Continue on the kitten food until the kittens have been weaned.

A week or two before the kittens are to be born, you can prepare a delivery box for the birth of the kittens. You can use an old laundry basket lined with towels, or you can make one out of a cardboard box.  Keep a close eye on her and when she does give birth, make sure that there are no problems.

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