As pawrents (or grand pawrents), it is important to understand the process of cat pregnancy in order to prepare for it as well as to help your cat through its pregnancy as much as possible. From looking out for the symptoms of pregnancy to preparing for labour, here is a guide to what to expect of your expectant cat.The Early Stage of Pregnancy
Depending on its breed, a cat usually reaches sexual maturity at five to six months old. The early stage of pregnancy refers to the first three to four weeks of pregnancy. During this time, your cat may display behaviours such as a loss of appetite that can be traced to morning sickness. While it may suffer from temporary weight loss, your furkid will regain its weight after the third week. Your cat’s nipples may also turn pink and swollen – so do watch out for these sensitive areas.
Once your pet reaches the fourth week of its pregnancy, you may be able to feel lumps in its abdomen. At this point in time, it is recommended to make a trip to the vets in Singapore for an ultrasound. As the lumps may be an indication of illnesses, the ultrasound is to confirm your pet’s pregnancy. Once you have established that your cat is pregnant, avoid placing pressure on your cat’s abdomen, to prevent obstructing the kittens’ development.The Mid Stage
This stage is also known as the weight-gaining stage. This is when the foetal growth is rapid. During this stage, it is important to ensure your cat’s safety and nutrition at this point, to ensure proper development of the kittens.
With an increased in appetite, be sure to provide your feline with the necessary amount of food. You may also have to increase the frequency of meal times during this period. However, be sure to check with your vet before making any drastic changes to her diet, including the addition of vitamins and minerals. You may also bring your cat to a vet for an X-ray, to find out how many kittens you and your pet are expecting!The Nesting Stage
Usually referred to as the nesting stage, your cat will start to scout for a warm and secluded place to deliver its kittens in. Your cat may start searching for its spot about a week before it’s due. Once you notice this behaviour, place various nesting boxes at the few spots your cat is inclined towards.
At this point, her nipples will appear to be more visible and you may even notice drops of milk. With her due date nearing, your cat will stop eating at least about two days before her delivery. Once she stops eating, it’s a sign for you to prepare for her kittens.Preparing for Labour Source: Cattime.com
When in labour, your pregnant cat will lick her genitals and abdomen to stimulate the birth process. At this point, your cat may also be very vocal because of her discomfort. Once your cat is in labour, it is important that you do not intervene unless you notice something very much amiss.
After giving birth to the kittens, it is normal for your pet to lick the placenta off her kittens for nourishment.
Once your cat has finished birthing, allow her to nurture her kittens for about twelve weeks in order for them to be properly weaned. During the nursing period, feed her with kitten food instead of her usual diet.