Pregnant Cats: A Timeline and Process

If you own a show cat or pedigree feline, you probably already know about the cat mating process. The female is brought to the tom, and the mating (also known as a covering) usually lasts for one and a half minutes. It’s knowing what to do next that worries cat lovers the most. Here’s all the information you need to know about looking after your pregnant cat.

Pregnant cat

How to Tell if Your Cat is Pregnant

If you are paying to have your female cat covered by a pedigreed tom, you will need to know about the signs of cat pregnancy. Breeding is an expensive business which is why it’s better left to the experts. If this is your first time with a pregnant cat, here are the signs your furry friend is expecting kittens:

  • When your cat is around 2 to 3 weeks pregnant, the nipples will become pink and enlarged.
  • Your pregnant feline may exhibit signs of morning sickness by vomiting. If it becomes excessive, visit your vet.
  • Weight gain of about 1 to 2kgs and an extended stomach can clearly be seen after 4 weeks.
  • Appetite increases and friskiness decreases.
  • If you are in any doubt, your vet can perform an ultrasound scan in as little as 15 days after conception.

How Long is a Cat Pregnant?

Pregnancy lasts up to 67 days. Labour can commence as early as 61 days after fertilization, and gestation can continue for as long as 72 days. As a cat breeder, you will know when your cat was serviced, and be able to predict the delivery date from there. Take note, your pregnant cat won’t show any physical signs that she is pregnant until at least 2 weeks after fertilization.

Active Labour Signs in Your Queen Cat

If you have adopted a pregnant cat or had a slip-up with your unspayed female, it’s also wise to read up on the signs your cat is about to go into labor.

  • She will refuse food or leave her bowls untouched.
  • Your queen will begin to prowl around the house looking for secluded spots to give birth. This restlessness is a key indicator your cat is about to go into labor.
  • Her body temperature will drop one or two degrees 12 hours to one day before labor commences.
  • Your cat will be agitated, vocal, and lick and preen herself constantly.
  • When you see your cat’s abdomen contracting (it will heave and tighten continuously), it will soon be followed by watery discharge from her private parts. If the discharge is dark or bloody, stop, drop everything, and rush to the vet immediately.
  • After the discharge, your kittens will be making an appearance within a very short time. Your mummy cat and kittens will begin to fill the house with sounds of purring in the next few days.

Don’t touch the kittens at any time and allow mommy cat to clean them herself. Enjoy the new pets in your house.



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