There are many signs that your cat will soon become a mother. Some of them can simply be ignored. So how do you recognize a female cat’s pregnancy, and what are the first symptoms her baby is expecting?
Pregnancy and childbearing are one of the most important stages of life for both humans and animals. A different situation always raises many doubts and questions, and changes in a pregnant woman’s body are not necessarily visible at first glance.
How long does pregnancy last for cats?
If you have not yet castrated your cat and accidentally leave it alone at home, the risk of it becoming a mother sooner or later is high. In such cases, it is important to know how cats are on the road and how pregnant the cats are.
This period usually lasts about 7-9 weeks, and the female gives birth 58-72 days after fertilization. The average gestation period is 66 days. The first symptoms can be observed only in the third week after conception. Knowing them will allow you to take good care of your pet before and during birth.
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How to recognize pregnancy in a female cat?
1. Sudden end of estrus
In a healthy female cat, the first oestrus may appear at 4 months of age and usually lasts about 2 weeks. Then it takes a characteristic position, starts to sound louder and rubs everything in its path. Unfortunately, during estrus, many female cats try to go out very intensively due to their strong sexual desires.
If we don’t take care of our students and they run away, we can be 100% sure that the kitten has met the paired man. The obvious proof of fertilization is the sudden cessation of heat.
2. Swollen nipples
Two weeks after conception, a woman’s cat’s nipples change color, become larger and swollen. Over time, they will begin to show a milky discharge. In addition, cats can lick their paws more often.
3. “Double” meal
The growing interest in the composition of the dish and the frequent demand for flavors is another signal that our customer can wait a generation.
4. Enlargement of the abdomen
During pregnancy, your pet may experience an increase in appetite, weight gain, and a gradual increase in the abdomen. Between the 24th and 30th day of pregnancy, fetal bulbs, which are balls that form a chain that extends from one end of the uterus to the other, are felt more than the abdominal wall.
5. Vomiting and nausea
In this regard, the symptoms of pregnancy in cats are not much different from women. If your cat has been vomiting regularly lately, be sure to take him to the vet.
6. Behavioral changes
During pregnancy, your cat’s body begins to produce hormones that cause changes such as tornadoes. Not surprisingly, he is significantly depressed, sleeps more, and needs more rest.
Emotional rollercoaster is also an integral element. Pregnant cats usually experience mood swings, which manifest themselves with increased sensitivity and love for their owners. After that, they can hug, murmur and jump on their knees more often. However, there are some exceptions. Pets, previously considered very social, may not be interested in caress and love.
7. Preparation of the “nest”
Later in pregnancy, the cat can prepare a place to give birth to babies in a calm and quiet manner. If you want to provide your ward with optimal, stress-free conditions during the birth, create a “nest” of blankets for him in the comfort of your apartment.
If you want to know how the birth of a cat went and how we can support our pet, be sure to read our article.
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