Is your cat sleeping a lot, having a bulging abdomen? Is her nipples big and very pink, this could mean she is pregnant and might be expecting her kitten soon. If your cat is not neutered, roaming around in the neighbourhood possibly she befriended a cat and mated.
If you weren’t ready or do not know what to do next these few tips on how to take care of your pregnant cat and bundle of joy would help. The more you know about what your cat is going through, the better equipped you are to empathize and know how to help. Your feline friend pregnancy is physically and emotionally demanding, so do not burden your pregnant cat with unneeded pressure, this is the time she should be stress free and calm.
Tips on how to care for your pregnant cat
- First checkup
Pay close attention to what your veterinarian says at your first and other visits as you will be the immediate care giver to your cat and her kittens. Your vet will touch on food issues,vaccination and general welbeing of your cat at this time.
Up her care a notch higher especially ensure she has been vaccinated, if not it might need to wait so as not to affect her unborn kitten, you can talk to your vet to ensure if it is safe. The act of having a healthy lifestyle while she is pregnant will show her you love and care for her. This includes making good choices and going to the veterinarian for regular visits. As the cat owner you will stand with her to her full-term, you are more likely to have a healthy birth if you maintain a healthy pregnancy for your cat.
- Medical history review
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as you find out that your cat is pregnant. Your veterinarian will start by reviewing her medical history for a smooth birth when your cat is due.
- Discomfort cause and remedies
If you have noticed any discomfort or issues and want to know about your cat symptoms, it is good to take to your vet to understand your feline friend. At each visit, the doctor will record their weight as it not advisable for your cat to be overweight. These measurements help to track your health during pregnancy and also cautions you on the right portions of food that you can feed your cat at each stages.
- Portioned Healthy balance diet
Aim to feed your expectant cat a healthy balanced diet whenever you can. Eating a balanced diet is one of the best things you can do for your cat and her unborn kitten. Be careful of the following foods and drinks during pregnancy This means having a portion of food that contains fruits and vegetables, food high in fiber to avoid constipation (a bloated pregnant stomach can be a handful for your cat you do not want a sick pregnant cat):, a bit of protein to avoid an obese cat preferably fish because of the omega oils which are good for brain development and some calcium. These can be food in most cat foods especially the kitten foods. Seek your vet opinion on this as you want a healthy pregnant cat at the end of the day.
- Gradual food change in the pregnancy term
Pregnancy duration of your cat before her kitten arrive
Pregnancy in the cat is approximately 9 weeks (approximately 64–67 days). This is best divided in 2 unequal sections: the first 6 weeks and the final 3 weeks.
We recommend switching her back to kitten food, from the start of her pregnancy until after her kittens have ben weaned. Change your cats’ food gradually, by adding more and more of the kitten formula to her usual food over 7-10 days until the two foods have been completely swapped over.
- Well hydrated
Ensure your cat stay well hydrated too too. The amount of water in your cats’ body increases during pregnancy to help her maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Water helps your cats’ body to absorb and transmit essential nutrients. So when she is dehydrated, her kittens cannot get all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrient it needs to develop well.
- Regular monitored exercises
Unless you cat has issues during pregnancy, you should get her to do regular exercise like with a cat wheel for a few minutes to exercise her muscles, it shouldn’t be aggressive so as to hurt her. Exercise promotes a healthy lifestyle and can help ease discomfort. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day but talk to your veterinarian about any conditions that may prevent exercise or any concerns. Exercise may also give your cat some relief from backache due to the kittens’ weight. It can help with sleep problems. Fatigue is very common when you cat is pregnant. Ensure she gets enough rest or take a nap if possible.
- Lots of love, care and cuddle
Taking care of a pregnant cat is an important responsibility. You want your pet to be comfortable and healthy as possible. Be understanding and accommodative.
- Consult in case of medicine or supplement administering
Check with your veterinarian before giving your cat any medicine or supplement. You do not want to poison her and interfere with her pregnancy. You might be alarmed especially if she is experiencing a lot of nausea or vomiting which might strike anytime during the day (or night). If the vomiting is causing her weight loss seek medical attention from your veterinarian. If the vomit is not frequent just ensure she is eating frequent, small meals, avoid foods that are greasy, spicy or acidic and with time this will pass.
Do not administered supplements without talking to your veterinarian first because you read it somewhere it can help your pregnant cat. A lot of cat owners find the pregnancy process a little bewildering but if you are ready and have a comfortable place for the kitten birth all you need is to be stress free and keep your cat calm. Not knowing what to do might end up with you backing away instead of stepping up the support when your cat needs you the most.
- Veterinarian advice
As soon as you find out your cat is expecting talk to your vet for relevant advice and preparation for the more you have 9 week before birth to be ready.
Organizing your cats care early means you’ll get good advice for a healthy pregnancy right from the start and have a memorable birth time with your feline friend as you welcome the kitten or litter of kitten home. Share with us your cats’ birth experience and how you handled it for other cat lovers to learn from.