Cat pregnancy - Care of a Pregnant Cat

How long does pregnancy in cats last? How long is a cat's pregnancy?

Just like all animals, pregnancy in cats in a normal part of a cat's life that sometimes occurs if your cat has not been spayed.

The average length of cat pregnancy is 65 days. But a variation of four days either way is not unusual, so the whole cat gestation period may be as short as 61 days or as long as 69.

For example, if your cat mated on may 5, the date of birth should be on July 10, but could be as early as July 6 or as late as July 15.

When it comes down to it, you are the cat owner and it is your decision whether or not to allow your cat to get pregnant. You are the owner and you must make the judgment. If you do not want your cat to have the ability of pregnancy, it is highly recommended to have your cat spayed and to prevent unplanned pregnancies, have your male cats neutered.

If you suspect that your cat may be pregnant, or if you know that she is, take her to see the veterinarian as soon as possible. The vet will give the cat a regular checkup to make sure she is healthy. Ask your vet about what kinds of commercial cat food you should be feeding your cat at this time, since nutrition is very important for both the queen and her kittens. Feed your cat several small meals throughout the day, rather than one or two large ones. The queen may have nausea, not eat as much, and sleep more than usual during this time. Don't worry about this unless your cat isn't drinking any water, eating any food at all, or becomes lethargic for more than a day or two - in this case, call the veterinarian immediately.

Food for a Pregnant Cat

Feeding Your Own Pregnant Cat
If your cat is already on a diet of quality canned food, it should be safe to continue feeding her the same brand she is accustomed. During the last three to four weeks, she should be switched to kitten food, and continue on that regimen until after the kittens are weaned. In the final week of her pregnancy, try a supplement of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement,) which is readily available in most pet supply stores and many supermarkets.

Pregnant Cat

Feeding a Pregnant Stray cat

A pregnant stray cat may be thin and undernourished. I'd advise immediately feeding her kitten food to build up her strength and stamina, and to help the developing fetuses grow strong and healthy.

Pregnant Cats Need Calcium

Pregnancy (and subsequent nursing) causes a depletion in the amount of calcium in the bloodstream. This condition can result in eclampsia, a life-threatening disease. Although it more often occurs during nursing, it can occur during the last stages of pregnancy. A calcium supplement can help prevent this potential problem, particularly when caring for a pregnant stray cat.

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