I have a white kitten who I adopted in December. The pet store who had the kitten rescue centre weren't sure of her age but assumed she was around 8 weeks old. It has been a very busy year and I kept putting off taking her to get neutered as she was mainly a house cat anyway. She only started going outside in late April or May time as she was getting to that age were she was crying at the window all the time, ignoring her litter box and pooping on the floor and acting as if she was bored. Ever since she has been allowed outside to play, you can tell that she is a lot happier.
A few days ago my mum was at my house and asked OH if our cat was pregnant We had talked about waiting until she had a litter before getting her neutered anyway so we aren't annoyed about it obviously. She has become visibly larger around the stomach area in the past 2-3 weeks but doesn't look "pregnant" but this could be because she is in the early stages of pregnancy. I googled a few signs on how to tell if a cat was pregnant and from that I realised that her nipples have become more noticeable, they are a lot larger, they are baby pink but about 0.5mm in length and the furr around her nipples has thinned quite a bit so the nipples are very noticeable...
I have never had a pregnant cat before so I am not 100% sure and would like some advice. This may sound silly but do I have to give the cat specific food that is for pregnant/nursing cats? I just wouldn't want her to go through the pregnancy and to get ill or for her kittens to become ill. Half way through writing this thread I rang the vet to make an appointment for her to be checked which is tomorrow morning but I would still appreciate some advice
I'm not a breeder or expert but I have read up a little bit on breeding as I wanted to breed my nan's dog and keep her puppies (she's too old now though I think )
But it said that they need more food than usual so to feed them more, and that they are supposed to have puppy food, I'm assuming that would be the same for cats? As the kitten food has more nutrients for kittens that the Mum would pass down.
I'm sure if you google breeding cats there'll be some tips and things on it all. I'm not sure whether cats need a welping box like dogs do either x
You're right about the nipples, the cat can also be needy or seem to be in season. With cats later on in pregnancy, if you palmate the stomach (gently) you will feel the kittens. She may need vitamins, it depends how healthy and well she's doing. Try to keep her in until she's seen its a scary but amazing thing! X
I sent a couple of photographs to my friend who has a lot of experience with animals and pregnant cats. She said that my cat is definitely pregnant and by the photos and her behaviour (I explained how she was acting, sleeping, eating etc) that she would be due to give birth in around 3 weeks. She also thinks for the size of my cat that she is carrying 3 kittens! Very exciting and only have to wait until morning to have this confirmed by the vet. We are making her comfortable now and keeping her indoors My friend also advised me to continue with adult food and when the kittens are born, to feed the mother kitten food whilst nursing.
Yes she is pregnant, due in 2-3 weeks but the vet couldn't tell how many kittens she was carrying as her stomach was extremely firm. She's indoors now at the radiator on a huge pet cushion with blankets and on adult food with some kitten food for nourishment aswell! I am so excited
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