Feline pregnancy is, like all pregnancies, in some way a miracle. Very often this miracle starts by accident: Molly was on heat and met good old Max. Molly returns home, and it won’t take long before her human room mates – cats don’t have masters – discover she’s pregnant.
Please, don’t panic!
In general it is better to neuter your cat. But if your cat is not spayed or neutered, you will have to support your expecting feline friend. This is not a complicated or time consuming task.
Feline pregnancy, or cat gestation, lasts for about 65 days. Of course you have to clean her litter box and provide her the right diet, but there’s more.
Try to keep her indoors for example. In case she slips out, make sure she wears a cat tag.
It is recommended to have your female cat checked by you veterinarian. If possible before breeding! Cat pregnancy takes a lot of energy. Therefore a pregnant queen should stay as healthy as possible. No medication should be given during feline pregnancy, except in emergency.
The right diet is essential for your pregnant cat.
Many breeders advise to give her a vitamin plus mineral supplement. There is milk available with these supplements. Serve it, but don’t overdo it!
To meet the needs of your queen and the little kitty’s in her belly, you should also give her specially designed nutrition for kittens, pregnant and nursing felines.
An important point: start mixing your cat’s regular food with kitten food. Also increase the number of meals. She should eat two times the amount she ate before feline pregnancy.
Don’t get worried if your pregnant cat starts to sleep more and more. Inactivity and rest are perfectly normal during feline gestation.
If your cat carries a large litter, she may have problems cleaning herself. Groom her regularly, and clean her anus with a soft cloth – if the cat allows you to.
For the Big Moment a box filled with old newspapers is most suitable.
Make sure you have a few of them, all in quiet places, so the queen can decide for herself which one is best. During the two weeks before the kittens are due, she will become restless and walk around to find a proper location for birth.
Don’t be surprised if she turns up in your wardrobe. Keep it shut, especially during the ninth week of the feline pregnancy.
If feline pregnancy reaches day 60, you should be completely prepared for birth.
Make sure you have plenty of kitten food at home. It is normal that the coming mother stops eating one day (or sometimes two days) before the kittens are delivered. Keep an eye on your queen. If you notice something that worries you – whatever it is – don’t hesitate to call your vet.
Taking care of pregnant cats does not require special talents from the keeper. But like everything in life, good preparation makes it a lot easier.
Feline pregnancy is a miracle you should be prepared for!