HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PREGNANT CAT
There is a lot of knowledge be it books, internet, magazines when it comes to human pregnancy. But do you have any clue what to do your cat is pregnant? Although cat pregnancy is not a lot of effort yet there are some things to follow before welcoming those furballs into your home.
Finding out if your Cat is pregnant
Just like a human's pregnancy, there are a few signs that can help you make out if your cat is pregnant or not, The first thing to look at is your cat’s swollen belly which tends to swell around after 30 days of mating. Anything thing which can help you make out is it’s reddened nipples.
The best place to know if your cat is pregnant is your vet’s hospital. From the number of kittens to the time of pregnancy he will enlighten you will all the details. Ultrasound can confirm a pregnancy after day 16. Ultrasound cannot tell you how many kittens your cat is carrying. X-rays can determine the number of kittens to expect, but they are not always accurate.
Taking care of your pregnant cat
The journey begins once you know your cat is pregnant. The process of a cat getting ready to have kittens is called queening!
Pregnancy brings with itself a lot of hormonal changes that you will have to keep up with. It’s rare, but in the earliest stages of pregnancy, your cat may have "morning sickness" that might show up as a lack of appetite or vomiting. If that keeps happening, take her to the vet. With the surge of hormones and changes to her uterus, she may show signs of fatigue. This phase will eventually fade after those first few weeks pass.
Diet of your cat
Just like all the species in the animal world, you fluff will also need extra calories to keep up with the pregnancy. She’ll eat about 1.5 times her normal diet as her pregnancy draws to a close, so make sure she has constant access to her normal fare. Your vet will probably recommend that you feed your pregnant cat kitten food or food that's labeled for pregnant and lactating cats throughout her pregnancy and during the period she is nursing her young.
It’s better to get your cat vaccinated before pregnancy and most of the vaccines are not advisable during that time. Vaccination will prevent your cat and unborn kittens from all kinds of viruses. If your pregnant cat is due for her regular vaccination and deworming/flea treatment or needs medication, check with your vet first to make sure the treatment is safe for her.
Arrangements for the big day
Make sure you've found the place for the big day beforehand. Look around your place to find that perfect spot for birth. Find a medium-sized box with a low opening, and cover it with newspapers, old towels, and soft blankets to create a relaxing area for the mother and her future kittens. Don’t forget to make that place familiar with your cat.
And when your cat has entered his nesting phase, take her to the vet for her final prenatal visit! Just be flexible with everything and consult you when you face any kind of emergency.