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PREGNANCY IN CATS

If you have not sterilized your cat and did not take good care of her during the heat period, the most likely thing is that she has become pregnant, you will realize that this is the case after a few weeks when you notice that she is getting fat and her teats will be placed more pink, it will also change your mood.

The pregnancy in cats lasts approximately 9 weeks, we must take care of the feeding of the future mother because it is very important for the development of the puppies, it is necessary to increase the amount of food but in small portions or give her access to food for her to eat little by little and often this from the middle of the pregnancy as the belly has grown. The food must be changed for one high in nutrients and that is for puppy cats or, failing that, for one for pregnant mothers.

During pregnancy give your cat a lot of love, pamper her, do not scold her, she trusts you and will surely look for you to assist her in the delivery, remember that she sees you as her protector.

Pregnancy in cats

If you have any questions regarding the condition of your cat, it is best to take her to the vet to tell you if she is in good health and perhaps perform tests in case the cat is rescued from the street since it may not have been vaccinated, have health problems or if you need vitamins to carry out this pregnancy process. If you want to do an x-ray exam to see the size and number of kittens, you can do it after 45 days of pregnancy.

REMEMBER: Never self-medicate your cat while pregnant, to resolve any questions you should go to the vet and he will prescribe what she needs and does not cause any negative effect on the kittens.

The cat will seek to make the nest in the last two weeks of pregnancy so remember to keep it in a calm and adequate environment, free of stress and provocations, it is best to adapt a nest or leave it in a room only with old blankets so that she can do it herself. do when labor is near; You will know that the moment has come because their behavior changes and they start looking for the nest, they will want you to be with them and they can feel nervous if you move away, they get very restless. Do not be surprised if your cat in the final does not choose to use the nest you have prepared.

Leave food, fresh water and a litter box in the room where the nest is so that the cat can be more aware of the kittens but you should place these things away from the nest because cats sometimes have mania and maybe not If you like the smell of food or the smell of the litter box, you want to make the nest elsewhere.

You will know that the time of delivery is approaching since you can see a milky discharge on the nipples of your cat and a decrease in temperature. The cat begins to purr very loudly and meow as if she were hurt and her attitude will change so you must take her to the nest that you prepared for her and watch her at a safe distance to supervise that everything is going well.

While the cat is giving birth avoid sudden noises and if you are going to speak do so but with a very low voice.

When it is time for the expulsion of the young, the cat releases a clear liquid that then darkens, strong contractions begin, when the cat crouches or squats it is because the moment of the birth of the kittens has arrived. They begin to come out approximately 15 minutes after they have been put in that position and the other kittens will come out at intervals of 5 and 30 minutes.Do not forget that the placentas must also be expelled, one for each kitten, the mother licks them by removing them from the amniotic bag or sac and stimulating them to breathe, conditioning them to breastfeed while labor continues, the cat will eat all the waste. If the cat is still busy with a kitten and another has been born, you can help her by breaking the bag carefully and rubbing it face down with a damp towel to stimulate breathing, remember that your hands must be disinfected and the materials you use must be clean.

Kittens are born blind and deaf but with a very keen sense of smell. This is why they find their mother quickly and begin to drink milk. It is very important that they are fed with this milk called “colostrum” since it contains antibodies that the mother passes to the puppies to protect them against diseases, but when the time is appropriate, the feline vaccination scheme should be started because the antibodies received through breast milk they begin to disappear.

You will know that the labor is over when you see the relaxed mother nursing her kittens. Nature is very wise but sometimes we have doubts that it has not thrown all the offspring, do not worry because if there is a problem for sure you will notice it and even more so because the cat will show you signs, in that case go immediately to the vet, he will check your cat to see that there are no problems.

Sometimes the placentas come out separately but you must be aware and count them to know if any remained inside, the cat can continue expelling secretion for several days so do not panic, it is advisable not to let them eat the placentas so that they do not have digestive problems but don’t worry if it does as it is natural.

Do not forget that during your cat’s pregnancy you must go to the vet for follow-up and that it can progress without problems, we must have the vet’s phone at hand in case of any inconvenience or for him to advise you during delivery.

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Sherry Fluharty, is an Activist, animal activist, community manager, and blogger at Tom Cat Wiki in order to make people aware of the responsible ownership of pets. And in charge of writing content and responsible for the project.