Cat pregnancy lasts for just nine short weeks...
it's that quick. It'll seem like one day there was just you and your
cat, and the next day it's you, your cat and a bundle of cute little
So, how do you know if your cat is pregnant, what are the signs to watch out for?
It will take three weeks before there are any signs that your cat is pregnant.
The first sign is when she doesn't come on heat two to three weeks after she mated.
The first visible sign of your cat's pregnancy will be her swollen nipples which will be a deep coral pink. This pinking will be more noticeable if this is your cat's first pregnancy.
Your cat will sleep more and possibly become a little more affectionate towards you.
She may start to spend most of her time indoors showing little interest in going outside of the house.
After the fourth week or so, you may notice that your cat is gaining a bit of weight and is now possibly looking pregnant.
By this stage the kitten's internal organs will have formed and the embryos
will be about one inch or so in length.
In five and a half weeks the skeletons will develop, and a little later than that you may see movement. When mom-to-be is resting, you can look for tell tale rippling motions along her flank.
At the sixth week of her pregnancy, your cat's nipples will start to swell with milk.
In the wild a pregnant cat will gorge herself as she cannot be at all certain of when she will catch her next meal. Your cat will demand more food, but may prefer that food in smaller, more frequent meals.
Give her what she needs but try not to overfeed as too much extra weight could impede a trouble free labor. Your vet can advise and may recommend that she is fed quality kitten food.
Activity should be present throughout the cat pregnancy in order for your pet to maintain muscle tone and prevent gaining too much weight.
In the last days of the pregnancy however, you will find that your cat will slow right down.
Marc de Jong, author How to Take Care of Your Pregnant Cat, writes.. It is recommended to have your female cat checked by your veterinarian. If possible before breeding!
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.
About a week before the birth your mom-to-be will start to hunt around for a suitable nesting place. Open closets and draws etc. look like good places for a nest to her, so you may want to keep them closed.
Prepare a few good-sized cardboard boxes filled with paper (for her to tear up and arrange,) and leave these in warm, draft free places in a quite area of your home.
Your cat will prefer not to have too many inquisitive humans (or other family pets) around either when she is ready to give birth, or when she has her kittens.
Let her decide which nesting box she likes the best.
A few days before the birth your cat's appetite will subside and she may go off her food altogether.
When labor is very close, you may find that your cat wants to stay close to you and demands attention. Alternatively she may prefer to be quietly on her own, if she does then do you best to see that she has solitude.
Lethargic Cat, Is Something Wrong?
Whatever your cat's normal energy level is there will be times when she or he will be inactive, flopped out and not interested in doing much. Is this a sign that something is wrong with the health of your cat? It may be, but not necessarily so.