Pregnant Cat Care: What to Do When Your Cat Is Expecting

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You found out your cat is pregnant and you are going to have kittens soon. What do you do? Taking care of a pregnant cat for nine weeks should not be a tedious task. Seeing your cat grow bigger with a hanging belly should stir up anticipation in you. Taking care of her and meeting her needs are going to be priorities from now on so be prepared and be excited to administer pregnant cat care.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

1. The first step in pregnant cat care is to arrange for a check-up with your veterinarian as soon as you suspect or learn about the pregnancy of your cat. During the check-up, you will learn about the cat’s health and how far along your pet is. Usually, the vet is not needed when your cat gives birth if it does not have any sensitive conditions or illnesses.

2. During the first couple of weeks of your cat’s pregnancy, you should start mixing high quality kitten food with your cat’s regular food. Kitten food is more nutritious and your cat will need all the nutrition it needs. Allow your cat to eat as much as it wants because most of its food intake will be allotted for the kitten growing inside. Make sure that at least once a day your cat gets a high-protein meal. Always makes sure there is enough fresh water together with the food.

3. Another tip for pregnant cat care is to add a bit more blankets or pillows in your cat’s bed to make it more comfortable. When the pregnancy reaches 7 weeks, prepare a nest where she can give birth. You will notice your cat going to a particular place all the time so this must be her chooses spot for giving birth.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

You can start placing cozy boxes around the house and allow her to choose from the few you have set up or you can wait for her to choose that spot before you place the necessary beddings. Just hope that your cat does not choose a spot under the bed or in inaccessible places. Cover the nest with some newspaper or with an old blanket that you can throw out afterwards.

4. Make another appointment with the vet just to check if it is all set for the birth. Give your cat extra love, cat treats and all the best pregnant cat care during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy.

5. When your cat is almost nine weeks in its pregnancy, it will start showing signs such as more frequent urination and more time spent on grooming. This signals that in a few days, your cat could give birth.

6. When your cat starts to meow unusually and stays in her nest, it is most probably ready to deliver. You do not need to do anything during this time; your cat will know how to handle it on her own. What you can do is place the food and water bowls closer to the nest for easy access. The process may take a few minutes and could even extend to an hour.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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