May 05, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeding
As you think it is not easy to understand and confirm whether your cat is pregnant or not. One has to be a breeder. Only then with experience gained over the year one can really understand the cat pregnancy symptoms. The cat pregnancy symptoms should be understood very early, else by the time one confirms the feline will be in advanced stage of pregnancy. The cats are very peculiar and the pregnant mother cat will show the clear signs only two weeks prior to the delivery.
Let’s discuss here, few common cat pregnancy symptoms exhibited by the cat, which will help the pet cat owner to be familiar with, so that he or she will know exactly what to look for from their lovely pet. This information will also help the owner to understand how long the cat is pregnant? Or at what stage of pregnancy the cat is in?
The nipples will enlarge slowly, turn pink and soft gradually. One can notice clearly that the cat is putting on weight especially in the mid-section of the body. There will be increased appetite and cat will tend to eat more than the usual as the pregnancy advances. The cat will be more affectionate with the owner than usual. This can be clearly noticed by the pet owner. The cat will begin to make a place for their kittens.
One should also know the other information related to the cat pregnancy. How long the cat will be pregnant? Or what is the gestation period for cat? The normal gestation period is 9 weeks. To be more precise the gestation period is 58 to 65 days. The cats give birth to more kittens. The litter size may vary from one to eight in general, but there can be exceptions. But to get an idea, one can be informed that the average kitten’s size is three to five.
But, one can get very accurate number of kittens before delivery. For that you require veterinary assistance. The vet will give you the exact count of kittens by careful examination of the abdomen. At present, modern techniques such as ultra sound technique are available, which will give accurate count of kittens.
If the cat is healthy, there is no need for special care during the pregnancy. The cat can be given the usual treatment, same habitation, routine food etc. but, if it is out door cat, then it must be kept indoors necessarily. The cat must be prevented from rough playing activities either with its own group or with the children.
Never chase or shoo away for whatever may be the reason. Never indulge in poking the abdomen to check the pregnancy on your own as there is a risk of miscarriage. Even though you’re noticing the cat pregnancy symptoms clearly, it is highly advisable to consult your vet to confirm the same.