|Pregnant Cat Care
Have you decided to let your kitty give birth to little bundles of joy?
Firstly, If your cat is under a year old it may pay to seek advice from your vet as cat mothers of a young age
increases the possibility of giving birth to deformed kittens.
Female cats have many heat periods over a year, and each heat period can last around 6 days if a
male mates with her, but if she is not mated, then the period of heat will last longer and will recur
regularly (This is known as 'polyestrous'). She can give birth to an average 3 kittens 3 times a year and
being 'super fecund' meaning that each of the kittens in her litter can belong to a different father
So make sure you book an appointment for after the birth to neuter your kitty to prevent future
pregnancies. The world's cat population is vastly increasing with over 100 different breeds recorded, and so
many inhumane people out there you will find feral cats come in abundance in most big cities. Spaying her
before the first or second heat will vastly reduce threats like uterine disease and mammary cancer, so get
onto it straight away! Your kitty will not miss the joy of motherhood, or she does not have to have at least
one litter to be healthy either.
Female cats can start mating around 6 months old, but male cats can start around 8 months of
age. Pregnancy usually can last for around 58 to 65 days (9 weeks approximately). If you are not looking to
raise a litter of kittens or turn your male kitty into a roaming tom is it advisable to neuter her and him
around 5 months. Neutering him can mean a lot of time saving on the spraying (marking his territory) which he
will do around your house and stop him fighting with other males over females or otherwise. It also makes him
live longer as a calmer and nicer kitty for you to enjoy!
You will need to make sure mother is warm and safe at all times. Feed her small meals throughout
the day, as she is can carry around a few kitties in her belly, her stomach will be cramped for space! Make
sure you change her to a special diet full of vitamins and minerals to put her in top condition for pregnancy
and always have plenty of water available. Find out more about how to care for your Pregnant Cat.
Find an out of the way place, such as a warm cupboard for mother to be able to escape away
before and after birth with the kittens. This will make her feel safe and not have the need to transfer her
litter to another quieter spot, which can put the kittens in danger at this very young
Kittens at birth will weigh about 85 grams. It can take around two weeks before they are able to
hear well so it is important that they are safe. You will find their eyes will usually open around eight