|Pregnant Cat Care
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.
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 each!
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
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
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 age!
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 days.