How do you take care of a pregnant cat so that her kittens are healthy?
I have always been asked by many cat lovers the following question. I am sure you too have often wondered about it too.
How do I know if my cat is pregnant? Simple stuff. Check her nipples.
Now, don’t laugh. As simple as it seems, it is the absolutely best and simplest way to know if your cat is pregnant.
Have you gotten over your laughter? If yes, then go ahead and check your cat’s nipples to know if she is pregnant or not.
If they are pink, then be assured your pet is on a three months course.
What does that mean? It means your cat is pregnant, and in six weeks time her kittens will be born.
But don’t bet your money on this, the pregnancy of the average cat can last sixty-five days! And in extreme cases this can extend to sixty-nine days.
The pregnant cat needs to be cared for so that her kittens, when they arrive, will be healthy. Many people make the mistake of not taking good care of their cats when pregnant and have had serious problems while trying to give birth to the kittens.
Don’t let this happen to your cats. Ensure that you follow the tips in this guide to take good care of your cats when they are pregnant.
Thus, exercises are paramount, so the cat should continue to have exercise to help maintain her muscle tune and keep from gaining too much weight.
If vitamin and mineral supplement was not started before breeding, this is the time to start it. But do not over supplement as that may be harmful to the developing kittens. If you want multiple supplements to be the diet, there is no harm… but ensure to get a list of all the nutritional labels and take everything to your veterinary doctor.
Poor diets may cause problems with the developing fetus and with the cat itself. So make sure the cat diet is balanced.
This state of affairs can be easily attained if the pregnant cats have been on a premium, adult food prior to pregnancy, and for the first few weeks of pregnancy.
However, it is not too late, starting from the fourth week of pregnancy to begin adding a premium kitten food to her diet. Each week increase the amount so that when she is in her final week of pregnancy, she is an all kitten food.
The frequency of the daily meals should be increased to three by mid-pregnancy or feed her freely.
She may need to eat small meals every three-four hours during the last week of the pregnancy as the kittens continue to take up more room. Remember that most fetal growth occurs in the last two weeks of gestation.
In anticipation of parturition, provide a clean and spacious space complete with beddings for the kittens, to prevent them from getting infected with common feline diseases.
This endeavor is not in vain; at first it might hook perplexing. But don’t be undaunted, it is kindness to a helpless animal, and with this act; you will gain a life long loving companion.
Follow the above tips and you will be sure of taking good care of your cats when they are pregnant- to avoid complications which might not only lead to the death of some of your kittens but probably the death of your cat itself.
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