Is your cat pregnant? Well, intentionally or not intentionally, it does not matter now. You have to make sure her newborns remain safe, and even before that, she remains safe in that condition. Many female cats can become pregnant at a young age, and that is very sad as they are not ready to take care of their kittens, as they are still kittens. So it’s our responsibility to make sure she has everything she needs in that difficult time. Here are some tips to make sure your cat and kittens remain safe and sound.
What to Feed Your pregnant cat?
If you notice that your cat is pregnant and your veterinarian confirms it. You need to discuss the best feed for your cat. She needs to select food with plenty of nutrition for her cat and her kitten. Your cat is eating two (or three, four, or five…) and will need extra nutrients. The kitten’s food includes extra calories and nutrients she needs. If she becomes overweight, it can cause problems for her and her kittens. After pregnancy is confirmed, gradually switch to kitten food. However, do not increase the feeding amount unless he is underweight or hungry. Monitor her body during pregnancy with the help of your veterinarian.
Your pregnant cat needs to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, so you’ll want to have a few different water bowls around your home. If your cat has existing health needs or a sensitive stomach, always consult your vet before making any changes to his diet.
Veterinary care for a pregnant cat
If your cat shows signs of pregnancy or if you suspect that your cat has mated during heat, the first step is to take your cat to the vet. Sometimes the cat is quick enough to stop. It is challenging to confirm pregnancy in cats until they are 3-4 weeks pregnant. However, if your cat looks sick or shows strange symptoms take her to the vet for a checkup and let the vet know that your cat may be pregnant.
Preparing for your pregnant cat to give birth
Just before the due date, give your cat a box or “nest” to give birth to and care for the newborn kittens. The toilet box should be large enough for your cat and kitten to fit comfortably inside but large enough to prevent fearful cats from escaping. Place the nest in a warm place and line it with a soft blanket or towel (which you can throw away). Find a friendly place to put the box quietly, out of the way, and show the cat where the box is.
What to do when your Cat is ready to give birth?
Cats are domesticated, and they may not have all the “wild” instincts of a cat. However, most cats do not require intervention at birth. Cats may deliberately seek isolation at birth. Most cats prefer to be alone and do not want to be petted or touched during birth. It is best to give the pregnant cat as much privacy as possible while allowing yourself to monitor the birthing process for signs of pain or distress. Don’t panic if your cat decides to give birth somewhere other than the “nest” designed for the mother and kittens. If this happens, don’t be afraid to transfer the kitten to a litter box after birth. Newborn kittens are perfect for cuddling and handling. Even if you touch the cat gently, it won’t drop or hurt the kitten.
After your Cat gives birth
After your cat has delivered the kitten, the mother and kitten should be taken to the veterinarian for a postnatal checkup within 24-48 hours after the kitten is born. If your cat accidentally becomes pregnant, and you want to know how a postpartum checkup is a good time to talk about brushing your cat to prevent her from giving birth to more unwanted kittens.