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Thursday, April 8, 2010

How To Care for a Pregnant Cat














Cats need special care when they are pregnant, just like humans do! A female cat is sexually mature at between five and nine months of age. Once pregnant, their gestation period lasts for about 65 days. Pregnant cats are called queens, which, if you're a cat owner you'll agree, suits them perfectly.
While a cat who has become pregnant may not show any obvious signs of their condition within the first few weeks of their pregnancy, they will no longer be going into heat or showing signs of being ready to mate. After about three weeks, the queen's nipples will enlarge and become quite pink, and soon after her stomach will start to grow larger as well. By this time there should be no doubt as to her condition. Here are some steps you can take to make sure the pregnancy and delivery are as easy and safe as possible for your cat and her kittens.
  • If you suspect that your cat may be pregnant, or if you know that she is, take her to see the veterinarian as soon as possible. The vet will give the cat a regular checkup to make sure she is healthy. No special medical attention is necessary unless she has an existing medical condition or injures herself or becomes ill during the course of the pregnancy.
  • Ask your vet about what kinds of commercial cat food you should be feeding your cat at this time, since nutrition is very important for both the queen and her kittens. Feed your cat several small meals throughout the day, rather than one or two large ones.
  • Cats exhibit signs of "morning sickness" as well as humans do, usually after the first month to five weeks of pregnancy. The queen may have nausea, not eat as much, and sleep more than usual during this time. Don't worry about this unless your cat isn't drinking any water, eating any food at all, or becomes lethargic for more than a day or two - in this case, call the veterinarian immediately.

  • Never give your cat any medications unless they have been prescribed by your veterinarian.

  • About two weeks before her expected due date, set up a special, secluded "nesting" spot for your cat. This can be a large cardboard box (trim down the sides for easy access - your pregnant cat will not be able or wanting to jump very high), or just an area of your home that isn't frequented by the rest of the family, and is warm and free from drafts. Lay down towels and blankets for warmth and comfort. Your cat will need to get used to feeling this area is secure, and a safe place for her to give birth. If you have other cats, try to keep them away from this area as much as possible.

  • If you have a long-haired cat, trim the hair around her nipples and vulva about a week before she is due to have her kittens. This will help to prevent infections, and give the kittens easier access to their mother's milk.

  • If your cat goes outdoors, keep her inside as it gets close to her due date. Otherwise she could give birth outdoors, and this isn't safe for her or the kittens.

  • The beauty of nature is that your cat will instinctively know when the time is right for her to find her nesting spot and prepare for delivery. Once the kittens are born, the mother will stay with them for the next 24-48 hours. Then the fun really begins!

    Best Cat Foods

    If you eat healthy, why shouldn’t your cats? As beloved pets, it is only proper that they, too, reap the benefits of a nutritious diet, and the only person who can give them that diet is you.
    Of course, there is no single diet for cats – just as there isn’t one for humans – because feline diets fall under different categories and perform different functions. Just as we humans always talk about a balanced diet and essential nutrients for good health, we have to maintain a nutritious diet for our feline friends if we are to live up to our claims that we treat them as family members.

    Nutritious diets during the growing period

    Like all animals, including humans, cats too need additional nutrients when they are growing up to build the foundations of lifelong good health. As a general rule, you must feed specific foods to your kittens during the growing phase, rather than allowing them to stuff any old rubbish from the garbage bin down their throats.
    • Cats are often associated with fish. While it’s true they adore fish, that isn’t all their diet is about. They also need certain proteins and carbohydrates if they are to maintain a proper growth.
    • Barley and brown rice should be mandatory parts of a kitten’s diet, apart from protein-rich substances like fish and bony chicken.
    • Whole grains and vegetables are also important. These are to be boiled and lightly cooked before being served.
    • Milk is a must. Kittens need their milk like Calvin needs Hobbes. Milk is an all rounder, because it contains most of the necessary nutrients of the feline diet.

    Feed with care

    As all cat owners know, caring for kittens means far, far more than settling them on your lap and petting and playing with them. Yes, you need to demonstrate your affection but you need to be protective in other ways. How?
    • Food for cats comes in packets, but can also be bought loose. We would suggest you check either kind carefully before buying because many a time, there is a chance that the food may not be entirely fresh. Needless to add, impure food will have a drastic effect on your kitten’s health no matter how expensive the food is and how much you spend on medicines after.
    • There is a tendency in cat food producers to add artificial colors and flavors to enrich their products but these have a definite adverse impact on a cat’s health. As a conscientious cat owner, you ought to take care of these things when you feed your cats. Just as you would not eat too much junk food, so you must regulate your cats’ intake.
    • Also keep your cats away from grocery store edibles. They are invariably of poor quality and good for nothing. If your cat does feel like a snack occasionally, have some cat food handy at all times and gradually get him/her to accept regular meal times rather than feed at odd hours.
                

    Caring for Your Cat

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