Your cat has gotten pregnant or a pregnant stray has adopted you? Don't
worry! Caring for a pregnant kitty isn't as difficult as it can be. If spaying is not an option for you
while your cat is pregnant, then here is a quick guide to help you prepare for what will be an exciting
but new phase of life.
Just like in women, queens (pregnant females) need to be
examined by a doctor throughout their pregnancy to make sure that they, and their kittens, are all
healthy and happy. While getting an exam done, discuss the option of spaying. Early term spays are easier
on the animal than late term spays. Vaccines should also be discussed if the animal is a stray. Though
they are not generally considered safe for the fetuses, sometimes the benefits to everyone outweigh the
2. What to feed?
You can continue your cat on whatever food they are
use to eating, however you will want to start working in a high quality canned for so that you are sure
they are receiving all the protein and nutrients they possibly can. Litters can take a lot out of a queen
(imagine how draining four or five babies would be on a woman), so it is important and absolutely
necessary that nutritional needs be met.
When your cat is a few weeks from delivering, you will want to switch her to a high
quality kitten food and keep her on this till the kittens are weaned. These foods provide even higher
amounts of protein and essential fats so that kittens get the right start out in life. Think of it as
giving pre-natal vitamins to your kitty.
If your cat appears to be an undernourished stray, just start them on the kitten food
right off. This will help to build her strength up quickly and get the fetuses back on the right
Pregnancy and nursing can cause depletions in calcium which
can result in eclampsia which is life-threatening. Consider getting your cat a calcium supplement to make
sure that this is avoided. And be sure that your cat has access to fresh, CLEAN water all the
4. Maintain the Quality of Life- or Introducing a Stray to a Good
Make sure your cat has a comfortable place to sleep, a clean litter box and a quality
litter. These are things that every cat deserves and should get in addition to quality food and plenty of
fresh, clean water. Get your cat a cat tree or scratching post and some toys. If your cat is a stray,
just imagine how thankful she is to have such a wonderful home to raise her kittens in away from the fear
of coyotes or other wild animals.
5. The Birthing
The day is here! A few days before hand your cat will
have begun "nesting" or looking for a place to have the kittens and preparing it. Closest or other
dark spaces tend to be the location of choice, so be sure that piles of laundry or other items are off
the floors. Move a litter box, food bowl and water bowl into the area you have both chosen and then give
her a box with a fresh towel or worn blanket to rest on. Most cats will move on their own into the area
and begin to live there.
Once she goes into labor, keep an eye out for any problems.
Experienced Queens should let you know if there are issues. In my own experience, it is
best to let them be unless they come to get you. Cats tend to be very private animals and if you are
hovering they will become upset. If they need you they will call. Being on hand is the best support your
cat can have. If they know you are there then chances are everything will go just fine.
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