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Cat Pregnancy Symptoms
Is Your Cat Pregnant?

Cat pregnancy symptoms darling Tonkinese kittens in a basketCat pregnancy symptoms become apparent after mating because of the hormone, progesterone. From the moment a mother cat appears pregnant (a few weeks after mating), until she weans her kittens around 8 weeks old, her behavior and temperament is strongly influenced by hormones.  Here are some symptoms...

  • If your cat's nipples are pink or pinker than normal, she is around 3 weeks pregnant;

  • She sleeps more and eats more;

  • Weight gain becomes apparent in the 5th week;

  • Golf ball sized swellings in her abdomen. Be gentle!

  • Nipples are visibly larger and start to fill with milk in the 6th week;

  • She increases her grooming;

  • At nine weeks, her distended abdomen indicates that delivery time is very near;

  • She spends a lot of time in one spot, this is probably her birthing nest

If you are a  human mother, you know how much hormones take over your life during pregnancy. If your a human father, or even a casual bystander, you have probably experienced some of the more flaring affects of hormones on the mother-to-be. :)

Contact your vet to confirm the cat pregnancy

Start searching for adoptive cat homes -- you have 6 weeks until birth and another 8 weeks until they are weaned.

There aren't many obvious cat pregnancy symptoms during the first 2-3 weeks of pregnancy. If you suspect your cat is pregnant, get down on the floor right next to her  tummy and check out her nipples. f her nipples are a bright pink, the cat is probably 3 weeks pregnant.

Give your vet a call to confirm the cat pregnancy and plan a 'pre' and 'post' natal wellness program for the mother and kittens. If he confirms that she is expecting kittens you have about six weeks to find 4-8 new homes for the kittens. During your pursuit of adoptive human families, take some time to observe your cat during her pregnancy.

One of the first cat pregnancy symptoms you notice is that her heat cycle stops, thank goodness. She is calmer, less likely to fight, more relaxed and more affectionate towards her human family. She stops roaming from home, even for several weeks after birth, preferring to stay near her nest.

Progesterone relaxes her, suppresses her fears and makes her feel more secure. Don't be fooled by this. If a nursing mother thinks that her kittens are at risk from an intruder, she will warn the intruder. If it continues its approach she will launch the most terrifying attack, unrelenting until the intruder exists the area. There is no bluff in maternal aggression.

Cat pregnancy symptoms cat mother defending her kittens

A matriarchal animal

Cats really should be classified as a truly matriarchal species because the survival of each kitten depends solely upon females. The biological mother is primarily responsible for the care of her young, but other females will feed and protect the kittens when she is absent. The father of the litter, nor any other males will care for the kittens.

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