: Cat Pregnancy
Cat Pregnancy Symptoms
Is Your Cat Pregnant?
Cat 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
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
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.
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.