Gestation and Caring for Kittens

You can’t say that the pregnancy is a completely normal stage on the life of a female cat, but the owner should confront it with a relaxed attitude, due that every sensation of anxiety can spread to the animal also, to be exaggerated with preoccupation can make the cat too dependent of their owner and to disregard certain maternal shores when the time comes.

Preparing the Cat
If the cat is used to  going outside to the street, she can continue doing so for at least six more weeks, and if she is used to staying inside the house, she can keep on with her same routine.

Remember to keep on with her usual embellishment, although as it occurs with pregnant women, cats usually present a good aspect and don’t require of special cares until the last moment. Pregnancy is not an illness.

The Stages of Gestation
The first signs of pregnancy appear after three weeks of the mating, the nipples begin to swell and to show a pinkish tone. By this time she should be in heat again the fact that she isn’t is prove enough that she is pregnant. But since the still normal volume of its abdomen is not appreciated it can’t be appreciated and you want to be really sure, take the cat to the veterinary for a pregnancy test. Although it is not really necessary, and remember to never touch the belly of a pregnant cat to try to feel the whelps. No one but the veterinary must do it.

At the fourth week, the increase of size of the abdomen is noticeable as is the volume of the mammas. The cat starts to feel an increasing appetite, at the fifth week, this appetite must be satisfied with special heals that will be prescribed by the veterinary.

The appetite will continue to increase until the sixth week, when the symptoms of gestation are evident at simple sight. Now the cat will move more carefully, trying not to stretch or twist, and she sure won’t want to go outside.

Anyway, it is important that she does exercise, for which it is recommended to encourage her to play with small paper balls and rodents made of catmint. Don’t force her; let it be her who decides when to play.

Keep the children as far away from the cat as possible and ask them not to take her on their arms nor hold her on the air.

At the seventh week there are crude changes in her behavior. It is the stage of the “kicks”; the fetus is starting to move and the cat is very excited, she curls and stretches continuously, and begins to look for an ideal place where to give to birth.

From now on it is absolutely essential not to let her go outside because she might give to birth that knows where.

Inside the house, the corners that they usually choose to give to birth are open boxes or wardrobes, so try to lock them all. It is time to prepare a peaceful and quiet area for the cat to give to birth and to feed its whelps.

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