If your cat is pregnant, congratulations! You are about to become a feline parent. Here are some tips on how you can help make your cat’s pregnancy as comfortable and safe as possible.
Your first step should be to take your cat to the vet for a check-up. This will help you determine how far along she is in her pregnancy, and whether she is healthy enough to have kittens. Your vet will also be able to advise you on what kind of care and diet your cat will need during her pregnancy.
Once you know that your cat is pregnant, there are some things you can do to make her more comfortable:
- A warm, soft bedding area away from drafts is ideal. You may also want to get a litter box with low sides so that she can easily get in and out.
- As her belly starts to grow, your cat may have trouble reaching her back end to clean herself properly. Help her out by gently wiping her bottom with a soft cloth after she uses the litter box.
- Some cats also appreciate having their food and water dishes raised up off the ground so they don’t have to stoop down as much.
- During the last few weeks of pregnancy, your cat will start nesting – this means she’ll be looking for a quiet, hidden spot where she feels safe to have her kittens. Once you’ve found an appropriate location (a spare room or closet often works well), leave her alone there so she can prepare for labor in peace.
- When the time comes for your kitty to give birth, it’s important not stay calm and relaxed yourself – if she senses that you’re anxious, it will only make things worse for both of you!
- Keep an eye on her from a distance, though, in case anything goes wrong or she needs assistance delivering the kittens (though this is usually not necessary).
With just a little bit of care and preparation, you can help ensure that both mommy and babies have a happy and healthy experience during this special time!
His professional interests include humane education, ethics, small animal behavior, and veterinary. As a pet lover from school life, having grown up with two cats and a dog. If he isn’t spending time with his friends and family, Justin enjoys traveling. Learn more about Justin here.