Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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The Pregnant Cat

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What we are going to look at now is the pregnant cat. Now, we are not promoting breeding from cats here, we are just looking at what to do if your cat is pregnant. Many years ago, I had a rescue cat and took the cat home, and literally, after a few weeks, the cat gave birth. So sometimes you are put into these situations and you did not really plan it. 

Cats are pregnant nine weeks, roughly 63 days. Basically, you would feed the same while they are pregnant. You would not necessarily increase their feed unless they started eating. Normally, in the last few weeks, they may eat a bit more. Once they have given birth, then you let them have as much food as they want, good quality food, obviously.

So, they have got plenty of nourishment for the kittens. If you know your cat is pregnant, they will start to try and find a quiet place. So roughly about two weeks before, you need to bring them in and find somewhere quiet and secluded where they can make a nest. They will want to make the nest where they want to make it. And they would like somewhere quiet and dark. It wants to be somewhere where there is not a lot of people going through. A spare bedroom or something like that would be ideal.

Most cats give birth with no problems at all, but you should never leave a cat alone giving birth because if there were any complications, obviously, you would need to get her off to the vet.

Just make sure that mom has, obviously, got fresh water and food, keep the bedding clean, and just keep an eye on mom, and make sure that she stays bright and alert. Although she will be with the kittens, relaxed and normally purring, and they pad with their paws when the kittens are feeding, you just need to keep an eye, especially a few days after birth, to make sure that she is doing well, and the kittens are all doing well and putting weight on. Keep an eye on her, but do not intervene too much. Some cats do not like you to handle the kittens and put your scent on their kittens, and you just have to be a little bit careful. If everything looks okay, best to leave well alone in the first few days after birth, just to keep a good eye on it, really.

In the first few weeks, mom will let the kittens come out of the nest when she wants them to, and not before. And this is normally at about four weeks, and this is when she starts to bring the kittens out, introduce them to the water and also start to introduce them to the litter tray, and litter train them. And that is a good time to start handling them a bit more. Just the first week, you need to leave mom to just get on with it, and not intervene too much.

You need to try to make sure that you are placing them in good homes that they are going to, because a cat can, as we said before, live for 15 to 20 years, so you want to try and make sure that you are getting a forever home for them.