Pregnancy in cats is similar to that of dogs, but with some peculiarities that only occur in cats. Here we will discuss some information that will not only be interesting but useful in case you have a pregnant cat at home.
For the kittens to develop and hatch well, it is important to monitor the mother-to-be and provide her with all the care she needs.
1. Ovulation in cats is induced
Intercourse induces ovulation in cats by stimulation of the cervix. The number of eggs released will depend on the number of intercourse that has taken place during the last heat.
The copulation is very fast, with little courtship. The male approaches from behind, bites down on the female’s neck, and sticks her body to the ground while the male rides her. It may seem a bit abrupt, and the female is usually aggressive with the male minutes later.
2. Pregnancy in cats lasts 63 days
Just over two months is the time kittens need to fully develop. At around 20 days of pregnancy, the kitten’s heartbeat can already be detected. Between the fourth and sixth weeks of pregnancy, the kittens double in size, and after 50 days, their heads and legs are already perfectly distinguishable, they also begin to move.
3. The cat increases between one and two kilos of weight
A very obvious sign of pregnancy in cats is the weight gain of the expectant mother. Depending on the number of kittens that are on the way, the cat can grow to one or two kilos.
Of course, during pregnancy, the cat will tend to eat more, and you may need a more specialized diet. To adequately cover this need, there is a wide variety of feeds for pregnant and lactating mothers, which is convenient to provide.
4. The temperature drops just before delivery
An imminent sign of labor is usually a drop in body temperature that drops to approximately 37.8 ° C between 12 and 24 hours before the start of labor. This phenomenon also occurs in other animals.
5. Mother helps kittens to be born
The cat helps its young to get out of the amniotic sac by breaking it with its teeth, and then it licks the kittens to eliminate fluids from the respiratory tract and thus help them breathe, with the lick it also stimulates the functioning of the digestive system. The mother also cuts the umbilical cord with her teeth.
Once “awake,” the kittens immediately search for their mother’s nipples to start feeding.
6. The placenta comes out at the end
The placentas come out after giving birth to each cat. There is usually one placenta per pup, although two cats can share one.
The mother must be able to deliver all the placentas. Otherwise, placental retention can lead to serious infection. In that case, urgent veterinary attention will be essential.
Make sure that all the placentas come out and that the cat is well and free of a dark vaginal discharge after the delivery process.
It is very normal for the mother to eat the placentas. This is instinctive behavior. Remember that in the wild, wild cats do it to obtain a quick source of nutrients after the effort of childbirth. In addition, it prevents odors from reaching nearby predators, and eliminating it from the nest prevents infestation by flies and other animals.
If you have a pregnant cat, be sure to take her to her vet check-ups and provide her with adequate nutrition throughout her pregnancy. Also, remember that you should pay attention to certain issues at the time of delivery, so you can prevent complications.