THE RIGHT DIET IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR PREGNANT CAT
Give her a vitamin plus mineral supplement. There is milk available with these supplements. Serve it, but don’t overdo it!
To meet the needs of your queen and the little kitty’s in her belly, you should also give her specially designed nutrition for kittens, pregnant and nursing felines.
An important point: start mixing your cat’s regular food with kitten food. Add more kitten food every week. During the week of birth your queen should eat only kitten food.
Also increase the number of meals. She should eat two times the amount she ate before feline pregnancy.
YOUR MOTHER HAD TO EAT FOR TWO, WHEN YOU WERE ON YOUR WAY. CATS ARE NOT DIFFERENT
Don’t get worried if your pregnant cat starts to sleep more and more. Inactivity and rest are perfectly normal during feline gestation.
If your cat carries a large litter, she may have problems cleaning herself. Groom her regularly, and clean her anus with a soft cloth – if the cat allows you to.
Pay another visit to your vet during the seventh week. Movement of the fetuses can be felt now! An X-ray will show the number of kittens that will be given birth.
It will give you a great feeling to see the tiny skeletons of these little cats. Too bad, the mother can’t read X-rays!
ANTICIPATE ON THE EXPECTED NUMBER OF KITTENS BY CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEST BED
For birth you will most likely use a box, but once the kittens are there a cozy cat bed is recommended. The modern day, well designed nest beds are more comfortable and much more durable to use than the ‘homemade’ blanket-in-a-box.
AS ALREADY SAID, FOR THE BIG MOMENT A BOX FILLED WITH OLD NEWSPAPERS IS MORE SUITABLE
Make sure you have a few of them, all in quiet places, so the queen can decide for herself which one is best. During the two weeks before the kittens are due, she will become restless and walk around to find a proper location for birth.
Don’t be surprised if she turns up in your wardrobe. Keep it shut, especially during the ninth week of the feline pregnancy.
If feline pregnancy reaches day 60, you should be completely prepared for birth.
Make sure you have plenty of kitten food at home. It is normal that the coming mother stops eating one day (or sometimes two days) before the kittens are delivered. Keep an eye on your queen. If you notice something that worries you – whatever it is – don’t hesitate to call your vet.
Taking care of pregnant cats does not require special talents from the keeper. But like everything in life, good preparation makes it a lot easier. Feline pregnancy is a miracle you should be prepared for!