10 Essential Pregnant Cat Care Tips
by: Marc de Jong
Keep your pregnant cat indoors.
Don't expose an expecting kitty to danger. But there are more reasons. Some
queens go into heat even during pregnancy. Cats are capable to be pregnant of
two different litters at the same them. And of course, a pregnant cat should
not give birth in a cold place outside.
Give your kitty the right food.
It should be high on calcium and protein. Kitten food is specially designed to
meet the need of pregnant and nursing felines. Vitamin supplements are
Do not give any medication during pregnancy.
A pregnant cat should get medication only in emergency. The same goes for
deworming products, or products against fleas. If she has worms or fleas, first
consult your vet.
Make your cat a comfortable nest bed.
A box filled with newspaper usually does the trick. Put in a warm sheltered
place, preferably a location your cat frequently visits. Make sure all is ready
two weeks before birth.
Find a home for your kittens - before they are born.
It will give you peace of mind to know where the kittens will go. Finding a
home for a kitty can be time consuming. You'll have more time for that before
they are born.
Use non-clumping litter for her box.
Sometimes cats give birth in the litter box. If a kitten is delivered in
clumping litter, the mother kitty might refuse to clean her newborn off as the
clump is all over the sac. And the baby drowns in its own fluid.
Keep other cats away from her.
You have more than one kitty? Your pregnant cat wants privacy. She doesn't like
the company of other cats during this period, even if she knows these cats very
Buy enough food for your kitty... and you.
You should have no reason to leave your kitty alone on the days before and
Check which vet is available.
Have a piece of paper with the phone number of the closest emergency veterinary
clinic. If there's no such clinic in your area, find out which vet is available
for emergency care. One phone call to a local vet is usually enough.
Get the right information about cat pregnancy.
Only if you understand what you see and hear, you will be able to recognize
complications. Plus... there are many problems you can solve yourself, if you
know how. So, do not panic. Get the right information instead.
About The Author
Marc de Jong is a journalist and long-time cat lover. For his book How To Take
Care Of Your Pregnant Cat - available through
- he interviewed several award-winning breeders and specialized vets.