How To Tell If My Cat Is Pregnant
This video explains different ways to tell if your cat is pregnant, some advice on spaying and neutering your cat, and different complications you and your cat may encounter during and after pregnancy.
Hi, my name is Karen. I'm one of the vets at Cats Protection, the U.K.
's leading cat welfare charity, and I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of cat care. I'm going to talk to you today about how to tell if your cat is pregnant. First of all, it's important to know when your cat can get pregnant.
Cats are really, really good breeders and if you have an intact female cat, she will come into heat periodically, and will do everything that she can to get pregnant during that time. Cats can come into puberty or come into their first heat from, anytime from four months onwards, and they will come in it periodically throughout the year. Also, if they've had a litter of kittens, they can get pregnant again very soon afterwards, and it's very important to remember that family member cats can breed with each other.
So, if you have a sibling pair, say a brother and a sister, they absolutely will breed with each other and will produce kittens. So, how can you tell if your cat is pregnant? Well, cats are pregnant for about 63 days give or take, and in the first half of that time, it can be actually be really quite hard to tell. The first thing to do is always consult your vet.
They may be able to tell by patient feeling, over the tummy feeling for kittens. They'd be able to run some tests. maybe an x-ray or an ultrasound.
Things like that. Some of the things you might want to look for at home: the abdomen increasing in size, and often right at the end of pregnancy, the mammary glands start to develop underneath, and you may even see little bits of milk. So, what should you do if your cat is pregnant? Well, first of all the main thing is to consult your vet, and take their advice as to whether or not neutering is appropriate for your cat.
There are a few risks associated with your cat becoming pregnant. There's often been people thinking that cats need to have a litter or a heat before being neutered or spayed, and that's actually not the case. There are lots of reasons why they shouldn't be.
The most obvious reason is population control. There are always many more thousands and thousands of cats and kittens than there are happy homes for. So, having your cat neutered early is one of the things that you can do to help that.
Also, pregnancy and lactation carry some of their own risks for your cat, the act of mating and getting pregnant. They can get fight wounds, they can spread diseases between each other, things such as FIV which is similar to HIV in humans. Cats who are pregnant can run into birthing troubles and problems with that.
They can have mastitis and other issues. So, it's certainly not recommendable that cats have a litter before being neutered. Having your cat neutered can actually save you quite a lot of money.
There can be complications from your cat being pregnant, and giving birth. Cesareans, problems like that. Also, the kittens once they're born can cost you quite a lot of money with vaccinations and worm treatments.
So Cats Protection can offer financial assistance for eligible people in the U.K. to have your cat neutered, and we recommend neutering from four months of age.
If you want any more information on this subject, log on to cats.org.uk. .