Pregnancy in felines lasts about two months. A cat stays pregnant between 63 to 67 days, though it may be as long as 72 days. Often, a cat won’t display signs of pregnancy until two or three weeks into the term. That gives a pet owner a little more than a month to plan and prepare.
Luckily, how to tell if a cat is pregnant usually comes down to a few common signs, such as: Noticeable weight gain in a few weeks (she’ll gain about 2 to 4 pounds in all) Swollen and pink nipples (called “pinking up,” this occurs around week three of pregnancy) Distended abdomen (noticeable around week five)
When looking from above, you’ll see that a pregnant cat’s tummy is distended slightly more than halfway from the neck to the tail. From the side, pregnant cats will look a little swayback with a slightly round and bulging tummy. If a cat is just fat, then she’ll be fat all over including her neck and her legs.
A cat’s first litter will usually be between one and three kittens, but that number can quickly increase with each successive litter.
Will a Human Pregnancy Test Work on a Cat? No, you can ‘t get your cat to pee on the stick. A human pregnancy test won’t indicate whether kittens are on the way. Those tests are calibrated to humans, and you need a species-specific test for your cat, Vahrenwald says.
Look for these five signs to tell if your cat is pregnant. Darkened nipples. At around three weeks, a pregnant cat’s nipples will become darker in color and enlarged. Morning sickness. Just like humans, a pregnant cat may also go through a period of being sick occasionally. Swollen belly. Nesting. Positive ultrasound.
Although the stalking courtship may have taken hours, the mating lasts but a few seconds. After the breeding is complete the tom typically skedaddles while the female has a so-called “ after reaction” where she’ll roll or thrash around like a fish out of water and clean herself.
Preparing your home for your cat to give birth The room needs to be quite warm—around 72°F—to help her feel comfortable and reduce the risk of hypothermia, and ideally needs to have 65-70% humidity. You should put together a nesting box where your queen can give birth.
Things to do following the birth Keep the room temperature warm and the bedding clean and dry. Feeding – the kittens should start to suckle from their mother almost immediately. If they haven’t started after half an hour, gently guide them towards the teats. If the kittens don’t start feeding, ask your vet for advice.
The process of a mama cat getting ready to have kittens is called “queening.” A female cat can get pregnant when they are as young as 4 months old, unless they have been spayed to prevent that.
It is not common to observe vaginal bleeding from a cat in heat. The most notable signs of estrus in cats are behavioral. Most cats become very affectionate, even demanding; they persistently rub against their owners (or objects such as furniture), constantly wanting attention.