Pregnancy of the Cat
Articles about the female cat and concerns and issues during a pregnancy
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- * Average Gestation Period of the Cat
What IS the average length of pregnancy in a cat? How many kittens does a cat usually have? How long is it from the birth of the first kitten to the birth of the last one? Find the answers to these questions... and more!
- * Caging Mommy-To-Be
Pregnant cats should be confined for their own safety and the safety of their newborns.
- * Calcium for Your Pregnant Queen
Calcium is an important and vital ingredient in the health of your breeding queen. Lack of calcium can actually lead to a nursing queen's death. Understanding the role calcium plays will help you give her the best care possible while ensuring her a succes
- * Cuddle Curl
Ever good female cat who has kittens will exhibit the Cuddle Curl. This behavior is essential to the well-being of her kittens.
- * Discharge During Pregnancy
If a pregnant female has a vaginal discharge during her pregnancy, it is a cause for concern, not panic...
- * Double Pregnancy
Is it possible for a cat to be bred, become pregnant, then be bred again during her pregnancy and conceive again?
- * False Pregnancy
Thinking your cat is pregnant only to discover she is instead experiencing a false pregnancy is disappointing, but not necessarily a tragedy.
- * I Don't Do Windows (Mom-Cat Won't Lick Her Kittens' Bottoms)
Occasionally, the new mother cat will not lick her kittens' bottoms — a behavior needed to stimulate her kittens to urinate and defecate, and a necessary duty to keep the birthing box clean. Learn how you can teach the new mother to perform this "chore" for her babies . . .
- * Instinct Chain of Motherhood
Are you interfering with the natural mothering instincts of your queen? Emma Hjälmås of CyberCats Persians shares her thoughts about how much or how little you should be helping your queen when she is delivering her kittens.
- * Is My Queen Pregnant?
There are several different methods of determining whether a cat is pregnant depending on how long it has been since she was bred. Learn the best and most accurate ways to tell if your queen is expecting kittens . . .
- Kitten Due Date Calculator
Simply type in the date of the first day your queen was bred, and her Due Date will be calculated for you.
- * Morning Sickness
Just like human mothers-to-be, cats can experience bouts of morning sickness when they are pregnant. Learn what you can do to help settle the stomach of the expectant queen...
- * Ninth Week
Do you know what you should be doing in your cat's ninth week of pregnancy?
- * Nutrition For The Pregnant Cat
Providing the best nutrition for your pregnant cat will ensure that her kittens get the best start to life possible.
- * One Pregnancy: Two Litters
In rare instances, a pregnant cat can come into season, be bred, and conceive a second litter while still carrying the first. Learn more about this unusal phenonenom called superfetation . . .
- * Palpating For Kittens
Learn how to palpate your queen to confirm pregnancy and count kittens. This is a useful skill for the modern cat breeder to develop!
- * Pinking Up
The first clear indication of a cat's pregnancy is the phenomenon known as 'pinking up'
- * Post-Delivery Queen
Knowing what is 'normal' behavior in a female cat following the delivery of her kittens is important in determining whether or not to intervene in her care of her newborn litter...
- * Pregnancy & Delivery Record Keeping
Good record keeping is an essential for the smart cat breeder. In particular, keeping detailed records of each female cat's past pregnancies and deliveries enables you to evaluate whether things are progressing typically for that particular girl in her current pregnancy. This article details the things you need to track.
- * Pregnancy Schedule Of A Cat
This article discusses what happens to a cat's body when she is pregnant. Included is a chart showing the progress of the pregnancy from the first day of breeding until the date the queen gives birth to her kittens.
- * Pregnant With Ringworm
It is always upsetting to discover ringworm on any cat in a cattery situation - but it is especially distressing if the cat in question is pregnant. What do you do next? While you should not give the mom-to-be any oral anti-fungal medications, you do have other options to treat both her and her babies....
- * Prenatal Care of The Pregnant Cat
Before breeding your female queen, know the steps you should take to help her answer the extra demands a pregnancy and deliver a healthy litter.
- * Reabsorbed Kittens
If a cat pinks up at three weeks, has her pregnancy confirmed by palpation or x-ray, arrives at her due date but has no babies inside her, it is likely that she has reabsorbed her kittens.
- * Red Raspberry Leaf
Red Raspberry Leaf has been known and used for many years by cat breeders and pregnant women to help to give birth.
- * Red Raspberry Leaves and Marshmallow Root
Did you know these two simple herbs can be used to supplement your pregnant queen's diet and help her have an easier delivery and produce more milk?
- Uterine Torsion
Uterine torsion is a twisting of the uterus. It involves one horn and the twist is at the junction between the body and the horn. It can threaten both the life of the pregnant cat life and the lives of her kittens. Recognizing the symptoms is an important part of any breeder`s rolodex of knowledge.
- * Uterine Torsion Medical Case Histories
This article describes the medical histories of three female cats. Each cat developed a twist in her uterus — although with quite different outcomes . . .
- * Vaccinating Pregnant or Breeding Queens
Nursing kittens obtain their initial immunity from their mothers. The knowledgeable cat breeder needs to know the optimal time to vaccinate each breeding queen so that she has a strong immunity to give to her babies.
- * When Not To Vaccinate
All cats need to be vaccinated - however the timing of their vaccinations is important. There are definitely times when vaccinations should be postponed or you risk the health of your cat.
- * X-ray Your Pregnant Cat To Count Kittens
There are several advantages to knowing exactly how many kittens your pregnant cat is expecting. Learn how to count kittens on an x-ray...
- * X-rays Of A Pregnant Cat: Two Views Are Better Than One
X-raying your pregnant female is an excellent way to know how many kittens the queen is expecting. Knowing the number of kittens to expect will increase the chances of a successful delivery. In this article, we look at why two x-rays taken with the cat in different positions can help you accurately count the kittens . . .
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