Is My Cat Pregnant?
Many times, our pets run away from home and we don’t know what they have been doing once they have returned. To avoid scares and ensure that our cat is always the best possible, learn to distinguish with these tips when your cat is pregnant.
How cat’s zeal works
Many do not know that heat is one of the most difficult times of the life of cats. As is often the case in many species, it is only during this period when the cat will be ready to mate with the male, who, on the other hand, is willing all year.
The female is usually fertile after 8 or 10 months of age. We will know that you have reached sexual maturity when you have reached an optimal weight and typical of adulthood. Different breeds of cats, on the other hand, have their first zeal at different ages.
Since cats are solitary beings that do not move in packs, part of the feline mating ritual consists of locating the closest couple through loud and persistent meowing. The cats are especially affectionate during this time, and they even become ‘annoying’ for the owners. When caressed, they can even acquire a position similar to that of the intercourse.
Cats usually have several fits of jealousy every two to three weeks. The zeal itself begins once it begins to emit a sharp and shrill meow. It lasts between four and six days if it mates with the male. At the end of the process, the ovaries stop producing hormones.
As for males, they tend to be more active between September and March, although they could mate at any time of the year. During these months they tend to be more aggressive and territorial and mark the whole house with urine full of pheromones.
How to detect if your cat is pregnant
The pregnancy of cats usually lasts between 60 and 70 days. In general, it is very difficult to notice that a cat is pregnant during the first week of gestation unless you are a very experienced breeder. Even so, the cat can experience nausea or mood swings at the beginning of pregnancy, as is the case with women.
At 15 or 18 days, the cat’s breasts will begin to swell and become rosier. Your weight will increase between one or two kilos throughout pregnancy, and your belly will naturally increase in size as the birth date approaches.
The veterinarians usually detect pregnancy from the fifteenth day of gestation. That is when they perform an ultrasound to check that the kittens are fine. As the pregnancy progresses, you will be doing more tests to determine how many kittens you are going to give birth to and if any type of nutritional supplement is necessary.
To know when a pregnant cat is going to go into labor, watch when she meats if there are abundant vaginal secretions and if she has lost her appetite. Try to have prepared a corner that provides your cat peace, always with the phone of your usual veterinarian at hand to avoid serious complications.