So, your cat is pregnant. And now she needs special attention and special care. How to take care of a pregnant cat so that the pregnancy proceeds easily and ends safely?
After some time after fertilization, the body and emotional state of the animal begins to change. At first, this is not too noticeable, then somewhere in the middle of pregnancy, the cat becomes irritable and nervous. Some may even become apathetic and refuse to eat. If this condition lasts only a few days, you should not worry, but when a pregnant cat shows signs of nervousness for a long time, it is better to show it to the veterinarian.
How and what to feed a pregnant cat?
First of all, the body of a pregnant cat needs proper nutrition. From the first weeks, the amount of food can be increased by 10 percent. From the third week, the cat should be given one and a half to two times more food than usual. And starting from the 7th week and up to the appearance of kittens, on the contrary, you need to reduce the diet of your pet.
In addition to enhanced nutrition, the expectant mother should receive everything that is necessary for the normal development of offspring: proteins, micro – and macronutrients, vitamins. Food for pregnant cats must be balanced. But the owner must be careful not to overfeed the animal. Food should be given in 3-5 doses.
Food foods that are ready-made should be purchased for cats in the “in position” position. It is advisable to use only high-quality premium food. If the cat is accustomed to natural nutrition, then during pregnancy, meat should make up about half of the daily diet. The cat can be given beef or veal, less preferably pork, and only in boiled form, since raw meat can cause worms in a pregnant cat.
It is also necessary to feed the animal boiled fish of low-fat varieties, cereals (oat flakes, rice, walnuts), vegetables, dairy products (cheese, cottage cheese), fruit. No more than 2 times a week, offer the cat hard-boiled eggs. While carrying babies, a cat may occasionally experience constipation. In this case, add vegetable oils (canned fish oil) or vegetable puree (preferably beetroot) to her food.
Sometimes the opposite situation occurs – a pregnant cat begins to have diarrhea. Food food is most often used for “dry” feeding, so experiments with food should be stopped during pregnancy. With diarrhea, the cat should be given smektu and enterosgel alternately (the difference between receptions should be 2-3 hours).
Keep in mind that if your cat eats natural, not dry food, you must additionally give her vitamin and mineral supplements intended for pregnant women.
What should I do if a pregnant cat has fleas?
Removing fleas is usually not a problem – there are a lot of remedies for this trouble on sale. But what to do if the cat is pregnant, because chemistry can have a negative impact on future offspring?
In this case, you can treat the animal’s hair with Frontline spray, it has no contraindications in the form of pregnancy. The main thing is to follow the instructions and not let the cat lick itself until it dries. However, for greater safety, it is better to consult a veterinarian before using any antiparasitic drug.
If a pregnant cat asks for a cat
Whether a cat can want a cat during pregnancy, there are completely different opinions on this. Some experts believe that a cat can not only want a cat, but even get pregnant again. As a result, the animal’s uterus contains embryos of different ages. This phenomenon is called superfetation.
If this happens, the kittens will be born at the same time, but the second litter will be premature and often unviable. In rare cases, the second litter is born some time after the first. To avoid the appearance of such a “double” pregnancy, it is better to separate the cat from the cat for the period of carrying babies.
There is also a diametrically opposite point of view, according to which a pregnant cat can under no circumstances ask for a cat. If this happens, and there was a pregnancy, it means that the fetus was resorbed.
What can’t cats do during pregnancy?
To avoid a negative impact on the health of future offspring, a pregnant cat should not be vaccinated, given anthelmintic drugs and medications, unless they are prescribed by the attending veterinarian. In General, for all questions concerning a pregnant cat, it is advisable to consult a doctor. It will help you choose the optimal nutrition and organize proper care for the animal.
During pregnancy, the cat can change very much, so your task is to provide it with maximum care. Try to limit the expectant mother from jumping high and from above, especially in the second half of the term. During pregnancy, her center of gravity shifts, and such jumps may well turn into falls.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.