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How To Care For A Pregnant Cat

Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal is the founder and lead veterinarian for Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. Coufal graduated from State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, our dedicated team is passionate about providing premier care to the pets of Colorado Springs. As a family-owned-and-operated veterinary clinic, we care for your pets as if they were our own. Whether you need help choosing the best food for your recently adopted dog or you’re interested in learning more about cat vaccinations, our knowledgeable team is here to help you and your furry family members.

If you don’t plan on breeding your cat, it’s worth thinking about having her spayed as it reduces the risk of certain diseases. On the other hand, if you just unexpectedly found out that your cat is pregnant and you have a million questions, don’t worry. Our team is here to provide you with all of the tools and resources you need to ensure that your kitty has a healthy pregnancy. From food to labor, we’re here to help you throughout your cat’s entire pregnancy journey, and to make sure that she has a safe pregnancy.

Tips For A Healthy Cat Pregnancy

It’s important to help your kitty have the best pregnancy she can. Cats are pregnant for about two months, and during this time she’s probably going to seem more irritable and lazy. Remember to be patient with your cat, and to give her as much love and attention as possible during her pregnancy. Pregnant cats are known to have mood swings, so give her belly rubs when she wants them but also give her her space if she’s not in the mood. Follow these tips to help your cat have an enjoyable and healthy pregnancy.

  1. Nutrition
    • One of the best ways to ensure a healthy pregnancy is to provide the correct food for your expecting cat. It’s a good idea to begin transitioning her to kitten food, as this will help give her the strength she needs during pregnancy, and help her produce milk. While it’s important to make sure she’s getting enough nutrition to grow her litter, you also want to make sure that she’s not eating too much. If a pregnant cat becomes overweight, it poses serious health issues for her babies, as well as herself. About a month into her pregnancy, make sure to start feeding her small meals throughout the day. Being pregnant creates a lot of pressure on her abdomen, therefore making it harder for her to eat large meals. 
  2. Veterinary Visits
    • If you suspect that your cat is pregnant, make sure to have a veterinarian confirm the pregnancy for you. If your cat indeed turns out to be pregnant, ask your veterinarian to do a complete full examination. It’s also a good idea to ask your veterinarian to take a stool sample and check for intestinal worms. It’s not uncommon to see pregnant cats have this issue. Due to all of the hormonal changes that her body is going through, it can cause her to shed intestinal worms. That’s why it’s always a good idea to check for them, even if your cat was negative before becoming pregnant. Make sure to speak with your veterinarian and create a schedule for your cat’s check-ups during her pregnancy. 
  3. Exercise
    • You’ll want to keep your cat active to make sure she’s in good shape to give birth. Whether that means playing with her favorite toy or playing laser tag with her, make sure that she’s moving throughout her entire pregnancy. While she may show signs of laziness, which is completely normal, it is important that she moves at least a little bit each day to help keep her strong.

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If you just found out that your cat is pregnant, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! This is such a special time for you and your fur baby, and our team is here to help ensure that she has an enjoyable pregnancy. Bring her in to Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, and we’ll make sure that everything looks good. Whether you want to know what food you should be feeding her, or want some advice on how to prepare for an at-home birth, we’re here for you! Call us today, and we’ll make sure to get you in as soon as possible.

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