Prenatal animal education is an important thing. Cats become very vocal, affectionate and may also suffer from morning sickness. Indeed, anyone who is expecting needs extra care and love at this time. You need to give your pregnant cat extra food and a soft place for her nursery. You will need patience and kindness to deal with your pregnant cat. Prepare the other members of your family for this event as they also need to know about the cat’s space. You should never press the pregnant cat’s stomach as this may cause harm to the kittens and may cause miscarriage. Provide your pregnant cat with good nutrition as she needs more food. She will need more calories as she goes through her pregnancy phase.
How To Take Care Of A Pregnant Cat:
Give proper vaccines to your pregnant cat and also consult a vet for the treatment of parasites and worms. Provide canned foods to your pregnant cat so that she gets an adequate amount of calories that are needed at this time.
Make a queening box for your pregnant cat where she will make her nest and will give birth to her little kittens. Put the queening box in a place that is warm and has lots of privacy. You can use a cardboard box, laundry basket, puppy pads, etc. It is better to use something which you will throw away. Since after the cat has given birth to the kittens that box will be bloody and messy which will not be used again.
Visit the vet who will examine the cat’s pregnancy and tell you about the due date. If you think that there is any condition that needs to be treated take her to the vet. If the pregnant cat is a stray cat then take her to the vet. The vet will suggest what kind of dietary supplements she needs or any kind of food formula. Do not give any kind of vaccination, medicines or antibiotics until your vet says so.
How To Take Care Of The Cat Post-Delivery?
It is quite normal for a cat to discharge from her vulva after giving birth to the kittens. But if the discharge becomes smelly it is better to consult a vet. Just like humans when a baby is born the mother spends most of the time with the baby so does any animal. For the first few weeks, the kittens will depend on their mother. To keep the kittens warm and to regulate the kitten’s body temperature the kittens will depend on their mother. The cat will clean her kittens daily and will also eat their excreta. These things are quite normal. But if you notice a change in your cat’s behavior or if she’s not eating her food visit a vet.
You can introduce solid food to the kittens when they are of 4-5 weeks. Once the kittens eat solid foods, you can start weaning them at around 6-8 weeks. Socialization is very important for your kittens when they are in their first 8-10 weeks of life.