If you’re not an experienced feline breeder, it can be hard to know what signs in your animal’s health to look out for that indicate they are pregnant. If you suspect your cat is pregnant, our guide will help you understand the symptoms and the best way to care for them.

Key symptoms

Sickness: Believe it or not, animals can experience morning sickness in the same way as humans! Vomiting more often than usual can be a sign of early pregnancy, but if it continues without any other pregnancy symptoms or they appear to be unwell in other ways, make sure you get a vet to check your cat’s general health.

Nipple change: If you spot your cat’s nipples that have become larger and appear redder in colour, this can be a sign that they are at least two weeks pregnant.

Increased appetite and weight gain: If your cat needs to eat for two (or for a litter!), they may demand food more often and gain some weight. On average, most cats will gain 1-2kg over the course of their pregnancy. If your cat is begging for food more often but not showing other pregnancy symptoms, this could be a sign of a worm infection, so monitor this carefully.

Swollen stomach: As their kittens grow, your cat’s stomach will begin to appear larger or swollen. Avoid touching or applying any pressure on their abdomen, as you could harm the mum or the kittens.

Behavioural changes: Just like humans, cats’ bodies go through a lot of hormonal change when they are pregnant, so you may spot a shift in their behaviour. Your cat may become far more affectionate, seeking extra attention from you, and may show signs of nesting, such as seeking out quiet, safe spaces to have their litter or fussing with their blankets.

What should I do if my cat has these symptoms?

If you think your cat is showing symptoms of pregnancy, arrange a visit with a vet where they will be able to run a feline ultrasound scan. If your cat is pregnant, they will be able to support you with tips on caring for your cat as they go into labour and how to support their litter.

For more advice on pet pregnancy, contact a member of our team or speak with your local vet.

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