Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pregnant Cat Pictures

The pregnant cat pictures from top to bottom are by:

by Jsome1
by Eirik Newth
by Mamay Jane
by me

The last photo is of a silver F1 Savannah cat. She is a beautiful cat. It was taken at A1 Savannahs in Oklahoma, USA. Obviously, she is a breeding cat.

None of us should be keeping a pregnant cat unless we are responsible breeders. Does that sound unreasonable? I don't think it is because there are already more than enough cats for available homes.

Detecting Pregnancy

There is slight weight gain in the first few weeks of gestation. The heart beat of the foetuses can be heard at day 20 of pregnancy but I presume this is done with a stethoscope or some other device.

Also at 20 days an experienced person can feel the embryos by gentle abdominal palpation. Please don't try this unless you know what you are doing. This is vet's work.

Sometimes cats have morning sickness for a few days at about the 3rd to 4th week of pregnancy.

In the United States you can by the Witness Pregnancy Detection Kit on Amazon to test pregnancy of your cat. It is designed for dogs but can be used for cats. However, you will need to know what you are doing as you need to draw blood - perhaps your vet will do that for you.

Alternatively a vet can test with ultrasound. At day 35 the queen's nipples are pink and the belly size has increased. How long are cats pregnant? It depends on the species of cat.

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