How to find out your pregnant cat's due date

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How to find out your pregnant cat's due date
Cats prefer to stay home during pregnancy. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A cat’s average gestation period is around nine weeks. The precise time typically varies between 63 and 67 days, but could range between 61 and 72 days, depending on breed, size and health. As with humans, there are uncertainties in determining the exact pregnancy stage. Some signs emerge within two weeks of conception.

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Things you need

  • Extra food
  • Box with newspapers for nesting

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  1. 1

    Examine your cat’s nipples. From about 15 days to three weeks after conception a cat’s nipples become pinker and start swelling. The cat may sleep a lot and become sick or nauseous.

  2. 2

    Observe your cat’s behaviour in the home. A pregnant cat no longer seeks male company and becomes calmer and more affectionate at home. This happens early in pregnancy, but is difficult to date. Your cat's appetite may begin to increase at this point.

  3. 3

    Watch for weight gain. A pregnant cat starts putting on weight about four weeks after conception. The stomach begins to swell at this time. Take the cat to the vet to confirm a suspected pregnancy. An expert ultrasound operator can confirm a 15-day pregnancy. The vet will be able to feel the kittens by the end of week four. This is the first clear dating for the pregnancy. The extra weight could reach between 1 and 2kg by the end of the pregnancy.

  4. 4

    Feel the cat’s belly after week six according to the conception date estimated by the vet. A careful owner will be able to feel the kittens. An X-ray at this point will confirm the number of kittens. The nipples will become more swollen and show signs of lactating. The cat will become more anxious and try to find a comfortable place to rest.

  5. 5

    Watch carefully for any sign of the yellow or red mucus plug from about week eight, according to the vet’s estimate of conception. This is the first sign that the cat is about to deliver. Your cat may go off its food about one day before giving birth.

Tips and warnings

  • Have a big box with lots of old newspapers to make a comfortable nest ready for the moment when you calculate your cat will give birth.

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