How to identify if your cat is pregnant

As we enter the peak breeding season for cats, it’s key for owners to identify whether their cat is pregnant or calling for a mate, and know what to do if they have an unexpected litter on the way.

Cat owners are encouraged to observe their pets and speak to Woodgreen about any noticeable changes that may indicate a forthcoming pregnancy if their female cats are not neutered.

How to tell if your cat is calling for a mate

If your cat isn’t neutered, there are a number of tell-tale signs that they are calling for a mate. Female cats will typically become very vocal, which can be confused with pain as it can be very loud. They will also start ‘presenting themselves’ and roll around on their back. Both male and female cats may also disappear for a few days at a time as they go in search of the opposite sex.

How to tell if your cat is pregnant

When a cat is pregnant, the early symptoms are very subtle. The first sign is ‘pinking up’, whereby their nipples become darker and potentially enlarged, alongside some behavioural changes. It’s likely that cats will have an increased appetite and be more emotionally needy than usual, although this does vary from cat to cat. Of course, their stomach will feel firmer and grow throughout pregnancy, which lasts around 63 days.

Need help with your pet?

If you think your cat might be pregnant, if they have already had kittens or if you need help with any other aspect of pet care, please contact us. Woodgreen provides a range of free services for pets and owners including pet advice, behavioural support, essential supplies and, in some cases, financial assistance to cover the cost of pet care. Where needed, a collection service in North London, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire* is also available.

*Woodgreen’s free pet collection service is currently available for cats, kittens and small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs living in North London, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

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