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A pregnant cat will begin to show changes both in personality and physically. Learn the signs of cat pregnancy, so you'll know when to expect a litter of kittens.
The first sign of pregnancy in a cat will be the loss of heat cycles. For instance, if a cat goes into heat every 2 weeks or so, and suddenly stops, it's very possible that she might be pregnant.
Pregnant cats often develop nesting instincts. This often results in a quieter and friendlier cat that purrs on a regular basis. Your cat might also begin to frequently seek out your attention.
When a cat is pregnant, she's no longer only eating for herself. For this reason, your cat will show an increased appetite and begin eating more frequently.
Another early sign of pregnancy is pinking and swelling of the nipples. This will happen after about three weeks, and will be most visible during the first time that your cat is pregnant.
After being pregnant for about five weeks or so, your cats abdomen will become noticeably larger, and continue to grow as your cat comes closer to having her kittens.
As it comes closer to the time for your cat to have her kittens, your cat will begin to seek out quiet places to give birth. If your cat suddenly starts hiding away, she might be having her kittens soon.
Like any pregnancy, your cat might get a little sick, and suffer through a few instances of morning sickness. While this is no cause for alarm, if the vomiting is too insistent, it might be time to take your cat to a vet.
Depending on the number of kittens your cat is having, she'll gradually begin to gain weight. After about 40 days, a vet should be able to determine the number of kittens your cat is having.
By knowing the signs of pregnancy early, you'll be able to provide your cat with proper medical care, and know when to expect her upcoming litter of kittens.