Finding the fact that your cat is pregnant means that you should provide the best care as you can. There are many things to concern such as whether you should breed your cat or not, consider the veterinary care, and even how to feed the pregnant cat. With so many things to overcome the condition, finally, it is great to find your cat to give her birth successfully and safely.
Should You Breed Your Cat?
It is a real problem when it comes to cat overpopulation. In this condition, you should not breed your cat intentionally if you have no concern about their quality and health. If you really want to breed your cat and you are beginners, what we recommend to you is to find help from the experienced cat breeder personally or in a community. They can help you to share and even do things to help your cat and her kittens live happily and safely.
Why It Is Important To Get Vet Care
Once your cat showed some signs of pregnancy, the first thing to do is to bring her to the vet. You should also do this when you suspect her may have mated. The best time to meet the vet is about three weeks into the pregnancy. If you see the vet earlier, of course, your vet will not be able to confirm her pregnancy. Nevertheless, if your cat looks ill, you should still bring your cat to the vet so that your vet can assess. It is also good to let your vet know whether your cat is pregnant or not.
At three weeks into her pregnancy, your vet is able to determine her pregnancy by palpating her abdomen gently. If possible, you can ask your vet to get an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy around two or three weeks into her pregnancy.
During the initial stage of her pregnancy, you can ask your vet about the best option. For example, it is possible or not to do spaying to terminate the pregnancy, if you want it though. It is possible to do this for the sake of your cat’s health or to prevent the overpopulation. If you want your cat to have a kitten, you should ask your vet about how to care for the pregnant cat and the kitten right after the birth. This is the best time to think about how to find the right homes for the kittens.
Your cat will pass 42 days into pregnancy and therefore your vet may give you the option to take a radiograph or X-ray to check the number of kittens. Once you do this and you know the number of fetuses your cat is carrying, this can be helpful so you can know how to help the cat for handling the kittens.
During pregnancy, it is not recommended to have vaccinations that they can even have an adverse effect on the kitten’s development.
Ways to Get Free or Cheap Vet Care
PAWS is an organization that helps people to pay for vet care.
It also offers a variety of no-cost veterinary services, like vaccinations and microchipping. PAWS offers this free veterinary care to pet owners that are living on a low income.
If you want to get help from PAWs, visit paws.org
2. AVMF’s Veterinary Care Charitable Fund
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) offers a program called the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund.
It helps veterinarians to provide low cost and free veterinary care for low-income pet owners, disabled veterans, and victims of domestic violence.
You can learn more about the fund on their site. avmf.org
3. Prince Chunk Emergency Veterinary Care Assistance Program
The Prince Chunk Emergency Veterinary Care Assistance Program provides free emergency vet care to pet owners that are struggling financially.
What’s great about this program is that you can pre-apply for it. So, even if your pet is healthy now, you can apply for funding for future emergency care, should your pet need it. Then, if an emergency does occur, the program will pre-approve your application and keep it on file, and then your pet can get care as quickly as possible.
You can find out if you are eligible for the program, by reading the “Maximum Family Income Eligibility” Document. All the documents you need, contact numbers and more information about the program can all be found on the page below. Visit http://www.princechunkfoundation.org
4. First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP)
FCNMHP is an organization that offers free, discounted and low-cost veterinary services. It offers free services in certain areas, like spaying/neutering. If you want to learn about which free vet services are available, then visit the “Free, Discounted, and Low-Cost Veterinary Services” (link below) page of the FCNMHP website.
The organization also provides a plethora of low-cost vet services. Since 2009, the FCNMHP has provided more than 60,000 pets with state-of-the-art medical care at 40 percent less than the cost of most veterinary clinics.Visit www.fcnmhp.org
5. Local clinics near you
A lot of local clinics offer free veterinary care. At these clinics, you can get treatments and medical care for your pet.
If you’re wondering “how can I find free vet clinics near me?”, then you should check out the links below.
On the pages linked below, you can search for clinics in your area:
How to find low cost vet care
Here are a few organizations and resources you should check out.
The aim of SpayUSA is to provide low-cost spaying and neutering services to pet owners. It acts as a referral service that connects pet owners in need of financial assistance to over 1,500 low-cost clinics and sterilization programs. Visit SpayUSA.org.
7. Shakespeare Animal Fund
The Shakespeare Animal Fund provides financial assistance to pet owners who can’t afford to pay for veterinary care.
It assists pet owners who have a fixed income or earn below $35,000 per year. The organization offers one-time grants. visit ShakespeareAnimalFund.org.
8. Visit a veterinary school or college near you
Many veterinary schools offer the same services that veterinary clinics do, but at a much lower cost.
All of the procedures and treatments performed by students are supervised by a vet too.
If you want to find an accredited veterinary college near you, then check out the Accredited Veterinary Colleges list from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
9. Local animal welfare groups and charities
A lot of local animal shelters, animal welfare organizations and rescue groups provide low cost vet care. They usually offer routine care and services like spaying/neutering.
If you want to find a welfare group, charity or organization in your area, then check out this list from Petfinder.com or this list from The Humane Society.
How To Feed Pregnant Cats
What you should feed to your pregnant cat is the high-quality food to stimulate growth. Here, you will need AAFCO Nutritional Adequacy Statement to find what the complete and balanced food for the growth and reproduction of your cat are. Generally, wet food is the better choice to offer higher quality and healthier compared to the dry food. It does not a big deal if you go with the dry food as long as you find it with the highest quality ingredients.
It is important to note that you should not overfeed the pregnant cat especially in her initial weeks of pregnancy. She only needs plenty of good nutrition for both herself and her kittens. On the other hands, the kitten food needs extra calories and nutrients. It can be a matter if she becomes overweight. You should transition the kitten food gradually after the vet confirmed her pregnancy. Nevertheless, you should not increase the portion of her food unless she is acting hungry or need more weight to gain. You should monitor her body during her pregnancy with the help of your vet.
Once the cat is six week into the pregnancy, you should feed her more frequent, especially for small meals. It is important because the pressure on the stomach from the kittens will make her more difficult to eat much but she still needs extra food. You should offer small meals four to six times per day.
The Right Environment For The Pregnant Cat
Minor vet care and nutritional changes are crucial, but still, your pregnant cat should not have the special needs during her pregnancy. Since the queening or giving birth is getting closer, she will be looking for the safe and the quiet place and begin nesting. She will do this a day or two days before the birth.
A cardboard box or a laundry basket can be a good place to prepare. To do so, fill the box or the basket with blankets and tuck it away to the safe and the quiet area at your home. It is possible if your cat does not want to use it, but most cats will do this. If your cat rejects it, it can be because the area is not their choice. Make sure that the area is closed off during the time of her birthing. Make sure that she does not have any access to go outdoors. Otherwise, she will sneak away to find other areas and you cannot find her.
Beyond some minor vet care and the nutritional changes, your pregnant cat should not have any special needs during most of her pregnancy. However, as she gets closer to queening (giving birth) she will start looking for a safe, quiet place to begin nesting. This usually begins a day or two before birth.
It is normal if your cat acts anxious or restless because the birth period is approaching. Therefore, you should do your best to make her comfortable and give her a private space.
After the queening, you should bring your cat to a vet for a veterinary exam. You should not separate the mom and the kittens in the first few days. Bring them together in the vet’s office to do the check-up.