The real question is, 'does this seem like a long time to you?' Nine weeks seems better than nine months, right?
Also, what can you expect? You may run into a pregnant cat at a shelter or clinic.
How long do cats stay pregnant?
Remember to get to the vet for an ultrasound.
How long are cats pregnant in weeks?
You're looking at about nine weeks.
What are the five stages of cat pregnancy?
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- Fertilization: Cats are sexually mature as early as 6 months. How many male cats has this cat been around?
- Early-stage: They may vomit just like humans. They also may eat less.
- Middle-stage: Your cat is gaining weight and those kittens are getting bigger! Cute! The vet may do an X-ray.
- Pre-labor: Your cat is about a week away from delivering. Time for a nesting box!
- Labor and delivery:
"It will be pretty obvious when your cat goes into labor. She'll start licking her genitals and may even make noises of discomfort. If this is her first litter, she may pace and act anxious. She should give birth to her first kitten about an hour after labor starts. After that, the kittens should come every 15 to 20 minutes until the last one has been born."
Remember to spay and neuter!
I didn't know a cat could get morning sickness before they deliver their litter of kittens! Pet parents need to be aware of the feline pregnancy stages and what to expect. The loss of appetite is not necessarily a sign your cat is sick.
Spaying after they deliver is a good idea as well so talk to your vet if this is a first-time mother cat and what's best for your cat's health. A DVM will advise you also how to help your cat take care of the newborn kittens. Questions like when your cat should have an increased appetite after delivery and what type of kitten food you need are all really important. Also at what month of age are they ready to go to a new home?
Having a mama cat is so exciting! Good luck!
Have you ever adopted a kitten from a shelter? Let us know in the comments below!