Is my cat pregnant?

Hopefully, you haven't gotten to this point. In general, it's best to spay or neuter your pets and leave pregnancy to professional breeders - it is safer for your animal and in the end for the kittens as well. But many pet owners don't think about it or realize it, and it's not hard to end up with a pregnant cat. So how do you know if your cat is actually pregnant?


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Generally, you won't be able to tell on your own until about three weeks in. After three weeks, there are some visible signs. You'll notice that the nipples have turned pink after about three weeks. That means there are six weeks left in the nine-week cycle, so you'll need to go to your vet and talk to them about what to do and get a checkup of the cat.

You can also look for some behavioral changes as well. Pregnant cats will act very differently than they had before. They will become quieter, and they will want attention more and be more friendly to you. They also start sleeping a lot more, and they will gain weight starting at about five weeks in. They eat more, and they will start to get milk in their nipples at six weeks.

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