How do I care for my pregnant cat?

You'll need to treat your cat differently if it's pregnant - you need to do a number of things to keep her healthy. First, no medicines. It's a really bad idea - you're risking birth defects for the kittens and health problems for the mother. No flea medicines, no deworming - it's only a 9 week cycle, so just wait it out. You wouldn't let a human mother smoke or drink, so don't take risks with your cat.

   

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Also keep your cat indoors. This is for a couple of reasons - you don't want your cat wandering around someplace you can't find her when she has to give birth. She'll look for a place to do it, and if you can't find where it is or get to it then you can't help her out. You also don't want multiple litters, which is actually a possibility because cats can go into heat again even while pregnant.

Make a place in your house for your cat to give birth. You can do this a number of ways - one of those little cat house things would be a good idea (just put some newspapers or other stuff in it to keep it soft and warm). You can get them online here for about $40:

You can also just use anything where your cat will feel kind of enclosed and safe - a box of some kind will do it.

Make sure to switch your cat's diet - it will need to have more protein. There are special foods made for pregnant/nursing cats. For example, some of the "kitten" food is actually made for pregnant cats as well - like this one:

Take the time to make sure you know where an emergency vet is, just in case something goes wrong. Get their number, and make sure you know how to drive there and have directions on hand. This is stuff you don't want to spend time doing if an emergency happens, so make sure you know their hours and when you can go.

Finally, don't get clumping litter. There are some horror stories of cats giving birth in their litterboxes (it's enclosed, familiar, etc.) and then refusing to clean the kittens because the litter gets all over the newborn. The kittens essentially drown in the fluid covering them.

You should go chat with your vet as a precaution. Regardless of whether you think you can handle it, you just need to make sure that you know what is going on and have a professional look at the cat to be sure she's doing allright.

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