If you're a cat owner, it's important to be able to recognize the signs of pregnancy, whether you're attempting to breed your cat or not. Listed below are some of the more common signs of pregnancy in felines; if you think your cat may be pregnant, it's recommended that you speak to your vet as soon as possible.

Weight gain

This is one of the more obvious signs of feline pregnancy, occurring in most animals when they are pregnant. Weight gain could also be due to issues with feline nutrition, but if you notice your female cat gaining weight and can't find a logical explanation for it, then they may be pregnant. Changes of appetite may also occur - you may find that your cat eats more or wants to eat more food when pregnant.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness is often considered to be a human thing, but animals can go through it as well. It's perfectly normal for a pregnant cat to have morning sickness and isn't something to worry about too much. However, if you notice your cat vomiting a lot at different times of the day, you should speak to your vet immediately, as it may be linked to something else other than pregnancy.

Nesting

Nesting is a major sign of pregnancy in felines. Nesting is when a cat (or other animals) looks for quiet and secluded parts of the home or garden and rests there for long periods of time. It usually occurs late in a pregnancy cycle and is due to your cat looking for a place where she can give birth in safety. Felines sometimes become more territorial when nesting, which is another sign to look out for.

Heat cycles

Heat Cycles are a regular occurrence for cats. Whilst they will be different for each individual animal, a heat cycle usually lasts between 10 and 14 days. Signs your cat is going through a heat cycle include increased meowing/yowling, increased affection and grooming behavior, loss of appetite, and an increase in territorial markings. If your cat is fairly regular with their heat cycles and they suddenly stop, this could be a major sign of pregnancy.

If you have any other queries about feline fertility or pregnancy, contact BreederTec today for more information.

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