If you have a female cat, for sure someday it will get pregnant, thus your responsibility increases because you will not only care for the pregnant cat but you also need to ensure the health of the kittens inside her womb.
Unlike your kittens and grown up cats, pregnant cats need lots of care and attention with regards to food, resting place, vitamins, medication and other needs. As pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure her welfare and health during this stage. Be sure to make her feel comfortable to reduce the stress level in her body. Keep in mind that cats are pregnant at about 63 or 65 days, thus in that short period of time, lots of changes occur inside her womb. In this span of time, you should be vigilant and overly observant to ensure her safety all the time.
Moreover, make sure to bring her to the veterinarian to have her health check and assessed. Most often, vets give additional vitamin supplements for added nutrients needed to sustain the unborn kittens inside her body. At this stage, she will have to eat not only one meal, but you should give her larger portions of food at about three or more times a day. Do not forget to ask the veterinarian as to how long you are required to give her additional vitamins and minerals in her meals. Like human beings, you should give her added calcium needed in the development of unborn kitten’s bones.
Avoid giving her too salty, spicy and fatty foods because they are not good for your cat’s health. Do not change the brand of cat food while she is pregnant. Make sure to give her healthy kitten canned food 3 to 4 weeks before her expected date of delivery (EDD) because this food contains kitten milk replacement and they are good for the expectant mother and the kittens inside her womb.
You should also prepare a cardboard filled with alternate layers of newspapers and cotton fabric as her birthing place because pregnant cats prefer to use bedroom drawer, cupboard or other comfortable place to give birth. Do not be angry if she will not use the place you prepare because she prefers a private place which is free from predators and aggressive male cats. Do not be alarmed if she will not give birth on the exact EDD because there are times that it occurs either before or after the EDD.
Be sure to keep the pregnant cat away from stressful situations and danger in the later stage of pregnancy to avoid premature birth and bleeding. Moreover, it is in this stage of pregnancy that you need to give extra love and attention to calm her and to prepare her for motherhood.
During the delivery, be vigilant and watch for any signs of discomfort, pain or bleeding, otherwise, bring her to the veterinarian immediately. At this stage, she needs to undergo a cesarian birth not only to save your cat and kittens inside her womb a well.