Cats make for adorable pets for their thick furs and their soft purrs. But that’s not all about it.
Female cats get in their heat way too often and end up getting pregnant.To avoid unwanted cat pregnancies, it’s important yet precarious to get your cat spayed or neutered as early as possible. Here’s a little guide to how to deal with a pregnant cat.
#1. How Long Are Cats Pregnant?
One cannot be sure, but usually, the duration ranges from 58 to 72 days. The gestation period may vary depending on external and internal factors. If your female cat is not spayed i.e. her reproductive organs have not been removed then there are major chances of her getting pregnant.
Cats are polyestrous and can get into heat every three weeks, especially during the warmer months. A cat is in heat when she has the urge to mate with a male cat. Cats mature and develop quickly and therefore can experience their first estrus cycle between their fifth and sixth month.
A cat in heat might shower urine on vertical surfaces if she wants to attract potential mates. You’ll also hear new sounds, ranging from low-pitched meowing to louder and longer meowing during the same time. These apparent changes in her behavior are proof of her being in the heat and not on any other adventure ride.
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#2. How Long Are Cats Pregnant In Months?
In simple terms, cats remain pregnant for two months or nine weeks. The length of the gestation period may lie between 63-65 days, and it can vary amongst different sources of information. You might not be able to witness any prominent signs of pregnancy unless you have observed the signs of estrus. Changes in her physical appearances begin after she’s halfway through her pregnancy or around the 30-day mark.
The process of the mother cat getting ready to have kittens is called ‘queening.' A female cat can get pregnant as soon as she turns 4 months old only if she’s not been spayed.
Because a cat’s pregnancy lasts for not more than 63-65 days, she can have kittens when she’s only 6 months old.
#3. How Long Are Cats Pregnant For In Weeks?
Queens (mother cats) can keep going into heat every 2 to 3 weeks starting from the spring through the early fall. This makes them ready to reproduce more often than not.
How Long Are Cats Pregnant Before Having Kittens?
Gestation or the length of pregnancy of a cat averages to 64 days. It lies between 62 and 67 days which is about 9-10 weeks.
Indirect indications of pregnancy are noticeable after the first 3 weeks. Their nipples begin to swell, and their color changes from white to a rosy pink. Her belly starts to grow by the 4th or 5th week. During this time, the pet needs a low-stress environment and high-quality food. It is during the final two weeks when she starts displaying an increased appetite and begins to display a nesting behavior. Just two days before she is due, the cat stops eating.
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