Caring for your cat when she’s carrying kittens

February 14, 2024

Whether you adopted a stray cat or your indoor feline slipped out and met a new friend, at Molesey Vets we understand that cat owners can often be faced with an unplanned pregnancy. If this is the case, it’s essential to provide the best health care for your pregnant cat.

Our vets at Molesey Vets want to educate owners on the best ways to support their cat during her pregnancy. Read our advice below and contact us on 0208 979 1384 to discuss your cat’s care.

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Caring for your pregnant cat

Below are the top tips from the veterinary team at Molesey Vets for when you suspect your cat could be expecting kittens.

1. Confirm the pregnancy

Before anything else, you should confirm that your cat is indeed pregnant. If you have observed physical changes such as a growing abdomen, weight gain, and noticeable changes in your cat’s behaviour, book a check-up with one of our cat vets in East Molesey to get confirmation.

Your vet will then assess your cat’s health and discuss her specific needs during pregnancy with you. They can also provide guidance on nutrition, vaccinations, and parasite control tailored to your cat’s situation. Contact our team to book a pregnancy check-up for your cat.

2. Nutrition is key

Pregnant cats require a balanced and nutritious diet to support both their health and the health of their growth kittens. Book a consult with our cat vets at Molesey Vets to determine the best type of food as high-quality kitten food is often recommended during pregnancy and lactation. Call us on 0208 979 1384.

3. A safe and comfortable environment

You will need to keep your cat as calm and comfortable as possible during her pregnancy. Create a quiet and stress-free environment, with a clean and spacious nesting box or area where she can prepare for the birth. The area needs to be warm and secure, away from loud noises and disturbances from people and other pets. Our cat vets can advise on this during a consultation – get in touch to book.

Keep a close eye on your cat’s health throughout her pregnancy and watch for any signs of discomfort or distress. If you notice unusual symptoms, contact us immediately on 0208 979 1384.

4. Prepare for the birth

Educate yourself about the birthing process for cats, known as queening. Be prepared with necessary supplies, such as clean towels, a heating pad, and a space where she can give birth comfortably. You also must be ready for the unexpected as complications can often arise during labour. Our cat vets in East Molesey can talk you through the birthing process and what a difficult delivery can look like. They can also share their advice on how to help your cat care for her kittens in the first few days and weeks, and when the kittens will need their first vet checkups.

Contact us for advice and to book a pregnancy check

Once the kittens are weaned, be prepared to find loving and responsible homes for them. Ensure that each kitten is vaccinated, microchipped, and ideally spayed/neutered before being adopted.

In conclusion, by providing the right care, a comfortable environment, and necessary vet visits, you can help your pregnant cat through this journey and ensure the best start for her kittens. Remember that responsible pet ownership extends to all aspects of your cat’s life, including unexpected situations like an unplanned pregnancy.

Discuss your cat’s pregnancy with our team of experienced cat vets. Contact us on 0208 979 1384 and visit our Park Road surgery for further tailored advice.

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