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Cat Pregnancy - How Long Does it Last?

Mar 13, 2008
This is the most frequently asked question by cat owners. After all, you want to know how long it's going to be before you need to start worrying about the birth!

Have you any idea at all? Has your cat been pregnant before and previously given birth to kittens?

One thing is for sure, knowing the length of a cat's pregnancy won't help at all unless you know the date when she mated with her chosen suitor.

As a rule, your cat keeps that information a secret!

Just when you think that your life is on track, your cat comes home with more than she went out with.......

So you thought that all that loving behavior and cute rolling around she's been doing lately was just for your benefit? She's been coming into season and was practising her seduction technique for every Tom, Dick or fur-covered Harry that will pass her way.

And now, without warning, you have an idea that you are going to be the proud grandparent to a litter of kittens and you haven't the first notion of when that will be.

So, how long will you have to wait to see your newly born, cute and fluffy kittens?

Feline pregnancy is generally 63-65 days in length - about nine weeks - but it is not unusual for kittens to be born after only 58 days gestation or as late as 70 days gestation.

But as chief midwife-in-waiting, unless you have a good idea when your promiscous puss-cat was consorting with the local toms, you will only be able to make a rough guess at the expected delivery date.

It's more likely that you won't have any idea that your lovely, pregnant cat is 'with kittens' until she is 5 or 6 weeks into her pregnancy and starts to show certain signs.

By the time you begin to suspect that you need to know how long feline pregnancy lasts, more than half of it will have passed by.

If you are very vigilant, you may have noticed your cat's nipples looking significantly pinker than usual. This occurs around 3 weeks into the pregnancy as her milk glands begin to change in readiness for full-scale milk production when her kittens arrive.

At the same time, your cat's appetite may change and she may start to become picky about her food. Puss-cat morning sickness, perhaps?

However, just about every cat gets picky about their lovingly prepared food from time to time, so pregnancy is likely to be the last things that enters your mind as you dispose of yet another uneaten meal.

Whether you have noticed these signs or not, you are unlikely to attach any significance to them unless your cat has been through pregnancy before and you are alert to the subtle changes that she has previously experienced.

It will be around weeks five and six that you will become certain that your lovely pet is expecting kittens and by this time, you will only have 21-28 days to go before they are born.

Naturally, as a loving and responsible cat owner, you will want to make sure that you are fully aware of what care you will need to give during the birth and to your newly born kittens and their mother. So make sure that you have equipped yourself with the knowledge you will need by finding a comprehensive ebook that will easily guide you through all the stages of pregnancy, labor, birth and nursing.

But best of all, just savor the anticipation of the joy that your new kittens will bring!
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