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Is Your Cat Treading on Her Bedding? Get Ready For Kittens!

Apr 12, 2008
So your extremely round cat has been lying around the house for the past two weeks, eating enough food to keep a small donkey alive and generally looking very, very pregnant.

For a while now, you've been able to detect her kittens moving around inside her and you've worked out their expected delivery date as best you can.

Then, in a moment, your gorgeous cat heaves herself out of her usual sunny spot and starts to move about, seeming to be nervous or excited about something.

At first, you would be forgiven if you thought she was asking for more food, as she'll start calling to you. But when you place a dish of tasty morsels down for her, she'll show no interest.

Don't be thrown by her puzzling behavior. Keep a watchful eye on your cat and before too long, you'll see her head towards her chosen birthing place - her nesting box.

As as well-prepared owner, you will have sorted out a suitable nesting box by this time, won't you? If you leave the choice up to your cat, you may find that she chooses your lovely, comfortable bed as her birthing place! A roomy and strong cardboard box is all you need. Cut the top and one side away, leaving a lip at the bottom to stop any tiny kittens from tumbling out accidentally. Old newspapers make excellent lining material and you may like to shred some for her. Use an old towel to cover the top for warmth and privacy and you're all set.

But no matter where your cat has chosen to give birth, as she feels her labor begin, she will make straight for her nesting place. Once there, she will begin to 'tread' on her bedding. Once you see this happening, you will know without a shadow of a doubt that her kittens are on their way.

You'll certainly recognise this unmistakable behavior as looks like a cross between digging in her litter box and the kneading action you see when she is relaxed and purring.

No definitive reason has been found as to why pregant cats display this treading behavior just as their labor starts. Maybe it is no more complicated than wanting to make her bed as comfortable as possible for the arduous task ahead.

After all, your cat will be putting in a lot of hard work over the coming few hours and it's just common sense that she will want to make herself as comfortable as possible!

But no matter what the reason, treading on her bedding is a sure sign that your cat's labor is underway. She's ready - are you?
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