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Cat Pregnancy Test

 Submitted by Michael Adams on June 3, 2010

Cats are one of the most common household pets all over the world and are probably only second to dogs. While most dog lovers will argue that canines are the more loyal of the two, cats are a very unfussy animal to maintain and will usually be quite content as long as their food is available when hungry. They are not overly concerned with the constant and repeated acts of affection that most dogs tend to demand, but are also less likely to fight tooth and nail if they sense their master is in danger, unlike dogs.

Taking care of any animal will require the owner to have a decent amount of knowledge about how to take care of the animal during different phases of its life. For example, the pregnancy stage of a cat. First and foremost, it is important to be able to correctly read the symptoms and a sign that your pet is going through a pregnancy.

Unlike with humans, there is no home cat pregnancy test kit that you could administer to your pet to determine whether she is pregnant or not. Instead the owner must look for visible signs of cat gestation. Probably the most noticeable sign of the cat pregnancy is when the nipples become enlarge and a more prominent pink coloration. Some cats will also tend to become more affectionate than usual while weight gain around the midsection is a definite sign. Owners will also notice a significant increase in the animal’s appetite while morning sickness is something that a few cats may experience.

Cats will usually have a gestation period of between 58 and 65 days. After the cat gestation phase, the mother will usually deliver about 1 to 8 kittens at a time. The best pregnant cat diet will consist of a large portion of nutrients combined with a lot of fresh, clean water. About3 weeks before the delivery, the owner should make it a point to increase the amount of kitten food she is fed while she continues to remain on kitten food until all her kittens have been weaned. When the pet is affected by external parasites such as fleas, mites or even any internal parasite, it is important that you discuss the all treatment option with your vet as soon as possible to avoid any effect that it may have on the pregnancy or the kittens themselves. Some of the more noticeable signs that the cat is about to give birth include decreased amount of activity, restlessness, licking of the vaginal area and milky discharge from the nipples.
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