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Recognizing your cat is pregnant might be as simple as noticing a few changes in its behavior. This video will show you what to look for to see if your cat is ready to have some kittens!See Transcript

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Transcript:Signs Your Cat Is Pregnant

Hi, I'm Dr. Leah Cohn. I'm a professor of small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and I'm going to talk to you today about how you recognize that your cat is pregnant.

Recognize the Signs of a Cat in Heat

First of all, you have to recognize that a cat who comes into heat in order to mate with a male and become pregnant is very obvious. These cats vocalize and become very affectionate. So the first sign that your cat may be pregnant is she stops coming into heat because they come into heat over and over and over, every one to two weeks until they get bred through the spring, summer, and fall.

So for an outdoor cat who has access to a male tom, the most obvious sign of pregnancy is she stops being a cat in heat.

Look for the Physical Signs of Pregnancy

The next thing that you might see is that you might recognize that the nipples become slightly swollen and pink in color. Breeders will refer to this as "pinking". Cats that are pregnant may have morning sickness and occasionally they vomit just the way some humans vomit when they're pregnant.

Cats Become Visibly Pregnant at 5 Weeks

The abdomen will begin to enlarge at about 5 weeks of pregnancy. Now recognize that that's more than halfway into a cat's pregnancy, because while humans are pregnant for nine months, cats are only pregnant for nine weeks. But eventually its belly will start to enlarge and it becomes larger still all the way up until the time that they have their kittens.

Once they're close to having their kittens, the cat may seek a quiet, isolated spot to look for a place to nest and deliver her litter.

Talk to Your Veterinarian

All of these things are ways that you can tell that your cat is pregnant, but a surefire way to tell that your cat is pregnant is to take her to the veterinarian. Veterinarians can feel the fetuses early on in the pregnancy. They can use an ultrasound machine to identify the fetuses and make sure their little hearts are beating and that they're doing well. And later in the pregnancy you can even take radiographs and count how many fetuses are present and how many babies the queen is likely to deliver.

So there are a number of ways that you can find if your cat is pregnant, either with your veterinarian's help or on your own.

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