Sudden cessation of heat cycles indicates possible pregnancy in cats. Regular cycles every 10 days to two weeks may cease.
Pregnant cats exhibit increased affection and seek more attention. They may be less tolerant of other pets in the household.
Many pregnant queens will sleep for more hours in a day than before pregnancy.
Cats nest before giving birth. Provide birthing box to prevent undesired spots. Soft blankets for comfort, easy cleaning.
Regular vet care and evident pregnancy signs may not require official diagnosis. Still, vet examination ensures cat's well-being.
During active labor, let cat be undisturbed. Monitor from safe distance. 1st stage: 6-12 hours, contractions and cervix opening. 2nd stage: delivery of kittens, 10 mins to 1 hour apart. 3rd stage: placenta delivery, 2 hours to over a day.
Pregnant cats seek quiet, private places for birth. Typically starts up to 2 days before labor, but can be a few hours prior.
About 24 to 48 hours before labor, the pregnant queen may seem restless or anxious. She may go in and out of her nesting area, almost as if pacing
The mother cat may have to be hospitalized for treatment and might need an emergency spaying. As the mother cat recovers, feeding and care for the kittens will fall to you.
Often, a female cat will pant as labor begins.
In addition to the pacing and restless behavior, the pregnant queen may meow and cry out more than usual