How do cats act when they are pregnant?

Not many cat owners would be aware that something is cooking inside the pet’s oven. A cat owner would have a cue on the condition of the pet by observing the way it would act. A pregnant cat would manifest both physical and behavioral changes. As the cat becomes fatter because of the enlarged abdomen, as the nipples swell and take on a pinkish color, the pregnant cat will manifest behavioral changes as well. A pregnant cat would have increased appetite. If the pet is an outdoor cat it would have the inclination to be indoors as it will be more affectionate and would have the tendency to seek its people. The cat would be more subdued and would be less inclined to play. A pregnant cat would want to have more privacy and would show disinterest in male cats. Some pregnant cats will become affectionate while other would be too moody and may even manifest an aggressive behavior. As the delivery date nears, the cat would show nesting activities.

Not all owners of unspayed cats would be able to confine the pet during its estrus cycle. A female cat that managed to have a date with the neighbor’s tom would gift the owner with a litter in 60 to 70 days. Cats don’t really need human assistance during the gestation period and during the delivery. A pregnant cat though would need to be provided with the right nutrition. A cat owner will only be able to provide the pet with its nutritional requirements and with the most necessary TLC if he/she is aware that the pet is pregnant. A pregnant cat would of course show physical changes. The cat’s pregnancy will also be noticed by the way it would act.

Just like humans, pregnant cats would have their own version of morning sickness. Bouts of vomiting are not uncommon in pregnant cat. Nothing is really wrong with the pet but a vet’s attention will be necessary if the vomiting becomes continuous and causes the cat to weaken. Pregnant cats are known to have an increased appetite. The cat parent would be surprised because the pet would demand to be fed more frequently. Some cats would even eat foods that were usually ignored. A pregnant cat is providing nourishment not only for herself but also for the developing fetuses inside the womb. This is why it would be important for a cat parent to know the real condition of the pet as pregnant cats would need a different kind of diet to ensure the health of the litter.

Cats are playful animals but pregnant ones tend to be subdued…less active. The once active cat would appear to have gone lazy because it would be inclined to sleep long hours. Cats have different personalities. While some would want to have more privacy, others would seek the company of its people. Cats have independent personalities but pregnant ones become more affectionate. The cat would demand the owner’s attention, would sidle around the legs and would want to be picked up and cuddled. Cats are prolific breeders because they are almost always in heat. Female cats would come calling practically every two weeks. Observant owners would notice that the pregnant pet would be uninterested in male cats and would even show aggressiveness when approached by one.

As the delivery date approaches, the cat would scout for quiet and secluded corners. The nesting behavior is a sign that parturition is near. The cat that has become so affectionate may now show a snooty or irritable behavior especially if the owner would coach the pet to leave the secluded place. These changes in the pet’s behavior will revert to normal after she has delivered her litter.

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