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How can you tell if your cat is pregnant?

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The best way to find out is to make an appointment with your vet, who can confirm that kittens are on the way -- and get an idea of how many -- in a few ways:

There are a few clues that you may notice, too. Her belly will get big around 30 days after she mates. Another symptom that appears as the pregnancy continues, two to three weeks after she conceives, is her nipples enlarge and redden (also called "pinking up").

  • Feeling your cat's belly is sometimes useful but not always accurate.
  • An ultrasound can confirm a pregnancy after day 16. An ultrasound can't tell you how many kittens your cat is carrying.
  • X-rays can determine the number of kittens to expect, but they are not always accurate.

SOURCES:

Cats Protection, "Pregnant Cats, Birth and Care of Young Kittens: Essential Guide 18."

Richards, J. "ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Cat," Chronicle Books, 1999.

Princeton Veterinary Hospital.

SpayFirst.

Eldredge, D., Carlson, D., Carlson, L., Giffin, J. "Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," Turner Publishing Company, 2007.

Shaina Preis, DVM, veterinarian, Banfield Pet Hospital.

Merck Manual: "Breeding and Reproduction of Cats." 

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Cats Protection, "Pregnant Cats, Birth and Care of Young Kittens: Essential Guide 18."

Richards, J. "ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Cat," Chronicle Books, 1999.

Princeton Veterinary Hospital.

SpayFirst.

Eldredge, D., Carlson, D., Carlson, L., Giffin, J. "Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," Turner Publishing Company, 2007.

Shaina Preis, DVM, veterinarian, Banfield Pet Hospital.

Merck Manual: "Breeding and Reproduction of Cats." 

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 20, 2019

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