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How will pregnancy affect my cat?

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It’s rare, but in the earliest stages of pregnancy, your cat may have "morning sickness" that might show up as a lack of appetite or vomiting. If that keeps happening, take her to the vet. With the surge of hormones and changes to her uterus, she may show signs of fatigue. This phase will eventually fade after those first few weeks pass.

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 15, 2017

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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 15, 2017

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