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How will pregnancy affect my cat's diet?

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Just like many other females in the animal kingdom carrying a bun in the oven (or for a cat, an average of four buns per litter), your cat may need extra food and calories while she’s expecting. She’ll eat about 1.5 times her normal diet as her pregnancy draws to a close, so make sure she has constant access to her normal fare. Your vet will probably recommend that you feed your pregnant cat kitten food throughout her pregnancy and during the period she is nursing her young.

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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