Cat Pregnancy: Behavior, Timeline, and Signs of Labor

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If your cat is looking a little rounder than usual or starts displaying nesting behaviors, you may be in for a surprise!

Nothing is cuter than a litter of newborn kittens but, adorable as they may be, caring for kittens can be a lot of work. The more you know about cat pregnancy, the better you can predict when your cat will give birth so you can be fully prepared for the big day. Your pregnant cat needs special attention including a healthy and balanced diet, a proper place to give birth, and ongoing veterinary care to keep her and her litter safe.

Understanding the Heat Cycle

Cats will begin having heat (estrus) cycles from as early as 4-6 months of age. They are seasonal breeders, having multiple heat cycles throughout the lighter, warmer times of year – in the Northern Hemisphere, this is from around February – September, although indoor cats may cycle all year round.

Each heat cycle is made up of three distinct phases.

  • Pro-estrus: lasting just 1-2 days, this is the stage preceding estrus, where the cat is not yet ready to mate
  • Estrus: the fertile period of heat, where the queen will show behavioral changes and be receptive to mate. Lasts for 3-14 days.
  • Interestrus: if not mated, the time between cycles lasts 2-3 weeks.

If mating occurs during the estrus period, the cat enters diestrus. The fertilized eggs transform to embryos and move to the uterus for implantation.

How To Tell if Your Cat Is Pregnant

Your cat’s belly will get noticeably larger from around weeks 3-4 of pregnancy

If your cat had access to an intact male cat during a heat cycle, chances are she will have mated and might well be pregnant. But what are the key signs of feline pregnancy?

Here’s some common signals that your cat may be pregnant:

  • Behavior change: some cats become clingier and more affectionate in pregnancy, whereas others may become more solitary and even aggressive.
  • Sickness: cats, just like some women, can suffer from morning sickness
  • Lethargy: pregnancy is tiring! You may notice your cat is sleeping more and less inclined to play or exercise.
  • Weight gain: a few weeks into pregnancy, you may notice your cat’s belly is growing, and she is getting noticeably bigger.
  • Increased appetite: pregnant cats need more food, as they are using lots of energy and protein growing their precious kittens
  • Nipple changes: a pregnant cat’s nipples will get larger, pinker and swollen from a few weeks into pregnancy
  • Nesting: in late pregnancy, cats may begin to show nesting behavior

Stages of Pregnancy for Cats

A typical cat pregnancy lasts 63-65 days (check out our calculator!), but it can be as short as 61 days or as long as 72.

Cats go through five stages of pregnancy, each with specific symptoms that can guide you to tell when your cat’s labor is close.

1. Fertilization

If a cat is mated during her fertile estrus phase, she will ovulate and the egg will be fertilized and become an embryo. The embryos implant along the uterine horns around 2 weeks after fertilization.

2. Embryo Development

Over the next few weeks, the embryos will grow and develop. Each embryo has its own placenta, which allows it to gain nutrients from the mother. Embryos will reach around 2.5cm by week 3 of gestation, and at this point may be able to be palpated by a veterinarian.

3. Late Gestation

Once the kittens are fully formed, the last stage of pregnancy involves their growth ready for birth. This requires a lot of energy from the queen.

4. Pre-Labor

Also called the nesting stage, this is when your cat will start looking for warm places to give birth. The pre-labor stage usually starts a few days before delivery, and you may observe several signs including drops of milk in the nipple area, loss of appetite, and rectal temperature drop to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Labor

This is the final stage of cat pregnancy. It starts with the cat licking her abdomen and genitals, which will stimulate birth. Labor is usually fairly quick in cats, with all kittens being born within around 8 hours of starting the process. Cats rarely need intervention in labor, and are often best left in a calm, quiet place to give birth safely.

How to Care for a Pregnant Cat

Choosing a suitable diet is an important part of caring for a pregnant cat

Pregnant cats require some extra attention during this special time, from nutrition to veterinary attention. It’s a responsibility to have an expectant mother in the home, so it’s important to step up to these extra duties as a cat owner.

Nutrition

A properly formulated cat food diet is extremely important for a pregnant cat. A pregnant cat needs optimal nutrition to be able to sustain a healthy pregnancy and to provide nutrients for her kittens before and after birth. She’ll require higher levels of energy, protein and certain nutrients to help her kittens grow and mature. You may want to switch her to a cat food formulated for pregnant and nursing queens, but speak to your veterinarian about a suitable diet.

Veterinary Care

If you think your cat is pregnant, it’s important to take her to a vet for a check over. Vets can confirm pregnancy using palpation, scans or x-rays. Your cat may need recommended vaccinations and worming treatment, and your veterinarian can advise on aspects of health and nutrition important for pregnancy.

Be Prepared

Pregnancy in cats is fairly short at 63-65 days, and this can easily creep up on you. Cats are usually fairly independent in labor, but it’s worthwhile having a birthing area prepared and some thought into how to manage the kittens afterwards. Provide her with a suitable nesting box. It can be as simple as a cardboard box or laundry basket lined with towels and blankets. It doesn’t hurt if you put down some absorbent pads underneath in preparation – the birthing process can be a messy one.

Stages of Labor for Cats

As the big day approaches, it’s normal to feel excited and nervous about your precious kitty having their own kittens!

Here are some signs that labor is imminent:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Drop in body temperature
  • Clingy behavior
  • Pacing, restlessness
  • Calling, vocalization
  • Licking at her flanks and genital region

Once the birthing process begins, the first kitten should be born in anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Kittens are born with their amniotic sacs, which the mother cat will remove, and she will stimulate the new kitten to start breathing on its own by licking it. The mother will also sever the umbilical cord herself and may eat the placenta to obtain its nutrients.

The number of kittens determines how long the birthing process will take, but the average labor lasts around 6-8 hours. There could be a pause of 30 to 60 minutes – sometimes more – between births. However, if the cat is actively pushing but there is no kitten produced after 60 minutes, call your veterinarian.

What To Do After Your Cat Gives Birth

Cats usually give birth without needing intervention, and have good mothering skills.

If your cat’s birth goes smoothly, leave them in peace to bond with their kittens and to rest and recover. Avoid touching or handling the kittens as much as possible for the first couple of weeks. Make sure they are in a warm, draft-free area, with bedding which is clean and dry.

Observe from a distance to make sure the kittens are feeding. They should start to nurse almost immediately after birth. If they haven’t suckled by 30 minutes after birth, carefully guide them to a nipple and assist them to latch.

Provide plentiful food and fresh water for the nursing queen and monitor her closely for signs of stress. It is usual for cats to be protective of their kittens, but if they seem distressed, are moving their kittens a lot or not showing any mothering behavior, you may need to intervene.

Similarly, watch for signs of ill-health that may need veterinary attention:

  • Bleeding or discharge from the vagina
  • Swollen, sore, hot or engorged mammary region (mastitis)
  • Poor appetite
  • Excessive drinking
  • Vomiting
  • Uncoordinated, wobbly walking or twitching

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?

You may not be able to tell immediately when a female cat is pregnant but you’ll notice increased appetite and weight gain after a few weeks (generally 2 to 4 pounds in total) along with swollen nipples, a distended abdomen, and nesting behaviors.

How many kittens does a cat have?

Litter size can vary a lot, with variations anywhere between 1 to 12 kittens! The average litter size is about four kittens. Pedigree breeds like Siamese, Burmese, and Oriental cats are more likely to have large litters.

What does a 5 week pregnant cat look like?

At five weeks pregnant, your cat will have a noticeably larger belly. Her nipples will have ‘pinked up’ and become larger. Her appetite will be increased and she may start to show some early nesting behaviors.

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  1. Erin olson

    This helped a lot my cat got pregnant by accident and we have never had a pregnant cat before so I need help thank you?????????????????????????☺️☺️?????????

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    1. Maggie davis

      This did help quite a bit actually. She is really clingy and it constantly pacing, having a really loud meowing call, and she is losing her appetite some. Thank you for posting this. This is her first litter and she is showing signs of soon labor. I am afraid something may go wrong, but we know a vet that can come on a moment’s notice.

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    2. Svetlana Safronova

      What if your cat chooses a place to birth her kittens in a heavy plastic bag area in your kitchen closet ? While you worry Is that safe, with all this human babies warnings about plastic bags in a crib ? Or I have to stop her Labour by removing her out of there ???

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  2. Maggie Grosse

    Thank you. She is showing signs of going to start having the babies soon. This is her 1st litter. Her mother always came and woke me up to let me know it w time.

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    1. sissy

      This is my first time to own a cat. I didn’t know she found a way outside and i could not find her for about an hour. she is normally clingy to me anyway. will she become more clingy?

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    1. Mischelle Campbell

      Ugh… Didnt help at all. Our pregnate cat went into hiding in an area we cant get into thru a hole in our basement wall. She isnt making any noise and hasnt eaten in a day. Should i be worried? Because i am..

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      1. Dan

        This is basically happening to me (except she found a way to get under my bed even though I sealed it up like a bank vault). It’s been 4 hours now and haven’t heard a peep and am getting nervous. What was the outcome for you?

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      2. Jade

        This is happening with my cat! Shes under the house and i cant get to her can someone help me please im so worried, will they be okay under there it can get to 12•c at night and im scared thats to cold for them

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  3. Amy

    This is my cats first litter really nervous cause I think she is nesting an getting ready to have babies soon should I let her do it own her own an don’t bother her but keep a good eye on her or what do I do I’ma just really scared an nervous about her having first litter

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  4. Maggie davis

    This did help quite a bit actually. She is really clingy and it constantly pacing, having a really loud meowing call, and she is losing her appetite some. Thank you for posting this. This is her first litter and she is showing signs of soon labor. I am afraid something may go wrong, but we know a vet that can come on a moment’s notice.

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  5. Rachel christine Lopez

    My cat Lily is going to have kittens but Lily lost the father and now she .her nipple are pink and getting bigger in size she licking her genitals and her Domino’s is that mean she’s about to have her kittens

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  6. Elaine Shaw

    Thank you for your post. This has been very helpful. I am sure I can do this with my cat. I have set up a nice warm place for her, with a birthing box an room. ?

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  7. Radhika

    Thank you this information was of so much use…had a ct visiting our house n then in labour…did not know what was happening until the site helped me to help the birth of 3 lil lovable.kittens

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  8. Sharon

    We found a homeless cat not very old and we think she is having kittens .how will I know if she is having babies and what should I do ? have a bed for her , lots of food and water, very affectant to us what signs should I look for ?

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  9. Dawn

    I can feel the babies move up until she gives birth…but the she delivers and they die…i want to help her successfully give birth to live babies…help me!!!

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    1. Margo Ross

      Don’t try to feel them during birth, it could cause problems during birth. I’d leave her totally alone during birth until each full comes out, then you step in with towels and rub them gently but vigorously to get them breathing, wipe their noses after rubbing. Then let mama step in and lick them. When she licks the fur backwards it warms them right up.

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      1. Karen

        Hello! I think my kitty is 4-6 weeks pregnant. Last week, her belly was starting to look pregnant. But yesterday and today, she looks less pregnant. Is that normal?

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        1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

          Hey Karen, it’s hard to say why your cat looks less pregnant today. Are you certain that your cat is indeed pregnant? Look for other pregnancy signs in line with this stage of gestation. Also, I’d confirm that your cat is eating enough and getting adequate nutrition to support both her and the kittens.

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          1. Samantha

            Morning sickness could be the cause like with some of us humans we loose weight from being sick them gain it all in the end lol

  10. Denise

    This post was quite helpful. I appreciate that it was in layman’s terms I can understand. I have helped several cats with there birth but never my own. She’s quite young and the first of my own to have a litter. I think she is close to giving birth maybe a week or so. Thanks again for the information. I’ll post again after birth.

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  11. Sharon Robertson

    Hi, I am fostering a pregnant cat, I have no idea how far along she is. She has removed the hair from 2 nipples and I her babies are quite active. Will she remove the hair from the remaining nipples as well and how far in advance of the babies being born do they usually do this? Sorry, I’ve fostered many kittens and bottle babies, but this is my first pregnant cat and I am in totally unfamiliar territory. Any advise is appreciated. Thank you.

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Hello Sharon,

      It sounds like she’ll be having kittens very soon—if she hasn’t already!

      Kittens start wiggling about in the womb at four to five weeks, but most people say they aren’t able to feel or see them until around the seventh week. The removal of hair around the nipples is usually seen between four and eight weeks, but it seems most common later in the pregnancy. She may remove hair from around all the nipples or may stop at two, but they will definitely be enlarged and may even leak some milk towards the very end of her pregnancy.

      Based on what you’ve said, it sounds like she’s probably between seven and nine weeks pregnant. If she’s at the late end of that range, you’ll probably notice some nesting behaviors, though this isn’t true for every cat. Some cats don’t start nesting until hours before the babies are born.

      If you need more guidance and community during labor and beyond, I highly recommend The Cat Site’s “Pregnant Cats and Kitten Care” forum. https://thecatsite.com/forums/pregnant-cats-and-kitten-care.36/

      Good luck with this new adventure!

      Best,

      Mallory

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      1. Sharon

        Thank you, no babies yet but they are very active for about the past week and a half. I’m excited but nervous at the same time.

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  12. Heather

    A cat I had when I was younger gave birth to her kittens in my lap… and now i have a different cat that is pregnant with her first litter. I believe she is around 5 weeks. Her appetite has increased, she is increasingly having to know my whereabouts, and refuses to sleep until I’m in bed and she can cuddle up next to me with the blanket over her… I’m worried she may decide to have the kittens in the bed and being it is relatively high off the ground I wouldn’t want them to fall and get hurt. How do I encourage her to nest in the nesting box???

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    1. Mallory Crusta

      Great question, Heather. Have you tried lining the nesting box with some of your unwashed clothes or blankets? You might even place the blanket from your bed in the box. Do you have it in a warm, comfortable location—perhaps in your room or nearby? At week five or six, she probably doesn’t have her mind on nesting yet, so it may be a couple of weeks before she starts telling you where she might want to have her kittens.

      You can do your best to make the nesting box inviting, but ultimately, your cat will most likely make her own decision about where to give birth regardless of your better judgment. She could surprise you by losing all interest in your bed when the time comes.

      Now…what should you do if your cat does decide to have the kittens in your bed? It might be a little bit gross for you, but the kittens will probably be fine. Many an adult cat was born on top of someone’s bed! You’ll have to wash or replace your blanket and carefully move the kittens after a while, but it’s unlikely that the newborns will fall off. If you catch the signs of labor early enough, you may be able to gently transfer her from the bed and into the nesting box (ideally close to the bed) before she gives birth.

      Wishing you and your kitty all the best!

      Mallory

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  13. Heather

    I have set up an old suitcase with my dressing gown in (which she nuzzles all the time) I’m predicting she’s between 4-6 weeks, her belly is swollen and increased appetite. How can I slowly encourage her to give birth in there? She has 2/3 options set up for her as a safe birthing place so any are fine. Just looking for tips to encourage her to nest in there when it’s time.

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  14. Samantha Pasborg

    My cat is 64 days pregnant today, she has whitish brownish stuff coming out of her vagina, she has been pacing back n forth around the house, and she is super clingy but only a meow here and there, she also isn’t eating as much!!! The kittens are moving like crazy in her belly and her breathing movements have picked up a little not much but a bit!! Could she be going into first stage??

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    1. Jade Metcalfe

      Hya. My cat is 65 days pregnant today. She is clingy. And she can’t keep still. However. She has displayed no nesting behaviour and she is still eating a lot more than usual, she’s jist following me everywhere. I have 2 young children and am really worried that she wont go somewhere more private as when the kittens come I don’t want her to feel unsafe. Anyone got any advice on how I can get her to go somewhere out of the way of the kids because I feel awful shutting her in a room alone if she feels she wants to be around me.

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      1. Mallory Crusta

        Hey there Jade,

        You can try to create a secluded nesting space for her by lining a box with your clothing or beloved blankets. She may take to this spot when the time comes, but frankly, there’s no easy way to force your cat to choose the nesting place you prefer. It’s ultimately up to her to choose a spot where she feels comfortable.

        Why do you feel she needs to give birth away from the kids? Watching an animal give birth is a special experience—your kids would be lucky to be a part of the moment. Do you think you could explain the situation and encourage them to be quiet and respectful when she’s giving birth?

        I think communicating with your kids about this will be much easier and more effective than trying to change your cat’s behavior.

        Hope everything goes well!

        – Mallory

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    2. Daphne Reyes

      Yes, if your cat suffers from morning sickness and starts vomiting for the first two weeks; eat less. Then slowly it starts eating again and gain some weight then you can be sure that she is in her first stage of pregnancy.

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  15. Foster parent

    Hello, I’m fostering a cat who is pregnant. She has apparently had a litter before but I have no clue when. She is sleeping constantly and has a uri. I’m not sure whether she is lethargic from the uri or it’s normal for her. I don’t know how far along she is or how old she is. She is friendly but very clearly wants to get out of her room. I am only fostering her so I don’t know her pre pregnancy behaviors. I just want to make sure she is going to be fine giving birth.

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  16. Laura Keever

    So some background first. My cat is about 3-4 years old and she’s pregnant with her 6th litter and she’s a small cat. She’s an inside-outside cat and came to us as a stray kitten so she’s a small tortoise shell. Her 5th litter was born January 21st of this year and she had 5 that time and the times before she had 4 the 1st and 2nd litters and the 3 the next two litters. So the question and concern is… After she had her 5th litter she started peeing a mixture of pee and blood for about 2-3 weeks, I don’t know if that’s normal or something to be concerned about if she’s pregnant again. We don’t exactly have money to take her to the vet to get her checked out but we’ve been with her with every one of her pregnancies.

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  17. Nancy Westberg

    Hi, Great to prepare for pregnancy. This is super helpful for me. My husband and I are thinking about our first child. So, I think this information is perfect for me to be a mother. I will keep it in my mind. Thanks for the sharing such an informative article. If you had more insight into it, I would much appreciate it.

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  18. Paula Marlowe

    I took in a stray cat around 2 months ago. When I took her to the vet he said she was nursing a litter and may be expecting another one already. After a few weeks she brought me her current litter which are around 11 weeks old now. She still lets them nurse occasionally so she has milk. How can I tell if she is expecting another litter? Her belly is big but she is walking low to the ground like she may be in heat. Is walking low a sign of labor also? We have completed her deworming so I don’t think that is why her belly is big.

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  19. Jo

    I have a russian blue called corona… and i noticed she was pregnant the beginning of decemeber… shes cleaning herself non stop… is this nornal?

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  20. Mary Harris

    My pregnant cat is due very soon. She picked up a little toy mouse in her mouth & walked around meowing. Went onto a corner of a closet & laid down. Never did it before. Then she came out for a bit. Started again about 15 minutes or so after. Is she in labor?

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Mary,

      By this time, you probably know whether or not your cat was in labor!

      Though her behavior may have been an early sign of labor, it also sounds like your cat may have been exhibiting nesting behaviors. Since nesting begins about a week before birth, this behavior confirms that your cat is due very soon and, if she hasn’t given birth yet, will probably do so within the next several days.

      Wishing you and your cat all the best.

      – Mallory

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  21. Sky

    My girl is hiding under my bed. She been under since I woke up. She’s usually following me around, she is ATLEAST 46 days… maybe more I’m guessing ??

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Sky,

      It sounds like your cat may have started nesting—scoping out the house to find warm, safe, and comfy places where she might be able to give birth. I would keep a close eye on her, looking for other signs that she’s close to labor, like milk around the nipples, a reduction in appetite, and a slightly lowered body temperature. If you’re worried, you might contact a veterinarian to get an expert opinion.

      Best,

      Mallory

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  22. Sammy

    Help….so my queen is currently hiding under my daughters bed scratching the carpet under there, I’ve made her several places around the house, Moses basket, cardboard box even the bottom drawers full of her blames and puppy pads, she has dried milk on her, she’s been pacing for days, her temp is now 98.2….wouldn’t say she’s in Labor? Babies r so low down x

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Sammy, thanks for the comment! Between the scratching the carpet under the bed, pacing around, dried milk from the nipples, lowered babies, and lowered body temperature, everything you’ve described is textbook nesting phase. Your queen’s probably going to give birth within the next week, so I’d continue to keep a close eye and watch for any changes. Good luck! – Mallory

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  23. Karen

    I have a Cali who is very pregnant. She acts like she is going to go into labor but doesn’t. She has nested. She has been clinging on to me. Her nipples are pink and full. But nothing. She has horrible diarrhea but has this whole pregnant time. She is still eating and drinking a lot tho. How much longer?

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for your question. It sounds like your cat is close to giving birth, but it’s hard to say exactly how close. At any rate, based on the information you’ve given, I’d think that she’s likely to give birth in the next week. Do you have any idea how many weeks she’s been pregnant? If she hasn’t given birth by the 10-week mark or if you’re worried now, you may want to ask a veterinarian for advice and assistance.

      Secondly, horrible diarrhea is not a normal part of pregnancy. I’m not a vet, but it sounds like your cat may have a chronic digestive issue like a food allergy, intolerance, or perhaps even IBD. You might want to look into a diet that’s appropriate for a pregnant or lactating mom while also supporting good GI health.

      Wishing you and your cat all the best,

      Mallory

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  24. Jodie Brand

    Hi, I have a Bengal. I think she is about 4 or 5 weeks pregnant. This morning when I woke up she is very lethargic, has a temperature of 100. And she is breathing a little quicker I think. Is she okay?

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Jodie, it’s always hard to say. Based on my understanding, extreme lethargy isn’t considered typical for cats at this stage of pregnancy, so this may justify a trip to the veterinarian. Wishing you and your Bengal all the best!

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  25. Rebecca Guerra

    Great article, my baby Nova just gave birth 3 days ago to 6 beautiful big kittens 3 all black like their dad and two black and white like her mom and one that’s all white with some Gray spotches and stripes very cute and mom cat litterlu gave birth in my bed wanting me to be with her the whole time that how you know your animal truly loves you. Of course I had her nest inside a tent in my closet

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  26. Vianna Hazel Swaren

    Hi, I thought my fur baby was pregnant because her belly is huge and she Is acting very strange this last month and a half… But right now if she is in labour she’s acting like she’s in heat looking at me like she’s confused do cats act like this when they’re going to go into labour..

    Greatful for your help,
    Vianna, kooda, and baby Swaren..

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hello Vianna, yes—cats will often act unusual and confused when they’re in labor. It sounds likely that your cat is either in labor or getting very close to that point.

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  27. Bethany

    I took in my cat 71 days ago today. She was very underweight from the start. I took her to the vet which they informed us she is pregnant. My concern is if I’ve had her 71 days she’s been inside since that day, I’ve felt kittens move, but she’s showing zero signs of labor and zero signs of stress… when do I worry? She has to at least start labor at some point right?

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Bethany, thank you for commenting. Assuming that she didn’t get outside of the house unbeknownst to you, 71+ days is on the longer side for a feline pregnancy, so I would recommend contacting your veterinarian to get some peace of mind. All the best to you and your new kitty!

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  28. Kristan Blackfox

    My cats 2nd litter and she is very close not sure exactly but she has been laying in the same spot for 2days enlarged/swollen nips,(Mind you when she we noticed she was pregnant again her previous kitten was still nursing) she has weaned that one off. Once the new ones are here… her other litter only one survived but they was born April 18th I’m worried will she harm the other kitten?? Actually have soo many questions.

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Kristan, thanks for commenting! I very seriously doubt that your cat will harm the older kitten once the new ones arrive. So many cats give birth to multiple litters in rapid succession: you really shouldn’t have anything to worry about other than making sure that mom and kittens are comfortable, safe, and healthy.

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  29. Ava

    It help me a lot . I was on the internet for a hour searching for what I needed. This helped me.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Pandee

    Hi, I have a calico that escaped several times and im not exactly sure when she got pregnant… this past week she was SUPER clingy just wanting me to hold her and carry her 24-7… this morning when I woke up, she was excessively licking her stomach and genetalia (her whole body really, but with focus on those areas) on top of a side table in our living room. It’s now 1am and age is still on the table excessively licking and her eyes are big and black! I tried bringing the nesting basket down to her, but she jumped back on the table. Im a first time pregnant cat mom and im EXTREMELY nervous! She hasn’t moved from the table all day to eat, potty, nothing! And is still excessively grooming! What should i do?! Thanks in advance!

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Pandee, sorry about the late reply! It sounds like your cat may have been coming close to the point where she might give birth, but four days later, I’m not sure anything I can say will be of much help. I’d love to hear if your calico gave birth that day or the next! – Mallory

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  31. Baker

    Our cat has gone into labour a clear sac came out and other liquid with a bit of blood , still no kittens .she’s moving around the house and into another basket, we are a little stressed because we don’t know what to do .
    She’s spotting a bit too …. Is this normal that she hasn’t had kittens yet? Please help

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Baker, generally, if 48 hours pass after the cat loses the mucus plug and she still hasn’t given birth to any kittens, you should head to an emergency vet. This is a sign that labor is not proceeding correctly, and it may lead to infection if not addressed quickly.

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  32. Angel White

    My cat isn’t even a year old but she is pregnant and for the last couple of days I’ve noticed that her vulva was swollen and she had a discharge but because her vulva is dark in color I can’t tell what color it is. The only place that she actually wants to be at is on me and that’s when she wants to try and push but then she tries cleaning me and biting me

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    1. small mallory photoMallory Crusta

      Hi Angel, it sounds like your cat is likely very close to giving birth, if she hasn’t already. I would consider anything else you know about the timeline of her pregnancy to figure out how far along she is, and if needed, contact a vet for help.

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  33. Tammy

    This is the first time I had a pregnant cat she was wanting a lot of attention and but now she don’t want any and all she does is lay around is that the start of labor

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    1. kateKate Barrington

      Hi Tammy, do you know how far along your cat is in the gestation process? Your vet might be able to help you determine when you can expect her to go into labor. Labor is generally associated with restless behavior but every cat is different.

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