PREGNANT CAT SIGNS



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Pregnant Cat Signs is the subject of many of the emails I receive from readers. The following was sent in by Manda concerning "Kittens having Kittens".


QUESTION:

My kitten seems to have a larger stomach and her nipples are a bit bigger...she seems to be a little more friendly but i think that happened before she became or might have become pregnant...but she is only 9 months old. Are these definite signs of being pregnant? She hasn't thrown up at all...I don't really know. I just don't want my kitten having kittens...thanks Manda

ANSWER

Those can certainly be pregnant cat signs although I certainly can't say for certain without examining her. Cats don't generally vomit just because they're pregnant. However, she's the right age and, as I said, she has pregnant cat signs.


QUESTION:
Is She Or Isn't She?
by: Yukari

Hello Dr Neely :) This probably seems redundant, but my mom and I have been wondering about our cat Orchid for quite some time so I was wondering if you could please try and set the record straight for us as to whether she has pregnant cat signs or not. Her symptoms are:

-Hasn't gone into heat for at least a month, maybe more.

-Has had weight gain/rounding in the abdomen

-Is constantly wanting affection, and keeps going back to the same basket of towels to lay/sleep (she never showed a preference for it before)

-Has been throwing up a bit and sleeping far more than usual.

The only thing is her nipples aren't noticably changed (perhaps subtly), and I always thought that was the sure-fire way to tell whether a cat is pregnant or not...do you think that maybe it is too early for the change, or that this is false pregnancy? We do have an un-neutered male as well who has been mounting her on an almost constant basis....>_>



ANSWER:

Hi,

Of course without examining her or using Ultrasound, I can't be sure. All the signs seem to point to it, but I haven't seen a pregnant cat ever that didn't show an obvious change in their nipples and definitely by the end of the first month. Watch her closely over the next month. False pregnancy is uncommon in cats, more common in dogs, but can happen. Good luck.




QUESTION:


Kitty
by: Megan

My neighbor's cat's stomach looks bigger and she won't let us touch her stomach and won't get in her box or jump. When I feel her belly, I can feel little tremors and hard objects when I massage her belly.

ANSWER:

It's impossible for me to say whether she is pregnant or if you are feeling normal anatomy or if she has a lump(s) that might indicate she is ill. She would have to be examined to know for sure. Dr. Neely



QUESTION:


HELP
by: Nicole

i can't see my kitten's nipples she is kinda fat and i can feel something lumpy in her stomach!

ANSWER:

There are many things in a cat's abdomen that can feel "lumpy": intestines, kidneys, bladder, all sorts of organs or even feces. Most of the time, you will not be able to feel the kittens in a pregnant cat's abdomen. Between the 21st and 28th day, a vet often can. Dr. Neely



QUESTION:


MY CAT
by: SHELBY

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CAT IS PREGNANT will she go in heat while she is pregnant

ANSWER:

Weight gain, rounding of the abdomen, increase in prominence of nipples, and no, she will not go into heat.



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