The proper planning of a pregnant cat’s diet ensures that she gives birth to healthy kittens and that she herself will have enough strength to give birth and nurse the newborns. While the food that you usually give to an adult cat is good for her daily needs, it is unable to provide the boost she needs when expecting. As such, you will need to choose food which meets her new needs.
Specifically, you will need high-quality kitten food, the only type of food that provides the pregnant cat with protein, calories, and all the nutrients she will need. For best results, make sure to begin feeding her that type of cat food from mating until the kittens are a few weeks old. Spend up to ten days gradually adding kitten food to her usual adult food, until such time that her taste buds have fully adjusted to kitten food. By doing the above, the adult cat is not only strong but also has enough energy to support her newborn kittens. The above can also help assure you that the food is actually consumed, and nothing is wasted.
In case the pregnant cat’s stomach is sensitive, select a delicate formula. If she is required only a specific diet, talk to your veterinarian for advice prior to making the necessary changes.
When determining whether you should get wet food or dry food, it’s essential to keep in mind that the latter contains more calories than the former. So if your pet only eats wet food or is required to only eat wet food, you may need to feed her larger servings so she gets the right amount of energy. For some cats, a good approach is to mix dry and wet food together.
Like in the case of human females, the intake of a pregnant kitty gradually increases, beginning from mating day until her pregnancy ends. But towards the end of her term, mum will lose appetite a bit. This sign means labour is close. Meals should still be kept close to her at this time in case she would want small snacks.
Once her term ends, don’t be surprised if she will consume fifty percent more than normal or more. There is no need to worry about overfeeding, though. Kitty will just consume as much as she needs, and no more.
Speaking of the amount of meals she needs, you will need to give her many small meals over the course of a single day. To save time, you can make meals and fresh water accessible all the time so she can eat and drink when needed.
That said, you can expect the mother cat’s weight to increase throughout her pregnancy and beyond it. This will be useful, as some of the weight will be the fat layers that she lays down on when nursing the little kitties. So there really is no reason to worry about obesity; this excess weight should go away eventually during her nursing period, which lasts up to four weeks.