Your beloved cat being pregnant is definitely huge news for you and your cat. There really is no better picture. Imagine, your adorable and lovely furball will give birth to even more adorable and lovely furballs.
For the average person, identifying if your cat is pregnant can be a very confusing endeavor. That is why we have prepared a list to demystify cat pregnancies and get you closer to knowing if your cat is a pregnant feline queen.
Here are the signs to look out for if you suspect that your cat is pregnant:
The most obvious sign to look for is your cat’s tummy getting bigger. If your cat just gained weight, she will get bigger on all parts of her body. If the change in size is isolated only to the belly, then most likely your cat is pregnant. A parasitic infection is also a possibility so it is best to consult your trusted veterinarian.
Pregnant cats have a tendency to have higher appetite levels. This increased food consumption will also result in her gaining weight. Pay attention to changes in the eating habits for your feline friend. This might hold a clue to her maternal status.
In about fifteen to eighteen days after conception, your cat’s body will begin to change. The nipples would become swollen and pink. Sometimes nipples would turn red. Check your cat’s mammary gland if you think your cat might be pregnant because it is definitely a tell-tale sign.
Cats are innately very neat creatures. This is why they almost never have “accidents”. They are impeccable groomers and take care of their bodily wastes neatly. This is why if you notice your cat having vomiting accidents, pay attention, your cat might be fostering lives inside of her or something like food might have made her sick. Yes, pregnant cats get morning sickness as well.
You may notice your cat always lounging at a specific quiet, cool, enclosed parts of you house and gathering soft items like towels to form some sort of nest. Your cat is definitely making sure that her kittens will be born in a suitable place. This is a maternal instinct that very easy to spot from preggo cats.
The fact that you are reading this blog means that you care about your cat. Your attention is definitely important and appreciated. It is very important to note, however, that when in the slightest doubt, consult your vet. When it comes to health, safety and precaution always come first so timeliness is imperative. Pregnant cats will have needs so have your vet on board to help you take care of your cat.
Cats are considered to be some of the most mysterious creatures in the animal kingdom. This is mostly thanks to their behaviors that still baffle both scientists and cat specialists. The best they’ve done is explaining some of these behaviors, like why cats perform head butts, or why they show their claw-trap bellies.
One of the main concerns that most people have is how to get cats to like them. Some treat it like rocket-science, but in all honesty, it’s really not that hard to make felines like you. If you’re still in doubt, we’ve got 10 science-backed tips here that will make any cat adore you!
Consider Your —and the Cat’s— Personality When Adopting
Adopting a cat is certainly a noble thing to do, however, it’s important that you consider the cat’s personality and yours. It’s best to find out what type of personality the cat has first, and then see if it matches up to yours. To do this, we advise spending some time with them on the shelter to get to know them better. If all goes well, you’ll be giving a cat their forever home and you’ll be gaining another important family member.
Learn How to Greet them in Cat Style
Ever seen two friendly cats meet each other for the first time? They tend to smell or bump on each other noses, right? In human language, that’s the equivalent of saying greeting someone on the streets. You can imitate this behavior by offering one of your fingertips. If they go in and take a sniff (perhaps even bump on it a bit), then that means you made a successful greeting!
Let the Felines Decide
It’s almost instinctive for us to pet cats when we see. We often can’t help ourselves and we end up jumping in to pet them, pick them up, or even hug them. However, this will most likely stress the cat out, especially if you’re not acquainted with them. The best approach would be to let them call the shots and allow them to make the first move. By then, you’d be able to know whether or not to pet, or to just simply let them be.
Don’t Feed them Too Much
Most people think that cats like it when they’re being overfed, but that’s not actually true. A study of obese felines by Cornell University showed that although cats disliked it when their owners withheld food from them, it does lead to better results. 58 of them were put on a diet and after a month, about three-quarters of the owners reported that their felines purred more often, are more affectionate, and even would sit on their laps more often.
Pet them Where they like it the Most
Cats are very sensitive to touch, which is one of the reasons why they like being petted a lot. In fact, a study back in 2002 showed that felines display positive responses (e.g. blinking, purring, kneading) when they’re being petted on the cheeks and the forehead. Some even love it when their owners are giving them chin rubs. If you want a cat to like you, trying this approach will definitely improve your chances.
As owners, there are a lot more things that we can do, so cats will never stop liking us. Of course, this is just part 1 and we’re more than happy to provide you with part 2 pretty soon. Stay tuned for part 2 and in the meantime, don’t forget to test out some of the tips we’ve talked about here!
Right inside our very homes lurk items that pose serious risks to our feline pets. These items might look harmless, sometimes beautiful, and hidden in plain sight but they are dangerous to cats.
It is, then, the cat owners responsibility to take precautions to make a house cat-safe. It is the cat owners tasks to do research and take steps to ensure these little love balls are free from threat brought about by everyday household items.
We have compiled a list of common household items that pose serious risks to our beloved furry friend:
Junk Food Packets
Be careful with just leaving around opened junk food packets. These pose a fatal choking hazard. The food contents of remnants make the packet all the more enticing to check out. There have been many reports of pets dying of suffocation because of these food packets. Other items that pose serious choking hazards are strings, bones, toys and other small items. Just like when a house has a kid, having a pet in a house means that the homeowners must always be on the lookout for possible deadly items in plain sight because there are a lot of them.
Bleach, detergent, shampoo, and other nifty cleaning materials are very useful in the house. However, it must be noted that these almost always contain chemicals that are harmful when ingested. Some cleaning solutions are especially toxic, like muriatic acid, that even just skin exposure or inhalation already inflicts damage. Make sure that these items are stored in a cabinet with a lock to keep away from the curious hands of pets and children.
Caffeine affects pets in a similar way it affects humans. Since it is a stimulant, it causes raised heartbeats, restlessness, hyperactivity and the like. It worse cases, it causes vomiting and seizures. Because pets weigh significantly less than humans, they experience adverse effects quickly and gravely. Pets must not consume any caffeine. Keeps, coffee, soda, and teas away from your pets.
Similarly, although a depressant, alcohol poses a similar threat and must be off-limits all the time.
Evolution has rendered cats unable to digest plants. Hence, cats are strict carnivores. This is why doughs with yeast or any mixture with a rising agent must not be consumed by cats. The warmth of the cat’s stomach will cause the dough to rise and expand and cause a myriad of intestinal problems. The yeast will also be absorbed are alcohol and cause alcohol poisoning.
These may look beautiful inside your homes but if you have a pet, you have to be conscious about your choice of indoor plants. Aloe vera and lilies are toxic for cats. Aloe Vera cause stomach upset and vomiting. Lilies are toxic for cats and will cause kidney damage. It is imperative to not have these plants when you have a cat. There are also other plants that are equally as harmful. Do your thorough research before buying a plant when you have pets at home.
Having a pet brings so many forms of joy. Having a pet also brings responsibility for the entire lifetime of your pet. Cat owners must take care of their cat holistically. Cat owners must eradicate every form of danger so that your cat can live a long, happy and safe life. Simply, cat owners must be on top of everything. There’s a reason they call it “cat parents”.
Cats are quirky, charming and irresistibly charming in real life. This finesse translates well in literature. We have compiled four stories with cats as the stars. If you are a fan of adorable and compelling narrative enhanced with beautiful illustrations, you definitely want to check out these stories:
Aristotle from “The Nine Lives Of Aristotle”
This story is about a charming and curious cat named Aristotle. He found out a secret mother cat has been hiding from him in the hopes to protect him: that he had nine lives. Aristotle is determined to live his life, err, lives. He sets out for an adventure of a lifetime. A kind and old witch named Bella Donna helps Aristotle find the amazing adventure he craves. With each brush with death, his lives lessen one by one and the stakes get higher. Find out how everything would pan out for our fearless hero.
Ginger from “The Tale of Ginger and Pickles”
This story is brought to life by the beautiful illustrations of the iconic Beatrix Potter. Set in this beautiful art, Ginger is a tomcat shopowner. He has a partner, pickles, a terrier. As they run the shop, they have to control their salivating desires to eat their rabbit and mouse customers. But the problem really arises when they give unlimited credit to the customers. This eventually forces them to close their shop. The closure starts a string of problems and conflicts for the village. The book also features adorable cameos from the Peter Rabbit Universe of Ms. Potter. These tiny appearances of beloved characters like Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny really is an adorable and welcome surprise.
Leonardo from “Me and My Cat?”
The story is about a boy and a cat who magically switches lives. Each must navigate life as they try to get back to their correct bodies. This classic fish-out-of-water story is sure to crack laughs because there’s something innately silly about a boy doing regular cat stuff. Satoshi Kitamura rendered angular, comic style and edgy art to bring the humor forward. Perhaps, the biggest saving grace of the picture book is the amazing duo, Nicholas the Boy and Leonardo the Cat.
Kitty from “Bad Kitty”
Bad Kitty is a Newyork Times Best-selling series by Nick Bruel. It is about a mischievous yet cute and adorable cat named Kitty. This book is intended for children as it teaches the alphabet. As the name implies, Bad Kitty is about a cat who wreaks havoc at home every time she is upset. The series is so successful that it has many chapter books. There is one where Kitty gets a bath. There is one where she meets the baby and there’s even one where she runs for president. In the very first book, Kitty, usually a good cat, becomes Bad Kitty because her owners want to feed her vegetables. Kitty then throws a bad kitty tantrum. This book really is entertaining in a peculiar yet irresistible way.
Which charming storybook cats did we miss? Tell us in the comments below.
Cats are naturally very independent creatures. They are perfectly capable of doing their own business, even major ones like giving birth to kittens. However, being the cat lovers that we are, we can’t help but worry. We can’t help but try to be helpful to our cats are they give life to even more fur babies.
In a previous post, we have outlined tell-tale signs if your cat is pregnant. This week, we came up with a guide on how to be helpful and supportive in your cat’s journey to motherhood:
- Signs your cat is nearing labor.
- Your cat is refusing to eat.
- Your feline friend acts out of the normal like being fidgety or uneasy as opposed to the her calm and confident demeanor.
- Take the cat’s temperature. Her reading will be around 37.8 degrees Celcius about a day before the labor begins.
- Your cat is looking for a quiet and enclosed area. She may already have prepared a “nest” of towels and soft objects in this area previously.
- Once contractions commence, labor is by the door.
- Once the discharge starts flowing, kittens should start plopping shortly. If the discharge is heavy, black or blood-tainted, contact your vet immediately.
- Keeping a close eye and assisting during delivery.
- The mother cat should proceed to tear the amniotic sac by licking as soon as each kitten comes out. The licking should continue to clean each newborn and effectively prompt them to take their first breath.
If your cat doesn’t do these, take a cloth or a tissue to break the amniotic sac yourself. Continue rubbing until the little kitten is clean and takes its first breath. Make sure to clean the kitten properly especially the mouth, eyes and nose. Rub the kitten against the grain of their fur to dry them.
- The cat will chew on the umbilical cord to sever it. If she doesn’t, do it yourself, wearing surgical gloves, tie dental floss around the umbilical cord about two inches away from the newborn and another tie about 1 inch further away from the first tie. Cut on the space in between.
- Keep the kittens warm. Heating pads under layers of towels would keep them warm on their first hours in the world.
- Bring your cat to the vet not more than 24 hours after giving birth to rule out any complications.
Your cat giving birth to kittens is definitely a big event and milestone that will bring you closer together. It is an opportunity for you to show your care and kindness as your cat goes through one of the most vulnerable stages of her life. You reading this article is a sign that you deeply care and with that fact, your cat is in good hands.