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Taking Care of a Pregnant Cat

Being responsible for a pregnant cat is an amazing but scary experience, so here are some resources to make sure that it is as safe as possible. Please contact us with any questions!


Signs of labour

  • Nesting: 1-2 days before labour, mamma cat will find a quiet and safe place to have her kittens. Try to make a spot for her to hide out but she might choose another space like under a bed or desk. You can try to move her bed / pen to the place she chose if that works.

  • Behavioural changes: The cat mum might be pacing, panting or grooming in excess, vocalising more than normal and/or not eating.

  • Physical changes: The abdomen might "drop" a few days before, the cat's nipples might get larger, pinker or darker.

  • Labour signs: Contractions, yowls and fluid discharge. Labour can last up to 6 hours.

Some tips on helping mamma cat find the best spot!

Preparing For Newborn Kittens

  • Prepare the space: a nesting box with comfy towels (lots of towels will be needed). An average litter is 4 kittens, but can have around 12! Have a look at the video below for more details around supplies.

  • Basic stages of newborn kittens to 8 weeks

  • Please read our guide to fostering kittens for feeding schedules, ideal weight, weaning, litter training, etc.

How Can You Help Us?

L.I.C.K is a volunteer run charity, no one gets paid!

Every donation big or small allow us to do our work and care for all our cats and kittens.

All donations go towards medical costs.


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