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!










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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.


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.