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I think my cat is pregnant how do i confirm this?

post #1 of 18
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um I would include some images but my digital camera is acting up... She has a very big can i say stomach(not faty feeling I think i feel something kittens..)... and her ... nipples are extruded a bit. Is there anyway I can confirm that she is pregnant. I have never done this before so excuse my misuse of terms if I have
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by joeman11
um I would include some images but my digital camera is acting up... She has a very big can i say stomach... and her ... nipples are extruded a bit. Is there anyway I can confirm that she is pregnant. I have never done this before so excuse my misuse of terms if I have
Welcome to TCS. There is a link at the top of the forum:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74659

Lots of good information on what to look for and how close a cat could be to labor. For now, since you do not know...I would act as if she is pregnant and set her up with a nesting box, kitten food and a litter box all in a quiet room (like a bathroom) that is secure. Also, it will be very important for her to kept indoors only and away from intact males. If she isn't pregnant, we don't want to risk her becoming pregnant.

Katie
post #3 of 18
You can take her to a vet and have them do xrays.

While you're there, you should also have her spayed. It will be better for her health, pose less of a risk to her AND, most significantly, you won't be contributing to the overwhelming problem of companion animal overpopulation which causes many cats and kittens to die in shelters or on the streets or be condemned to a life of misery. Even if you think you can find homes for the kittens, that's 3-6 homes that could have taken in another unwanted kitten.

Best of luck to you and your sweet kitty!

edit: I should also add that you can have a spay performed until right up to delivery! I know of several rescues that spay the moms within days of giving birth and I have never heard of any complications.
post #4 of 18
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she also seems very very calm and loveing(wanting me to hold her 24/7) is that a sign of pregnancy too? I will not have them remove the babies if she has them I will prolly keep them.
post #5 of 18
sounds pregnant to me but I would have a vet confirm. The nipples get pink and get a bit bigger around 2-3 weeks, then they start to show around 5 weeks. My cat started to eat more around 2 weeks along, and slept ALOT more and she is also very calm and loving. normally she is bouncing off the walls!
post #6 of 18
I agree with all that has been said. Most importantly is to keep her STRICTLY indoors until the babies are 8-12 weeks and she is spayed. Intact males can get her carrying multiple litters at once and she can become prego again a week or two after giving birth which is extremely hard on the mother.

Please consider having her spayed right away unless she is too far along in her pregnancy. If she cannot be spayed right now, start gathering kitten supplies, feed her high quality kitten food only, save up a bit of money to have the kittens vaccinated (i think there are 2 or 3 sets of shots they will need) they will all need to be spayed and the mother too, dewormed, possibly defleaed if the mother goes outside.

there are a lot of things to think about when your cat gets pregnant, lots to prepare, lots to save for, etc. Skim through the pages here on what to do if the mother rejects the kittens and you will need to bottle feed them every 2-4 hours for them to stay alive.

good luck!
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by joeman11
she also seems very very calm and loveing(wanting me to hold her 24/7) is that a sign of pregnancy too?
Not necessarily...although people report their cats become more affectionate....a large stomache and acting more affectionate does not necessarily mean she is pregnant. We have had very affectionate girls at our rescue who we thought were pregnant, but they had a bad case of worms. The only way to know for sure is to have her examined by your vet.

Katie
post #8 of 18
Yes I was going to mention that too, she could just have bad worms. Hopefully that is all it is and she isn't pregnant. Take her to the vet either way as she will need to either be confirmed that she is pregnant or treated for the worms. Please make an apointment for her to be spayed too if she isn't pregnant.
post #9 of 18
Hello joeman11 and welcome to The Cat Site.

Since you've already made the decision not to terminate the pregnancy, I would suggest you take some time and read a few of these resources:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80724

http://www.cat-pregnancy-report.com/...pregnancy.html

Begin feeding your girl a good, high-quality kitten food in both canned and dry and allow her to eat as much as she wants. It would also be a good idea to get her in to the vet to ensure she is healthy enough to carry, deliver and care for her babies.

Please feel free to post your questions here as there are a lot of us who have either gone through a pregnancy with our cats or are going through it now and who can offer a lot of good suggestions.
post #10 of 18
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she dosent have worms I took a stool sample to the vet a couple weeks ago( she wasnt big then) I will prolly take her to the vet again to see if shes pregnant. I would realy like to see some kittens I never have seen newborn kittens. I picked her up on the highway... because someone in the car had to go the bathroom and they wouldnt wait so I pulled off the road. Then this cat walked up to me and I had a cage thing in the car from going to the vet for a different cat earlyer and she walked right into the cage. I think somone abandoned her. I took her to the vet the following day and she was completely worm free no luekemia (not sure if i spelled that right) I waited on the shots b/c the vet thought she may be pregnate and too wait 3 weeks would be good to make sure the shots didnt hurt the babies. excuse any bad grammer.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by joeman11
she dosent have worms I took a stool sample to the vet a couple weeks ago( she wasnt big then) I will prolly take her to the vet again to see if shes pregnant. I would realy like to see some kittens I never have seen newborn kittens. I picked her up on the highway... because someone in the car had to go the bathroom and they wouldnt wait so I pulled off the road. Then this cat walked up to me and I had a cage thing in the car from going to the vet for a different cat earlyer and she walked right into the cage. I think somone abandoned her. I took her to the vet the following day and she was completely worm free no luekemia (not sure if i spelled that right) I waited on the shots b/c the vet thought she may be pregnate and too wait 3 weeks would be good to make sure the shots didnt hurt the babies. excuse any bad grammer.
Good of you to stop and take this girl home. Given that the other vet thought she was pregnant, then there is a good chance she is. So again, best thing to do is set her up with a nesting box, start feeding her good quality kitten food (both wet and dry) and make sure she is secure in a low traffic room. Another thing you need to have handy is an emergency number for your vet. Most deliveries go without a hitch, but since you don't know who she mated with and she was a stray....she may run into complications (let's hope not) so keep your vets number handy.

Katie
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
one more question I have a cat house type thing its a cylinder hollow and has a hole in it for the cat to jump into. Would this be a good place for her to have her babies if she is pregnant? (She realy loves it)
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by joeman11
one more question I have a cat house type thing its a cylinder hollow and has a hole in it for the cat to jump into. Would this be a good place for her to have her babies if she is pregnant?
I would get basket or use a box lined with blankets or a pillow.

Katie
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
thanks a ton I can do that I will post a picture of her when this digital camera.... quits going crazy
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
ok here she is

post #16 of 18
aww...she is a very beautiful girl!! I hope that everything goes ok for you and mom!!!
Crystal
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
does she look pregnant to you? I dont know what else it could be... one more thing where should I feel on here belly to tell if she has kittens in there or not and what do they feel like.?
post #18 of 18
with our cat, the vet at first told us that she wasnt preg - but my mom could feel the baby kicking...apparently the baby was playing hide and seek. she was up under the ribs and then would move down then go back up again. she was silly like that. she looks like she has a bit of a belly, but your best bet would probably be to take her to the vet and have them do an xray to be sure.
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