How to Recognize the Signs That a Cat Is Pregnant

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Signs that a cat is pregnant include changes in their behavior, particularly in looking for a place to have their kittens. Look for abdominal distention and nesting behaviors with help from a veterinarian in this free video on cat pregnancy.

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I'm Doctor Jace King and this is Austin. We're here at the Washington Family Veterinary Clinic. Today, we're going to talk about signs to look for if your cat is pregnant. First thing that you're mainly going to look for is a change in behavior in your cat. Your cat's going to probably act more looking for a home and looking to hide, finding a place that at some point they're going to be looking to have their kittens. And so, that you'll find them nesting more, they'll be looking for, you'll be finding them in different places. Things you want to look for in your cat, though, are looking right here in the abdominal area, and looking for a distention of this abdomen. And, as a cat becomes more and more pregnant, their abdomen will distend, not only wide, but it will also distend deep. So, as you feel them and as cats become more pregnant, their abdomen, you can actually feel in there with your hand, real gently as you palpate their abdomen, you can feel and you can actually feel kittens in there as they get further and further along. So, a cat's, a cat's gestation is two months, sixty, sixty-three days. And so, if you happen to know that your cat is pregnant, or assume that it's pregnant, and you see the abdomen growing bigger and bigger, you can kind of feel in the abdomen and look for those different signs of distention, and a difference in cat behavior as if the cat's trying to hide or if the cat's looking for a new nest. So, those are some things that you can look for, and that's what we look for in a cat that's possibly pregnant, is looking for the abdominal distention and the different behavior, the nesting behaviors.

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