Diet and Food for Pregnant Cats
Pregnancy is a lot for a cat to go through, just like any other creature. When a cat becomes pregnant it's diet and food requirements will change. Here's a quick guide to the diet and food a pregnant cat needs.
If you aren't an experienced breeder and one of your cats has accidentally become pregnant, then your first port of call should be your vet. It's imperative to seek advice about any additional food or supplements that your cat might need.
Alternatively, you could speak to an experienced breeder who may be more knowledgable on the subject too.
Firstly, it's a good idea to increase the amount of food that's available to your pregnant cat. After all she has a litter growing inside her that need nutrition and a healthy body to flourish inside. Stick to the food that your cat was used to before she became pregnant.
Some people decide to switch their pregnant cat to more nutritious kitten food during the last 3 to 4 weeks of pregnancy. This is the same food that the kittens will be fed once born. During the last week of pregnancy, many breeders will also introduce a kitten milk replacement supplement too.
Many breeders and vets will also suggest a calcium supplement is added to a pregnant cat's diet. This is because pregnancy can deplete the amount of calcium in a cat's bloodstream. It should also help the kittens to develop strong and healthy bones too.
Also, be doubly sure that plenty of fresh, clean water is always available. This should always be the case whether your cat is pregnant or not. This is made easy by using an automatic cat water drinking fountain.
Many pregnant cats will reduce the amount they eat, or stop eating altogether, 1 or 2 days before the litter is due. If you notice this, don't be alarmed, but always make sure food is available.
If you are unsure at any stage about how to care for a pregnant cat, including it's diet and feeding, always consult with a vet or experienced breeder.