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What are the stages of cat pregnancy

The first trimester of pregnancy is the period of implantation. Cat pregnancy lasts for about 9 days. During this period, the cat's uterus is enlarged and the cat may exhibit some of the signs of pregnancy.

The second trimester of pregnancy is the period of embryo development. This period lasts for about 6 to 7 weeks.

The third trimester of pregnancy is the period of fetal development. This period lasts for about 4 to 6 months.

How will my cat show pregnancy?

During the first trimester, your cat may show signs of pregnancy, such as:

Increased appetite

Lethargy, especially in the evening

Urinating more frequently than usual

Pregnancy symptoms may vary from cat to cat.

How to tell if my cat is pregnant?

Your cat becomes pregnant by getting pregnant, not by the male cat getting up on the female cat.

Pregnancy can be detected by pregnancy tests. Cats are not always pregnant and a negative pregnancy test does not necessarily mean that your cat is not pregnant.

Pregnancy tests can also be performed on your cat's urine if that is all that's available. If you suspect that your cat may be pregnant, do not wait until she is showing symptoms of pregnancy to have the mother cat tested.

How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?

The most reliable way is to have your veterinarian do a pregnancy test on her urine.

When you palpate your cat, you are looking at her reproductive and urinary organs.

When you feel the cat's abdomen, you are feeling the uterus, the urinary bladder, and the cervix.

The most common places to palpate a cat's abdomen are:

Above the tail

On the sides of the abdomen

Between the front and back legs

On the "belly" of the cat

The most common places to palpate a cat's urinary bladder are:

On the side of the abdomen

Inside the lower abdomen

On the abdomen between the front and back legs

When you feel your cat's reproductive organs, you are feeling the ovary, the uterus, the ovary, and the vagina.

Can I prevent my cat from being pregnant?

In general, it is best to wait until your cat is ready to have a litter before you try to prevent her from being pregnant.

If you do decide to get pregnant, your veterinarian can give you advice on preventing pregnancy.

Can my cat have a litter after she has had a litter?

It depends on how many times your cat has had a litter and how old she is when she has her next litter.

If she has had two litters, then she is considered to be "spayed" and is probably not able to have a litter.

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